Gibson Dunn hires two Kirkland & Ellis private equity partners

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s San Francisco office has recruited Kirkland & Ellis private equity partners Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding.

Posted Tuesday, March 3rd 2020
Gibson Dunn hires two Kirkland & Ellis private equity partners

Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding

Jalali advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on all aspects of their businesses, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, growth equity investments, minority investments and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis in 2013, he was a lawyer at Latham & Watkins.


Harding’s practice focuses on private equity, M&A and leveraged acquisitions.  He has significant experience representing private equity sponsors in acquisitions and sales, strategic investments and recapitalizations. He had been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis for more than three years.


Ken Doran, chairman and managing partner of Gibson Dunn, said: “We are pleased to have Abtin and Chris on board.  Both have impressive skill sets and deal sheets.  They possess the talent, energy and drive to further enhance our premier private equity and corporate practices, an area of strategic focus for us.”


Charles Stevens, partner in charge of the San Francisco office of Gibson Dunn, said: “We extend an enthusiastic welcome to Abtin and Chris. The Bay Area is one of the largest markets in the country for private equity funds.  With their experience, talent and network, Abtin and Chris are a natural fit and important additions to our private equity practice in the Bay Area and firmwide.”