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Katten
2900 K STREET NW
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WASHINGTON, DC 20007-5118
United States

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

Katten's structured finance and securitization department has a high-volume practice spanning consumer and commercial finance, esoteric and one-off transactions. In terms of novel deals, the group has experience in lottery and municipal receivables, as well as renewable energy and refund anticipation loan securities. Taking the lead are Washington DC’s Anna-Liza Harris , an asset and-mortgage-backed securitization expert, and New York’s Howard Schickler , whose broad practice includes mortgages, auto loans, equipment leases and credit card receivables. In Washington DC, Claudine Chen-Young  is an expert in mortgage-backed securities. In New York, John Keiserman  is known for deals involving motor vehicle collateral.

Practice head(s):

Anna-Liza Harris; Howard Schickler

Other key lawyers:

Chris DiAngelo; Claudine Chen-Young; John Keiserman; Stephen Esko; Joshua Yablonski; Stanford Renas

Key clients

Fannie Mae

New York City Bar Association

Structured Finance Association

Bank of America, N.A.

DBRS, Inc.

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

FAT Brands Inc.

Metabank, N.A.

Marathon Asset Management, L.P.

Morgan Stanley

A10 Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Fannie Mae on structuring, launching and executing its first Credit Risk Transfer offering indexed to SOFR
  • Advised Ford Credit in connection with all of its U.S. auto loan, auto lease and dealer floorplan securitization programs, including cross-border offerings from its Canadian affiliates, with issuance totaling approximately US$10 billion.
  • Advised FAT Brands Inc. as issuer’s counsel on its three whole business securitizations (WBS) this year. In combination with public debt offerings, FAT Brands has used WBS to finance the acquisition of fast, casual restaurant groups.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Katten‘s derivatives practice spans exchange-traded and over-the-counter products and their regulation. The team is most noted for its regulatory offering, which extends to representing clients in enforcement issues, investigations by the CFTC and litigation. Heading the financial markets and regulations group from New York is Gary DeWaal, who is increasingly known for advising on the law governing digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Also in New York, Carl Kennedy has expertise in the Dodd-Frank Act. In Chicago, Kevin Foley  focuses on US commodity exchange legislation and CFTC rules. In January 2021, the Washington DC office was joined by Daniel Davis from the CFTC in a boost to the regulatory practice. Guy Dempsey retired in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gary DeWaal

Other key lawyers:

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Operating across eight US offices, including Chicago, New York and Dallas, Katten runs a workload spread across M&A, LBOs, add-on acquisitions, divestitures and leveraged dividends. Kimberly Smith  heads the practice and is particularly reputed for her work within the distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, business services, consumer, technology and financial services industries; she operates from the Chicago office alongside Mark Grossmann who is likewise active in a broad variety of sectors such as real estate, retail, pharmaceutical and security.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Smith

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grossmann; Christopher Atkinson; Mark Solomon; Gregory Hidalgo; Victor Zanetti; David Washburn

Key clients

InterFlex Holdings, LLC

North Branch Capital

Pfingsten Parnters

KCM Capital Partners LLC

Chicago Pacific Founders

Convergint Technologies (a portfolio company of Ares Private Equity)

Agave Loco, LLC

Transitions Hospice, LLC

Hangzhou Greatstar Industrial Co., Ltd.

Larry H. Miller Management Corporation

Select Rehabilitation, Inc.

ArchiMed Group

Beyontec 2nABLE Solutions Private Limited

Paragon Biosciences Emalex Capital, Inc.

Highlander Partners

Trinity Hunt Management, L.P.

Argano Holdings

Evozyne, LLC

Equity Group Investments

West Monroe Partners

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

    Katten's securities litigation practice frequently defends securities class actions, stockholder derivative suits, M&A litigation, proxy disclosure suits, and SEC investigations and enforcement actions. The firm counts among its lawyers more than a dozen former Assistant US Attorneys and SEC enforcement attorneys and a DOJ Associate Attorney General. Veteran litigator Bruce Vanyo, who works from both Los Angeles and New York, is described by clients as ‘a master in his area of expertise and is soothing in stressful situations‘, and has vast experienced in defending class actions and stockholder derivative litigations alongside other SEC investigations. Key partner Christina Costley in LA is ‘smart, practical and  strategically savvy‘. Vanyo and Costley recently acted for NextCure Inc. in Section 10(b) and Section 11 securities class action alleging that the company misrepresented the potential efficacy of NC318, a potentially revolutionary cancer immunotherapy. Michael Diver in Chicago, a former Enforcement Branch Chief of the SEC's Chicago office, is also highly recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Bruce Vanyo

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Diver; Christina Costley

    Testimonials

    ‘Bruce Vanyo and Christina Costley from Katten are leading experts in defending securities litigation and Bruce has defended more major securities cases than any other lawyer in America. Of the more than 60 securities class actions Bruce has resolved over the past two decades, he has obtained complete dismissal at or before the pleading stage in more than three-quarters of them.’

    ‘Bruce Vanyo- Bruce is a master in his area of expertise and is soothing in stressful situations. Christina Costley- Christina is smart, practical and easy to get along with. She is responsive, smart and strategic. Overall, Christina, is strategically savvy, understands business needs and is well versed in the law.’

    Key clients

    Amarin Corp.

    Anaplan, Inc

    BMO Capital Markets Corp.

    Boingo Wireless, Inc.

    BTA Bank JSC

    Coupa Software, Inc.

    Former officers of Frutarom Ltd.

    NextCure Inc.

    RedRidge Finance Group, LLC; RedRidge Lender Services, LLC (together, “RedRidge”); Randolph Abrahams

    Stamps.com, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing NextCure and certain current and former officers in a Section 10(b) and Section 11 securities class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
    • Representing Stamps.com and certain of its officers and directors in a securities class action pending in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
    • Advising Boingo Wireless, Inc. and all of the members of its Board of Directors on disclosures relating to the proxy filed in connection with its acquisition by Digital Colony and then to defend the ten lawsuits filed in five different jurisdictions challenging those disclosures.

    Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 3

    Katten fields specialists in the financing of new and used aircraft, engines and related equipment. Its expertise also covers pooled aircraft securitizations, along with compliance work. Aviation transactions expert Timothy Lynes chairs the group, which includes commercial and business aircraft deal specialist Stewart Herman. Notable growth includes the July 2021 hire of Timothy Kirby, whose practice covers aviation finance, as partner from Milbank, while Brett Seifarth is a key associate. Former partner Thomas Healey recently left the firm. All advisers named are based in the firm’s Washington DC office unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Key clients

    Embraer

    Yaborã Indústria Aeronáutica

    Work highlights

    • Advised Embraer on the delivery financing of 10 Yaborã Indústria Aeronáutica 175 LL aircraft to United Airlines.

    Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

    With a global reach, the intellectual property team at Katten utilizes its deep bench strength to advise on high-profile copyright claims involving household names in entertainment, music, fashion and cosmetics. The team is led in New York by global chair Deepro R. Mukerjee and Karen Artz Ash, a specialist in the fashion sector, representing luxury brand designers, retailers and apparel manufacturers, along with Floyd Mandell, a deeply experienced IP litigator who most recently defended music client Cumulus Media in two class-action suits involving pre-1972 royalties. In Los Angeles, David Halberstadter, who is currently acting for ViacomCBS, and Joel Weiner, whose clients include Will Smith and Sony Pictures, provide expertise on copyright disputes in film and television.

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Cumulus Media, Inc.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment; Actor/Producer Will Smith; Overbrook Entertainment

    Starz Entertainment, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Courtney Kemp, Mark Canton

    Universal Studios Company, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

    ViacomCBS

    Work highlights

    • Represented Cumulus Media in two separate putative class-action lawsuits by ABS Entertainment, Inc. that centered on paying royalties when broadcasting songs recorded before 1972 when the federal copyright act took effect.
    • Representing ViacomCBS in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who claims that the company infringed upon her written treatment and pilot script for a proposed television series by using her materials for an episode of the CBS television series Bull and as the basis of a not-yet-produced television series based upon the motion picture Clueless.
    • Representing Sony Pictures Entertainment, along with actor/producer Will Smith and his company Overbrook Entertainment, against claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition relating to Sony’s movie, released in October 2020 on HBO Max under the title Charm City Kings.

    Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

    Katten capitalizes on its national and international reach to represent global brands in high-stakes trademark litigation at the state and federal levels. The IP team is led by five experienced partners. In New York, global chair Deepro R. Mukerjee brings expertise to the pharmaceutical sector and Karen Artz Ash specializes in fashion disputes. In Chicago, Kristin Achterhof advises the likes of Lenovo and Motorola on global enforcement and firm IP department founder Floyd Mandell offers deep experience in representing household names. Veteran litigator Terence Ross manages high-value internet and e-commerce disputes at the Washington DC office.

    Key clients

    Fit & Glow Healthcare Private Limited

    Forever 21

    Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

    Natera, Inc.

    Virtual Dining LLC and Jimmy Donaldson

    Weight Watchers International, Inc.

    Windstream Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Kinetic)

    Work highlights

    • Represented Windstream Holdings, Inc. in an adversary proceeding in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York against its competitor Charter Communications, Inc.
    • Representing Forever 21 in the trademark litigation against adidas concerning its three-stripe trademark.
    • Represented Weight Watchers in connection with litigation arising out of the March 2020 decision to transition temporarily its in-person member workshops to virtual workshops via Zoom as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

    Katten‘s ‘terrific‘ offering is differentiated by its ‘excellent experience‘ advising the world’s leading quantitative and algorithmic trading funds on matters relating to volatility, black box, grey box and other alternative and emerging trading strategies. The team’s expertise in this area extends to regular cross-border work, involving jurisdictions as widespread as the UK, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hong Kong, India and the United Arab Emirates. Allison Yacker – who is recommended for clients looking to ‘launch a fund in the most expeditious and economic manner‘ – and Wendy Cohen jointly chair the investment management and funds practice, while ‘very smartLance Zinman acts as the global chair of the financial markets and funds departments. Henry Bregstein, another core practitioner at the practice, is singled out by one client as being ‘among the very best commercial and legal minds on Wall Street‘. All named attorneys are based in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Lance Zinman; Wendy Cohen; Allison Yacker

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Katten is incredibly well versed in the latest regulatory changes and conducting training that is pertinent with regard to those changes. A lot of value added. We do extensive investing in the ESG/sustainability area and the firm has been able direct us through the many fund changes in Europe.’

    ‘Allison Yacker has always been the person I turn to for legal guidance on fund formation and on the most recent changes. Like any great attorney, she makes herself available at any time the work needs to get done. I highly recommend her to any fund PM looking to launch a fund in the most expeditious and economic manner.’

    ‘Wendy Cohen is the best lawyer. I’ve worked with so many but she is commercial, conservative but finds ways to efficiently help me achieve my goals.’

    ‘True professionals who see the big picture, provide options that are practical and bring in others when necessary. (And only when necessary). I have complete trust in their judgements.’

    ‘Deep in all aspects of the law. Terrific firm for top-notch one stop shopping.’

    ‘Henry Bregstein is among the very best commercial and legal minds on Wall Street. He is available 24/7 and understands one’s business as if it is his own.’

    ‘Excellent experience with quantitative trading firms.’

    ‘Lance Zinman is very smart and commercial during negotiations. He understands the business objectives of clients and it shapes his counsel.’

    Key clients

    Angelo Gordon & Co.

    Antares Capital

    Aquatic Holdings LP

    CTC Capital Management, LLC

    Edgestream Partners, LP (“Edgestream”)

    GTS Securities, LLC

    ISAM Systematic Management / ISAM Funds (UK Limited)

    Nebula Research and Development / Michael Graves

    Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (“OPERS”)

    Partners Group AG (“Partners Group”)

    Schonfeld Strategic Advisors LLC

    Strategic Investor/Edge Focus Capital Management, LLC

    Vivaldi Capital Management LLC

    Work highlights

    • Represented Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, a large family office-turned-quantitative asset manager, in the negotiation of approximately $1.5bn of new commitments across its flagship investment funds.
    • Served as funds counsel to Aquatic Holdings in one of the most closely watched hedge fund start-ups in Chicago and across the United States.
    • Represented Partners Group with respect to the structuring and formation of an insurance dedicated fund which will use a varied and complex investment strategy that involves direct, secondary and primary investments in private equity investments both directly and indirectly through other vehicles that are managed by the client.

    Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 4

    Under the leadership of Scott Resnik  in New York, Katten continues to handle a range of white-collar criminal cases, regulatory enforcement matters, civil and securities litigation and internal investigations. The firm fields a team of experienced trial lawyers who regularly defend against allegations of criminal misconduct. It is particularly active in the healthcare, financial services and insurance sectors, and acts for both corporates and individuals. In January 2021, Ryan Meyer in Texas was promoted, and in August of the same year Daniel Collins and Levi Giovanetto joined in Chicago from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Resnik

    Other key lawyers:

    Gil Soffer; Sheldon Zenner; Daniel Collins; Levi Giovanetto

    Key clients

    Brian Swiencinski

    Elazar Shmalo

    Greg Auzenne

    Greg Lindberg

    Gurucharan Dua

    Jeffrey Pearlman

    John O’Sullivan

    Michael Cohn

    Michael Nguyen

    Mr. David’s Flooring International

    New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

    RedRidge Finance Group, LLC; RedRidge Lender Services,LLC (together, “RedRidge”); Randolph Abrahams

    Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.

    Roberto Nicolia

    The City of New York

    United Development Funding

    Work highlights

    • Represented Michael Cohn, a former SEC employee indicted by a federal grand jury for computer intrusion and obstruction of justice.
    • Representing Elazar Shmalo, a high-frequency trader, in a spoofing prosecution.
    • Represented The City of New York and the City’s Law Department in an FCA suit brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

    Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

    Katten represents both national and regional banks as well as credit unions in consumer lending disputes, including acting in cases challenging fees practices and alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The team handles cases for clients in both state and federal courts, and also acts in the defence of banks facing allegations of aiding and abetting fraud, including ponzi schemes. Gregory Korman leads the team and is noted for his work in class actions, with Stuart Richter also recognized for his work representing a range of financial institutions in litigation. All named lawyers are based in Los Angeles.

    Practice head(s):

    Gregory Korman

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Their experience in handling overdraft fee-related class actions is unparalleled.’

    ‘In addition to his experience, Stuart Richter possesses excellent strategic instincts and strong business acumen.’

     

    Key clients

    1st Source Bank

    Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

    Alliant Federal Credit Union

    Bank of Hawaii

    BBVA USA

    Bethpage Federal Credit Union

    Centier Bank

    City National Bank

    Community Bank

    Ent Federal Credit Union

    First Interstate Bank

    HSBC and HSBC Bank USA

    Investors Bank

    Liberty Bank

    People’s United Bank

    Redstone Federal Credit Union

    Republic Bank

    United Community Bank

    Valley National Bank

    Sunflower Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advising several banks and credit unions on class action cases filed in Montana, California, New York and Florida alleging the financial institutions improperly processed signature debit card payments so that fees were assessed even though the customer’s balance was sufficient to pay when the transaction was initiated.
    • Advising several banks and credit unions in class action cases filed in federal courts in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, New Mexico, Washington, Alabama and Oklahoma alleging the financial institutions charged overdraft fees for transactions that did not actually overdraft customer accounts by using customers’ available balance to determine overdrafts.
    • Advising several banks and credit unions on class actions filed in state and federal courts in Alaska and New York and in state courts in Washington, Florida, Kentucky and Indiana alleging these financial institutions improperly charged fees for payments that were resubmitted after being rejected.

    Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

    Katten‘s main focus is working with private credit companies. The group, primarily operating out of the firm’s Chicago office, advises some of the biggest alternative lenders on the market, including Ares Capital, The Carlyle Group and Twin Brook, on an array of financing transactions. Michael Jacobson  leads the team and focuses on deals in the health care, software, technology, sports and entertainment sectors, while Jennifer Wolfe ‘s experience spans acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalization. The firm also has a Los Angeles presence, which includes Glen Lim and Jan Harris Cate.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Jacobson

    Other key lawyers:

    Jennifer Wolfe; Stuart Shulruff; Derek Ladgenski; Glen Lim; Jan Harris Cate

    Key clients

    Antares Capital

    Ares Capital

    Balance Point

    BMO Sponsor Finance

    Capital One, National Association

    Comvest Credit Partners

    Madison Capital Funding LLC

    Maranon Capital

    Midwest Mezzanine

    Morgan Stanley

    NXT Capital, LLC

    The Carlyle Group

    Twin Brook Capital Partners

    Varagon Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Represented Capital One, National Association in connection with the execution of operative senior secured first-out/last-out credit documentation.
    • Represented The Carlyle Group as agent in respect to a $270m senior secured financing of Alpine Investors’ acquisition of Redwood Services Group.
    • Assisted Twin Brook with a loan from Linden Capital to orthodontic practitioners network Smile Doctors, with the value in excess of $1bn.

    Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

    Katten remains a go-to firm for the representation of independent directors in both chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. It is also well versed in the representation of debtors, equity sponsors and creditor committees, and has strong rapports with investment banks and financial advisors. New York-based Steven Reisman  and Chicago’s Peter Siddiqui  are co-chairs of the team. The practice has significantly enhanced its offering throughout 2021, with the arrival of Terence Banich from Fox Rothschild LLP, Michael Comerford from Paul Hastings LLP, Michaela Crocker from Jones Day, Peter Knight from Latham & Watkins LLP, John Mitchell from Akerman LLP, Julia Winters from White & Case LLP and Cindi Giglio rejoining from Gordon Brothers Group. Theresa Foudy departed the firm, while Jeff Friedman retired.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Reisman; Peter Siddiqui

    Other key lawyers:

    Craig Barbarosh; Peter Knight; William Freeman; John Mitchell; Cindi Giglio; Jerry Hall; Shaya Rochester; Michaela Crocker; Geoffrey King; Terence Banich; Stephanie Hor-Chen; Marc Roitman

    Key clients

    AIG Asset Management (U.S.) LLC

    Aurify Brands, LLC

    BOKF, National Association

    CraftWorks Parent, LLC

    Energy Transfer

    Gulfport Energy Corporation

    Intelsat Envision Holdings LLC

    J. C. Penney Corporation

    Le Tote, Inc.

    Mallinckrodt, plc

    Mariposa Intermediate Holdings LLC

    NAC Aviation 29 Designated Activity Company

    Seadrill North Atlantic Holdings

    UMB Bank, National Association

    Windstream Holdings, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented the Specialty Generics Debtors at the direction of the Disinterested Managers in connection with the Mallinckrodt chapter 11 cases.
    • Represented the independent managers of Intelsat Envision Holdings LLC, owner of the largest satellite fleet in the world, in its complex $14.8bn chapter 11 case.
    • Represented UMB Bank, National Association as the successor trustee under a $6.4bn Contingent Value Rights (CVR) Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

    Industry focus > Sport Tier 4

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is particularly strong on the transactional side, frequently assisting clients with debt and equity financings, stadium and arena construction and financing, concession deals, broadcast agreements and acquisitions and sales of sports franchises. Chicago-based Adam Klein, who regularly advises investors, teams, sponsors and arenas to advise on financing and acquisition transactions, directs the practice. Supporting the team in Los Angeles is Benzion Westreich, a real estate expert, and Daniel Render, whose expertise spans acquisitions and sales, sponsorship deals and naming rights agreements.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Klein

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Atlanta Hawks

    Barclays Center

    Chicago White Sox

    Detroit Red Wings

    Detroit Tigers

    Dyal Capital, a division of Blue Owl

    Golden State Warriors

    Larry H. Miller Companies

    Los Angeles Clippers (Murphy’s Bowl)

    Miami Marlins

    Phoenix Suns

    Sacramento Kings

    Seattle Kraken

    United Center

    Chicago Bulls

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Los Angeles Clippers (Murphy’s Bowl) in connection with debt financing for the construction of a new arena as well as a naming rights deal and founding partner sponsorship agreement for the new arena.
    • Assisted Dyal Capital, a division of Blue Owl, in connection with the purchase of minority interest in Phoenix Suns.
    • Assisted the Seattle Kraken in connection with the acquisition of the Seattle Kraken expansion team from the NHL, the drafting of a merchandise agreement for the team store located in Climate Pledge Arena, equity and takeout financing transactions, and a loan for a new home arena for AHL affiliate in Palm Springs, California.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

    Based in Los Angeles, the team at Katten takes cases on behalf of musicians and music industry organizations as well as TV and film production studios, including idea theft. Zia Modabber heads the practice and represents high-profile musical artists including Trent Reznor and Stevie Wonder, as well as institutions such as Live Nation and The Recording Academy. On the TV, film, and new media side, David Halberstadter represents companies such as ViacomCBS and Starz Entertainment. Another specialist in this area is Joel Weiner who in a recent highlight represented filmmaker Robert Rodriguez in a claim regarding the ‘Machete’ films. Tami Kameda Sims is also recommended for her expertise in pre-publication review, advising on content and performing rights analysis.

    Practice head(s):

    Zia Modabber

    Other key lawyers:

    David Halberstadter; Joel Weiner; Tami Kameda Sims; Leah Solomon

    Key clients

    Endemol Shine Latino

    Goldco Direct, LLC

    Huda Beauty LLC

    John Branca, as Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael J. Jackson

    MJJ Productions, Inc.

    Sony Music Entertainment

    Lions Gate Entertainment

    Starz Entertainment

    Courtney Kemp

    Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson

    Live Nation Merchandise LLC

    Merch Traffic LLC

    Silva Artist Management, LLC

    Min Jin Lee

    Producers of The Wendy Williams Show

    Robert Rodriguez

    Sony Pictures Entertainment; Actor/Producer Will Smith; Overbrook Entertainment

    Starz Entertainment

    CBS Broadcasting Inc.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Mark Canton

    Universal Studios Company

    Robert Zemeckis

    Bob Gale

    ViacomCBS

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Michael Jackson Estate, Michael Jackson Productions, and Sony Music in a dispute regarding the posthumous Michael Jackson album.
    • Representing Sony Pictures Entertainment, along with renowned actor/producer Will Smith and his company Overbrook Entertainment, against claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition relating to Sony’s movie on HBO Max under the title Charm City Kings.
    • Representing ViacomCBS in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who claims that the company infringed upon her written treatment and pilot script for a proposed television series by using her materials for an episode of the CBS television series Bull and as the basis of a not-yet-produced television series based upon the motion picture Clueless.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

    From content production to distribution and exploitation, the California-based team at Katten covers the entire content-lifecycle, advising major production studios and interactive entertainment companies. The practice is headed out of Los Angeles by Michael Hobel who represents key players in this space including HBO, MRC Entertainment, and Warner Media. Also based in Los Angeles and highly active in the team is associate Scott Cutrow  who regularly works closely with Hobel on matters for the firm’s high-profile clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Hobel

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘There is an experienced team that have worked together for some time and complement each other very well.’

    ‘Michael Hobel is an exceptional lawyer and advisor. Despite his seniority and reputation he is always accessible to us, one of his smaller clients. I can call him on his mobile and have visited his home. His Associate, Scott Cutrow is extremely able and they work very well together. They are quite prepared to challenge our ideas and add a lot of value, literally at times.’

    ‘My experience of other firms is that partners of Michael’s quality are simply inaccessible and work that is key to us is delegated. Importantly for me, they are also human thus working with them is enjoyable with the ability to share a joke which is needed in difficult negotiations.’

    ‘Great market understanding.’

    ‘Blend of media experience with entertainment experience.’

    Key clients

    Debmar-Mercury

    EPiX

    Handmade Films

    HBO

    MRC Entertainment

    Resurgence Media Group, LLC

    Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

    Warner Media

    Work highlights

    • Representing WarnerMedia in relation to its original programming for HBO Max and other platforms, including licensing and production arrangements with major studios and production companies for television series and motion pictures. These include the television series Love Life, Snowpiercer and other series in development such as Santa, Inc., Love and Death and The Staircase.
    • Representing HBO in relation to its original programming, including transactions related to the hit series Game of Thrones, licensing and production arrangements with major studios and production companies for television series and motion pictures.
    • Advising Debmar-Mercury in connection with the syndicated talk show The Wendy Williams Show and with the distribution of a variety of other television series like the record Emmy-winning series Schitt’s Creek.

    Real estate Tier 4

    Katten has a national reputation for handling acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and restructuring on behalf of lenders, developers, fund sponsors and investors. Chicago based senior partners Alvin Katz , David Dlugie and Mark Simon are all noted names in the Midwest real estate market. Timothy Little chairs the practice from New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Timothy Little

    Other key lawyers:

    Alvin Katz; David Dlugie; Mark Simon

    Key clients

    Artimus Construction

    Blue Vista Capital Management LLC

    Brookfield Properties Retail

    Brooklyn Gold SPE LLC

    BRP Development Corp.

    Citigroup

    Douglaston Development

    L&M Development Partners and Toll Brothers, Inc.

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

    Morgan Stanley

    Work highlights

    • Represented an investment company with respect to the acquisition and development of multiple luxury multifamily and student housing projects located in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Ohio and Arizona.
    • Advised Douglaston Development in ground leasing more than one acre of land off of Webster Avenue in the Bronx, New York, from the New York Botanical Garden.
    • Represented a major investment bank in connection with a senior secured loan in the amount of $147.6m to Asana Partners secured by multiple properties in five states.

    Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

    Katten works closely with its financial services group in industry disputes, but the team also acts for public and private companies as well as business organizations from a wide range of other sectors. The offering encompasses contract disputes, regulatory matters, class action lawsuits, antitrust matters, appeals and other commercial litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitrations. David Crichlow in New York is the national chair of the commercial litigation practice and has over 30 years of experience. Fellow New Yorker Anthony Paccione also covers securities litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    David Crichlow

    Other key lawyers:

    David Goldberg; Anthony Paccione; Gil Soffer; Sheldon Zenner

    Key clients

    BMO Capital Markets Corp.

    Farm Credit Bank

    Major Wall Street Research Firm

    Mr. David’s Flooring International

    Parq Casino

    Patriot National

    Praxair/Huntsman

    Republic Tobacco

    StoneX Group Inc.

    TD Ameritrade, Inc. and TD Ameritrade Futures & Forex

    UBS

    UMB Bank

    Work highlights

    • Acted as trial counsel for Praxair/Huntsman.
    • Represented BMO Capital Markets Corp. (BMO) and two affiliates in Illinois False Claims Act litigation brought by a relator on behalf of the State of Illinois.
    • Defending UBS in a portfolio of FINRA arbitrations where clients and investors of UBS are accusing UBS of allegedly not disclosing the risks of investing in its Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES).

    Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

    Katten‘s healthcare team is known for its litigation expertise, representing clients in major fraud and abuse cases in the New York and Texas markets. The group also provides outside regulatory counsel to major academic medical groups and health systems and advises municipalities on healthcare matters. Lisa Atlas Genecov leads the team from Dallas and is known for advising on complex transactional matters. Also notable are Chicago-based radiology expert Kenneth Davis and New York-based litigator Joseph Willey .

    Practice head(s):

    Lisa Atlas Genecov

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    AdventHealth

    Capital Digestive Care

    Cardiovascular Research Foundation

    City of New York

    E3 Health Solutions d/b/a eTrue North

    Gastro One

    George Mark Jenkins, M.D.

    Greater New York Hospital Association

    HCA, Inc.

    Laredo Premier Healthcare PLLC

    Montefiore Medical Center

    New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

    Northwell Health

    Novant Health

    Parker University

    PPG Health, PA

    Sunrise Assisted Living

    The Brooklyn Hospital Center

    The Hospital & Health System of Pennsylvania

    The Regents of the University of California

    The Urology Group

    Work highlights

    • Representing a pharmacy owner in a health care fraud enforcement actions in US history focused on a network of Houston, Texas speciality pharmacies.
    • Advised various health care systems and a municipality throughout the course of the pandemic on novel diagnostic and treatment paradigms.
    • Representing a healthcare network in its negotiation and contracting with the United States Health and Human Services Department for over 350 COVID-19 testing sites.

    M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 5

    Katten has a comprehensive practice that represents a mix of entrepreneurs and issuer companies, as well as venture and hedge funds, corporate investors and family offices. The full-service offering includes advice on initial company launches and seed capital, through to larger value equity and debt financings, M&A and IPOs. The firm has expertise across many industries, with a particular emphasis on the technology sector. Matthew Brown, head of entrepreneurial ventures, leads the team from Chicago, where the majority of the practice is based. Fellow partner Jeffrey Patt has an extremely active presence in the market and over 30 years’ experience representing investors and growth companies. Other names to note include M&A and private equity co-head Christopher Atkinson, David Kravitz in New York, and Daniel Render in Los Angeles, who also has a good track record advising on sports-related ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Brown

    Key clients

    BBH Capital Partners

    Catalytic

    Deerfield Capital Management

    Exelon Corporation/Constellation Technology Ventures

    Fitness Cubed

    Paragon Biosciences Emalex Capital

    Porsche Investments

    Riseandshine Corporation

    Screencastify

    SoftWorks AI

    Utopia Global

    Work highlights

    • Represented BBH Capital Partners in a $3m recapitalization investment in Chime Solutions (‘Chime’), a provider of customer contact services and one of the largest and fastest growing minority-owned businesses in the United States.

    Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

    Katten maintains an active presence in the middle-market M&A and DCM arenas, advising a diverse array of clients on the tax aspects of various deals, restructurings, and insolvency proceedings. Practice head Saul Rudo is praised by clients for his extensive experience in venture capital and start-up transactions, executive compensation, and fund formations. Valentina Famparska ’s recent transactional tax work include leveraged buyouts and private equity investments. All named lawyers are based in Chicago.

    Practice head(s):

    Saul Rudo

    Other key lawyers:

    Valentina Famparska

    Testimonials

    ‘Katten strikes the perfect balance of top tier talent and execution with personal touch and reasonable fees.’

    ‘Our lead partner, Saul Rudo, is a true national expert on tax and transaction work. Saul is responsive and available around the clock which is critical in executing a successful deal.’

    ‘Saul Rudo is unsurpassed as an advisor on M&A and tax structuring transactions, possesses technical depth and is a superior listener. You will never be underserved in a difficult negotiation with Saul on your team.’

    Key clients

    Larry H. Miller Companies

    Keypath Education

    Sterling Partners

    Netrix, LLC

    Monroe Capital

    Breakout Capital

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Keypath Educatobs with corporate restructuring, tax structuring and securities law matters related to Keypath’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) to be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    • Representing Larry H. Miller Companies in the sale of the Utah Jazz, Vivint Smart Home Arena and related assets.
    • Represented Netrix, LLC in a sale transaction to OceanSound Partners, a private equity firm investing in technology and technology-enabled businesses.

    Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 7

    At Katten, the financial services practice focuses on securities regulation, providing advice to banks, broker-dealers and investment advisors. The team provides proactive advice to clients on complying with SEC regulation and is also regularly engaged to handle investigations and enforcement proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Lance Zinman and Gary DeWaal, while Susan Light is the key name to note on contentious matters. DeWaal and Light are based in New York, while Zinman acts out of the firm’s Chicago office.

    Practice head(s):

    Lance Zinman; Gary DeWaal

    Other key lawyers:

    Katten is a full-service law firm with nearly 650 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.

     

    Main areas of practice
    Corporate: the corporate practice provides sophisticated transactional representation and business counselling to national and global companies across a broad range of concentrations. The mergers and acquisitions group is involved in all aspects of public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, representing both targets and bidders in negotiated and hostile takeovers. The nationally recognized private equity group represents leveraged buyout funds, mezzanine debt funds and venture capital funds in acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions, and advising in all aspects of private equity fund formation. The securities group assists clients with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, tender offers, proxy contests and going private transactions. It also provides corporate governance counselling to public and private companies, boards of directors and board committees.

    Financial markets and funds: Katten’s financial markets and funds practice regularly advises a broad range of participants in the financial services arena, including broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, investment advisors, finance companies, investment bankers, futures and securities exchanges, commodity trading advisors, pension funds, banks and insurance companies, as well as investment vehicles such as hedge funds, commodity pools, venture capital funds and private equity funds, securitization vehicles, mutual funds and bank collective investment funds. Attorneys apply an interdisciplinary approach in providing comprehensive legal services, including regulatory and transactional advice, tax and ERISA counsel, and domestic and foreign litigation.

    Insolvency and restructuring: the insolvency and restructuring practice focuses on managing the business and legal risks inherent in the restructuring process, and offering practical and innovative solutions to challenging problems. Clients include banks and other financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, hedge funds and private equity funds, debtors and borrowers, agents and participants in syndicated loan transactions, indenture trustees and bondholders, landlords, official and unofficial creditors’ committees, equity committees, equipment lessors, shareholders, partners, purchasers of distressed assets, vendors, trade creditors and other interested parties in all manner of insolvency and workout situations. The team also provides front-end counselling of clients in structuring their commercial transactions to identify and minimize risks related to insolvency and bankruptcy.

    Intellectual property:  the intellectual property practice secures, protects and enforces patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property. The practice has represented plaintiffs and defendants in some of the most significant intellectual property cases (i.e., patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and unfair competition) of the last 20 years, for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. Attorneys also assist in exploiting intellectual property rights through licensing, joint venture and technology transfer agreements.

    Litigation:  Katten’s litigation practice represents companies in a wide variety of industries, with a focus on financial services and health care industries. The group’s seasoned white-collar, complex commercial and class-action litigators have a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses and the group has a deep bench of former prosecutors who come from a variety of government agencies, at both federal and state levels. When clients face any of a wide range of financial services or health care violations, this team is able to represent them effectively at every stage of the process, from the initial investigation through trial. Furthermore, Katten has developed a strong team of litigators who regularly conduct high-level internal and criminal investigations, reporting to boards or C-suite executives.

    Private credit: the private credit practice represents financial institutions making a wide variety of debt investments of all types and sizes in a broad range of industries. The firm’s senior lending practice focuses on the representation of administrative agents, lead arrangers and bookrunners in syndicated asset-based and cash flow financing transactions to support leveraged buyout, recapitalization, acquisition and refinancing transactions. The firm also represents investors in a wide variety of secured and unsecured mezzanine investments, term B and second lien term loans, and other forms of junior capital.

    Private wealth:  the private wealth practice develops and implements sophisticated estate, tax, business succession and charitable plans on the state, federal and international levels. The practice handles all aspects of the administration of estates and trusts, as well as probate, accounting, tax and other litigation.

    Real estate:  while many law firms focus primarily on the finance side of commercial real estate and others focus on the equity investment side, Katten’s real estate practice is known for its strengths in both. Katten attorneys regularly represent both lenders and investors. The real estate practice has one of the most extensive and renowned practices in the country and serves clients in virtually every aspect of real estate law, including acquisitions and sales, development, fund formation and administration, leasing, private equity and joint ventures, recapitalizations, affordable housing development and finance, construction and bridge lending, syndicated lending, mezzanine lending and preferred equity investments, structured lending and securitizations, workouts and restructurings.

    Structured finance and securitization:  the structured finance and securitisation practice advises clients in a wide variety of transactions, including securitizations of consumer receivables — such as auto loans and residential mortgages — and commercial receivables — such as equipment leases, corporate loans and commercial mortgages. Katten represents all market participants, from issuers, underwriters, placement agents and collateral managers to investors, swap counterparties, trustees, credit enhancers and servicers in industries including aircraft, mortgage, automobile and health care. Structured finance and securitisation attorneys also provide general corporate and transactional advice to specialty finance companies, government agencies and banks.

    Transactional tax planning:  the transactional tax planning practice handles United States and international tax planning and advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, reorganisations, spinoffs, venture capital and LBO transactions and financings, investment fund formation, securitizations of debt, equipment leasing, real estate transactions, hedge funds, public and private partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely held and multinational corporations.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Commercial finance Michael A Jacobson
    Corporate Kimberly T. Smith
    Financial services Lance A Zinman
    Insolvency and restructuring Steven J. Reisman
    Insolvency and restructuring Peter A. Siddiqui
    Intellectual property Karen Artz Ash
    Intellectual property Floyd A Mandell
    Litigation Stacey McKee Knight
    Litigation Gil M Soffer
    Patent litigation Brian Sodikoff
    Private Wealth Joshua S Rubenstein
    Real estate Timothy G Little
    Structured finance Howard Schickler
    Structured finance Anna-Liza B Harris
    Transactional Tax Planning Saul E Rudo
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    Number of Partners : 308
    Number of Other Fee-Earners : 340
    English (fluent)
    Chairman : Roger P Furey
    Other Offices : Charlotte
    Other Offices : Dallas
    Other Offices : London
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