Jonathan Savar is the founding partner of The Savar Law Firm. His practice focuses on representing startups, small businesses, emerging growth companies, middle market companies, private equity and venture capital investors, lenders and founders on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, debt finance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, licensing and IT transactions, franchising, governance, contracts, business formation and other commercial matters. Mr. Savar also regularly serves as outside general counsel to his clients, and counsels boards, C-level executives and management on critical governance matters as well as other important legal and business issues.
Prior to founding The Savar Law Firm, Mr. Savar was a corporate attorney at several prestigious AmLaw 100 international law firms as well as a few highly-regarded regional firms. During his long career as an attorney, Mr. Savar has successfully advised on billions of dollars of mergers and acquisitions (representing both buy-side and sell-side clients including private equity and venture capital investors as well as their portfolio companies) and billions of dollars of debt and equity financings (including private equity and venture capital transactions, acquisition financings, bank loan transactions, recapitalizations, restructurings and reorganizations).
Representative private equity and venture capital investors on whose transactions and financings Mr. Savar has worked during the course of his legal career include:
3i Group | ABRY Partners | Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. | Cheyne Capital | CVC Capital Partners | EdgeStone Capital Partners | ff Venture Capital | Gimv | GSO Capital Partners | IAF Ventures | Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners | iSeed Ventures | Jefferies Capital Partners | Lion Capital | Milestone Partners | Morgan Stanley | New Enterprise Associates | Penn River Capital | Quentin Road Ventures Management | RTW Investments | Sentinel Capital Partners | Sun Capital Partners | Stone Tower Capital | Tinicum Capital Partners
Investment Banking Experience
Also prior to founding The Savar Law Firm, Mr. Savar worked for many years as an investment banker at two international financial institutions arranging many billions of dollars of tax-advantaged leveraged leases (some of which won "deal of the year" awards from industry publications) of "big ticket" infrastructure, equipment and vehicles for corporate investors, financial institutions, government agencies and corporations.
Mr. Savar is actively involved in the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Business Law; Solo, Small Firm and General Practice; and Law Practice sections. In the Business Law section, he is a member of the Business Financing; Career and Practice Development; Commercial Finance; Corporate Counsel; Corporate Documents and Process; Corporate Governance; Mergers and Acquisitions; Middle Market and Small Business; Private Equity and Venture Capital; and Technology committees. Mr. Savar is also an active member of the New York City Bar Association.
Mr. Savar was educated at Princeton University and The University of Chicago Law School. He served as Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Legal Forum (advised by now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan).