Jonathan Abrams

Partner, Head of Corporate, Media and Intellectual Property, London, West End


Practice Description

Jonathan's practice focuses on representing domestic and international clients in corporate and private matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, recapitalizations and venture capital. He has provided counsel to hedge funds, private equity funds, family offices, entrepreneurs and public and private companies.

Jonathan also advises businesses and individuals on all forms of Intellectual Property (IP) and Media Law matters, including IP disputes, music, television, film, online and mobile. He typically advises clients on licensing, IP infringements and negotiations, the acquisition of rights, reputation management and defamation.

Jonathan regularly counsels entrepreneurs and investors on both business and legal issues and is particularly passionate about working with new businesses in early stages of growth.

He is also experienced in negotiating resolutions to commercial disputes.

As an Attorney-at-Law, Jonathan's practice focused on representing finance, energy, entertainment, media and technology companies.

Jonathan has penned many Business Law and IP articles and opinions and has been quoted in the Financial Times, The Telegraph, Lexis Nexis publications, The Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Chronicle amongst others. He was a legal video contributor to RBS's Bizcrowd platform and is a contributing author to a 2013 book entitled "The Business of Creativity: An expert guide to starting and growing a business in the creative sector" by Michael Jacobsen.

Prior to joining Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP, Jonathan lived in New York where he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co., Rayner Rowe LLP and latterly, Chadbourne and Parke LLP.

Jonathan received his law degree from the University of Leeds and is admitted as a Solicitor and an Attorney-at-law in the state of New York. Jonathan is a licensed Notary Public in the US and a Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations.

Work Specialisms

  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Intellectual Property and Media Law
  • Commercial Agreements
  • US & UK Law

Admissions and Accreditations

  • University of Leeds, LLB (Hons)
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course
  • Member of Law Society of England and Wales
  • Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations
  • Member of New York State Bar Association
  • Member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member of The American Bar Association
  • Licensed Notary Public, State of New York

Representative Matters

Intellectual Property

Representing the owner of a pharmaceutical group in a passing off action.

Representing an online publisher, as claimants, in connection with a copyright and passing off dispute.

Representing the owner of a UK trade mark in its trade mark infringement actions.

Represented a high profile UK sports personality in the negotiation and subsequent out of court settlement in connection with an image rights dispute with a major US film and television production network. Mergers and Acquisitions

Represented the special purpose vehicle of an investor group in its acquisition of multiple agricultural and rainforest land sites in Brazil.

Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a niche international personal security company.

Represented the seller in the sale of a London-based nursery school group of companies.

Represented the lender of a secured convertible loan facility to a UK law firm.

Represented a family office in its purchase of a London-based international commercial estate agency.

Represented an international energy company in connection with its acquisition of power plants in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Represented a Malta-based renewable energy group developing solar power installations across Mediterranean Europe in connection with a US$200 Million investment by a leading global private equity firm.

Represented the Latin-America-based owner of agricultural sugar production companies, in its sale of privately-held portfolio investments.

Represented a publicly-traded Venezuelan chemical production and distribution company in its sale of equity securities and American Depository Receipts.

Represented the seller in the buyout of a privately-held ocean freight shipping company with respect to US corporate and securities laws.

Represented Bank of Cyprus in its acquisition of approximately 97% of a Ukrainian bank.

Represented a Latin American private equity fund on its purchase of a 50% stake in Chilean generator and gas transporter from a publicly-traded US company.

Represented a leading, US-based accessible communications products and services provider in its acquisition of the telecommunications relay services assets of an international telecommunications service provider.

Represented a leading, Ibero-American strategic financial advisory firm and a consortium of investors on its offer for the purchase of assets of a Latin-American gaming and entertainment facilities operator.

Represented the specially created US subsidiary of a UK-based provider of facility management and corporate real estate software solutions, in connection with its purchase of the assets of a US software development and client services company; creating the world's largest Integrated Workplace Management System.

Private Equity

Represented an Eastern European sponsor in the structuring and formation of a private equity fund targeting investments in Ukraine.

Represented a Latin American private equity fund on its tender offer of a major international contract drilling and related services provider.

Represented a US-based alternative energy-focused private equity fund in a private equity investment in a US-based biofuels company.

Represented a UK client, advising on US securities law compliance issues and preparing appropriate investor materials, in connection with its private offering of US securities.

Represented a US private equity fund in its Series B Preferred Stock investment in a fast-growing company in the law enforcement sector.

Venture Capital

Representing a UK Energy advisory service in its VC financing by a leading UK insulation specialist in the UK.

Represented a Germany-based venture capital fund, in its divestiture of securities in a US-based alternative energy company, to two separate consortia of purchasers.

Represented a privately-held US-based merchant bank in its venture capital investment in a leading medical devices and innovations company.

Represented a US-based biofuels company in a recapitalization and venture capital financing.

Represented a US consulting firm on due diligence and negotiation of business terms, governance, employment and legal issues in connection with its joint venture with a boutique media strategy, design and branding company.

Represented a high-profile, emerging online "hyperlocal" news and information service in its sale of Series A Preferred Stock.


Jonathan's interests include; music, theatre, painting, golf, football and Liverpool Football Club.


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