Jonathan Temps

Jonathan Temps

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Jonathan Temps is a partner in the Chicago office of Baker McKenzie and a member of the Firm's Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice Group. Over the course of his career, Jonathan has negotiated and closed dozens of deals and funds in the private equity space with transaction values aggregating to tens of billions of dollars. He has led negotiations on behalf of both GPs and LPs with respect to the terms of investments of several billion dollars in funds with a variety of strategies across a broad array of asset classes and sectors, both in the capital aggregation and capital deployment stages of a fund’s life.

With a perspective developed through time spent at some of the nation's largest law firms, one of the world's leading investment banks, and at an international private equity fund, Jonathan's advice and advocacy for clients reflects a holistic and comprehensive understanding of a transaction, and an awareness of the fundamental considerations that drive the success of a deal.

Practice Focus

Jonathan assists sponsors of, and investors in, private pools of capital in achieving their business and financial objectives through an understanding of their economic priorities, legal situations and regulatory circumstances. Primarily representing private equity funds, hedge funds and investors in such vehicles, Jonathan works predominantly within the private capital markets. Because of the nature of these clients and their activities, his approach is a highly commercial one, with properly understanding and capturing the economics of a fund, deal or investment opportunity, his first consideration when providing legal analysis and advice.


  • Illinois~United States (2000)


  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA) (2004)
  • University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (International Business Exchange Program) (2004)
  • New York University School of Law (JD) (1999)
  • State University of New York at Albany (MA) (1996)
  • University of Chicago (BA, General Education Honors, Dean's List, Departmental Honors) (1994)


  • English


Author, "United States: Private Capital Update: Plenty Of Dry Powder, But Few Targets Of Opportunity," Law360, 2017


Moderator, "Urban vs. Suburban vs. ‘Suban’: Opportunities in Secondary & Tertiary Markets Today," 15th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA, 19 January 2018