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Jonathan L. Davis

Jonathan L. Davis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New York, NY, USA


Jonathan Davis is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily focuses on public and private company merger and acquisition transactions and activist defense. Mr. Davis also advises corporations and their directors on general corporate and governance matters. His clients have included 3G Capital, Alliant Techsystems, Allied World Assurance, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Avon, Delhaize Group, Deutsche Boerse, Heinz, Honeywell, IBM, J.Crew, JBS, Jones Group, Pentair, Pilgrim’s Pride, Pinnacle Foods and Scientific Games, as well as numerous investment banks.

Notable merger and acquisition transactions include representing:

  • Alliant Techsystems in the spin-off of its Sporting Group to its shareholders and merger of its Aerospace and Defense Groups with Orbital Sciences through a tax-free Morris Trust merger of equals, and its $985 million acquisition of Bushnell Group;
  • Allied World Assurance in several transactions including its acquisition of a minority interest in and strategic partnership with Blue Vista Capital Management, its acquisition of a minority interest in and strategic partnership with MatlinPatterson, and its acquisition of a minority interest in and strategic partnership with Crescent Capital;
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev in its pending $107.7 billion acquisition of SABMiller, the pending $12 billion sale of SABMiller’s U.S. and global Miller branded businesses to Molson Coors and a pending asset swap with Ambev in which AB InBev will transfer SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Ambev and Ambev will transfer its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to AB InBev;
  • Avon in the sale of 80% of its North America business to Cerberus Capital Management and in the PIPE investment by Cerberus in Avon’s international business;
  • Blount International in the sale of its forestry division to Caterpillar and its acquisition of Carlton Holdings;
  • Delhaize Group in its $29 billion merger of equals with Royal Ahold;
  • Deutsche Boerse in its proposed $10 billion merger of equals with NYSE Euronext and in connection with the competing offer from NASDAQ OMX and Intercontinental Exchange;
  • H.J. Heinz Company in its $60 billion merger with Kraft Foods Group to create The Kraft Heinz Company;
  • Honeywell in its $90 billion proposal to acquire United Technologies;
  • IBM in its acquisitions of Bluewolf, Resource/Ammirati, Cleversafe, Meteorix and Explorys;
  • The special committee of the board of directors of J.Crew in its $3 billion leveraged buyout by TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners;
  • The independent directors of JDA Software Group in the $2 billion leveraged buyout of JDA by affiliates of New Mountain Capital;
  • Jones Group in its $2.2 billion sale to Sycamore Partners;
  • The independent directors of Par Pharmaceuticals in the $2 billion leveraged buyout of Par by TPG;
  • Pentair in its $10 billion inversion/Reverse Morris Trust merger with Tyco;
  • Pilgrim’s Pride in its $7.7 billion offer to acquire Hillshire Brands and in connection with a competing offer to acquire Hillshire made by Tyson Foods;
  • Pinnacle Foods in its $975 million acquisition of Boulder Brands;
  • Scientific Games in its $5.1 billion acquisition of Bally Technologies;
  • Unilever in the $605 million sale of its Lawry’s and Adolph’s branded spices, seasonings and marinades business in the U.S. and Canada to McCormick and Co.;
  • VeraSun Energy in its $1.5 billion merger with US BioEnergy Corporation; and
  • Vista Outdoor in its acquisition of Camp Chef.

In 2016, Mr. Davis was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in mergers and acquisitions and for his transactional work in the technology industry.

Mr. Davis was born in Newton, Massachusetts. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from New York University.

Jonathan L. Davis is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Nashville, TN
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2018, Thursday, January 18, 2018, Cleveland, OH
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