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Power Lunch with Chris Abbate, Feb. 1

Duke University Energy Initiative

Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)

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***Power Lunches are for current Duke students only.***

Duke alum Chris Abbate will discuss his energy investment work with Riverstone, followed by discussion. Lunch will be provided.


Chris Abbate is a Managing Director of Riverstone, focused on the Firm’s credit and capital markets activities. He is based in New York.

Since joining Riverstone, Christopher has overseen over $1.5bn in debt investments in the energy sector made by both Riverstone’s dedicated credit fund and its traditional private equity funds. In addition, Christopher is actively involved in an advisory capacity with all of Riverstone’s portfolio companies with respect to capital structure and access to the capital markets.

Prior to joining Riverstone in 2014, Mr. Abbate was a managing director and head of energy leveraged finance at Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Abbate was the head of US Leveraged Finance Origination at UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Abbate joined UBS in 2000 as an Associate Director in the Energy Group where he worked covering upstream and midstream oil and gas companies. He started his investment banking career in 1997 at PaineWebber as an Associate in the Energy Group.

Over his time at Citi and UBS, Mr. Abbate worked on over 250 leveraged finance transactions as a bookrunner or lead arranger, including over 100 transactions as the lead bookrunner. Highlights include a number of marquee Riverstone-led deals, $3.6 billion in acquisition financing supporting Fieldwood Energy’s purchase of Apache’s Gulf of Mexico business, $5.5 billion in acquisition financing supporting the buyout of EP Energy from Kinder Morgan and the $545 million bridge loan supporting the buyout of Gibson Energy from Hunting plc.

Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Abbate served as an Intelligence Applications Officer in the US Air Force for just under 5 years.

Mr. Abbate graduated with an AB from Duke University and has an MBA from the University of Maryland.

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Gross Hall 100A

Durham, NC 27708

Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)

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Duke University Energy Initiative

The Duke University Energy Initiative is a university-wide, interdisciplinary collaboration focused on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. The Initiative reaches across business, engineering, environment, law, policy, and the arts and sciences to educate tomorrow’s energy innovators, develop new solutions through research, and improve energy decisions by engaging business and government leaders

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