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Jonathan Sperling
Jonathan M. Sperling
New York +1 212 841 1153 jsperling@cov.com Download V-card

Jonathan Sperling is a litigation partner with a proven track record of crafting creative solutions to complex business disputes, particularly those involving commercial contracts, securities, M&A, derivative lawsuits, and disputes over corporate control. Over the past several years, much of Mr. Sperling’s work has focused on representing a variety of record companies and publishers in disputes over distribution of content through new media. He also has substantial experience handling governmental and internal investigations, and advising boards on crisis management.

  • Lead counsel to Sony Music Entertainment in class actions concerning royalties owed to legacy recording artists in connection with digital downloads.
  • Lead counsel to the Special Litigation Committee of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. in shareholder derivative lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty by its majority shareholder.
  • Represent Chiquita Brands International in shareholder derivative lawsuits and claims under the Alien Tort Statute arising out of a Department of Justice investigation.
  • Represent Cox Media Group in a dispute concerning television program production costs.
  • Lead counsel in the definitive Second Circuit case on market manipulation claims under the federal securities laws.  
  • Representation of a variety of issuers and financial institutions in shareholder M&A litigation.
  • Represented General Electric in litigation over a customized commodity swap agreement.
  • Represented an energy master limited partnership in a dispute over the acquisition of an Alaskan gas pipeline.
  • Represented Kerr-McGee in proxy-contest litigation against Carl Icahn.
  • Led an internal investigation for the board of a leading New York non-profit institution.