Sara Garcia DuranSidley Austin LLP
SARA DURAN focuses her practice on complex corporate and transactional matters, including representation of private equity firms and public companies in connection with public and private acquisitions, divestitures, and investment transactions. She also advises clients with respect to general corporate governance matters and compliance with applicable securities regulations.
Sara’s range, experience, and results have earned her significant recognition, including most recently being named to The Deal’s 2022 “Women in Dealmaking” for M&A. She has also been recognized as a “Top Latino Lawyer” by Latino Leaders Magazine (2020–2022). Sara was included in D Magazine’s “Top Lawyers under 40” list for 2019 and received the prestigious 2019 “HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40” award. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2018; selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for her work in corporate law (2018–2022); and selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (2017, 2019–2021). Sara also received the “Lawyers on the Rise” award at the 2017 Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Awards. She was recognized for her work on matters which are “often complex, international in scope, across several industries and sectors, and require the management of large legal teams with varied backgrounds.” Texas Super Lawyers recognized Sara as a “Texas Rising Star” in Mergers and Acquisitions (2015–2020). In addition, Dallas Business Journal named her as one of their “2015 40 Under 40 Honorees,” and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce honored her with the “2013 Young Professional Leadership ATHENA” award.
Sara serves as a member of the board of directors of the Texas Women’s Foundation, as well as the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Additionally, she is a member and Dallas co-chair of Sidley’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and she was named a 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.
Prior to joining Sidley, Sara worked as a corporate associate in the Dallas office of an international law firm, where she represented a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including: Dell Inc.; OMERS Private Equity; Thomas H. Lee; Berkshire Partners; General Electric Capital Corporation; ALFA, S.A.B. de C.V.; Lindsay Goldberg LLC; BancTec, Inc.; Crescent Resources, LLC; Sigma Alimentos, S.A. de C.V.; Susser Holdings Corporation; Ewing Management Group; Key Plastics L.L.C.; Leucadia National Corporation; Premier Entertainment Biloxi LLC; and Silver Point Capital L.P.