Daily News: December 14, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis Expands M&A Practice with Davis Hire


Jonathan Davis joined Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. Davis joined the Firm from Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he was a partner in the corporate department.

“Jonathan is an extraordinarily bright, young M&A star and will be an invaluable addition to our top-tier M&A practice in New York,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His significant experience representing clients on a wide range of transactional, corporate governance and activism defense matters will complement the incredibly strong M&A platform we have established in New York and across the firm.”

High-profile assignments for Davis include representing Anheuser-Busch InBev in its $123 billion acquisition of SABMiller and the $12 billion sale of SABMiller’s U.S. and global Miller branded businesses to Molson Coors, H.J. Heinz Company in its $60 billion merger with Kraft Foods Group to create The Kraft Heinz Company, Delhaize Group in its $29 billion merger of equals with Royal Ahold, Avon in its strategic partnership with Cerberus Capital Management and Scientific Games in its $5.1 billion acquisition of Bally Technologies.