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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is singled out for its ‘strong industry and business knowledge’ and the team is ‘particularly adept at not letting legal positions undermine commercial points’. The practice is deepest in Chicago, where key players include practice head David Bryant, ‘great strategistDavid Dlugie and Kenneth Jacobson, who is ‘very knowledgeable in complex real estate finance structures’. Bryant represented a joint venture of Callahan Capital Properties and Ivanhoé Cambridge in numerous matters, including its $895m purchase from Beacon Capital of its remaining interest in 1211 Avenue of the Americas. The New York office also wins praise for its ‘good attorneys’, which include Scott Vetri, who is ‘a strong and practical counsel for equity and debt transactions’, and Andrew Jagoda, who represented AIG in financing the purchase of 1285 Sixth Avenue in New York by RXR Realty. Elsewhere, Charlotte-based Daniel Huffenus has ‘experience, know-how and work ethic’, Los Angeles-based Christine Fitzgerald is ‘very smart and a good delegator’, and in Washington DC, Kenneth Lore is ‘timely and creative’. The practice enjoyed a number of major sports arena mandates in 2016, including Benzion Westreich representing the Golden State Warriors in connection with the construction of a new arena.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s team is led by Scott Resnik, whose colleagues in New York include Alan Brudner and Michael Rosensaft. Resnik and Rosensaft defended the president of a pharmaceutical company in a 73-count indictment concerning the import of non-approved pharmaceuticals, obtaining his acquittal on the 11 most serious counts. The ‘experienced and directNadira Clarke works in Washington DC alongside Glen Donath. Clarke advised Wood Group PPS on a joint federal and state investigation into alleged Clean Air Act violations. Key lawyers in Chicago include Sheldon Zenner, who is advising an executive of Walmart Brazil in connection with the DOJ’s multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption investigation into Walmart, and Gil Soffer.

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 5

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Led out of its Chicago head office by David Bohan and Christian Kemnitz, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is well versed in litigation and regulatory investigations across the spectrum of financial products, from exchange-traded securities, options, futures and funds, to the most sophisticated OTC derivatives executed across both public and dark, fully electronic venues. Bohan recently successfully represented a group of registered market makers against allegations brought by a putative class of investors that it conspired to cheat smaller options traders of stock dividends. Kemnitz has expertise across a range of complex trading strategies, including matters relating to high-frequency trading, and alongside Chicago’s Peter Wilson recently defended Igor Oystacher and his proprietary trading firm 3Red Trading in a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) case relating to alleged ‘spoofing’.

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

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is ‘driven, practical and more positive than other defense firms’, says one client. Practice co-head Bruce Vanyo, based in Los Angeles and New York, is ‘a top-notch strategist whose reputation as an ethical and fair defense lawyer is invaluable’. For Amarin Corporation, he obtained the dismissal of a 10b-5 class action arising from the FDA’s failure to approve the wider use of cholesterol drug Vascepa. He also acted for Angie’s List in two putative class actions alleging misrepresentation of the company’s financials. Christian Kemnitz defended Rosenthal Collins Group in litigation after its investment manager pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme that lost $30m for clients. Michael Diver in Chicago is highly recommended. In New York, Jason Vigna joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and William Regan moved to Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Vanyo - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

In 2016, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s aviation finance team was involved in a litany of purchase and lease agreements and leveraged loan negotiations. Timothy Lynes, Jane Cavanaugh and Tom Healey acted for Embraer and its subsidies, including ECC Leasing Company, in a variety of transactions, such as negotiating a purchase agreement for the sale of aircraft to Mesa Airlines, and also handling the delivery and financing of those aircraft. The team also assisted Merx Aviation Finance with the negotiation of two back-leveraged loans for aircraft on lease to Scandinavian Airlines. Additionally, the New York-based Stewart Herman has acted for a large investment company during a multitude of sales, restructurings and leases involving aircraft and spare engines. Unless otherwise stated, named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Led out of Chicago by the ‘extremely responsiveMichael Jacobson (who is ‘as smart as they come’), Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP provides a ‘phenomenal service’ to banks and alternative lenders, with clients praising the team for its ‘very strong knowledge of the private equity markets’ and for its ‘wonderful job of interacting with opposing counsel’. The firm, which has acted on over 300 financings throughout 2016, has experienced an uptick in work for major non-regulated lenders such as Antares Capital and Madison Capital Funding. Recent highlights include advising Golub Capital on a $605m loan to support the merger of Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket. The firm also acts for several major banks including Bank of America, Citizens Bank and Pacific Western Bank. The firm strengthened its borrower credentials in 2016 with the recruitment of ‘outstanding’ partner Kristopher Ring, who joined the Los Angeles office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Other key figures in Chicago include Neil Shelton and Jennifer Wolfe, who are ‘very experienced and do an excellent job representing clients’ best interests’.

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

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

The insolvency and restructuring team at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is recommended for the ‘strength of its skill set’ and has been involved in a number of bankruptcy cases noted for novel law issues and complexities. Practice head John Sieger represents several shareholders of the Tribune Company in fraudulent transfer litigation arising out of the company’s bankruptcy, which has implications for whether investors can avoid returning money from leveraged buyouts and other securities deals when companies later go into bankruptcy. The firm argued for the dismissal in the Tribune creditors’ $8.3bn clawback suit against the former shareholders - a question that may be a candidate for review by the US Supreme Court. The firm has also acted as lead counsel to Wilmington Trust, as indenture trustee regarding $200m of notes issued by Nortel Networks Limited (Canada), in an ongoing dispute over sale proceeds after the decision to opt for a ‘modified pro rata allocation’. In the defense of fraudulent transfer litigation relating to the Thornburg Mortgage bankruptcy, the firm is defending UBS against accusations by the trustee for the debtor that UBS and other defendants made ‘unjustified’ margin calls in a case that reflects changes to trustees’ rights under the US Bankruptcy Code. Sieger leads the team, which includes Paige Barr and Peter Siddiqui in Chicago, and Karen Dine, Craig Barbarosh and litigator David Crichlow in New York.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is known for its work as a prominent issuer counsel, but is ‘excellent in all regards’ and acts for a variety of market participants in the RMBS, automotive and equipment finance sectors. Stephen Esko, Chris DiAngelo and Washington DC-based Anna-Liza Harris are all highly recommended, and have carried out a variety of work for Fannie Mae, having served as outside counsel on the non-tax aspects of the client’s CAS program, which seeks to transfer retained credit risk to capital markets investors. The team also counsels Fannie Mae on its monthly guaranteed single and multi-family REMIC issuances. Highly regarded for his ‘knowledge of the contracting process in public and private transactions’, Howard Schickler regularly acts for Fortress Investment Group regarding debt financing and equity capital, participation facilities and portfolio acquisitions. Joseph Topolski and John Keiserman advised Ford Motor Credit Company and GM Financial, respectively, on securitization programs and regulatory compliance. In recent personnel developments, Joshua Yablonski joined the firm’s Charlotte office from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Washington DC-based Brandon Hadley made partner in 2016. Since publication, Claudine Chen-Young has joined in Washington DC from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

The lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP have ‘a deep knowledge of civil and criminal environmental issues’, and ‘consistently provide strategic and practical advice within agreed timeframes’. The team represents energy, chemical, refining and construction companies, among others, and has notable experience in major accident response matters and safety management. Recent work includes representing DuPont in a case concerning a catastrophic toxic environmental release, resulting in multiple fatalities, and acting for Dow Chemical in a case concerning a chemical explosion at the client’s Massachusetts facility. Nadira Clarke heads the litigation practice from Washington DC and, along with Lily Chinn, is representing Wood Group Power Plant Services in a joint federal-state investigation into alleged CAA violations. Greg Dillard is also a key figure, focusing on major accident response and EHS issues; Dillard is representing Phillips 66 in challenging citations issued by Washington State OSHA, and also chairs the firm’s process safety advocacy group. Mark Farley and Steven Solow jointly head the environmental practice from Houston and Washington DC respectively.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP provides ‘an outstanding level of service - the response times, communication and value for money are all excellent’. Highlights included representing DuPont in connection with the catastrophic release of toxins resulting in two fatalities in La Porte, Texas; the matter involved advising on potential responses to media and government agencies, analyzing liabilities and successfully minimizing risks for the company. The firm also advised the Barack Obama Foundation on the negotiation of environmental agreements with the City of Chicago. In Washington DC, Nadira Clarke gives ‘outstanding strategic advice which is direct and to the point’ and Steven Solow co-heads the white-collar, investigations and compliance practice; and Austin-based Danny Worrell focuses on permitting and enforcement. Scott Elliott and Ben Patton are also names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Ben Patton - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Scott Elliott - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP undertakes a broad spectrum of healthcare matters, including handling internal investigations for healthcare companies, compliance mandates and transactional matters. It advised MyCare Chicago on its transfer of accountable care entity participation rights in the Illinois Medicaid program to Molina Healthcare. Novant Health, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health System are also clients. Chicago-based Laura Keidan Martin heads the practice, which notably also includes New York-based Joseph Willey, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally thoughtful’; the highly recommended Louis Glaser in Chicago; and Christopher Locke in Washington DC, who joined from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C..

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Chicago-based Adam Klein, among other things, advises a number of NBA teams on various non-contentious matters. Recent work for Klein includes advising the Sacramento Kings on the team’s first jersey sponsor, assisting the owners of Philadelphia Union with the acquisition of a United Soccer League franchise, and advising the Chicago White Sox on its sale of stadium naming rights to Guaranteed Rate. Away from ball sports, the firm advised Monster Energy on its sponsorship of Nascar’s Cup Series.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s team is recommended for its industry expertise in the media and entertainment sector. Highlights included the defense of Cumulus Media in a copyright infringement suit brought by ABS Entertainment regarding pre-1972 music royalties. The team also defends Centric Group against copyright infringement claims by United Music Group regarding mix tapes in care packages for the incarcerated. Other clients include HBO, NBCUniversal and Universal Studios. David Halberstadter and Joel Weiner in Los Angeles are recommended along with Chicago-based Floyd Mandell.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP regularly handles contentious trademark matters for well-known brands in a variety of industries. It is particularly recommended for settlement agreements, where it provides ‘practical solutions to complex problems’. Recent work includes the defense of longstanding client Microsoft against claims by the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry regarding the client’s use of the term ‘Grange’ in its State of Decay video game. The team has also been defending Forever 21 against allegations by Robert Lopez that garments bearing the phrase ‘Lower East Side’ infringe his trademark ‘LES NYC’. Recommended lawyers include Floyd Mandell and Kristin Achterhof in Chicago, Roger Furey in Washington DC and Karen Artz Ash in New York.

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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’s ‘strong, collaborative team’ represents a range of players in the hedge funds space, including managers, banks and broker-dealers. Henry Bregstein advises broker-dealer Mercury Capital Advisors on a platform to allow retail access to funds through a new tax-efficient structure. Fred Santo and Wendy Cohen advised Scoggin Management on its transition to a partnership from a limited liability company, as well as providing ongoing advice to the same client on a range of SEC filings, European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIMFD) compliance and private placement issues. Investor-side mandates include Ricardo Hollingsworth advising Lockheed Martin Investment Management on separately managed accounts with several managers. Allison Yacker provides ‘very responsive and clear’ advice on regulatory issues. Lance Zinman, who is based in Chicago and shares leadership of the practice with Bregstein, provides ‘excellent analysis’ of structuring issues. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are located 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 provides ‘world-class work, including rapid responses, outstanding negotiation techniques and instincts, and diverse knowledge of the varying requirements for M&A transactions’. The corporate practice is highly rated for its advice to middle-market private equity participants; it also has experience in particular industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, sports, financial services, education, manufacturing, transportation, media and technology. Recent highlights include advising Hartford Funds on the acquisition of Lattice Strategies; representing financial services provider INTL FCStone in its acquisition of certain businesses of Sterne Agee Group; and acting for ATI Physical Therapy in six deals during a 12-month period, including its acquisition of Ideal Physical Therapy. Other notable transactions included advising Centre Lane Partners on its purchase of Vitamin World, the third-largest vitamin retailer in the US, from NBTY; and assisting Sagent Pharmaceuticals with its $40m acquisition of a portfolio of five abbreviated new drug applications from Teva Pharmaceuticals and Actavis. Global corporate head Mark Grossmann divides time between the Chicago and New York offices; Stephen Antion heads the Los Angeles corporate group; and in Chicago, Jeffrey Patt, entrepreneurial ventures practice head Matthew Brown and Kimberly Smith, who co-heads the nationwide private equity practice, are highly rated. Mara Glaser McCahan is a key Washington DC contact and Russell Black is a notable name in Charlotte. Key hires included Daniel Peters joining the Century City office from Locke Lord LLP; New York-based M&A and securities expert Farzad Damania from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; and Washington DC-based healthcare transactional specialist Christopher Locke from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.. David Landau left for Ballard Spahr LLP’s New York office.

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 has made considerable progress in the independent sponsor market, building on its already strong profile in the lower to middle-market segments. The team benefits from solid finance and tax credentials, and Saul Rudo, national head of the tax planning practice, is the relationship partner for many of the firm’s key private equity clients. The firm is especially strong in healthcare, business services, industrials, and consumer and retail. Highlights included advising Frontenac Company on its sale of AirTech and Ohio Transmission Corporation to Irving Place Capital. Other notable clients are Sterling Partners, Victory Park Capital, Prairie Capital and Centre Lane Partners. Chicago’s Kenneth Miller and Kimberly Smith head the practice, which also includes partners in Los Angeles and New York.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

At Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, transactional specialist Michael Hobel heads the Century City-based department, which is recognized for its strength advising clients in the entertainment content, animation and merchandising sectors, as well as in financing transactions, corporate issues and litigation. Hobel is advising Media Rights Capital on multiple film and television development and production transactions, including deals with Netflix regarding House of Cards and Ozark, and is also assisting Home Box Office (HBO) with issues relating to its original programming, including Game of Thrones. On the contentious side, David Halberstadter successfully defended Summit Entertainment in a First Amendment suit relating to the film The Hurt Locker brought by an Iraq War veteran who claimed the film was based on his life. Other noteworthy names include animation specialist Susan Grode, Zia Modabber, who has notable expertise in music issues, and litigator Joel Weiner.

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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 ‘pragmatic tax practice’ is noted for its strength in tax structuring M&A, private equity, venture capital and REITs transactions. Practice head Saul Rudo played a key role advising Sterling Partners on its $925m acquisition of GSI Commerce as part of a consortium of investors, which involved acting as primary counsel on the capital raise for the purchase and negotiating management agreements with the management team of eBay Enterprise. Other clients include Aspen Capital and Meritas. Chicago-based Valentina Famparska and Anna-Liza Harris are also recommended.

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