Jonathan is an extraordinarily bright, young M&A star - The American Lawyer

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, AbbVie, Alliant Techsystems, Allied World Assurance, Amcor, Anheuser‑Busch InBev, Avaya, Avon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Delhaize Group, Deutsche Boerse, Fortive, General Motors, H.J. Heinz, Honeywell, IBM, J.Crew, Jones Group, Mead Johnson, Pentair, Pinnacle Foods, Scientific Games and Spectrum Brands, as well as numerous investment banks.

Jonathan was recognized as a 2020 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, and he was one of five M&A attorneys nationwide chosen as a Law360 MVP in 2019. Chambers and Partners listed Jonathan as a top M&A attorney in Chambers USA 2020. He was also named a "Rising Star" in M&A by Law360 in 2017 and 2018, as well as IFLR1000 in 2017, and has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in M&A generally and in the technology sector from 2016–2020.



Corporate/M&A ─ New York, Chambers USA, 2020

MVP, Mergers and Acquisitions, Law360, 2019

Mergers and Acquisitions, Law360, 2017–2018

Mergers and Acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2017–2020

M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+) [Next Generation], The Legal 500 U.S., 2017–2020

M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Large Deals, $1bn+, The Legal 500 U.S., 2016

Technology: Transactional, The Legal 500 U.S., 2016


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.
  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.B.A.