Jon Abelarde


Mr. Abelarde is an Investment Banking and Business Strategy & Corporate Development professional with financial advisory experience in mergers & acquisitions and financial restructuring. His primary industry expertise includes oil & gas, technology, entertainment, digital media, energy, and retail.  Mr. Abelarde started his oil & gas career as an investor in deals, and now, one of the partners at Black Legend Capital, successfully managing and structuring various oil & gas opportunities in the U.S.
He started his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch M&A Investment Banking. He worked closely with senior bankers to advice over 15 technology companies on buy-side/sell-side M&A strategies and developed presentation materials for clients’ executive management team and board. 
Afterwards, Mr. Abelarde worked at Duff & Phelps / Chanin Capital Partners, a financial restructuring investment bank. He participated in business presentations and negotiations to both the creditor and debtor side of various distressed companies, examining various restructuring scenarios. Various projects include Jacuzzi Brands Corporation with $560 million in total indebtedness and Controladora Comercial Mexicana SA de CV with $2.9 billion in total indebtedness. 
Mr. Abelarde is a registered representative with a U.S. Broker Dealer. He was also involved with the business strategy & corporate development team at Fox Digital Entertainment, where he determined the return, profitability, and viability of various digital media projects.
He graduated with a dual degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.