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Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

The hospitality team in US firm Katten's London office primarily focuses on transactions, crisis management and operations. The team, which is well equipped to advise investors, hotel managers, lenders, developers and franchisees, is led by Peter Sugden, who advises clients on matters within the UK and throughout Europe. His particular expertise lies within real estate investment, finance, development, and joint ventures within the sector. Timothy Dodd  is another key member of the team - he works with international hotel operator companies, hotel owners, property companies and governmental bodies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sugden

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Dodd

Key clients

AccorHotels/FRHI Hotels and Resorts

Aprirose Limited

Associated British Foods Pension Scheme

Atelier-Ace London Limited (Ace hotels)

Bob W Technologies UK Limited

Cheval Group

Edyn Group

Fattal Hotels/Jurys Inn Group

Gansevoort Hotel Group

Geneva Management Group

Knotel Management UK Limited

KOP Properties

Leonardo Hotels

London Town Hotels Group

Luxury Hotel Partners


Shiva Kingsway Limited

Stay at Mine Limited

Student Luxe Limited

Union Hanover Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Edyn in respect of the Hyatt Centric Cambridge for which Edyn is franchisee, on the associated changes required to underlying franchise agreement documentation, the head lease and operational underlease, and to property reporting.
  • Represented RE Capital as the borrower on a £60m refinance and development loan from ASK/OakNorth to facilitate the construction of a mixed use development comprising a 150-bed hotel, office and residential housing in Clerkenwell.
  • Advised London Town Groups of Companies Limited on the negotiation of hotel management agreements with Cycas International BV in respect of the Hotel Indigo Paddington, Mercure London Paddington and Mercure Hyde Park.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Katten has extensive experience in both exchange-traded and OTC derivatives, acting for both sell-side and buy-side clients. It is a key adviser on regulatory matters, both in Europe and the US, particularly where regulatory regimes overlap. It has in-depth knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR), Market Abuse Regulation and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Carolyn Jackson, who is a former manager of the New York trading desk of several investment banks and the former executive director of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson are the key financial markets regulatory partners in London.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Jackson; Nathaniel Lalone; Neil Robson

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Katten leverages its transatlantic presence when catering to an array of investment funds, asset managers, exchanges, clearing houses, broker-dealers and proprietary trading businesses. Carolyn Jackson is an expert in the Dodd-Frank Act and European Market Infrastructure Regulation, while Nathaniel Lalone is a go-to for both buy and sell-side clients active in the derivatives, futures and securities fields. The pair are both dual-qualified in England and New York and front the practice alongside Neil Robson, a key port of call for cross-border work, new funds, day-to-day business and product launch matters.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Jackson; Nathaniel Lalone; Neil Robson

Other key lawyers:

David Brennand; Edward Tran

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Real estate > Commercial property: investment

Noted for its expertise in the hospitality and the financial sectors, Katten has strong capabilities in high-value investments, including sale and leaseback transactions. Gavin Vollans and Peter Sugden are key contacts in the US firm’s London practice.

The firm: Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for counsel locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s core areas of practice include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in numerous industries, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.

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
David Brennand photoMr David BrennandDavid Brennand is adept at creating structures for collective investment across a…
Timothy Dodd photoMr Timothy DoddTim Dodd is a senior associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP,…
Peter Englund photoMr Peter EnglundWhen debt funds, hedge funds, sponsors and borrowers/platforms find themselves in uncharted…
Terry Green photoMr Terry GreenTerry Green is the deputy managing partner of our London office and…
Christopher Hitchins photoMr Christopher HitchinsAn employment lawyer who advises on all aspects of company operations, Christopher…
Carolyn Jackson photoMs Carolyn JacksonCarolyn Jackson helps clients solve complex cross-border issues involving the regulation of…
Nathaniel Lalone photoMr Nathaniel LaloneNathaniel Lalone is a dual-qualified lawyer (England, New York) and a rising…
Joe Payne photoMr Joe PayneJoe Payne is a commercial litigator and advisor, who industry publications describe…
Prav Reddy photoMr Prav ReddyPrav Reddy guides office holders, creditors, debtors, banks and distressed companies through…
Neil Robson photoMr Neil RobsonNeil Robson decodes complex UK and EU regulations to provide practical regulatory…
Paul Rosen photoMr Paul RosenPaul Rosen views it as part of his role as corporate lawyer…
Charlotte Sallabank photoMs Charlotte SallabankWhen multinational corporations consider major transactions, tax implications often make or break…
Peter Sugden photoMr Peter SugdenThe managing partner of the London office, Peter Sugden, focuses his practice…
Kumar Tewari photoMr Kumar TewariKumar leads the Banking team in the London office. He has spent…
Edward Tran photoMr Edward TranEdward advises clients worldwide on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and…
Gavin Vollans photoMr Gavin VollansGavin Vollans helps and supports clients with a wide range of real…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 34