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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

2029 CENTURY PARK EAST, SUITE 2600, LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-3012, USA
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s ‘top-notch, commercially minded attorneys’ are ‘true business partners who maintain a laser focus on the needs of the company’, and the firm is ‘a valuable asset in terms of expertise, industry knowledge and overall value’. The practice has been active in cross-border investment and transactional matters, and is also recognized for its expertise in affordable housing transactions, CMBS issuances and finance and equity deals. The team is currently representing The Barack Obama Foundation in connection with its proposed high-value development of the Obama Presidential Centre, a library and archive containing records of the Obama presidency. Other notable highlights included acting for Callahan Capital Properties on the $650m purchase of 85 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan from a joint venture of MetLife and Capital Partners, obtaining a loan of $359m from Naxis Real Estate as part of the purchase funding, and advising AIG on approximately 30 transactions over the course of 12 months, including several construction and non-construction financing matters. National practice head Timothy Little is the key name to note, and ‘great attorneyDavid Dlugie heads the team in Chicago and is praised for his ‘extensive experience’ and ‘ability to get the right result for each client’. Daniel Huffenus, Bruce Kosub and Andrew Jagoda are the key contacts in Charlotte, Irving and New York, respectively.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 5

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

The ‘very strong’ practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is ‘particularly well-regarded among Chicago’s white-collar community’. It handles a number of high-profile DOJ-appointed corporate monitorships, including for Princess Cruise Lines, led by Washington DC’s Steven Solow, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, led by ‘experienced investigator and litigatorGil Soffer in Chicago. New York-based practice head Scott Resnik has significant trial experience, and recently represented William Scully in a federal criminal trial concerning the alleged importation of non-FDA approved products. Chicago’s Sheldon Zenner represented an executive at Walmart Brazil who is under scrutiny as part of the DOJ’s global investigation of the company into allegations of bribery. Other key figures include Daniel Polatsek, Ted Helwig and Ross Silverman, all based in Chicago. Brandon McCarthy joined the firm’s new Dallas office in May 2018 from Bracewell LLP.

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Led out of Chicago by David Bohan and Christian Kemnitz, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP handles litigation and regulatory investigations across the spectrum of financial products, from exchange-traded securities, options, futures and funds, to the most sophisticated over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives executed across both public and dark, fully electronic venues. Bohan is ‘very able’ at handling cases involving complex financial products and recently successfully defended a group of registered market makers at both trial and appellate levels against accusations that it conspired to cheat smaller options traders out of stock dividends. Los Angeles-based Stuart Richter excels at handling consumer class actions and continues to represent 20 credit unions and three banks in a series of class action litigations spread throughout the country alleging the improper charging of overdraft fees. Clients include UBS, Citibank, 3Red Trading and JPMorgan Chase.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is ‘highly responsive, sharp and savvy, delving deep and fast into detailed niches to provide great advice and value for money’. Practice head Bruce Vanyo, who is based in both Los Angeles and New York, has more than 40 years’ experience and clients remark that he ‘knows the ropes, has a deep understanding of the law and knows how best to apply the facts’. He secured the dismissal of a 10b-5 claim against Amarin Corporation relating to the FDA’s need for further testing of lipid-lowering drug Vascepa before clearing it for wider use. Vanyo leads the team with experienced trial lawyer Eric Kuwana in Washington DC, who is defending Opus Bank in a class action alleging it made false or misleading statements. Christian Kemnitz in Chicago is ‘beyond a rising star, he really does a lot of the heavy lifting’.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Vanyo - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Clients will often go to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for ‘complex commercial lending transactions when we need counsel who are meticulous, responsive and sophisticated’. The firm is especially strong on the lender side, where it acts for a mix of alternate funders and banks. The team is led out of Chicago by the highly rated Michael Jacobson, although it continues to invest in offices elsewhere, such as Los Angeles where it recruited Glen Lim from Proskauer Rose LLP. Direct lender Antares Capital is a major client, which it recently advised on a $558m loan to PPC Industries, a Kohlberg & Company portfolio company, on its acquisition of Pexco. Other highlights include advising Tennenbaum Capital Partners on a $200m loan to Marlin Equity Partners to finance its acquisition of Tangoe. Golub Capital is another major client which it advised on a $200m facility to support the merger of Downtown Locker Room with Sneaker Villa. Other key partners include the ‘responsive and meticulous’ Jan Cate in Los Angeles, Scott Lyons and Derek Ladgenski.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s insolvency and restructuring practice is led by Chicago-based John Sieger and typically represents senior secured lenders and investors. A team led by Craig Barbarosh, who splits his time between Orange County and New York, acted for UMB Bank as indenture trustee for $6.4bn first-lein notes issued by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company in the company’s high-profile Chapter 11 proceedings. In another highlight, the group represented Wilmington Trust, as indenture trustee for notes issued by Nortel Networks Limited (Canada), in connection with an allocation dispute involving more than $7bn of Nortel sale proceeds including joint trial proceedings in the US Bankruptcy and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada. And in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Adeptus Health, the practice advised Deerfield, and certain funds that it manages, on a $45m debtor-in-possession financing facility. In New York, the team was further strengthened with the addition of the ‘world classSteven Reisman, who previously led the restructuring practice at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

The ‘responsive and committed’ New York-based team at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is known for acting as ‘premier conflicts counsel working side by side with the elite restructuring firms’. The group acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 of Peabody Energy and in a contentious matter, represented Flex as the largest unsecured trade claim holder and co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors, in SunEdison’s Chapter 11. In a multijurisdictional matter, Lynn Harrison III and Turner Smith were engaged by the insolvency administrator of the Pickenpack entities in the company’s Chapter 15 filings, including obtaining a recognition order of the entities’ German insolvency proceedings; the team also acted for Pickenpack entities in pursuit of claims in the Chapter 11 cases of China Fishery Group’s Chapter 11 restructuring. Other key names to note are Theresa Foudy and Shaya Rochester, who has a ‘strong work ethic, technical skills and attention to detail’. Former practice head Steven Reisman left the practice to join Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s New York office.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Whether structuring equity or commodity derivative transactions or advising on evolving regulatory requirements, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is ‘simply exceptional’. The team acts for a range of market participants, from clearing houses and intermediaries to proprietary trading firms and end-users. In one of the group’s standout highlights, special counsel Gary DeWaal assisted LedgerX - the first swap execution facility (SEF) and clearing house authorized by the CFTC to trade and settle derivatives contracts on digital currencies - with obtaining SEF and derivatives clearing organization (DCO) licenses. Stanford Renas and Don Macbean advised Morgan Stanley Commodities on multiple hedging and revenue put transactions in connection with renewable and conventional power projects. In the Chicago office, Christian Kemnitz defended 3Red Trading in the first spoofing case litigated by the CFTC. Also recommended are of counsel Arthur Hahn, regulatory expert Kevin Foley, and of counsel Guy Dempsey.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 1

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Providing ‘logical and pragmatic advice’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s sizeable securitization team is among the leading issuer-side counsel in the market and is especially active in RMBS and auto and equipment-loan securitization. John Keiserman leads a team that acts as outside counsel to GM Financial on all of its US securitization programs and helps support its international ABS platforms. The Washington DC-based Seth Messner and the ‘balanced and creativeStephen Esko act for Fannie Mae on a litany of MBS issuances, such as those associated with the Connecticut Avenue Securities program, which aims to shift retained credit risk from guaranteed MBS to capital markets investors. Howard Schickler assisted Fortress Investment Group with the establishment of marketplace lending and unsecured consumer lending platforms. Joseph Topolski, Stanford Renas, Chris DiAngelo and Washington DC’s Anna-Liza Harris are additional key figures in the department. Based in Charlotte, Mitch Sprengelmeyer was promoted to partner, while Claudine Chen-Young joined the Washington DC office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Shan Haider joined from Perkins Coie LLP.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLPbrings high levels of service and knowledge to matters’. The team represented Garrison Investment Group in relation to the largest e-waste abandonment in US history. The team heads are Mark Farley in Houston and Steven Solow. Karl Heisler in Washington DC is ‘rated extremely highly and understands the nuances of extremely complicated regulations’. Other key contacts are Nadira Clarke, also in Washington DC, Lily Chinn in San Francisco, and Houston’s Greg Dillard.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is experienced in environmental crimes, workplace safety, and major accident response. Recent matters included advising Dow Chemical Company on an EPA inspection of the company’s Freeport, Texas operations. The recommended advisers are team heads Mark Farley in Houston and Steven Solow in Washington DC, where Nadira Clarke and Anne Carpenter also operate; Austin-based Danny Worrell; Houston’s Scott Elliott; and San Francisco-based Matthew Baker. Daniella Landers and Ben Patton departed for Reed Smith LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Scott Elliott - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 5

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

As ‘a wonderful firm with great lawyers’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP fields ‘a highly responsive and smart team’, which is ‘excellent for the full range of healthcare issues’. Recent highlights for the ‘extremely dependable’ team include advising the City of New York on Medicare and Medicaid issues and representing Vizient in a Supreme Court case relating to the confidentiality protections given to hospitals as applied to patient adverse incident reports and peer review materials. Clients praise practice head Laura Keidan Martin, who is ‘truly brilliant’; New York-based Joseph Willey, who is ‘an absolute pleasure to work with’; Megan Hardiman and the ‘terrificLouis Glaser. All named attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Chicago.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

At Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago-based Adam Klein has ‘incredible industry knowledge and great legal and business acumen’. Klein is known for assisting franchises with stadium redevelopment projects, and is currently advising the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks on their stadium redevelopments and related concerns including sponsorship and concession agreements. Klein also assisted Debra Cafaro, CEO of Ventas, with her acquisition of a minority interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

With a ‘deep bench’ and a ‘history of providing consistently high-quality service’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is regularly called on to handle complex transactions and has demonstrable expertise in emerging market transactions. ‘A seasoned expert’, Timothy Lynes has experience of fractional ownership agreements and recently advised Citibank on a number of aircraft and engine sales. Lynes also acted for Embraer alongside Tom Healey in the renegotiation of various leases and fleet purchase agreements in connection with Republic Airways’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Out of New York, Stewart Hermanworks like crazy for his clients’; he acted for a US fund manager on several acquisitions of aircraft on lease in multiple emerging market jurisdictions. Jane Cavanaugh is another key contact. All lawyers are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s expertise in the entertainment industry is reflected in its stellar client roster of authors, musicians, publishers and studios, which it advises on all aspects of copyright litigation, protection and transactions. The team successfully defended Cumulus Media against a lawsuit brought by ABS Entertainment regarding copyright infringement and unpaid royalties for the broadcast of pre-1972 recordings. It is also defending 50 Cent and Starz Entertainment against two separate claims, both alleging the television series, Power, infringed the plaintiffs’ copyright. Zia Modabber and David Halberstadter in Los Angeles and Floyd Mandell in Chicago are recommended.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Rated for its ‘great nuts and bolts knowledge’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s department acts for domestic and international clients across various industries. In Chicago, co-head Floyd Mandell has been defending Pepsi against infringement claims brought by Sportsfuel Supplements in federal court. In New York, co-head Karen Artz Ash has been acting for the estate of Marilyn Monroe in a suit brought against Fashion Central involving allegations of trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition, among others. Clients also recommend Kristin Achterhof in Chicago and Roger Furey in Washington DC.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP assists a range of fund managers and has particular strengths in quant funds and those pursuing unusual strategies. Lance Zinman and Allison Yacker continue to advise AQR Capital Management on various matters, including structuring bespoke funds, regulatory issues and investment. Henry Bregstein is advising broker-dealer Mercury Capital Advisors on developing a hedge fund platform aimed at high-net-worth investors and their advisers. Fred Santo and Wendy Cohen also advise leading names in the sector on the gamut of regulatory matters. In the litigation finance and manager M&A spaces, Zinman advised GKC Holdings on its $160m sale to British litigation financier Burford Capital. The firm also acts for major institutional investors. Zinman and Bregstein share leadership of the practice. Other than Zinman in Chicago, the team is based in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is ‘superb in every respect’. The practice has particularly deep sector knowledge in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, sports, financial services and investment funds, and also fields lawyers with deal experience in education, manufacturing, transportation, media and technology, among other areas. Matthew Brown is ‘a superstar, who anticipates and solves every problem before anyone asks, and he has a clear understanding of business and legal strategies’; Brown acted for Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor in the high-profile bid for and successful purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Straight Dope from Wrapports. Team head Mark Grossmann, who divides time between the Chicago and New York offices, assisted Victory Park Capital Advisors with the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Katy Industries, a manufacturer, importer and distributor of commercial cleaning and consumer storage products. Other key matters for the group included advising Svoboda Capital Partners on separate transactions, including the sale of DataBank Holdings, a national provider of business process automation solutions, to Kyocera Document Solutions; and acting for Meta Financial Group in numerous acquisitions, including the acquisition of substantially all of the assets and specified liabilities of Specialty Consumer Services to expand its presence in the tax services space. Other recommended attorneys include Stephen Antion in Los Angeles, Century City’s Daniel Peters and Chicago-based Jeffrey Patt and Kimberly Smith. Mara Glaser McCahan is a key Washington DC contact; Russell Black is a notable Charlotte name; and New York-based Farzad Damania is also highly rated. In Dallas the team recently hired Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn and Victor Zarnetti from the legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP firm.

Leading lawyers

Mark Grossmann - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Next generation lawyers

Harris Eisenberg - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is recognized for its middle-market credentials and its fine reputation among independent sponsors. Its tax planning expertise is a strong attraction for many private equity houses, which class it as a ‘go-to’ firm and a ‘great value provider’. Clients include Sterling Partners, Frontenac Company, Pfingsten Partners, Victory Park Capital, Prairie Capital, Centre Lane Partners and PSP Capital Partners. LongueVue Capital Partners and NextGen Growth Partners are new clients. In recent work, it advised Prairie Capital on the sale of StatLab Medical Products. Chicago-based Kenneth Miller and Kimberly Smith head the team, which also has strength in New York and Los Angeles.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Under the joint leadership of Doron Goldstein and Kristin Achterhof in New York and Chicago respectively, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s recent highlights include advising Agave Loco on the negotiation of promotional agreements and high-profile sponsorships with sports clients such as the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, and assisting Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and United Center with an AT&T sponsorship deal. The team also handled Calvin Klein’s model contracts with the lead actors of Moonlight to star in its new underwear advertising campaign, and assisted Boar’s Head with compliance issues surrounding the advertising of its meat and cheese products. Other clients include PepsiCo, Fruit of the Loom and General Dynamics. The group also handles advertising and promotional material clearance, product placement matters, sweepstakes and social media policies.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is recognized for its transactional expertise, with substantial experience in entertainment content, animation, merchandising, litigation and private equity work. Michael Hobel leads the Los Angeles-based department, which also counts litigators David Halberstadter and Joel Weiner, animation and merchandising specialist Susan Grode, and Zia Modabber, who focuses on music litigation, as key names. In a recent highlight, Modabber represented the estate of Michael Jackson in claims brought by his former record producer Quincy Jones alleging that the estate allowed others to produce remixes of Jackson’s music, which violated his producer agreements. Other mandates for the team included Halberstadter representing Starz Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment and CBS Television Studios in two copyright infringement disputes relating to the television series Power; Hobel advising HBO on Game of Thrones-related transactions as well as licensing and production arrangements for The Leftovers, Outcast and Sharp Objects; and assisting Media Rights Capital with the development and production of films and television programs, including Counterpart, House of Cards and Ozark. The team’s client roster also includes AMC Networks, Hulu, Lance Armstrong, Stevie Wonder and Paramount Pictures.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s ‘excellent’ tax practice regularly advises on mid-market M&A and private equity deals, and also handles reorganizations, spin-offs, financings, management compensation, tax-exempt and real estate matters. Recent highlights include advising Sterling Partners on several transactions, including its acquisition of World Fiber Technologies, and assisting Gamut Capital Management with the formation of Investment Fund I, which was worth $1bn at its first closing. Other key clients include Deerfield Management, Sheridan Capital Partners and Ford Motor Credit Company. ‘Sharp, intuitive and user-friendly’ practice head Saul Rudo in Chicago is recommended, as is Angelo Ciavarella in New York, who joined from Reed Smith LLP at the beginning of 2017. New York-based Jill Darrowis consistently the best for transactional tax work’.

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