Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partners Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding in San Francisco

March 2, 2020

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding have joined the firm’s San Francisco office.  Formerly partners with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, they will continue their private equity practices at Gibson Dunn.

“We are pleased to have Abtin and Chris on board,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “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.”

“We extend an enthusiastic welcome to Abtin and Chris,” said Charles Stevens, Partner in Charge of the San Francisco office of Gibson Dunn.  “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.”

“We couldn’t be happier about joining Gibson Dunn,” said Jalali.  “We’ve long admired the firm because of its strength in private equity, its excellent reputation in the legal industry and its emphasis on collaboration.”

“We look forward to joining the team and delivering on our shared goal of providing unsurpassed service to our clients,” said Harding.

About Abtin Jalali

Jalali represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of their businesses, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, growth equity investments, minority investments and general corporate matters.

He joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.  He received his M.B.A. and his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

About Chris Harding

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 joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.