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Jon Henes

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jon Henes, founder and CEO of C Street, is one of the leading restructuring, corporate governance, and crisis advisors in the country. After 20 years as a senior partner in the Restructuring Group at Kirkland & Ellis, Jon founded C Street, a market defining strategic communications firm, dedicated to helping clients navigate complex special situations, including restructurings, liability management transactions, workouts, and chapter 11 cases.


Over his career, Jon has advised boards of directors, companies, and financial sponsors across the spectrum of the economy, including crypto-currency, retail, technology, automotive, energy, industrials, printing, media, radio broadcasting, television, healthcare, education, airlines, sports, real estate, and publishing. Jon is known for his client-first focus and creativity, as he pioneered the first one-day chapter 11 case in history and helped a multitude of clients fix their balance sheet and operations in some of the most sophisticated transactions in the industry.


Jon is described by Chambers as “very practical, creative and has an exceptional ability to sort out what is really important. Strategically, he understands the end goals.” Moreover “he is a veteran and someone who can help forge solutions on complex cases.” Jon is noted as a “terrific solution-oriented and collaborative advisor” who  “understands the big picture and works relentlessly to achieve results.”Jon is also involved in many philanthropic and political activities. Notably, Jon is the Chair of the Board of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation and the Co-Founder of the Foundation for Education in Honduras (FEIH). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Black Economic Alliance, and the Boards of Directors of FEIH and CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Jon served as the National Finance Chair for Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2020 Presidential Campaign and also as a finance chair for Ray McGuire’s 2021 New York City Mayoral Campaign.


As a leading advisor, Jon has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and Yahoo Finance, as well as in publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, and USA Today. Jon has lectured at esteemed institutions, including Harvard Business School, Penn Law School and New York University.

Jon earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review, and recently taught as an adjunct professor.

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