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 related corporate counseling.

Abutbul has worked with distressed debtors and investors of debt and equity on recapitalization, disposition and restructuring transactions, both in and out of bankruptcy court. He’s also focused on power and renewables, industrials and chemicals, as well as general energy and infrastructure transactions, including in steel manufacturing, mining and transmission facilities, and oil field services.

“We continue to add top talent to our team of lawyers who specialize in private equity transactions in the energy sector and broader buyout space,” said Bruce Herzog, Willkie’s partner in charge of the Houston office. “Kfir checks all of the boxes that we and our clients care most about: legal acumen and experience, commitment to client service, prodigious work ethic and commercial sensibility.”