Partner at PJT Partners
K. Don Cornwell is a Partner at PJT Partners, based in New York. Mr. Cornwell joined PJT Partners
in February of 2015 following an 18-year career at Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley, Mr.
Cornwell was in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, and established a particularly focused area of
expertise in media and entertainment, specifically in sports and gaming. Prior to leaving Morgan
Stanley he served as Head of Global Sports Investment Banking. Mr. Cornwell also specialized in
retail and apparel.
Mr. Cornwell has worked on some of the largest and most complex sports and entertainment deals
in the industry, including the sale of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the sale of the Buffalo
Bills, the sale of IMG to William Morris Endeavor, the sale of Access/DAZN owned Perform
Group to Vista owned STATS Inc., a recapitalization of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the formation of
Major League Baseball Advanced Media. In addition, he has served as a strategic advisor to the
National Football League and the National Basketball Association on numerous occasions.
Mr. Cornwell has also worked on several transformational transactions in the gaming space
including the combination of Flutter Entertainment and The Stars Group, the sale of Caesars
Entertainment to Eldorado Resorts, the acquisition of Sky Betting and Gaming by The Stars
Group, the formation of a US sports betting joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC and the
acquisition of Double Down Casino by IGT.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Cornwell worked at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant and
in corporate development for the National Football League.
He sits on the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, an after school program for
children in East Harlem; the Board of Directors of New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer
organization and the Management Board of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Cornwell received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and an AB in
government from Harvard College. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended the Trinity
School for high school.