Jon K. Jurva concentrates his practice in corporate and securities matters. He focuses his practice on representing foundations, endowments, funds of funds and other institutional investors in making and exiting real estate, venture capital, private equity and hedge fund investments. In addition, Jon represents general partners in the formation and operation of a variety of private investment funds and funds of funds. During his work with general partners and limited partners, he has advised clients on numerous matters relating to the operation of private investment funds, including key person events, management transitions and other significant events. Jon calls on his experience in representing both general partners and limited partners to help clients craft workable solutions to resolve such matters.

He also regularly advises private and public companies on mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions.

Jon has counseled a wide variety of start-up ventures through their initial organization and fundraising.

Clients appreciate Jon’s reasoned and pragmatic approach to guiding transactions to closing while closely protecting their interests.

  • Experience

    Jon’s representative transactions include:

    • Representation of a mezzanine fund in the formation of its third fund, which raised $558 million from investors that included domestic and international pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, consultants, and family offices.
    • Continuing representation of a Chicago-based investment manager with respect to the formation of private equity funds of funds, including negotiations with a wide variety of public pension funds, and the ongoing operation of those funds of funds.
    • Representation of investment manager in sale of stakes in related general partner and management company.
    • Representation of institutional investors in connection with removal of a general partner of a private equity fund.
    • Representation of institutional investors in secondary transactions.
    • Representation of institutional investors in co-investment transactions.
    • Representation of investment professionals in the formation of a long-short equity hedge fund.
    • Representation of prominent institutional investors as limited partners in numerous domestic and international private equity, venture capital, real estate, and hedge fund investments.
    • Representation of an investment manager in connection with registering with the SEC as an investment adviser.
    • Representation of an investment adviser during an SEC compliance inspection and examination.
    • Representation of a Washington, D.C.-based investment manager in the formation of a hedge fund.
    • Representation of a public company in the distribution industry with respect to a series of acquisitions of competitors throughout the United States.
    • Representation of a privately wine distributor in an acquisition of a beer distributor in Oregon from a publicly held company.
    • Representation of a subsidiary of a publicly traded company in the gaming industry in a $200 million acquisition of energy project assets.
  • Credentials


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1999
    • Fulbright Scholar - Brazil, 1994
    • University of Michigan, A.B., 1991, with distinction

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

            Professional Memberships

            • American Bar Association, Institutional Investors Committee
          • Insights

            News Release

            Eighty-One Attorneys Named to 2021 Leading Lawyers

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 81 attorneys named to the 2021 Leading Lawyers list.

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            Eighty-Eight Attorneys Named to 2020 Leading Lawyers

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 88 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Leading Lawyers list.

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            2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

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            95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

            Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

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            Schiff Hardin Advises Yukon Partners in Third Mezzanine Fund

            Schiff advised Yukon Partners on its third mezzanine fund, Yukon Capital Partners III (Fund III).

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            99 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2017 Leading Lawyers List

            Ninety-nine Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2017 Leading Lawyers list for Illinois and Michigan.

            Trending Legal Issue

            3.0 Model Debenture SBIC Ltd Partnership Agreement Now Available

            The SBIC has posted Version 3.0 of its Model Debenture SBIC Limited Partnership Agreement.


            New Chicago Restaurant Opens to Rave Reviews

            Schiff Hardin’s Bill Franzen had worked with Meg Sahs for years, advising her on estate and tax planning matters. Then Meg reached out to Bill for help on a new type of project: she was launching a new restaurant with business partner and celebrity chef Sarah Grueneberg.


            President Obama Signs SBIC Advisers Relief Act into law; Long-awaited clarification of Registration Exemptions for Advisers to SBICs

            Investment advisers to Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) received an early holiday gift when President Obama signed the SBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2015 (the “Relief Act”) into law last December.

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            Speeches & Presentations

            • “Nordics Navigating New Norms & Numbers,” Nordic Consulates in Chicago, Webinar (Mar. 19, 2021)
            • “Entering the U.S. Market: A Legal Overview for Swedish Companies,” Schiff Hardin, Webinar (Sep. 28 - 29, 2020)
            • “Getting off to a Great Start: Commonly Negotiated PE Fund Terms,” Chicago Private Equity Forum, Chicago, IL (May 4, 2016)
            • “Commonly Negotiated Private Equity Fund Terms,” (presenter), Muller & Monroe Asset Management’s Back Office Exchange, Chicago, IL (Oct. 11, 2014)
            • “Institutional Limited Partners Association Private Equity Principles: A Guide for Improving GP/LP Relations,” (co-presenter) Muller & Monroe Asset Management’s Back Office Exchange, Chicago, IL (Oct. 14, 2011)
            • “Dodd-Frank’s Impact on Investment Adviser Registration: What Does It Mean for You?,” (co-presenter), Schiff Hardin LLP Webinar (Apr. 13, 2011)
            • “Dodd-Frank’s Impact on Private Equity Funds and Other Recent Legal Developments,” Muller & Monroe Asset Management’s Back Office Exchange, Chicago,IL (Nov. 2, 2010)
            • “Placement Agents Panel Discussion,” (panelist) Muller & Monroe Asset Management's Back Office Exchange, Chicago,IL (Oct. 2, 2009)
            • “Alternative Investments in the Aftermath of the Credit Crisis,” American College of Investment Counsel, 2009 Annual Spring Investment Forum, Chicago,IL (Apr. 23, 2009)
          • Citizenship

            Pro Bono Activities

            Jon has devoted hundreds of hours to pro bono advocacy. He recently represented Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. in its merger with JourneyCare, Inc. and Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter. He earlier represented Lake Forest Symphony Association, Inc. in a transaction with Music Institute of Chicago.

            Civic and Charitable Memberships

            • Finland’s Honorary Consul in Chicago
            • Midwest Chapter of the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
            • Foundation Board of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, Board of Directors
            • St. James Lutheran School of Chicago, Illinois, Board of Education
          • Awards & Honors

            • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin’s Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2017-2021)
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          New Chicago restaurant opens to rave reviews

          When Meg Sahs decided to open a restaurant with celebrity chef Sarah Grueneberg, she knew who to call. Schiff Hardin’s Bill Franzen, Jon Jurva, David Sattelberger, and Tom White advised the duo as they launched Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, a boisterous new Italian restaurant in Chicago’s famed West Loop. (Photo credit: Galdones Photography) MORE