Jonathan Adler is a corporate partner based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. His practice focuses on advising sponsors of private investment funds, including buyout, growth capital, energy, infrastructure and credit funds. In addition to his work with U.S. and European funds, Mr. Adler has also advised clients in establishing private equity funds, offices and joint ventures in various emerging markets, including Africa, India and South America.
Mr. Adler’s recent experience includes acting for clients such as The Carlyle Group, Carmel Partners, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Crescent Capital Group, Global Infrastructure Partners, JP Morgan, KKR, Prudential Capital Group, Trimaran Capital Partners and Vinci Partners.
Mr. Adler is ranked as a leading lawyer for private equity funds by Chambers Global (2019) and Chambers USA (2018), where clients say he has a “fine combination of really good technical skills and a really good sense of the commercial and practical realities.” Previous editions of the guides have noted that he “ is “an extraordinary lawyer; he’s very thoughtful and brings a commercial, get-things-resolved attitude.”
Mr. Adler is also recognized as a “Next Generation Leading Lawyer” for private equity funds in The Legal 500 US (2018). He was named to Private Funds Management’s “30 Under 40” which recognizes the top private equity funds lawyers under the age of 40. He was also named a “Rising Star” by Law360 (2017) and IFLR 1000 (2019).
Mr. Adler joined the firm in 2005. He received a J.D. magna cum laude from New York University in 2005, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and a B.S. from Cornell University in 2002. Mr. Adler is admitted to the Bar in New York.
Avanath Capital Management in the formation of Avanath Affordable Housing III, a U.S. affordable housing real estate fund.
The Carlyle Group in raising close to $19 billion for multiple buyout and growth funds, co-investment vehicles and in various joint ventures, including in the formation of:
- Carlyle Asia Growth Partners V, a $340 million Asia growth capital fund.
- Carlyle Europe Partners IV, a €3.75 billion Europe buyout fund.
- Carlyle South America Buyout Fund, a $1 billion fund, including Fundo Brasil de Internacionalização de Empresas Fundo de Investimento em Participações, together with Banco do Brasil, a R$400 million vehicle to invest in Brazil.
- Carlyle Peru Fund, a $308 million Peru buyout/venture fund.
- Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV, a $1 billion Asia growth capital fund.
- Carlyle MENA Partners, a $500 million Middle East and North Africa buyout fund.
- Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund, a $698 million Sub-Saharan Africa fund.
- The Carlyle Group in its strategic partnership with AIG to position DSA Re as a platform to provide solutions for insurance liabilities globally.
Carmel Partners in the formation of:
- Carmel Partners Investment Fund VII, a $1.28 billion U.S. real estate fund.
- Carmel Partners Investment Fund VI, a $1 billion U.S. real estate fund.
- Crescent Capital Group in the formation of Crescent Mezzanine Partners VII, a $4.6 billion U.S. mezzanine fund.
- A leading investment manager in the formation and ongoing operations of an open-ended vehicle in the reinsurance space.
- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the formation of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund IX, a $6.25 billion North America and Europe buyout fund.
- International Finance Corporation and IFC AMC in various energy and emerging markets fundraising activities.
- KKR and KKR Asset Management in the formation of various private funds, joint ventures and separate accounts, including KKR Energy Income and Growth Fund I, a $2 billion energy and natural resources fund.
- Morgan Stanley in respect of fundraising and ongoing activities of its leveraged buyout, credit and infrastructure funds.
- Prudential Capital Group in the formation of Prudential Capital Energy Partners, a $343 million U.S. power/energy fund.
- New York University School of Law, 2005, J.D.
- Cornell University, 2002, B.S.
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