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August 31, 2017

Former Kirkland Partner Kfir Abutbul Returns to Willkie’s Private Equity Group

Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Kfir Abutbul joins Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. Abutbul focuses on advising private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and management teams on transactions both domestically and throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and his native Israel. He advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, the formation of sponsor-backed investment platforms and re Read More »

Bracewell Adds Energy Partner Carl von Merz

Carl von Merz has joined the Houston office of Bracewell as a partner focusing on the upstream oil and gas industry. Von Merz focuses on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and private equity investments related to upstream oil and gas properties in unconventional basins throughout the U.S. He also advises private equity funds and management teams on the formation of partnerships and other joint ventures for investment in all areas of the energy sector. Von Merz joins Bracewell from Morga Read More »

August 4, 2017

Cadwalader Adds Kurt Oosterhouse as Corporate Finance Partner

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has hired Kurt Oosterhouse as a partner in its finance practice. Oosterhouse will be based in Charlotte, NC and joins Cadwalader from Moore & Van Allen, where he was a member/partner. He has a broad range of experience in a number of fields, including healthcare, middle market, investment-grade and real estate investment trusts. At Cadwalader, Oosterhouse will represent financial institutions and corporate clients in syndicated senior debt facilities, asset- Read More »

Sadis & Goldberg Adds Member to Financial Services Practice

Richard Shamos has joined Sadis & Goldberg as a member of the firm’s financial services group. Shamos was most recently Director of International Legal at AllianceBernstein and has advised financial services companies on the structuring, regulation and distribution of investment funds. He also has experience in investment products and European fund structures, and has designed UCITS and AIFs for an array of strategies, including various equity, fixed-income and multi-asset funds, as we Read More »

July 21, 2017

McGuireWoods Bolsters Global Private Equity Team

McGuireWoods has added partner Anne Croteau to the private equity industry team in the firm’s Raleigh office. Croteau advises funds, companies and investors in financings, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and handles public and private securities offerings, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other complex commercial transactions. In addition, Croteau represents lenders in first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine credit facilities, and equity co-investments and kickers, and Read More »

June 23, 2017

K&L Gates Adds Private Equity Partner David Dueno

K&L Gates has hired David Dueno as a partner in the firm’s private equity practice in Chicago. Dueno joins from private equity firm Quantum Global Group where he was senior legal counsel. He advises managers on mergers, acquisitions, private equity, and finance in domestic and cross-border transactions in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Africa. He represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, venture capital funds, and public and private companies across a var Read More »

Clifford Chance Adds Partner to Fund Formation Practice

Clifford Chance has hired Michael Sabin as a partner on the firm’s corporate team in New York. Sabin advises sponsors of private investment funds on structuring and formation matters. He was previously counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he acted for a variety of fund sponsors, including buyout, real estate, energy, infrastructure and credit opportunities funds, and hedge funds. He also advises on fund restructurings, management joint ventures, the funds portion of asset manager M&A Read More »

June 9, 2017

Skadden Arps Adds Two Private Equity Partners

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has hired Richard Youle and Katja Butler as partners in the firm’s European private equity practice in London. Both join the firm from White & Case.  Youle was co-head of the global and EMEA private equity practices, and advises private equity firms and financial sponsor clients on all forms of leveraged M&A and portfolio assistance, including restructuring advice. Butler was also a partner at White & Case. In her new role she will focus o Read More »

Sidley Adds Rose as Energy M&A Partner in Dallas

Sidley Austin has hired Marc Rose as a partner in the firm’s M&A practice in Dallas. Rose joins the firm from Vinson & Elkins, where he was a partner. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other energy transactions as well as private equity investments. He advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies, and publicly traded energy companies in a variety of transactions in the energy sector, among them divestitures, joint ventures and investment Read More »

May 12, 2017

Rob Mailer Joins Morrison & Foerster as a Partner in London

Morrison & Foerster has hired Rob Mailer as a partner in the firm’s corporate group in London, furthering the expansion of the firm’s global private investment funds practice in London, the U.S. and Hong Kong. Mailer focuses on fund formation and fund management, and represents both fund sponsors and investors across a broad range of strategies, including growth, venture capital, infrastructure, buy-out and debt funds. Mailer also advises on carried-interest schemes, structuring co-inves Read More »