Katten > London, England > Firm Profile


Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Katten focuses on providing transactional, operational and crisis management support to a wide range of entities within the hospitality sector. Clients include operators, owners, developers, investors and franchisees within restaurant chains, theme parks, casinos and resorts. The team is distinguished by its partners' hands-on experience, with several having worked in-house at hospitality companies. Practice head Peter Sugden concentrates on real estate investment, development, joint ventures and other transactions in the UK and across Europe; the group also has significant experience in international markets, including Africa, the Middle East and Australia. Senior associate Tim Dodd has in-house experience negotiating management and franchise agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sugden

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice is lead by a seasoned and experienced team.’

‘Timothy Dodd has been exceptional and efficient in providing expert legal opinions on matters pertaining to the hospitality industry. I have been impressed by the industry knowledge, swift response, and ongoing engagement during these difficult times.’

Key clients

Shiva Kingsway Limited

Union Hanover Securities

Luxury Hotel Partners

KOP Properties


AccorHotels/FRHI Hotels and Resorts

Fattal Hotels/Jury’s Inn Group

Cheval Group

Edyn Group

Leonardo Hotels


Geneva Management Group

London Town Hotels Group

Atelier-Ace London Limited (Ace hotels)

Gansevoort Hotel Group

Bob W Technologies UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Fattal in the purchase of the freehold interest in the Gostins building in Liverpool for £6.85 million.
  • Assisted Jury’s Hotel with an agreement for lease for a new 284 bedroom hotel in Pall Mall, Liverpool with Kier Property, as Owner/Developer.
  • Advised AL Curtain Tenant Ltd on the negotiation of the surrender of the lease of the Curtain hotel, London, the termination of a series of operational contracts and the drawdown mechanics of the landlord under a letter of credit, before overseeing the liquidation of the tenant entity.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

The futures and derivatives practice at Katten is 'commercially savvy, showing attention to detail and the ability to deliver on time even when given unreasonable deadlines'. The firm has in-depth knowledge of exchange-traded and OTC derivatives regulation. Carolyn Jackson, Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson are the lead partners in London. Jackson and Lalone are New York and English law qualified, which sees them advise on cross-border regulatory issues in the derivatives market. Robson is a key adviser to hedge and private equity fund managers, investment advisers, broker-dealers and proprietary traders in the UK and Europe. 'Trusted advisor' David Brennand is a key member of the financial markets regulatory group and he advises on advises on the creation, operation and restructuring of funds, as well as negotiating agreements that govern managed accounts, seed capital arrangements and illiquid portfolio acquisitions and divestments.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn H. Jackson; Nathaniel Lalone; Neil Robson

Other key lawyers:

David A. Brennand


‘David Brennand and I speak on almost daily basis, and he is very much our most trusted advisor and is very much an extension of our firm.’

‘Commercially savvy, showing attention to detail and the ability to deliver on time even when given unreasonable deadlines.’

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Katten's London real estate finance and lending team is part of a global network of offices, and thus is adept at handling transactions for clients based across the UK, the US and Asia. Kumar Tewari co-leads the team and is strong in acting for international emerging market lenders. Practice co-head Terry Green is deputy managing partner of the London office and advises on a range of asset classes, including hotel, retail and residential properties. Peter Englund is also a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Kumar Tewari; Terry Green

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very efficient and keeps abreast of the latest developments in the market. They are able to explain legal matters and documentation in a simple and clear manner. Katten’s fee level is also competitive in the market.’

‘Kumar Tewari’s experience in the banking industry enables him to understand the challenges faced by the banks and provide practical solutions on these issues. He also has a great network in the banking and legal industry.’

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Katten's financial markets and funds practice has a strong transatlantic focus, advising exchanges, clearing houses, broker dealers, funds and asset managers on regulatory issues arising from their operations in the UK, as part of its wider cross-border offering. Key figures in the team include English- and New York-qualified Carolyn Jackson, who is a derivatives regulatory expert;  Nathaniel Lalone, also dual qualified in England and New York, who specialises in derivatives and securities regulation in the US, UK and EU; and David Brennand, an expert in the creation of structures for collective investment across a variety of asset classes.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Jackson; Nathaniel Lalone; Neil Robson

Other key lawyers:

David Brennand; Edward Tran; Christopher Collins


Katten delivers in a number of core areas which are of the utmost important to in-house counsel: (1) they deliver on time; (2) they deliver on budget; and (3) their work is of an excellent standard. Nate Lalone has the ability to break down complex legal issues whilst engaging in good humour. He is an industry expert.’

Responsive. Deliver on time and to budget.’

I have been instructed by Katten on a long-running and sensitive regulatory matter. I am struck by the high level of the firm’s abilities and its handling of the client.’

I have worked most closely with Carolyn Jackson. I have found her very easy to work with, knowledgeable, committed and flexible.’

David Brennand is an exceptional commercially driven solicitor who is an absolute pleasure and delight to work with.’

Advice is sound, well-researched and delivered in a manner that clients/individuals without legal training can understand.’

Responsive, effective, quick to understand/appreciate client’s business.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Real estate > Commercial property: investment

Katten’s investment practice is particularly busy in the hospitality and financial services fields and has handled a number of high-value investments over the past year, including a handful of sale-leasebacks.

The firm:  Katten is a full-service, business-oriented law firm providing sophisticated, high-value legal services across the world. Katten is an international firm with more than 650 lawyers located across the United States, Asia and the United Kingdom. Our international experience and focus means we are well-placed to help you succeed where you currently operate and also to gain ground and traction in new markets. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, real estate (including construction), environmental, commercial finance, intellectual property, structured finance and securitisation, and trusts and estates.

Established in 2005, Katten’s London team has grown since its inception with plans for continuing strategic growth. The team has broad-based capabilities covering: litigation, insolvency and restructuring real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, fund formation, joint ventures, financial services regulatory, derivatives, intellectual property, commercial, data privacy, employment, tax, and finance. Our London-based lawyers, a number of whom are US qualified, are able to offer integrated legal advice for clients operating in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and Asia. All of our London lawyers practise English law, with our lawyers coming from Magic Circle, Silver Circle or US/transatlantic firms.

Types of work undertaken
Asset management: In working with clients across the UK, Europe and elsewhere, Katten is known for being particularly skilled in structuring bespoke collective investment structures utilizing vehicles in a variety of jurisdictions to satisfy the specific requirements of investment managers and investors alike, whether in fund, joint venture or other arrangements.

Banking: Katten represents global banks, alternative/direct lenders, investors and sponsors across different levels of the debt capital stack, particularly on senior/mezzanine loan structures, which involve complex intercreditor arrangements. Lawyers advise on cross-border commercial finance transactions, often involving structured (leveraged) or general corporate lending, as well as traditional secured asset classes.

Corporate: Katten handles a broad range of corporate transactions, including the estab­lishment of companies and businesses in the UK and overseas; public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals; cross-border joint ventures, strategic investments, partnerships and shareholder arrangements; restructuring, re-financings and reconstructions; private equity and venture capital; takeovers; buyouts and exit strategies.

Disputes: Katten is able to offer assistance to clients at all stages of a dispute: from drafting dispute resolution clauses or sophisticated arbitration agreements, through to arbitration or arbitration-related litigation, such as enforcement actions or conflict of laws litigation.

Employment litigation and counseling: Katten acts for employers or senior individuals across a range of industries, with a particular focus on the financial services, professional services, technology, media and hospitality/retail sectors. Katten lawyers handle beyond traditional employment law and human resource compliance issues that may arise to encompass broader areas, including data privacy and pensions, as well as traditional areas such as holiday pay, performance management, and advising on family-friendly rights.

Financial markets and funds: Katten addresses the financial markets as a whole — from infrastructure to market participants to the entire trading cycle — offering an unmatched holistic view. Clients span the entire trading continuum, from end users such as proprietary traders, commodity firms, crypto assets investors, alternative asset managers and hedge funds to brokers, investment banks and swaps dealers, as well as trading venues, clearing houses and settlement banks. Lawyers advise clients regarding derivatives and capital markets as well as the cross-border effects of US regulations and how this compares and interacts with European and UK regulatory and compliance requirements.

Hospitality: From representing large international conglomerates to small boutique hotels, to investors and lenders in US, European and other international markets, Katten lawyers understand the unique legal needs and challenges within the hospitality sector. Their deep experience enables them to provide legal services in the industry’s main areas of transactions, crisis management and operations.

Insolvency and restructuring: Katten guides office holders, creditors, debtors, banks and distressed companies through transactional corporate and personal insolvency matters, and handles disputes and procedures with cross-border aspects, including administrations, liquidations and bankruptcy, as well as overseas asset tracing and recovery.

Privacy, data and cybersecurity: Katten lawyers understand the potential areas of risk associated with the collection, use and disclosure of customer and employee information, and they work with clients to effectively resolve or prevent potential problems. The practice encompasses the development of privacy protection policies, privacy and security law counselling and compliance, and the application of privacy laws to data use and information sharing.

Real estate: Whether it involves major development projects, buying and selling assets, channelling capital into London from around the globe, managing complex occupier arrangements, or putting together intricate finance packages, Katten supports clients across the entire real estate asset class and life cycle. With a 360-view of the market, lawyers are especially adept at deals that are complex, require speedy execution and closing, or involve coordinating multiple stakeholders with competing interests.

Transactional tax planning: Katten advises major banks, financial institutions, private equity houses, fund managers and large corporations on the direct tax implications and indirect tax consequences of major transactions.

Asset management David Brennand
Banking Kumar Tewari
Corporate Paul Rosen
Corporate Edward A. Tran
Disputes Joe Payne
Employment Litigation and Counseling Christopher Hitchins
Financial Markets and Funds - Regulatory Carolyn H. Jackson
Financial Markets and Funds - Regulatory Nathaniel Lalone
Financial Markets and Funds - Regulatory Neil Robson
Financial Markets and Funds – Derivatives/Capital Markets Carolyn H. Jackson
Financial Markets and Funds – Derivatives/Capital Markets Nathaniel Lalone
Financial Markets and Funds – Derivatives/Capital Markets Neil Robson
Hospitality Peter Sugden
Insolvency and Restructuring Prav Reddy
Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity Christopher Hitchins
Real estate Peter Sugden
Transactional Tax Planning Charlotte Sallabank
Mr David Brennand  photo Mr David Brennand David Brennand is adept at creating structures for collective investment across a…
Mr Peter Englund  photo Mr Peter Englund When debt funds, hedge funds, sponsors and borrowers/platforms find themselves in uncharted…
Mr Terry Green  photo Mr Terry Green Terry Green is the deputy managing partner of our London office and…
Mr Christopher Hitchins  photo Mr Christopher Hitchins An employment lawyer who advises on all aspects of company operations, Christopher…
Ms Carolyn Jackson  photo Ms Carolyn Jackson Carolyn Jackson helps clients solve complex cross-border issues involving the regulation of…
Mr Nathaniel Lalone  photo Mr Nathaniel Lalone Nathaniel Lalone is a dual-qualified lawyer (England, New York) and a rising…
Mr Joe Payne  photo Mr Joe Payne Joe Payne is a commercial litigator and advisor, who industry publications describe…
Mr Prav Reddy  photo Mr Prav Reddy Prav Reddy guides office holders, creditors, debtors, banks and distressed companies through…
Mr Neil Robson  photo Mr Neil Robson Neil Robson decodes complex UK and EU regulations to provide practical regulatory…
Mr Paul Rosen  photo Mr Paul Rosen Paul Rosen views it as part of his role as corporate lawyer…
Ms Charlotte Sallabank photo Ms Charlotte SallabankWhen multinational corporations consider major transactions, tax implications often make or break…
Mr Peter Sugden  photo Mr Peter Sugden The managing partner of the London office, Peter Sugden, focuses his practice…
Mr Kumar Tewari photo Mr Kumar TewariKumar leads the Banking team in the London office. He has spent…
Mr Edward Tran  photo Mr Edward Tran Edward advises clients worldwide on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and…
Mr Gavin Vollans  photo Mr Gavin Vollans Gavin Vollans helps and supports clients with a wide range of real…
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 23