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Allen & Overy adds partner to energy PE practice

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed Kfir Abutbul as Head of US Energy Private Equity and a partner in its US Corporate Private Equity and M&A practice. Abutbul joins from Paul Hastings, where he was Vice Chair of the Energy & Infrastructure practice.

Abutbul has nearly 15 years of experience advising on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions within the energy space for private equity sponsors, investors and credit funds, including LBOs, joint ventures, and structured equity financings. He has expertise in the energy transition, renewables, power and infrastructure sectors and has also led transactions in non-energy sectors involving highly complex structured equity products, a practice he helped lead while at Paul Hastings.

Abutbul joins on the heels of A&O’s recent announcement of its intention to merge with New York-based Shearman & Sterling, forming Allen Overy Shearman Sterling (A&O Shearman). The combined firm will have nearly 4,000 lawyers, 49 offices and tally annual revenues of approximately more than $3.4 billion. Abutbul is A&O’s 47th US lateral hire in the last three years.

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