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Jonathan Davis

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Corporate

Position

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.

Education

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


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Davis - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has cemented its formidable standing in strategic M&A, alongside its market leading position in private equity buyouts. It has built an impressive depth of experience in public M&A, cross-border transactions, contested deals, activist defense work and take-private transactions. The firm has pursued a fervent campaign to hire lateral partners in recent years, with M&A and securities specialist Sean Wheeler joining its Houston office in 2018, while private equity and M&A expert Jennifer Perkins moved to New York; both were partners at Latham & Watkins LLP. In addition, Michael Woronoff, Monica Shilling, and Jonathan Benloulou joined the Los Angeles office from Proskauer Rose LLP in 2019, while  insurance M&A specialist and 'impressive technical expert' Rajab Abbassi joined the team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. The team is 'exceptionally dedicated', with 'a deep understanding of commercial issues' and filled with 'top-quality partners and associates' that combine to provide a 'one-stop-shop service'. It has 'broad transactional experience, with deep knowledge of market precedent' and can 'work seamlessly with numerous overseas counsel as well as the target's counsel'. The department advised Blackstone Group, as the controlling stockholder of Invitation Homes, on the company's $11bn combination with Starwood Waypoint Homes. It also advised Akzo Nobel on the $12.5bn sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC. Moreover, it represented The Scripps Family, the controlling shareholders of Scripps Networks Interactive, on the $14.6bn sale of Scripps to Discovery Communications. David Fox is a seasoned professional with enormous big-ticket M&A experience. Daniel Wolf is another big name to note, while Sarkis Jebejian and Peter Martelli are also highly respected in the market. Jonathan Davis is another increasingly prominent partner; he and Eric Schiele are praised for providing 'direct, pragmatic and useful advice'. Houston partner David Castro is 'extremely hardworking', 'very knowledgeable' and has 'deep experience in large transactions' in the oil and gas space. Houston's Chris Heasley is 'a rising star' along with Anthony Speier who has 'great M&A and energy expertise'. Partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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