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Jonathan E. Levitsky

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Jonathan Levitsky is a corporate partner and a member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Group.  His practice focuses primarily on public and private mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Mr. Levitsky was chosen by the New York Times as a member of the next generation of leading deal makers, and was included in its "Facebook of Wall Street's Future."

Mr. Levitsky joined Debevoise in 2001 and became a partner in 2007. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1990, an M.Phil from Oxford University in 1992, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995, where he was a member of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Levitsky served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John Paul Stevens, US Supreme Court and the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Mr. Levitsky served as Counselor to Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke at the US Mission to the United Nations, and as a Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff.  He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Levitsky's recent representations include: 
  • Diamond Castle in its sale of York Label Group to Multi-Color Corporation.
  • Hertz Global Holdings in its proposed acquisition of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its $3.2 billion acquisition of Emergency Medical Services Corporation.
  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its 46% investment in JohnsonDiversey in a transaction valued at $2.6 billion.
  • International Paper in its $6 billion acquisition of Weyerhaeuser's containerboard, packaging and recycling business.
  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a 42.5% stake in Univar, a global distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals, in a sponsored recapitalization transaction valuing Univar at $4.2 billion.
  • Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in their $8.5 billion acquisition of HD Supply from The Home Depot, which Private Equity Analyst named 'LBO Deal of the Year.'
  • VWR International, a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and a leader in the global laboratory supply industry, in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Verizon Communications in the $2.72 billion spin-off and merger of Verizon's local exchange business in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with Fairpoint Communications.
  • Phelps Dodge in its $26 billion merger with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, forming the world's largest publicly traded copper company.
  • Domtar in its $6 billion combination with Weyerhaeuser's fine paper business in a "reverse Morris Trust" transaction.
  • The Carlyle Group in its $2.1 billion going private acquisition, with the company's controlling shareholders, of the publicly held shares of Insight Communications.
  • The special committee of the board of UnitedGlobalCom in Liberty Media International's $3.5 billion going private acquisition of the 46% of UGC that Liberty Media did not already own.
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Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical Issues Surrounding a Going Private Transaction - Ethical Issues Surrounding a Going Private Transaction , Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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