Press Release

Shubi Arora Joins Kirkland as a Corporate Partner in Houston

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Shubi Arora has joined the Firm as a corporate partner in its Houston office.

“Shubi is a skilled lawyer whose experience working with private equity sponsors and energy companies perfectly complements the lawyers in our Houston office,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “He provides additional strength to our energy transactional practice at a time when our energy lawyers are in high demand.”

Mr. Arora focuses on M&A transactions, particularly in the energy sector. He advises large private equity sponsors and hedge funds in connection with their investments in energy-related areas. He has also spent time in-house in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, advising a sovereign wealth fund on structuring, executing and managing its investments. In addition to his experience with investment funds, he has extensive experience representing upstream and midstream energy companies in M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Kirkland’s Houston office currently includes over 100 attorneys focused on corporate, litigation, restructuring, tax and environmental work.

“We are thrilled that Shubi is joining our corporate practice as we continue to grow Kirkland’s presence in Houston,” said Andrew Calder, partner in Kirkland’s Houston office and a member of the Firm’s Global Management Executive Committee. “He brings strong experience on large energy-related deals, and we are confident he will be a good enhancement to the team in Houston.”

Mr. Arora joins Kirkland from the Houston office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner.

He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and a B.A., cum laude, also from Vanderbilt University. He is the past president of the Houston Chapter of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and a past council member of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also speaks Hindi.

About Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,900-attorney law firm representing global clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has offices in Houston, Chicago, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

About the Houston Office
Kirkland opened the Houston office in 2014 to complement and enhance the service provided to existing and prospective clients in Texas, the United States and abroad. Today, the office has nearly 100 lawyers. The Firm’s Houston-based attorneys have experience in sophisticated transactions, and are particularly active in the energy industry. They handle a wide array of matters involving investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity, leveraged buyouts, litigation, debt finance, restructuring, corporate governance and general counseling. Visit to learn more.