Jonathan Levitsky is a corporate partner and member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Private Equity Groups. His practice focuses primarily on public and private mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has led transactions across many industries but has a particular focus in the technology, media and telecommunication sectors. Mr. Levitsky was named Entertainment & Media Lawyer of the Year by leading M&A publication The Deal (2018).

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.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2020), where clients have called him “absolutely terrific,” and is also ranked as a leading M&A lawyer by IFLR1000 (2020).

Mr. Levitsky is a frequent author and speaker on mergers and acquisitions. His publications include “Sponsor-Backed PIPEs Can Aid In The Race For Liquidity, Law360 (May, 2020); “The Art of Spinning Off,” The M&A Lawyer (August 2014), “A Hard Case Makes Good Law: Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH,” The M&A Lawyer (April 2013) and “Del Monte: Staple Remover?” The Deal Pipeline (January 2012). His recent speaking engagements include “Acquiring Control of a US Public Company: Recent Trends and Developments,” Public Company M&A: Current Trends in North America, UK and Russia (April 2012) and “Ethical Issues in Going Private Transactions,” Going Private 2012: Doing the Deal Right (February 2012).

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 Hon. John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court and the Hon. Pierre N. Leval, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Levitsky served as Counselor to Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke at the U.S. 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.


  • Yale Law School, 1995, J.D.
  • University of Oxford, 1992, M.Phil.
  • Brown University, 1990, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia