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Founded in 1974, Katten is a firm of choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Its approximately 650 attorneys serve public and private companies, including more than one third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and non-profit organizations and individuals. The firm provides full-service legal advice from locations across the United States, and in London and Shanghai.

Main areas of practice: Litigation: Katten’s litigation attorneys handle disputes involving matters ranging from contract disputes and regulatory issues to antitrust actions, securities class action lawsuits and other complex commercial and criminal litigation.

Corporate: the corporate practice provides sophisticated transactional representation and business counseling across a broad range of concentrations, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities and corporate governance.

Real estate: Katten’s real estate team handles domestic and cross-border transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, debt financings, development, fund formation, leasing, private equity and joint ventures, real estate investment trust formation, recapitalizations, restructurings, securitizations and workouts. The group also represents parties in complex disputes, as well as representing stakeholders in the affordable housing space.

Financial services: the financial services practice regularly advises a broad range of clients, including broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, investment advisors, finance companies, investment bankers, futures and securities exchanges, commodity trading advisors, pension funds, banks and insurance companies, and investment vehicles, such as hedge funds, commodity pools, venture capital funds and private equity funds, securitization vehicles, mutual funds and bank collective investment funds.

Commercial finance: the commercial finance team represents financial institutions making a wide variety of debt investments of all types and sizes in a broad range of industries.

Structured finance: Katten’s structured finance team advises all market participants in a wide variety of transactions, including securitizations of consumer receivables and commercial receivables.

Insolvency and restructuring: Katten’s insolvency and restructuring practice assists banks, financial institutions and lender groups in connection with out-of-court workouts and bankruptcy proceedings; represents corporate debtors and creditors in bankruptcy courts; and provides wide-ranging risk-management counsel.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property team provides a full range of litigation and transactional counsel to individuals and companies including industry leaders in apparel, entertainment, internet, telecommunications, software, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, electronics, health care and insurance seeking to protect and benefit from their patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property.

Environmental and workplace safety: Katten’s environmental and workplace safety team represents clients appearing before government entities and in courts; provides advocacy before legislators and regulators on environmental and energy issues; conducts internal investigations and responds to government investigations and enforcement actions; and creatively manages complex environmental and workplace safety issues.

Trusts and estates: Katten’s trusts and estates team – one of the largest in the United States – develops and implements sophisticated estate, tax, business succession and charitable plans on the state, federal and international levels, and represents parties in contested proceedings.

  • Chairman

  • Roger P Furey

  • Other Offices

  • Austin

  • Irving

  • London

  • Los Angeles (downtown)

  • Orange County

  • Oakland

  • Shanghai

  • Number of Partners: 307
  • Number of Other Fee-Earners: 345

Above material supplied by Katten.

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