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 M&A transactions and activist defense. Jonathan also advises corporations and their directors on general corporate and governance matters.

Over the course of his career, Jonathan has advised on transactions having an aggregate value of approximately $750 billion. In recent years, he has participated in some of the largest and most high profile M&A transactions in history, including Anheuser‑Busch InBev’s $123 billion acquisition of SABMiller, Bristol Meyer Squibb’s $90 billion acquisition of Celgene, AbbVie’s $63 billion acquisition of Allergan and H.J. Heinz’s $60 billion merger with Kraft.

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, and was profiled by Insider as one of 29 M&A lawyers “leading the way on billion-dollar M&A deals.” 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 has listed Jonathan as a top M&A attorney in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Jonathan was also named a "Rising Star" in M&A by Law360 in 2017 and 2018. He has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in M&A generally and in the technology sector from 2016–2023 and received a “Leading Lawyer” ranking for M&A in 2023. After naming him a “Rising Star” in 2017, IFLR1000 recognized Jonathan as “Highly Regarded” in 2021 and 2022.

Jonathan is a member of the board of directors of Park Avenue Armory as well as the Foundation for Education in Honduras (FEIH).



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Corporate/M&A – New York, Chambers USA, 2020–2023

M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+) [Leading Lawyer], The Legal 500 U.S., 2016–2023

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, 2017–2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


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