Jason Kyrwood
  1. Partner

Mr. Kyrwood is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and co-head of the firm’s Finance Group. He regularly advises financial institutions, corporate borrowers and other alternative financing providers in large-cap syndicated loans, as well as middle market and direct lending transactions.

Advising on over $500 billion in transactions since 2015, Mr. Kyrwood has broad exposure to the global banking market and its industry participants, including deep experience in leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, bridge financings, LBOs, cross-border financings, restructurings and recapitalizations.

Mr. Kyrwood is a frequent author and speaker on industry topics and is regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in various publications, including being named “Transatlantic Dealmaker of the Year” and "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer.

Work Highlights

Notable Large-Cap Leveraged Financings

  • $5.79 billion financing for Bausch Health (formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals)
  • $4.58 billion financing for CC Capital's acquisition of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
  • $4.15 billion financing for United Natural Foods' acquisition of Supervalu
  • $4.025 billion financing for Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services’ (a CD&R portfolio company) acquisition of Safway Group
  • $3.25 billion exit financing for Avaya Holdings
  • $3.13 billion financing for Brookfield's acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
  • $3.1 billion financing for InVentiv’s merger with INC Research
  • $2.055 billion financing for Edelman Financial's acquisition of Financial Engines
  • $2.0 billion term loan B financing for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.
  • $2 billion financing for Altra Industrial Motion's acquisition of Fortive automation and specialty assets
  • $2 billion financing for Apollo’s LBO of McGraw-Hill 
  • $1.82 billion financing for Lightstone Generation’s (a Blackstone and Arclight joint venture) acquisition of assets from American Electric Power
  • $1.18 billion financing for Centerbridge Partners acquisition of Civitas

Notable Investment-Grade Financings

  • $63 billion bridge financing for Verizon’s acquisition of Verizon Wireless
  • $38 billion investment grade public bridge financing 
  • $33.5 billion public acquisition financing 
  • $26.7 billion financing for Cigna's acquisition of Express Scripts Holding Company
  • £22 billion financing for Comcast's acquisition of the entire share capital of Sky
  • $18 billion bridge financing for AbbVie’s acquisition of Pharmacyclics
  • $17 billion bridge financing for Abbott’s acquisition of St. Jude
  • $12 billion bridge financing for Molson Coors' acquisition of SAB Miller assets
  • $9.6 billion financing for Discovery Communications' acquisition of Scripps Networks
  • $9.5 billion financing for Fidelity National Information Services' acquisition of Worldpay
  • $8.5 billion financing for General Mills' acquisition of Buffalo Pet Products

Notable Direct Lending Transactions

  • £200 million first lien and £115 million second lien financing by PIA for Advanced Computer Software Group

  • $100 million financing by Golub Capital, LLC for Navex Global

  • $575 million financing by Owl Rock Capital Advisors LLC for Definitive Health

  • $185 million financing by Benefit Street for an acquisition of University of St. Augustine by Atlas Partners

  • $127 million second lien financing by PIA for Justrite Manufacturing

  • $95 million financing by PIA for Renaissance Learning


Mr. Kyrwood is consistently recognized for his work in the legal industry:

  • Chambers Global – Banking & Finance (USA)
  • Chambers USA – Banking & Finance (Nationwide)
  • IFLR1000 – Banking (US)
  • Who's Who Legal – Banking (USA) | Thought Leader
  • Best Lawyers – Banking and Finance (New York)
  • The American Lawyer – Transatlantic Financial Dealmaker of the Year | 2016
  • The American Lawyer – Dealmaker of the Year | 2014
  • New York Law Journal – Rising Star | 2015
  • The M&A Advisor – 40 Under 40 | 2012
  • Law360 – Rising Star | 2011

Of Note

  • Member, Finance Advisory Board, Practical Law Company
  • Co-Chair, Practising Law Institute's 2019 Leveraged Financing program
  • Represented the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) in the preparation of its revised Model Credit Agreement Provisions
    • Practising Law Institute | Leveraged Financing (2017-2019)
    • Practical Law Company | Current Trends in Loan Terms: Large Cap and Middle Market Loans (2012-2018)
    • Author of "Credit Default Swaps and Syndicated Financings", "Dealing with Difficult Syndications or Long Dated Commitments in the Term Loan B Market", "Considerations for Using Incremental Facilities to Finance Acquisitions" among numerous other publications.

Professional History

  • Partner, 2009-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2000-2009
  • Associate, Allen Allen & Hemsley (Sydney, Australia),1998-2000

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.Com., Murdoch University, 1997
    • First Class Honours
  • LL.B., Murdoch University School of Law, 1998
    • First Class Honours