Ms Kimberly Smith > Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Private Equity


Kimberly T. Smith is a partner and co-chair of Katten’s nationwide Private Equity practice. She has extensive experience leading complex transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and reorganizations, divestitures, joint ventures, and investments at all stages of a company’s life cycle. She also provides advice to executives in compensation and equity-related matters.

Kim advises clients from a wide range of industries, including distribution and manufacturing, health care, business services, consumer, technology and financial services. Kim has represented a variety of companies, including ATI Physical Therapy, Baird Capital, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, Boathouse Capital, D4C Dental Brands, Frontenac Company, Nobu Hospitality and Restaurant Group, Pfingsten Partners, Syclo, Tribeca Enterprises and Victory Park Capital.

Kim frequently counsels strategic acquirers and private equity funds in the purchase and sale of health care services businesses involving practice management models. She has also worked extensively on transactions involving search funds and independent sponsors.

During law school at Georgetown University, Kim served on the editorial board of the American Criminal Law Review and published an article that was cited by the US Supreme Court. She is a founding member of the guild board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.


JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, summa cum laude, Bronze Tablet

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Katten‘s ‘team is very hands-on; it takes the time to understand clients’ business and works with them to find the right work product for their needs‘. The practice has particular sector knowledge in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, sports, financial services, investment funds, education, manufacturing, parking and transportation, publishing and media, and technology. The team regularly advises on LBOs, management buyouts, going-private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs, tender offers and restructurings; it fields attorneys with experience in all aspects of takeovers, both friendly and hostile, including designing and implementing defensive controls. Significant clients include Chicago-based private equity fund Ellipse Capital, septic services company Wind River Environmental, and Sterling Partners, a diversified investment management platform. Recent work saw the team advise Ellipse Capital on the sale of its portfolio company Monroe Engineering to ShoreView Capital, a Minneapolis-based private equity fund. It also acted for Wind River Environmental on several matters, including the acquisition of Certified Environmental Services, an environmental testing service; assisted Harmony Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company, with its acquisition of the exclusive right to develop, register and market the narcolepsy treatment drug pitolisant in the US; and advised Versatex Holdings (Versatex), a portfolio company of Highlander Partners and manufacturer of branded trip, sheet and mouldings, on the sale of Versatex to The AZEK Company. New York’s Evan Borenstein is ‘a terrific resource and a trusted partner, who consistently provides high-quality, practical advice and gets quickly to the heart of the matter‘; and Mark Grossmann, who focuses on advising private equity funds, as well as institutional and entrepreneurial corporate clients, is global corporate practice head and divides his time between Chicago and New York. Other notable advisers are Chicago-based entrepreneurial ventures practice head Matthew Brown, Jeffrey Patt and Kimberly Smith; Charlotte’s Russell Black; Washington DC-based Mara Glaser McCahan; and New York’s Farzad Damania.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Katten‘s buyouts practice is largely centred in Chicago, but also features expertise located in New York and Los Angeles, and in 2018 it established a Dallas office, adding several new partners and clients. Key clients include Frontenac Company, Victory Park Capital, Pfingsten Partners and Prairie Capital, with HIG Capital and Equity Group Investments new names. While the firm itself has outstanding healthcare credentials, the private equity practice crosses additional industries such as manufacturing and distribution, food and beverages, consumer goods, logistics and financial services. It advised Pfingsten Partners on its acquisition of drone maker Lumenier. ‘Smart lawyerKenneth Miller and Kimberly Smith head the team, with Martin Ruhaak and Christopher Atkinson also highly rated. All named partners are based in Chicago.