Rajab's commerciality as a deal lawyer makes him vital to have in our corner. - Chambers USA, 2022

Rajab Abbassi is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Transactions & Regulatory Practice Groups. Rajab’s practice focuses on corporate transactions in the insurance industry, and he has advised on many of the most significant transactions in the industry over the last 20 years. He regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance transactions, joint venture transactions and strategic investments, as well as securities offerings and other corporate transactions. Rajab also frequently counsels boards of directors and senior management on strategic and governance matters.

Since 2016, Rajab has been ranked annually by Chambers USA, as a leading practitioner in Insurance Transactional and Regulatory matters. Clients describe him as “off the charts intelligent” and note that his “commerciality as a deal lawyer makes him vital to have in our corner.” He has also been recognized as an “M&A Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group and a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S.



Recognized for Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory in New York by Chambers USA, 2016–2024

Recognized for Insurance: Non-Contentious by The Legal 500 United States, 2023–2024

Named a BTI Client Service All-Star by The BTI Consulting Group, 2021

Recognized for M&A in New York by Super Lawyers, 2015–2023

Selected as a “Rising Star” for M&A in New York by Super Lawyers, 2014


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2005New York


  • Fordham University School of LawJ.D.2004
  • Rutgers UniversityB.A.2000