Jon H. Oram

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Jon H. Oram

Jon H. Oram

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Biography

Jon H. Oram is a partner in Proskauer’s Corporate Department and a member of the Sports Law Group. Jon has a broad-based transactional practice with an emphasis on clients in the sports industry, including teams, leagues, owners, financial institutions, corporate sponsors and private equity funds.

Since joining Proskauer, Jon has represented the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour and various other sports leagues in their most significant transactional matters, including team ownership transfers, financings, expansions, relocations, bankruptcies and investigations. His experience includes representing MLB in connection with the Los Angeles Dodgers' television negotiations and bankruptcy proceeding, counseling MLS in its negotiations with David Beckham and its recent expansion transactions in New York, Orlando Philadelphia, Vancouver, Portland and Montreal, and advising the NBA in the formation of NBA China, L.P. and its $253 million private placement.

In addition, Jon regularly advises professional sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Jets, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in a wide array of corporate matters, including team acquisitions, secured and unsecured financings, employment contracts with coaches and other key executives, and the sale of telecast, naming rights, sponsorship, seat license, apparel, Internet and other new media rights. Recently, Jon represented an ownership group led by the O'Malley and Seidler families in their purchase of the San Diego Padres for $800 million. In 2011, he advised Jim Crane and his partners in their acquisition of the Houston Astros and Shahid Khan in his purchase of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Over the past two decades, Jon has counseled a variety of teams, leagues and owners seeking to develop new stadiums, arenas and other sports facilities. He has worked with, among others, the Eagles with the lease and development of Lincoln Financial Field, the Jets with regard to the financing of MetLife Stadium, the New Jersey Devils in their efforts to construct and finance the Prudential Center, and NBA China in negotiations with Anschutz Entertainment Group and Oriental Pearl Group to develop and operate the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Jon has also advised clients on many of the largest naming rights transactions in history, including the New York Jets and Giants in their $400 million naming rights deal with MetLife and Levi Strauss & Co. in its $220 million deal to name the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Jon also represents both borrowers and financial institutions, such as JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and U.S. Bank, in financing transactions that involve teams and other sports properties. These have included the NBA's $3.4 billion league-wide credit facility, a $650 million bond issuance by an affiliate of the Jets, a $450 million senior secured credit facility to fund the acquisition of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, and a $225 million loan to the owners of the Houston Texans.

In 2012, Jon was inducted into the Sports Business Journal's Hall of Fame after being named one of the "Forty Under 40" most influential executives in the sports industry for 2008, 2009 and 2012. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the top “40 Under 40” M&A lawyers by The M&A Advisor. He has also been recognized numerous times as one of the top sports attorneys in the country by Chambers USA, which described him as "a gifted corporate lawyer with an extraordinary capacity to handle complex matters." Jon also serves on the Board of Directors of the Stanford University Athletic Department and The Bronx Defenders.

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Number of Awards

15

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Education
JD
Class of 1999

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

MA
Class of 1996

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Memberships
Essays Editor
1997 - 1999

The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. Editorial and general offices are located in the Sterling Law Building at Yale University.

Career History
Partner
Current

Proskauer Rose LLP is a law firm in New York, NY. It offers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law services. It serves the chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1875.

Clerk
Prior

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

Boards & Committees
Member, Athletic Board
Current

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Political Donations
$1,700
2016

Former Senator from New York

$500
2013

Representative from Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District

$1,000
2011

Representative from Texas's 20th Congressional District

Transactions
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Activision Blizzard, Inc. purchases MLG Legacy Holdings, Inc. from Oak Investment Partners

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Guggenheim Baseball Management LP purchases Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. from Major League Baseball

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Jacksonville Jaguars Ltd. /Khan purchases 1993 FB Partners Ltd.

Awards & Honors
2013
M&A Advisor - 40 Under 40, Legal Advisor
2012
Sports Business Journal - Forty under 40
2012
Super Lawyers - New York Metro Rising Stars
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