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. In addition, Jonathan has extensive experience advising on business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

Over the course of his career, Jonathan has advised on transactions having an aggregate value of approximately $700 billion. 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, Shentel and Spectrum Brands, as well as numerous SPACs and investment banks.

In 2021, Jonathan was one of six M&A attorneys recognized in Bloomberg Law’s inaugural “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” awards. He 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 and 2021. 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 2016–2021. In addition, after naming him a “Rising Star” in 2017, IFLR1000 recognized Jonathan as “Highly Regarded” in 2021 and 2022.


Thought Leadership


Hot Topics in M&A,” Tulane University Law School’s 33rd Annual Corporate Law Institute, March 11, 2021


Corporate/M&A ─ New York, Chambers USA, 2020–2021

They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40 (M&A), Bloomberg Law, 2021

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., 2016–2021

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.