Jonathan D. Morris has more than 20 years of experience representing clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, and joint ventures across various industries. As the New York office leader for the firm’s corporate and business transactions practice, Jon has represented strategic companies and private equity funds in hundreds of transactions involving both publicly traded and privately held enterprises. He also advises on strategic alliances, commercial contracts, and general corporate matters. While he works across all industries, Jon has a strong focus in the energy and infrastructure, healthcare, and food and beverage sectors.
Jon gives quick answers to complex questions and has a business mindset
He knows when to draw on his firm's global operation
Jon was named a BTI M&A Client Service All-Star in 2021 and is routinely ranked by leading publications including The Legal 500, IFLR, and Super Lawyers.
Jon is a member of the firm’s Advisory Board, was previously a co-leader of the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice, and is a former member of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Energy and Infrastructure Transactions
GCM Grosvenor in its acquisition of a significant ownership stake in Horizon Telecom, a provider of fiberoptic bandwidth infrastructure services
An entity owned by Diamond Communications LLC and Sculptor Capital Management, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Melody Wireless Infrastructure, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns a portfolio of approximately 2,300 tenanted wireless communication sites, from Melody Capital Management
Star West Generation (an Oaktree Infrastructure portfolio company) in the sale of its ownership interests in Griffith Energy LLC, the owner of a 570-MW gas-fired combined-cycle generation facility, to ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC
Star West Generation in the sale of its ownership interests in Arlington Valley LLC, the owner of a 580-MW combined-cycle natural gas generation Arlington Valley facility, to Capital Power Corp.
Astoria Project Partners LLC and Astoria Project Partners II LLC in connection with the sale of 100% of the indirect interests in Astoria Energy I and 55% of the indirect interests in Astoria Energy II
Ares EIF and Oaktree Infrastructure in four separate sale transactions to effect the sale of 100% of the equity interests in the Linden Cogeneration Facility, a 972-MW gas-fired thermal power cogeneration complex
Oaktree Infrastructure in the acquisition and project financing of Salem Harbor Power Station, an approximately 700-MW gas-fired power plant in Salem, Massachusetts
Star West Generation in the sale of a combined-cycle natural gas power generation facility and two peaker plants to AltaGas
Highstar Capital in its acquisition of two combined-cycle natural gas power generation facilities from LS Power
Highstar Capital in its acquisition of one combined-cycle natural gas power generation facility and two peaker plants from Harbert Infrastructure
Highstar Capital in the sale of Utilities, Inc., a regulated water and wastewater company
John Laing Group in its acquisition of a majority interest in the Buckthorn Wind Power Project as well as the subsequent sale of such interests to Capital Power Corp.
National Grid in connection with its partnership with Sunrun for the ownership of approximately 200 MWs of residential rooftop solar assets
National Grid in connection with its investment in Clean Line Energy, a developer of high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) long-haul transmission lines
National Grid in connection with the formation of Green Line Infrastructure Alliance with Anbaric to develop large-scale HVDC transmission projects that leverage wind power and hydropower to address key regional energy issues in New England
GCM Grosvenor's Labor Impact Fund in the creation of Arctic Cold Holdings, a development vehicle that will be acquiring, developing, constructing, and operating cold storage facilities
Food and Beverage
Dr Pepper Snapple Group in its merger with Keurig Green Mountain to create Keurig Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper Snapple Group in its acquisition of Bai Brands
Diageo in its formation of Pronghorn, a 10-year economic impact initiative to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion in the spirits industry
Diageo in the formation of a joint venture with Sean “Diddy” Combs and the joint venture’s related acquisition of a luxury tequila brand
Diageo in the acquisition of a super-premium tequila brand
Diageo in the acquisition of a flavored whiskey brand
Dr Pepper Snapple Group in the acquisition of numerous businesses
Varsity Healthcare Partners in its acquisition of Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Inc., a provider of management services, personnel, and clinics for surgery programs at hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers
Spire Orthopedic Partners (a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company) in its partnership with Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset, one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices serving more than 90,000 patients per year
Spire Orthopedic Partners in its strategic partnership with Orthopedic Associates of Middletown, an integrated orthopedic practice based in Middletown, Connecticut
Varsity Healthcare Partners in the formation of Forefront Management Holdings and the related acquisition of assets from Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin
Varsity Healthcare Partners in the formation of EyeCare Services Partners Holdings and the related acquisition of assets from Katzen Eye Group
Forefront Dermatology on its sale to OMERS Private Equity
EyeCare Services Partners Holdings on its sale to Harvest Partners
Varsity Healthcare Partners in its recapitalization and growth capital partnership with Probo Medical LLC, a leading vertically integrated reseller of refurbished ultrasound systems and ultrasound probes
Sabre Asia Pacific PTE Ltd in the sale of its subsidiary, Trams, a company that offers technology products and services to travel agencies to optimize customer management, to Tres Technologies
IHS Markit in its acquisition of Cappitech Regulation (Israel), a provider of regulatory reporting and intelligence solutions for the financial services industry
Ferguson Enterprises in its acquisitions of S.W. Anderson Sales Corp. and Blackman Plumbing and its sale of Endries International Inc.
University of Michigan Law School, 1998, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, 1995, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, BTI M&A Client Service All-Stars, BTI Consulting (2021)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)
Member, Energy Law Firm of the Year, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2015)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2021)
Recommended, Finance: Project finance, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Recommended, Industry focus: Energy: transactions: conventional power, The Legal 500 US (2019, 2020)
Recommended, Finance: Project finance: advice to sponsor, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recognized, Notable Practitioner for M&A, IFLR1000 (2017)
Recommended, The Legal 500 US (2012–2016)
Recognized, New York Super Lawyers (2015–2017)
Recognized, New York Metro Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers (2013–2014)
Recognized, Top 40 Under 40, Legal Adviser category, The M&A Advisor (2014)
Managing Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform