Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Masri has joined the Firm as a partner in the Tax and Infrastructure Practice Groups. Mr. Masri will be based in the Firm’s New York office.
“Mike is a terrific tax lawyer, with comprehensive experience that will benefit our strong and in-demand infrastructure and renewables practices in particular,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “We are glad to have him on the team.”
Mr. Masri focuses his practice on tax, renewables and infrastructure. He regularly advises his clients on energy tax credits, government incentive programs, project developments and financings, mergers and acquisitions, and all forms of leasing transactions. He represents investors and developers in tax equity financings across the renewable energy sector. He also assists clients in a broad range of federal income tax matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A, restructurings, financings, private equity and securities offerings.
“Mike has a market leading practice in tax and renewables that will fit perfectly with our growing energy and infrastructure finance practice,” said Rohit Chaudhry, a partner in Kirkland’s Debt Finance Practice in Washington, D.C. “Mike joins a practice that is rapidly expanding, and we expect he will hit the ground running and immediately add value for clients.”
In 2019, the Legal 500 US recognized Mr. Masri for “Energy Regulation - Oil and Gas and Tax,” and “Tax - U.S. Taxes: Non-contentious.” He was also recognized as a “New York Metro Rising Star, Tax,” by Thomson Reuters from 2014-2019. He was previously a partner at Orrick in the tax, energy and infrastructure groups.
Mr. Masri earned a law degree from Fordham University School of Law and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and accounting, respectively, from City University of New York’s Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.
The over 300 lawyers in Kirkland’s Energy & Infrastructure Practice Group have a strong presence in Texas, London, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and handle an array of sophisticated energy and infrastructure transactions and advisory engagements. These attorneys span practice groups including private equity, corporate/M&A, capital markets, fund formation, debt and project finance, asset transactions, restructuring, litigation, tax, environmental, real estate and energy regulatory. Since 2019, Kirkland has advised on over 650 infrastructure transactions, representing $240+ billion of deal value, with deep experience in each major infrastructure vertical.
Mr. Masri joins other recent hires who will also work on infrastructure matters, including Tatiana Monastyrskaya, who joined in February; and Rachael Lichman; who joined in March; following the late 2020 moves of Jared Joyce-Schleimer, Marcia Hook and Sebastian Chan.