Mr Derek Ladgenski > Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

A great firm that holds itself to the highest professional standards‘, Katten has established itself as one of the leading players in the mid-market direct lending space. The group, which ‘always provide timely and expert advice‘ and ‘will work around the clock to make sure work gets done‘, is instructed by an extensive list of major funds, including Antares Capital, Golub Capital, and Ares Capital. Recent mandates include advising Deerfield Management Company on a $147m loan to Melinta Therapeutics to finance its acquisition of the infectious disease business of The Medicines Company. The firm has also advised clients on joint ventures with other debt funds, which recently included acting for Antares Capital in relation to a new joint venture with Bain Capital as well as a co-investment program with Harvard Management Private Equity. Michael Jacobson (‘an incredible attorney with the highest knowledge of all matters pertaining to credit‘) leads the ‘top-notch‘ team out of Chicago. Other contacts include Stuart Shulruff and Derek Ladgenski in Chicago, and Kristopher Ring and Glen Lim in Los Angeles.