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King & Spalding LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Jonathan Melmed is an M&A, Corporate partner based in New York. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Private Equity/M&A practice with over 20 years of experience.  Jonathan 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. Jonathan has extensive M&A and PE experience across many sectors, including in the power, infrastructure, energy, media, telecommunications, technology, life sciences, health care, pharma, insurance and real estate/REIT sectors. Jonathan is also the Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Power & Infrastructure practice and leads our Canada practice.

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United States > Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

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Jonathan MelmedKing & Spalding LLP

Deploying a multi-disciplinary approach which draws upon the expertise of corporate, tax, finance and regulatory lawyers with energy specific industry knowledge, King & Spalding LLP is best-known for its work on behalf of private equity and infrastructure funds on the acquisition and disposal of assets from across the spectrum of renewable sources, including solar, hydro and wind. Corporate partner Jonathan Melmed is regularly at the forefront of the most significant renewable energy-related private equity work handled by the team and has been pivotal to the firm’s exponential growth in the area since his arrival in mid-2018 from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

King & Spalding LLP‘s private equity practice is led out of its New York and Atlanta offices by Jonathan Melmed and Rahul Patel, respectively. The firm generally works on middle-market transactions, with prominent clients including Roark Capital, HIG, and Lindsay Goldberg. The ‘prompt, thoughtful‘ practice has several industry specialisms, including healthcare, life sciences, and particularly energy, which is a key focus for the US  team as a whole. The firm’s international reach allows the geographically diverse practice to act in a range of complex transactions, including several major energy pipeline and transmission deals originating in Canada. These are primarily led from the New York office by Melmed, demonstrating the practice’s capabilities regardless of geographical location. As part of a concerted expansion strategy, the practice group took on four partners from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2019: Tom KnoxLarry YanowitchCharles Katz, and Jeremy Schropp.

United States > Finance > Project finance

King & Spalding LLP has an extremely strong track record for advising sponsors on major upstream, midstream, and downstream oil, gas, and LNG projects. The bulk of the team works out of the firm’s Houston office, including practice head Scott Greer and partners Peter Hays and Monica Hwang. The firm also has several highly experienced partners based in New York, including Jonathan Melmed who has a good track record for renewables and conventional power projects, and Brandon Dalling. Washington DC-based partner James Bowe is also noted for his transactional, regulatory, and development expertise in pipeline and oil and gas projects.  Recently the firm has been involved in several major US-based pipeline, LNG, and petrochemical projects, although it is also well versed in major cross-border developments in Africa and Latin America. Houston-based partner Vera De Brito de Gyarfas is especially strong in international matters.