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Senior M&A Lawyer Christopher Barbuto Leaves GE to Join Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Christopher Barbuto, one of General Electric Company’s (NYSE: GE) senior M&A lawyers, has joined Sidley’s New York office as a partner and member of the firm’s global M&A practice.

During his nine-year tenure at GE, Mr. Barbuto had significant roles in some of GE’s most noteworthy M&A matters, including GE’s auction of its global Plastics business and its investment in and worldwide alliance with China’s XD Electric Group. Mr. Barbuto spent four years with GE Capital’s Energy Financial Services business, where he counseled on GE’s power generation joint venture with ArcLight Capital Partners and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, GE’s ownership and eventual sale of a controlling stake in Regency Energy Partners L.P., and numerous other infrastructure, energy, project finance, M&A and “clean tech” venture capital transactions.

“Chris’s experience will enable him to provide practical advice to clients seeking to execute on complex M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and divestitures,” said Scott Freeman, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and global co-coordinator of Sidley’s M&A practice. “We are excited to welcome Chris to the team.”

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“Chris brings a client’s perspective on strategic transactions,” said Brian Fahrney, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the Chicago Corporate Group head. “He’ll be a strong addition to our global team of M&A lawyers.”

Early in his career, Mr. Barbuto was an associate at an international law firm, where he practiced in the areas of M&A and securities law in New York and Paris. He began his career with a clerkship for the Honorable Alfred J. Lechner, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Barbuto is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Fordham Law School, where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review. Mr. Barbuto is currently an adjunct associate professor of law at Fordham Law School.

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