January 2, 2024

New York, NY, January 2, 2024 -- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that Sarah McLean has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Private Equity practice. She is based in the Firm’s Houston office.

Sarah is a leader in private equity, with over 20 years of experience advising private equity funds and management teams on sophisticated and high-profile deals across the energy sector. She is the sixth partner to join Willkie’s cross-office energy team over the past twelve months.  

Firm Chairman Thomas Cerabino commented: “Sarah is a standout private equity and energy lawyer and we are pleased to welcome her to Willkie. She brings significant dealmaking experience to our global energy team in Texas and across the U.S. and Europe and will be an invaluable resource to our clients navigating the changing energy market.”

“Sarah has a stellar reputation as a market-leading lawyer and dealmaker, with deep private equity and M&A experience in the oil and gas and energy transition sectors that will further the growth of our expanding Texas platform,” said Archie Fallon, Managing Partner of the Houston office. “As clients look for new opportunities in the evolving energy sector, Sarah’s substantial track record and experience will complement our capabilities in Texas and across the Firm, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Willkie.”

Sarah’s practice focuses on private equity transactions, particularly acting for sponsors in making portfolio investments, growing their platform companies and exiting their investments. She has been recognized as a leading dealmaker and influential woman in the energy sector, with numerous accolades for her work from legal and financial media, and legal directories. Sarah was most recently a partner at Shearman & Sterling, where she was joint head of the US Energy industry group.

Sarah commented: “Willkie has leading private equity and transactional capabilities, a fast-growing energy platform and a collaborative culture across the Firm. I’m excited to join the exceptional team here and further strengthen Willkie’s dynamic work across the energy sector to support the growing needs of our clients.” 


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