Jonathan S. Henes

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jonathan S. Henes

Jonathan S. Henes

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Biography

Jon is a partner in the Restructuring Group and has led some of the most complex restructurings in the United States and abroad in a variety of industries, including media, chemicals, energy, manufacturing, real estate, retail and telecommunications. Jon's experience is deep and diverse as he has represented debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies), creditors' committees and distressed investors (including hedge funds, private equity funds and companies) in acquisitions, restructurings and bankruptcy cases; advised boards of directors and senior managers of financially troubled companies regarding fiduciary duties and restructuring strategies; provided advice in connection with legacy, environmental, mass tort, retiree and pension liabilities of financially troubled companies; and advised investors in connection with the purchase of distressed assets and securities.

Described as “exceptional,” Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Jon as a leading lawyer every year since 2009. Most recently, sources noted Jon is “a great negotiator with very good deal instincts" and is "extraordinarily good in front of judges." Previous editions of Chambers USA described Jon as a “terrific solution-oriented and collaborative attorney" who "works very hard for his clients and has the right combination of knowing when to be aggressive and when to make a deal," and he "fights hard for his client to achieve a fair outcome.” Sources noted that Jon "understands the big picture and works relentlessly to achieve results" and that he is “particularly good in complicated, messy matters for both debtors and creditors." Clients praised Jon for his "fantastic stature in the market" noting he "has good judgment and is good on his feet in court," is "a real hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeves attorney who has terrific negotiation skills" and is "astonishingly knowledgeable and determined." Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business has also recognized Jon every year since 2014. Jon was also recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his corporate restructuring work. Jon was distinguished as one of The Best Lawyers in America for 2013–2018 in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation — bankruptcy. In 2012, Jon was selected as one of Cardozo's Alumni of the Year. Jon was also profiled in BISNOW and as one of eight deal lawyers in The Deal magazine in an article entitled "On Yelling, Screaming and Understanding." In addition, Jon was previously selected as a leading lawyer in the 2009 edition of IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, by Super Lawyers as a New York Super Lawyer, and in 2005, as one of the nation's outstanding young restructuring lawyers by Turnarounds & Workouts. Jon's work was also recognized by the Turnaround Management Association, which selected the Wellman restructuring as its 2009 Large Turnaround of the Year.

Jon is sought out for his views on a variety of restructuring topics. He writes extensively, publishing blogs and op eds in cnbc.com, The Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Deal, The Wall Street Journal Bankruptcy Beat and Forbes.com, and has appeared on CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange," Bloomberg Television's InBusiness, TheDeal and on CNN. Jon has been profiled in, among other publications, The American Lawyer, on May 1, 2008, in an article entitled "In a Game of Chicken, Solutia Wins," and in Bankruptcy Court Decisions Weekly News & Comment, on April 1, 2008, in an article entitled "Diary of a Deal," both of which chronicled Jon's involvement in Solutia's exit from Chapter 11, and on April 10, 2007, in an article entitled "Panel Spars on Hedge Fund Participation," and The Deal, on April 23, 2004, in an article entitled "After They Stopped Laughing," which discussed Jon's involvement in the negotiated resolution of AT&T Latin America's complex Chapter 11 case. Jon is frequently quoted in national publications, including, among others, The Wall Street Journal ("Prudent Lessons From Judge Prudence Carter Beatty,""Snyder's Six Flags Roller-Coaster Ride,""CIT's Swoon Hits Taxpayers,""There is Life After Bankruptcy for Some Companies", "Smurfit Says Bankruptcy is Possible Amid Crunch", "'DIP' Loans are Scarce, Complicating Bankruptcies" and "Barbarians in Bankruptcy Court --- Merger Financiers Find Action Now in Chapter 11"), The Deal ("Bankruptcy Blues"), and Bankruptcy Court Decisions ("What Masonite's CEO Understood That Your Client May Not" and "Negotiating a Deal in a Falling Market").

Jon has lectured at Harvard Business School, New York University, Wharton Business School, Wake Forest Law School and Cardozo Law School regarding distressed investing, hedge funds involvement in Chapter 11 and the credit markets, and has published articles on, among other things, distressed debt trading and corporate decision making. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School where he teaches a course on distressed investing and corporate restructurings and was appointed as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Heyman Center of Corporate Governance, the mission of which is to raise public and academic awareness of pressing corporate and securities law issues and to produce and disseminate research on a broad range of corporate and securities law topics.

In addition to his restructuring practice, Jon has represented and counseled clients with respect to transactions related to the purchase or sale of teams in the Pacific Coast League and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

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TO RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE OPERATIONS AND SECURE THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA'S FINANCIAL FUTURE.

Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1996

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo Law offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture. Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo Law takes its academic mission seriously. The school's faculty members are known for being widely-published legal scholars, accomplished lawyers, and accessible teachers. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.

BA in History
Class of 1991

Founded in 1795, Union College was the first college chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. We are a small, independent liberal arts college committed to integrating the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering in new and exciting ways. Union's rigorous academics take place in a diverse, welcoming campus environment that supports your personal growth, provides you with a wealth of opportunities to find and pursue your passions, and inspires you to engage with the local and global community through meaningful projects and volunteer work. At Union, you'll find a vibrant community of learners and scholars, of leaders and change agents—people whose ambition, energy and desire to make things happen are contagious. The intellectual and creative spark can be felt in our academic buildings, Minerva Houses, labs, library, studios and recital rooms—anywhere you go on our historic campus. We have a long tradition of innovation and of educating creative problem-solvers, a tradition which continues to flourish and to define who we are today.

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The Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan think tank that promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic shifts in economic and political influence that are shaping the twenty-first century by educating and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of international political, business, and intellectual leaders. The Council’s ten regional centers and functional programs shape today’s policy choices and foster transatlantic strategies to advance international security and global economic prosperity. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Partnership for New York City, an organization whose mission is to enhance the economy of the five boroughs of New York City and maintain the city’s position as the global center of commerce, culture and innovation

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Current

The Economic Club of New York is a membership organization with members drawn from the top executive levels of business, industry and finance. The Club is nonpolitical, nonpartisan and nonprofit. Founded in 1907, the Club has served ever since as a major forum for discussion on a wide range of public issues of interest to business people.

Career History
Partner
Current

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides legal services. The company counsels clients in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property and restructuring matters. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Adjunct Professor
Current

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo Law offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture. Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo Law takes its academic mission seriously. The school's faculty members are known for being widely-published legal scholars, accomplished lawyers, and accessible teachers. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.

Boards & Committees
Chairman of the Advisory Committee
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2016

Common Sense Media, Inc. provides ratings and reviews of media and entertainment based on child development. The company was founded by Omar Khan, Linda Burch, Liz Perle and James P. Steyer in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Member, Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board
Prior

Law360 is an American online media company based in New York City that publishes news and analysis on business law for its online subscribers. Current subscribers include each of the top 100 law firms in the U.S., corporate legal departments and major federal and state agencies.[1] All told, the company provides litigation news and analysis to over 100,000 attorneys and 1,400 organizations.[1] Law360 publishes an average of 100 articles per day across 30 legal practice areas such as intellectual property, white-collar crime, contract, class action and financial services.[2] Since its creation in 2004, Law360 has experienced a consistent double-digit growth.[3] The company had revenue of $10 million in 2010 and is expected to expand rapidly in 2011.[4] In April 2011, the company launched Law360 Data, which provides real time updates of lawsuit activity for more than 5,000 publicly traded companies across 200 industries.[1] In August 2011, Law360 was named a finalist in the human resources and leadership category for The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards 2011.[5] History The company was founded by Marius Meland in 2004 as a daily online newsletter covering intellectual property law. Meland, a former business reporter for Dow Jones and Forbes, was initially surprised by the interest in the online media source, especially amongst attorneys.[6]In December 2004, Meland connected with Magnus Hoglund, a recent graduate of Columbia Business School, during a chance meeting at a local coffee shop.[6] The two officially launched Law360 a short time later, initially running the operation out of Meland’s apartment in New York. As of March 2011, they had more than 80 employees.[6] On March 20, 2012 it was announced that LexisNexis had acquired Portfolio Media, and Law360.[7] References ^ a b c Law360 (27 Apr 2011). "Law360 Unveils New Data and News Platform (Press Release)". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 15 July 2011. ^ "About Law360". Law360 Corporate Website. Retrieved 15 July 2011. ^ http://www.nyreport.com/law360 ^ http://www.nyreport.com/law360 ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/law360-selected-as-finalist-for-the-new-york-enterprise-report-small-business-awards-127309373.html ^ a b c Kederstedt, Daniel (12 July 2011). "Svensk modell slår i USA". E24 Entreprenör (in Swedish). Retrieved 15 July 2011. ^ "LexisNexis Acquires Law360". MarketWatch. 20 March 2012.

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Current

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo Law offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture. Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo Law takes its academic mission seriously. The school's faculty members are known for being widely-published legal scholars, accomplished lawyers, and accessible teachers. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.

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$1,000 - $4,999
2011

The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. The Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually and provides a comprehensive range of legal services in three areas: the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Unlike the Society's Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices, which are constitutionally mandated and supported by government, the Civil Practice relies heavily on private contributions.

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2009

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo Law offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture. Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo Law takes its academic mission seriously. The school's faculty members are known for being widely-published legal scholars, accomplished lawyers, and accessible teachers. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.

$500 - $999
2003

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Cardozo Law offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture. Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. Cardozo Law takes its academic mission seriously. The school's faculty members are known for being widely-published legal scholars, accomplished lawyers, and accessible teachers. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.

Political Donations
$700
2017

Senator from New Jersey

$1,000
2017

Senator from New Jersey

$2,600
2014

Representative at Office of the Representative from New York's 4th District, Kathleen Rice

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Vista Equity Partners Management LLC purchases CDC Software International Corp. from CDC Corp.

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DISH Network Corp. purchases DBSD North America, Inc. from ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Ltd.

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Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (Inactive), Jones Energy Ltd. LLC purchase Crusader Energy Group, Inc. from Crusader Energy Group Holding Co. LLC

Awards & Honors
2012
Super Lawyers Magazine - New York Super Lawyers
2012
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - BALLSA Alumni of the Year
2011
Super Lawyers Magazine - New York Super Lawyers
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