Press Release

Leading Infrastructure M&A Lawyer Sara Pickersgill Joins Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis announced today that Sara Pickersgill will join the Firm as a partner in the London office to lead the Firm’s expansion in the European energy and infrastructure sector. Ms. Pickersgill is recognized as a leading M&A attorney for complex infrastructure, energy and renewables transactions.

“Sara is widely regarded as among the top lawyers for energy and infrastructure deals in Europe, and she brings deep experience representing private equity sponsors and companies in the sector,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “As our energy and infrastructure practice continues to see strong demand, it’s exciting to add leading talent like Sara to the robust global platform we’ve built for this work.”

Ms. Pickersgill has been ranked as a leading lawyer in infrastructure by Chambers UK and the Legal 500 U.K. for several years. She joins Kirkland from the London office of Allen & Overy, where she was co-head of the global infrastructure group.

Kirkland’s Energy and Infrastructure group includes more than 400 attorneys across the Firm’s offices representing energy and infrastructure clients in a variety of complex transactions at the cutting edge of the industry. The team utilizes Kirkland’s deep experience across disciplines such as private equity, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, capital markets, restructuring, IP, litigation and governmental investigations, together with deep energy and infrastructure specialists, to advise investment funds, strategic investors, borrowers, lenders and other participants in the market.

“A strong European infrastructure team is a natural extension of our leading energy and infrastructure platform in the United States,” said Andrew Calder, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. “Many of our sponsor clients in particular have a global focus with respect to deployment of infrastructure capital and expect us to provide top tier advice across many jurisdictions. Sara will be responsible for leading the growth of our European energy and infrastructure practice and we anticipate that she will be the first of several hires in the sector in Europe. We are excited to welcome her to Kirkland.”