Jonathan Gordon

Department Chair - Corporate (New York & Washington) Partner

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New York

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Jonathan Gordon

Jonathan Gordon represents U.S. and international clients in acquisitions and sales of private and public companies and their assets. Many of these transactions have included a substantial cross-border element. Mr. Gordon also has extensive experience in the structuring and formation of joint ventures. In a practice touching on a number of areas, a significant portion of his practice has centered on the representation of businesses in the media, telecommunications, sports and entertainment, technology, manufacturing and chemical industries.

Related Experience

Akzo Nobel N.V.

  • Sale of its 50 percent interest in Flexsys, a leading worldwide rubber chemicals producer, to Solutia, Inc.
  • Acquisition of ChemCraft Holdings Corporation, a leading wood coatings manufacturer
  • Acquisition of Dexter Corporation’s coatings business
  • Disposition of various international chemical businesses through controlled auctions

Discovery Holding Company

  • Roll-up transaction between Discovery Holding Company and Advance/Newhouse Programming, pursuant to which their interests in Discovery Communications will be consolidated in a new public company
  • Representation of Discovery Holding Company in connection with Discovery Communications’ $1.9 billion redemption of Cox Communications’ 25 percent equity stake in Discovery Communications

Liberty Digital

  • Structuring of investments in numerous interactive television technology, applications, and content companies, including acquisition of a 50 percent interest in the Game Show Network from Sony and a significant interest in Alloy, Inc.

Liberty Media Corporation

  • Acquisition by DirecTV of Liberty Entertainment, Inc. and the creation of a new public parent, DIRECTV
  • $16.5 billion acquisition of News Corp.’s 40 percent interest in DirecTV, three regional sports networks, and cash in a tax-free exchange for Liberty Media Corporation’s 16 percent stake in News Corp.
  • Sale of the International Channel and interest in E! to Comcast in a “cash-rich split-off”
  • Sale of USA Networks to Vivendi Universal
  • Investment in IDT Corporation
  • Spin-off of Liberty Media’s 50 percent interest in Discovery Communications and 100 percent interest in Ascent Entertainment Group to form Discovery Holding Company; subsequent representation of Discovery Holding Company
  • $500 million equity investment by Liberty Media in News Corp. in connection with News Corp.’s 2003 bid to acquire DirecTV

NBA Houston Rockets/Houston Regional Sports Network

  • Restructuring of regional sports network and licensing of media rights of Rockets and Astros to Fox Sports

OpenTV Corp.

  • Acquisition of Wink Communications, Inc.
  • Acquisition of ACTV, Inc.

TVG Network

  • Investment in Youbet.com, Inc.
  • Licensing arrangements with America TAB, Ltd.

YankeeNets LLC

  • Formation of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network and sale of a significant stake to Goldman Sachs

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Introductory Guide to SPACs in the Middle East

Please join Baker Botts and SHUAA Capital on Tuesday 18 May for a webinar discussing key considerations around Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) opportunities in Middle Eastern markets.

ACC NYC’s In-House Toolkit

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