Press Release

Leading Insurance Transactional Attorney Rajab S. Abbassi Joins Kirkland & Ellis in New York

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Rajab Abbassi has joined the Firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group.

“Rajab has an outstanding reputation as one of the top young lawyers focused on insurance transactions, an increasingly important and active sector for our clients, and we are excited to add his deep experience in the area to our strong transactional platform,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. 

Mr. Abbassi’s practice focuses on corporate transactions in the insurance industry, where he has advised on many of the industry’s most significant transactions over the last 15 years. Mr. Abbassi regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance transactions, joint ventures and strategic investments. He also counsels boards of directors and senior management in the insurance industry on strategic and governance matters.

“We are delighted to add Rajab to our team in New York. He brings outstanding knowledge and experience about the insurance industry and will build our capabilities in this sector for the benefit of both private equity and strategic M&A clients,” said Jon A. Ballis, partner and Chairman-elect of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. 

Chambers & Partners recognized Mr. Abbassi as a leading lawyer for insurance transactional matters, and said clients describe him as “off the charts intelligent” and “extremely hard-working.” He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Mr. Abbassi was previously a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.