Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Chris Abbinante

Law360, New York (April 5, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT) -- In the midst of a recession that has curtailed deal-making, Sidley Austin LLP's Chris Abbinante brokered Bill Me Later Inc.'s $945 million acquisition by eBay Inc. and recruited six private equity attorneys, making him one of Law360's 10 corporate finance lawyers under 40 to watch.

Abbinante, 37, said he viewed the historic recession as an opportunity to “build a premier presence in private equity” for Sidley Austin.

Private equity clients in boom times often work with firms with which they have existing relationships, he said....
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