CHRIS ABBINANTE is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He also leads the corporate, M&A, and private equity group in the firm’s Chicago office and is co-chair of the firm’s Accounting and Finance Committee. Chris has served in numerous other leadership roles at Sidley, including co-leader of the firm’s private equity practice as well as the co-leader of the emerging company practice.
Chris is repeatedly recognized as a top dealmaker and represents private equity sponsors and corporate clients on complex transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures, and other corporate matters. Chris also works with emerging companies, entrepreneurs, and growth capital investors in connection with their investment activities and corporate needs. Over the past 25 years, Chris has represented clients across a number of industries, including healthcare services, medical products and devices, specialty finance, and other financial products and services, technology/e-commerce, media/entertainment, consumer and retail, and business services.
His private equity investor and sponsor clients have included RoundTable Healthcare Partners, BDT Capital Partners, Lovell Minnick Partners, Fortress Investment Group, Peak6, 22C Capital, TowerBrook Capital Partners, and Svoboda Capital, and their respective portfolio companies. He has also represented a variety of public and private companies. Recently, he has represented Walgreens Boots Alliance, Basecamp, Stryker, Luminary Media, Farmer’s Fridge, Tock, and Guaranteed Rate.
Chris has been recognized by numerous industry publications, including the following: Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: 2017–2023); Law360 (recognized as a “Rising Star” in 2010 and one of the publication’s 10 corporate finance lawyers under 40 to watch); PLC Which Lawyer (recommended in the area of Private Equity/Venture Capital); The Best Lawyers in America (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law: 2013–2019); The Best Lawyers in America (recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law); and The Legal 500 US (Private Equity Buyout: 2014–2017).