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 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his work leading Discovery, Inc. in the acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction that values the combined entity at approximately $130 billion (2022). He is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2022), where clients have described him as “impressive,” “trustworthy,” “super smart” and “extremely reliable” and praise his “deep knowledge of the media and entertainment industry, with experience across different subsectors.” 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 (2021), where clients highlight his “huge expertise and thought power,” and he is also ranked as a leading M&A lawyer by IFLR1000 (2020). Mr. Levitsky was named Entertainment & Media Lawyer of the Year by leading M&A publication The Deal (2018).
Mr. Levitsky is a frequent author and speaker on mergers and acquisitions. His publications include “M&A Poised For Growth In The Biden Era,” Law360 (November, 2020); “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).
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.