Firm Profile > Katten > London, England


Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Katten's hotels and leisure practice is described as 'commercial thinking and attentive' by clients and represents a range of lenders, developers and foreign investors across the hospitality industry. The team handles real estate transactions and investment under the leadership of London managing partner and practice head Peter Sugden, whilst Terry Green oversees hotel management work, with a particular emphasis on advising investors and operators on projects in EMEA, and the United States.

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‘Katten’s in-depth experience and integration within the hotels, hospitality, and leisure sectors provides exceptional insight for transactions and a reassuring focus on the key risks and opportunities in a deal.’

‘Attentive, flexible, and knowledgeable. Commercial thinking. Many other teams sell a product. Katten sells solutions.’

‘Peter Sugden’s  guidance has been invaluable and always cost-effective.’

Key clients

Shiva Kingsway Limited

Wyndham Worldwide (and subsidiaries)

BridgeStreet Global Hospitality (and subsidiaries)

Union Hanover Securities

Luxury Hotel Partners

KOP Properties


AccorHotels/FRHI Hotels and Resorts

Fattal Hotels/Jurys Inn Group

Cheval Group

Edyn Group

Leonardo Hotels

Admiralty Arch Holdings


Geneva Management Group

Citibase Limited

London Town Hotels Group

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

The derivatives practice at Katten represents a wide range of clients including dealers, end users, proprietary traders, brokers, advisors, exchanges and clearing organisations on a diverse array of financial instruments, among them futures, structured products, and cleared and OTC swaps. This work covers many different asset classes - interest rates, credit, commodities, securities and foreign exchange - on which the firm provides both transactional and regulatory advice. In London, it benefits from having both English and US law expertise, enabling it to advise clients doing business on both sides of the Atlantic. Carolyn Jackson, Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson lead the financial markets and funds practice in London. David Brennand, who handles the structuring and operation of investment funds and other collective investment structures, is also recommended.

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Key clients

Arcadia Petroleum Ltd

Nasdaq Stockholm AB

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

The transatlantic practice at Katten advises exchanges, clearinghouses, liquidity providers, investment funds and asset managers on regulatory matters. The team is co-led by Lance Zinman,  the firm’s global chair of financial markets and funds; Carolyn Jackson, who assists clients in cross-border issues involving UK, EU and US regulation; Nathaniel Lalone, who is known for regulatory and compliance advice to market infrastructure clients; and Neil Robson, who advises on a range of issues for clients such as hedge fund managers, investment advisers, broker-dealers and proprietary traders.


‘Extremely reactive and pragmatic’

‘Neil Robson’s advice is very valuable. I can come to him with a very unusual request, he is extremely reactive and his advice is always spot on’

Key clients

Futures Industry Association, Inc. (FIA)

Arcadia Petroleum Ltd

Glendower Capital LLP

Nasdaq Stockholm AB

Property finance Tier 6

Katten has a particularly strong track record in cross-border mandates, with extensive experience advising Asian and Middle Eastern banks and lenders. 'Responsive and pragmatic' practice co-head Kumar Tewari is notably strong in debt finance matters. Deputy managing partner Terry Green also co-heads the team and has a particular focus on hospitality and luxury retail properties.


‘Katten have a strong commercial awareness that means they deal equally effectively with bread and butter loans as well as the most complex transactions. They are proactive and responsive as well as pragmatic. They do all that is needed and frequently more to deliver the deal on time.’

‘Kumar Tewari is a partner who leads from the front. He is very responsive, always pragmatic and really strong on solving legal problems for commercial and real estate loans. His team are immensely well organised, hardworking and productive, with a high level of service and delivery.’

‘The team has strength in depth, with a lot of experienced people who are able to assist. Our main contact is Kumar Tewari who is always looking to assist our team wherever possible. He is keen to ensure that the service provided by his team is second to none and always strives to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

TPG Specialty Lending

General Electric Capital Corporation

Shiva Hotels

Bank Leumi (UK)

KOP Properties

Circle Property Management

Titan Investors

Katten acts for a variety of clients on projects focused on real estate, construction, hospitality and leisure, financial services, asset management and corporate. As well as a broad range of expertise in these areas, supported by others focused on employment, litigation, finance and tax, the firm’s lawyers have specialist knowledge in real estate investment and development, real estate finance, contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering, hospitality and leisure, US and UK financial services regulatory (including derivatives), collective investment schemes/joint ventures and private equity.

The firm:  the firm’s lawyers coordinate regularly with colleagues in other offices, offering access to a platform span­ning the United States and Asia, including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and Wash­ington, DC; allowing them to draw on the strength of leading practices throughout the group that span a broad range of transactional, regulatory and litigation disciplines. The firm offers expert, integrated legal advice that is particularly well placed to service the needs of clients undertaking transatlantic business.

Types of work undertaken
Real estate: the real estate practice acts for banks, institutions, funds, private investors, owner occupiers and property companies on a broad range of commercial real estate, real estate finance and hospitality and leisure transactions. In particular, Katten’s lawyers advise on: investment, development, finance, hotels and joint ventures. Lawyers also provide a project management service in relation to real estate assets that are located outside the United Kingdom and regularly help develop tax-driven offshore structures.

Hospitality: Katten’s hospitality practice spans the UK/European and international markets (including Asia, the Middle East and Australia) and the US, and combines highly experienced lawyers from a range of disciplines, including real estate, corporate, finance, tax, financial services, environmental, litiga­tion and employment.

Construction: the firm is able to provide a one-stop-shop for construction and engineer­ing clients. From a non-contentious perspective, the firm is well versed in drafting and negotiating all forms of construction and engineering contracts and the bonds and guarantees associated with these contracts. From a contentious perspective, the firm is experienced in construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution including adjudication and arbitration.

Corporate: The firm represents clients across 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.

Asset management: we work with clients across the UK, Europe and elsewhere on mandates that traverse the spectrum of complexities applicable to collective investment arrangements in both trading and investing contexts. We are particularly skilled in structuring bespoke 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. These skills permit us also to advise market participants effectively on proposed investments in collective investment structures at the outset, on the acquisition and disposal of investment portfolios on the secondary market, and on co-investment arrangements with collective investment structures.

Financial markets and funds – regulatory: the firm advises clients on both UK and US regulatory matters includ­ing regulatory authorisations; international marketing of funds and financial services; exchange rules and regulations; clearing house and settlement systems; conduct of business rules; money laundering; insider dealing/market abuse/information barriers; custody issues; disciplinary matters; prosecutions and regula­tory enforcement actions; and customer and other contractual documentation and ongoing compliance with statutory requirements. Advising clients on the cross-border effects of US regulations and how this compares and interacts with European and UK regulatory requirements is a key focus of its practice.

Financial markets and funds – derivatives/capital markets: the firm has a leading clearing and exchange traded and OTC derivatives practice, and is widely recognised for its knowledge of the rules and regulations ap­plicable to entities regulated by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission as well as European regulators including the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Privacy, data and cybersecurity: the group brings together a team with diverse industry experience and substantial knowl­edge of the latest laws and practices regarding privacy and data protection. 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 practices, privacy and security law counselling and compliance, and the application of privacy laws to data use and information sharing.

Banking: the team focuses on debt transactions across all asset classes, both on and off balance sheet. The team advises a wide range of banks, non-bank lenders, funds, start-ups, tech firms and disrupters on the lender as well as the sponsor and borrower side.

Employment litigation and counseling:  our London employment practice advises on the full range of employment law issues, acting 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.

Transactional tax planning: our tax practice provides advice on the direct and indirect taxation aspects of a wide range of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investments, debt and equity raises, fund formation, real estate development, and joint venture transactions and financings. We also regularly provide counsel on tax disputes with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and tax-based contractual and indemnity claims.

Insolvency and restructuring: our insolvency and restructuring practice has experience across the full suite of restructuring and insolvency work, whether contentious or non-contentious. Clients include insolvency practitioners, banks and other financial institutions, distressed companies and their directors and other stakeholders. The team focus on handling insolvency disputes including managing large contentious insolvencies with cross-border aspects, strategies on enforcement and distressed acquisitions where borrowers are in default and advising on the full range of insolvency applications and claims. They also advise clients, including companies, banks and other creditors, on restructuring options ahead of formal insolvency and have significant experience advising on administrations and pre-pack sales.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate Peter Sugden
Hospitality Terry Green
Construction Matthew Needham-Laing
Asset management David Brennand
Financial Markets and Funds - Regulatory Neil Robson
Financial Markets and Funds - Regulatory Carolyn Jackson
Financial Markets and Funds - Regulatory Nathaniel Lalone
Corporate Paul Rosen
Corporate Edward A. Tran
Employment Litigation and Counseling Christopher Hitchins
Disputes Joe Payne
Insolvency and Restructuring Prav Reddy
Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity Christopher Hitchins
Transactional Tax Planning Charlotte Sallabank
Photo Name Position Profile
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 Matthew Needham-Laing  photo Mr Matthew Needham-Laing Matthew Needham-Laing offers clients a comprehensive service for their legal needs in…
Mr Joe Payne  photo Mr Joe Payne Joe Payne is a commercial litigator and advisor, who industry publications describe…
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…
Mr Peter Sugden  photo Mr Peter Sugden The managing partner of the London office, Peter Sugden, focuses his practice…
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