Mr. Jonathan M.A. Melmed
Partner and Co-Chair, Global Private Equity Group, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Jonathan Melmed is an M&A, Corporate partner based in New York. He is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Private Equity & Buyouts practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Energy & Infrastructure practice. He is also the head of the firm’s Canada practice. Mr. Melmed represents private equity funds, pension plans, sovereigns, family offices, hedge funds, corporate clients and investment banks on U.S. and International M&A, private equity and complex corporate transactions.
Mr. Melmed has extensive M&A and PE experience in the power, infrastructure, energy, media, telecommunications, technology, life sciences, pharma, insurance and real estate/REIT sectors. Mr. Melmed has been recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in Chambers USA in 2014 and 2015, and in Chambers Global in 2014 - 2017. In 2017, he was also recognized as a leading U.S. Private Equity Buyouts lawyer by in Legal 500 U.S. In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Melmed was recognized in Legal 500 U.S. for Project Finance. Additionally, in 2011-2014 and 2017, he was recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: Large Deals as well as in 2013, 2014, and 2017 as a leading lawyer for Energy and in 2013 for Capital Markets: Global Offerings. Legal 500 U.S. for M&A has referred to Mr. Melmed as “incredibly responsive and able to handle difficult negotiations and matters…results oriented.” Mr. Melmed has also been recognized by New York Super Lawyers for M&A in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
While focusing on international mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactional work, he has also represented numerous companies and investment banks on U.S. securities transactions, including initial public offerings, as well as both public and private debt offerings.
Mr. Melmed’s representative fund clients have included, among others, The Alaska Permanent Fund, Blackstone Energy Partners, BMO Capital, Brevan Howard, Brookfield Energy Partners, the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, Caithness Private Equity, Citi Alternative Investments, Crestline-Kirchner Private Equity, D.E. Shaw, DRI Capital, DW Partners, EJF Capital, Elliott Associates, EnerTech Capital Partners, Axium Infrastructure, First Reserve, Greensoil Investments, Hapoalim Capital, Harbinger Capital Partners, iCON Infrastructure, La Coop fédérée, LBO France Gestion, Lyxor (f/k/a Société Générale Asset Management), Macquarie Capital, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Novus Capital, OMERS Private Equity, Ontario Teachers, Opus Capital, SCP Private Equity, Southern Cross Private Equity, Starwood Energy Group, Strategic Value Partners, TOMS Capital and UBS Infrastructure & Private Equity.
He received an LL.B., with Distinction, Dean’s Honour List, from McGill University, Faculty of Law (1998); a B.C.L., with Distinction, Dean’s Honour list, Faculty of Law, from McGill University (1998); and a B.A., with Great Distinction, Dean’s Honour List and James McGill Scholar, from McGill University (1994). Mr. Melmed is admitted to practice in New York (1999) and Quebec, Canada (2006). Mr. Melmed is also fluent in French.