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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Jonathan Davis is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice primarily focuses on public and private company merger and acquisition transactions and activist defense. Jonathan also advises corporations and their directors on general corporate and governance matters.

His clients have included 3G Capital, Alliant Techsystems, Allied World Assurance, Anheuser‑Busch InBev, Avon, Delhaize Group, Deutsche Boerse, Heinz, Honeywell, IBM, J.Crew, JBS, Jones Group, Pentair, Pilgrim’s Pride, Pinnacle Foods, Scientific Games and Stanley Black & Decker, as well as numerous investment banks.

Jonathan was recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions and for his transactional work in the technology industry by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2016. He also was named a Rising Star in mergers and acquisitions by IFLR1000 in 2017.


New York University School of Law, J.D.; University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A.

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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

(Next Generation Partners)

Jonathan DavisKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a broad transactional practice, acting as lead counsel in public M&A, large-scale and cross-border joint ventures, and contested transactions. Clients of note include Bristol Myers-Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, and General Motors. Bristol Myers-Squibb in particular provided a key mandate for the practice in the form of its $90bn acquisition of Celgene, a significant transaction within the pharmaceuticals sector led by established ‘outstanding practitionersDaniel Wolf, David Fox, and Jonathan Davis. The team is also active in transactions in the logistics, healthcare, shipping, and manufacturing industries. The firm’s US-wide platform is aided further by strong global connectivity with offices in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, enabling it to access ‘great expertise’ from a variety of sources in complex cross-border transactions. The ‘exceptionalEric Schiele is also highly recommended by clients, while Houston-based David Castro and Christopher Heasley are noted for their work in energy sector transactions. All lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.