Jason Kyrwood
  1. Partner

Mr. Kyrwood is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and co-head of the firm’s Credit (Bank Finance) Group. He regularly advises financial institutions, corporate borrowers and other alternative credit 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)
  • $4.15 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
  • $3.1 billion financing for InVentiv’s merger with INC Research
  • $2.055 billion financing for Edelman Financial's acquisition of Financial Engines
  • $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

Notable Investment-Grade Financings

  • $63 billion bridge financing for Verizon’s acquisition of Verizon Wireless
  • $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 Abbot’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
  • $8.5 billion financing for General Mills' acquisition of Buffalo Pet Products

Notable Middle Market Leveraged Financings

  • $215 million financing by Suntrust for US Lumber Group
  • $185 million financing by Benefit Street for an acquisition of University of St. Augustine by Atlas Partners
  • $135 million financing by BNP for Inmar, Inc.
  • $200 million financing for Pier 1 Imports
  • $125 million financing for St. George University
  • $95 million financing by PIA for Renaissance Learning


Mr. Kyrwood has been recognized as a leading lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global – Banking & Finance: USA
  • Chambers USA – Banking & Finance: Nationwide
  • IFLR1000 U.S. – Banking: Bank Lending
  • The American Lawyers’ Transatlantic Financial Dealmaker of the Year,” 2016
  • New York Law Journal – "Rising Star," 2015
  • American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year," 2014
  • The M&A Advisor – “40 Under 40,” 2012
  • Law360 – “Rising Star,” Corporate Finance, 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
  • Frequent author and speaker on banking and financing topics, including:
    • Practising Law Institute | Leveraged Financing (2017-2019)
    • Practical Law Company | Current Trends in Loan Terms: Large Cap and Middle Market Loans (2012-2018)
    • Numerous LSTA and related industry presentations

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