CHRIS ABBINANTE is co-leader of the firm’s Private Equity practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Chris represents private equity sponsors and corporate clients on complex transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures and other corporate matters. Over the past 20 years, Chris has represented a wide variety of private equity and corporate 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.
Prior to assuming leadership of the firm’s Private Equity practice, Chris was co-leader of Sidley’s Emerging Company practice. Chris continues to regularly work with emerging companies, entrepreneurs and growth capital investors in connection with their investment activities and corporate needs.
Chris has been recognized by numerous industry publications, including the following: Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: 2017–2020); 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).
Admissions & Certifications
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1997 (cum laude, Order of the Coif, Comments Editor and Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review)
- University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1994 (magna cum laude)