Jonathan F. Foster

Current Capital Partners LLC

Jonathan F. Foster is the founder and managing director of Current Capital Partners LLC. Jon has more than 30 years of experience with high-quality financial services firms and has a unique perspective as an investment banker, corporate director, and private equity investor who focuses primarily on industrial and services companies.

He has served on 35 boards ranging from small private companies to distressed companies in and out of bankruptcy to Fortune 500 companies. As an expert witness in major litigation, Jon has filed numerous reports, been deposed many times, and testified in court typically on mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and governance issues; he has worked with leading law firms on behalf of major companies and investment firms.

Jon earned his BBA in Accounting from Emory University in 1984, followed by his MSc, Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1985. Soon after that, he joined Lazard, where he spent more than ten years, ultimately becoming a Managing Director. At Lazard, Jon worked on various industrial and services mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and financing transactions.

After his time at Lazard, he went on to be the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for, where he played a key role in hiring the senior team, raising $60 million of venture capital, growing revenues nearly four times in one year and initiating and driving the completion of the first outsourcing transaction with After that, he was a Managing Director at Cypress Group, a middle-market private equity firm where he focused on industrial companies. He later was Executive Vice President of Finance for Revolution Living, owned by Steve Case, the founder of AOL, where he helped lead consumer and transportation efforts. During his tenure with Revolution Living, Jon played a leadership role in active portfolio management and the sourcing and execution of new investments.

Jon then became a Managing Director and Co-Head of Diversified Industrials at Wachovia Securities (later acquired by Wells Fargo) in 2007. He worked primarily with companies in capital goods and business services. He was a member of the Client Executive Team that advised senior management on developing further client business. 

In 2008, Jonathan Foster founded Current Capital Partners, a mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advisory, corporate management services, and private equity investment firm that helps to create value, primarily in the middle market and smaller companies in the industrial and services industries. 

The mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advisory effort provides high-quality financial advisory services — including ideas, buy-side, and sell-side execution, restructuring advisory services, strategic and capital structure reviews, and related services – for corporate and investment firm clients seeking an independent perspective and senior attention. 

Their clients include Aludyne, American Securities, Apax, Centerbridge, First Reserve, Kelso, Klocker Pentapast, and Oakhill, among many others. Mergers and acquisitions advisory services and related products and securities services are provided by Current Capital Partners’ affiliate, Current Capital Securities LLC, a broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC.

 In the management services effort, firm professionals help manage investments, sit on Boards of directors and provide related consulting services for other investors and financial institutions as well as offer advice and expert witness services in complex corporate litigation. The private equity investing business, primarily a co-investment effort, brings an integrated operating, finance, and investment approach.



Jonathan F. Foster is on the Boards of Directors of New York Stock Exchange companies Masonite Inc., a global designer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of interior and exterior doors for the new construction and repair, renovation and remodeling sectors of the residential and non-residential building construction markets; Lear Corporation, a global automotive technology leader in Seating and E-Systems; Berry Global Group, Inc., an innovator of packaging and engineered products that help make life better for consumers and the planet; and Five Point, a design and development company of large mixed-use, master-planned communities in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Francisco County that combine residential, commercial, retail, educational, and recreational elements with public amenities, including civic areas for parks and open space. He has been and continues to be on the boards of numerous private companies, including those involved in restructurings such as Nordic Aviation Capital, Macy’s Real Estate Holdings, TNT Crane, Sabine Oil & Gas, Toys R Us, and Harley Marine Services.

Among other business-related activities, Jon was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ 2015 Directorship 100 List and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Long-Term Value Creation. From 2008 to 2016, he was an appointee to the New York Power Authority Board, America’s largest state-owned power organization. He served as a trustee, Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Energy Policy Committee, and a member of the Audit and Finance Committees. These appointments were made by three separate governors and confirmed by the Senate. He has spoken, written, and been quoted widely on mergers and acquisitions, finance, and governance issues and has lectured at various universities.

Jon has recently been appointed as an advisor to the Better Boards Initiative, a project seeking to conduct research on a large scale to determine the practices that drive diverse and inclusive recruitment to company boards, with the aim of helping companies retain talented people from many different backgrounds, which has been shown to increase consumer demand and improve employee satisfaction. He also completed an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in 2013 and has recently completed one on ESG at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. 

Jonathan F. Foster enjoys traveling, cycling, fishing, and spending time with his wife, two adult children, and goldendoodle in his free time. For more information on Jon’s professional perspectives and thoughts, please check back often for recent updates.

Selected Expert Witness Experience

Corporate Clients
  • Alcoa
  • Alere
  • Asahi Tec Corporation
  • Bloomberg
  • C3 / Thomas Siebel
  • Crestview Partners
  • Exam Works
  • Financo
  • Glenhill Advisors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Merrill Lynch
  • News Corp / Move, Inc.
  • NGL Energy
  • One Asia
  • Plante Moran
  • Reading International
  • Renco
  • Virigin
  • Vulcan Materials
  • Elaine Wynn
Law Firms
  • Clifford Chance
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Fried Frank
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Honigman Miller
  • Jenner & Block
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • King & Spalding
  • Kramer Levin
  • Latham & Watkins
  • O’Melveny & Myers
  • Paul Weiss
  • Proskauer
  • Quinn Emanuel
  • Richards Layton
  • Schulte Roth
  • Sidley Austin
  • Simpson Thacher
  • Skadden Arps
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Wachtell Lipton
  • Young Conaway
Economic Consultancies
  • Analysis Group
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Charles River Associates
  • Compass Lexecon
  • Cornerstone Research
  • NERA Economic Consulting

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