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Jonas Svedlund

General Counsel & Head of Business Development

Jonas is General Counsel and Head of Business Development. Based in Boston, MA, he joined the team in 2016. 

Jonas manages the legal and business development teams for GE Ventures, and is responsible for the transactional, government affairs, business development and compliance matters for GE Ventures’ business units. As a member of GE Ventures’ investment committee, Jonas helps shape strategic and investment decisions.  

Prior to joining GE Ventures, Jonas spent six years as a legal and business development leader for GE at HQ and GE Capital. As Executive Counsel for Mergers & Acquisitions, Jonas led M&A teams effecting numerous strategic transactions and IPOs. Jonas advised GE in its strategic plan to sell most of GE Capital’s assets in 2015-2016 (Project Hubble). He also led the split-off of Synchrony Financial cross-functionally for GE. 

From 2006 to 2010, Jonas was senior counsel at GE Equity, where he advised senior management on day-to-day business affairs and led direct investment, portfolio management, and exits transactional activity, including IPOs. 

Prior to GE, Jonas practiced M&A, private equity, venture capital, and securities law at Sullivan & Cromwell for seven years with a focus on technology transactions.  

Jonas graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. 

A frequent lecturer and public speaker, he is on the board of MassChallenge in Boston and was recently a board observer at Synchrony Financial. 

Jonas has taken extended road trips across Europe and the US in VW camper buses. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four girls and live in Wellesley, Massachusetts with their labrador retriever Birdie.