Jonathan A. Dhanawade is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jonathan represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in structuring, negotiating and executing complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, carve-out transactions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, corporate restructurings and equity investments (including PIPEs and growth equity investments). He also counsels clients on a range of general corporate matters, including corporate governance, executive compensation and incentive equity arrangements.

Jonathan has worked on transactions in a variety of industries, including aviation, business and financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals, software, specialty chemicals and materials and technology. He has handled these transactions on behalf of, among others, AFV Partners, Arcline Investment Management, Arsenal Capital, Audax, Centerbridge Partners, Flexpoint Partners, GTCR, Incline Equity Partners, Parthenon Capital Partners, Periscope Equity, SK Capital Partners, Summit Partners, Thoma Bravo, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Water Street Healthcare Partners and Waud Capital Partners.


Thought Leadership


Bulk Transfers of Accounts in Broker-Dealer M&A: Regulatory Developments, SKADDEN’S 2016 INSIGHTS.

I Got 99 Problems and They’re All FATCA, 35 NW. J. INT’L L. & BUS. (2014).

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Chicago Associates Committee


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Illinois
  • 2016New York


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2015

    Editor-in-Chief, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business

    Teaching Assistant, Negotiations

  • University of DelawareB.A., International Relations2011

    University of Delaware Honors Program

    John P. Nields Merit Scholarship

    Founder and President, University of Delaware Rotary Club