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Derek Ladgenski

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Commercial Finance


Derek Ladgenski concentrates his practice in all aspects of debt capital markets and corporate finance. As a leader in his field, Derek is a frequent presenter to industry conferences and clients regarding the latest developments in debt capital markets. He has been named to The M&A Advisor's "40 Under 40" list of emerging business leaders in the M&A financing field, and to the finance category of The Legal 500, where he was "recommended for his ability to 'focus on the material aspects of each transaction.'"

Derek primarily counsels lead arrangers, administrative agents and lenders on cash flow acquisition and recapitalization financings, loans to national and international franchisors, franchisees and restaurant concepts, and "take private" transactions. His practice spans a wide variety of deal sizes and types, from sole lender financings of smaller franchisees and young restaurant concepts to large-market, broadly syndicated and unitranche credit facilities of more than $750.0 million for equity sponsor portfolio acquisitions and refinancings.

Derek also is a member of the board of directors and executive committee for Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley, has worked locally with Pro Bono Advocates and the Community Economic Development Project, and assisted in the drafting and proposed implementation of a new commercial law system for post-war Afghanistan.

Derek is a member of the firm's Board of Directors.


JD, University of Illinois College of Law; BA, University of Illinois; BS, University of Illinois

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

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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