Katten > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

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Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Katten has demonstrable experience advising on regulatory mandates, encompassing enforcement proceedings, CFTC investigations and litigation cases, associated with over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives products. Counting US and international investment banks, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms among its key roster of clients, the team has the capability to advise on futures, over-the-counter and structured products transactions. In the Chicago office, Lance Zinman is the global chair of the firm’s financial markets and funds department and Christian Kemnitz leads the financial markets litigation and enforcement group, while Washington DC-based Daniel Davis and New York’s Carl Kennedy co-chair the financial markets and regulation practice. Kennedy handles regulatory matters concerning the Dodd-Frank Act and New York-based Gary DeWaal is noted for his experience advising on exchange-traded derivatives and crypto-assets, while Chicago’s senior counsel Kevin Foley handles compliance issues associated with the CEA and the CFTC. In the firm’s New York office, Stephen Morris joined from Morgan Stanley in April 2022, and Ilene Froom arrived from Reed Smith LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lance Zinman; Daniel Davis; Carl Kennedy

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

With deep experience across a myriad of asset classes and structures’, Katten’s workload includes consumer and commercial finance mandates, in addition to esoteric and one-off transactions, including electric vehicle lease securitizations, capital market-based carbon offset credits and agricultural receivables. Housing a ‘deep bench of experienced partners and diligent associates’, the team is well-placed to advise on the regulatory and tax aspects of structured finance transactions. In the firm’s New York office, Chris DiAngelo acts as principal counsel to the Structured Finance Association (SFA) and is noted for his expertise in ABS and residential mortgage-backed securities. Washington DC’s Anna-Liza Harris, who focuses on the tax aspects of asset- and mortgage-backed securitizations, jointly leads the team alongside New York-based Howard Schickler, whose practice covers a range of asset classes, including esoteric assets. The New York office is also home to John Keiserman, who handles transactions involving motor vehicle collateral, while Washington DC-based Seth Messner is praised as ‘knowledgeable, practical and commercial’.

Practice head(s):

Anna-Liza Harris; Howard Schickler

Other key lawyers:

Chris DiAngelo; John Keiserman; Seth Messner; Joseph Topolski; Claudine Chen-Young


‘Excellent team. Takes time to understand commercial objectives and well-versed on latest market developments.’

‘Seth Messner is a valued partner in our business. Very knowledgeable, practical and commercial.’

‘With deep experience across a myriad of asset classes and structures, including public and private securitizations, the structured finance team at Katten has been able to deliver the best advice for many years. A combination of a deep bench of experienced partners and diligent associates along with a creative approach to find solutions for complex issues have made this team exceptional.’

‘The ability to find solutions without compromising on risks. Efficiency in delivering well-drafted documents in a timely manner. Having a deep bench and knowledgeable partners who can meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality. Ability to work on esoteric and complex asset classes and structures. Extremely well-articulate, yet personable and humble in their approach with clients and counterparts.’

Key clients

Aspen Capital / Great Ajax

BofA Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, etc.

Fannie Mae

FAT Brands

Ford Motor Credit Company

GM Financial Company


Marathon Asset Management, L.P.


Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advising Fannie Mae on its single-family and multifamily stripped MBS and REMIC securitization programs.
  • Advised Ford Credit in connection with all of its U.S. auto loan, auto lease and dealer floor-plan securitization programs, including publicly registered and Rule 144A offerings and cross-border offerings from its Canadian affiliates.
  • Represented GM Financial and its predecessor, AmeriCredit Financial Services on all of its securitization programs in the United States, while supporting its Canadian and other international asset-backed programs.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 2

With a ‘thorough and expert handling of complex matters‘, Katten‘s aviation practice acts in a broad range of commercial aircraft business deals, administrative and regulatory matters, and commercial and bankruptcy litigation. The group is well known for its representation of manufacturers, such as Brazilian aerospace multinational Embraer, as well as for its advice to major leasing companies. It is additionally noted for its development of innovative structures involving enhanced equipment trust certificates, pooled aircraft securitizations, asset preservation, and credit enhancement work. Washington DC-based aviation practice chair Timothy Lynes has longstanding experience in representing manufacturers, airlines, lessors, financial institutions, equity investors and insurers in the sale, leasing and financing of aircraft. In New York, Stewart Herman focuses on the leasing, sale and financing of commercial aircraft, while Timothy Kirby is a corporate and securities deal specialist. Also in Washington DC, associate Brett Seifarth is on hand for complex aviation finance work.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Lynes


Thorough and expert handling of complex matters.

Stewart Herman and his team are attentive, detail oriented and incredibly knowledgeable.

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Represented Embraer in the pre-delivery payment financing, assignment and lease of six Embraer 195-E2 aircraft.
  • Represented Embraer in the purchase assignment of six Embraer 195-E2 aircraft.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Katten has a strong and long-established reputation across the US for its defense work in litigation cases and regulatory matters requiring, including matters that involve novel points of law. Bruce Vanyo, who works from both Los Angeles and New York, leads a practice that handles securities class actions, stockholder derivatives cases, M&A litigation, proxy disclosure suits and SEC investigations and enforcement actions. Vanyo has been involved in cases arising from SPAC transactions, among them the defense of orbital space launch vehicle company Astra Space in a 10b5 case concerning allegations that the company made misleading statements in its public disclosures and SEC filings concerning its addressable market and plans for diversification. Michael Diver, a former Enforcement Branch Chief of the SEC’s Chicago office, and Michael Lohnes – both based in Chicago – are acting for Inotiv, Inc. in a class acting claiming that it made false and misleading statements issued in press releases and SEC filings regarding the acquisition of Envigo, a business that provides research-quality animals for use in laboratory tests, and potential risks associated with Envigo’s animal-housing facilities. Christina Costley is a standout practitioner in LA. Richard Zelichov  has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Vanyo

Key clients

Amarin Corp.

Astra Space, Inc.

Braxia Scientific Corp.

Coupa Software, Inc.

Former CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Former Frutarom Ltd. Officers Ori Yehudai, Ari Rosenthal, Alon Granot and Guy Gill

Former officers of Workhorse Group Inc., including Duane Hughes (former CEO), Steve Schrader (former CFO), Robert Willison (former COO), Stephen Fleming (former GC) and Anthony Furey (former VP Finance)

Inotiv, Inc.; Robert Leasure; Beth Taylor

Natera, Inc.

NextCure, Inc.

Non-independent directors of SLR Senior Investment Corp. (SUNS) and SLR Investment Corp. (SLRC) who are also affiliated with SUNS and SLRC’s investment adviser SLR Capital Partners, LLC

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

Stamps.com Inc.

Work highlights

  • Retained by Stamps.com and certain of its officers and directors to strategize a global defense regarding a securities class action, a stockholder derivative case, and litigation brought in state and federal courts in connection with the acquisition of Stamps.com by Thoma Bravo for approximately USD6billion.
  • Retained to represent former senior officers of Workhorse in connection with a securities class action in federal court in California and a series of stockholder derivative lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Nevada and state court in Nevada.
  • Won a major victory this year for Amarin and its officers and directors in obtaining complete dismissal of a multi-billion-dollar Section 10(b) securities class action in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

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

The ‘deep bench of experts‘ at Katten combines specialist knowledge in quantitative and algorithmic asset management, along with cryptocurrencies, digital assets and insurance funds, with a strong grounding in hedge fund representation. Clients recommend the practice ‘for all things fund related, from formation, to regulatory law, to capital raising‘ and the team is regularly involved in cross-border matters. A trio of lawyers lead the department: Lance Zinman represents some of the industry’s largest quantitative funds and asset managers trading across a broad category of asset classes; Wendy Cohen, ‘a great lawyer when it comes to alternative investment advisers‘; and Allison Yacker, counsel on the spectrum of issues relating to hedge funds, commodity pools and managed account platforms. Henry Bregstein comes with client recommendation, and Stephen Morris was a new addition to the team from an in-house role in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lance Zinman; Wendy Cohen: Allison Yacker

Other key lawyers:


‘Katten does a terrific job for all things fund related, from formation, to regulatory law, to capital raising. Their approach is multidisciplinary such as real estate, or credit, counsel is often brought in to complement their core legal team. The firm is highly responsive, professional, and user friendly.’

‘Henry Bregstein represents the most impressive confluence of a legal mind with a commercial disposition that I have met in my forty-five years in business.’

‘Katten has been our law firm for more than 15 years. They have a deep bench of experts whom we have worked with on a variety of matters. While our primary use is contract negotiations, Katten has also worked on litigation, employment issues, and personal matters such as real estate purchases.’

‘We have worked with Henry Bregstein for more than 15 years and he continues to be an integral part of our ongoing legal needs. He works tirelessly to develop unique strategies and creative solutions for complex projects.’

‘Very diverse practice with ability to help on a variety of matters. The entire Katten team seems to work very well with each other making the practice seamless.’

‘Wendy Cohen is not only a great lawyer when it comes to alternative investment advisers but also has a breadth of knowledge across many areas.’

‘Lance Zinman is one of the best deal lawyers I have worked with.’

Key clients

Antares Capital

Aquatic Holdings LP

CTC Capital Management, LLC

GTS Securities, LLC

Hudson Bay Capital (“Hudson Bay”)

ISAM Systematic Management / ISAM Funds (UK Limited)

Nebula Research and Development

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (“OPERS”)

Partners Group AG (“Partners Group”)

Schonfeld Strategic Advisors LLC

Strategic Investor/Edge Focus Capital Management, LLC

Teza Capital Management LLC

Vatic Investments, LLC

Vivaldi Capital Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, a large quantitative firm with more than $18bm AUM, in connection with its ongoing fund matters.
  • Acted for Teza Capital Management LLC in launching a hedge fund focused on cryptocurrency and digital asset markets.
  • Representing Vatic Investments, a quantitative investment manager, in its ongoing fund matters.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Working across a number of national offices, Katten regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for clients from the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, and TMT sectors. The team is best known for its experience in the private equity space, where it advises clients on novel leveraged buyouts, add-on acquisitions and divestitures. Operating out of the Chicago office, Kimberly Smith has considerable experience acting for private equity firms and investors, while Christopher Atkinson is particularly well placed to assist in M&A matters in the technology industry involving start-ups and open-source technologies. They jointly head up the department with corporate partner Mark Solomon and David Washburn, who excels in complex buy and sell-side deals on behalf of public and private companies; both attorneys are based in Dallas. Splitting his time between Chicago and New York, Mark Grossmann is noted for his private equity and M&A capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Smith; Christopher Atkinson; David Washburn; Mark Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grossmann; Thomas Lamprecht; Victor Zanetti; Peter Bogdanow

Key clients

American Rail Partners, LLC

AndysAnelto, Inc.

Brand Agnostic Services LLC (a portfolio company of NextGen Growth Partners)

Catalytic, Inc.

Chicago Sun-Times

Exploria Resorts Frontline Food Services Holdings, LLC

Granite Creek Capital Partners

Highlander Partners

Highlander/Benestar Brands

Keeco LLC

Prairie Capital

PSP Capital Partners, L.L.C.

Ronin Equity Partners

SAGE Veterinary Centers, LP (a portfolio company of Chicago Pacific Founders)

West Monroe Partners, LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ronin Equity Partners in its roll-up acquisitions of specialty manufacturing companies Stout, Brewmation, Automated Extractions, and Twin Monkeys – Project Malt.
  • Advised Granite Creek Capital Partners on the purchase of new platform CP Direct.
  • Advised Brand Agnostic Services LLC on the sale of its wholesale distribution wine business.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Katten is regularly engaged by clients including banks, credit unions and consumer lenders to advise on consumer finance class actions as well as being active in defending regulatory proceedings. The practice is led by Gregory Korman, who focuses on banking and credit union clients in class actions relating to financial products such as credit cards and mortgages. Stuart Richter is another key contact in consumer finance related litigation including class actions and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Both Richter and Korman are based in the Los Angeles office, along with Tami Kameda Sims, who also has experience representing banks and credit unions in class actions, breach of contract cases, and regulatory actions.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Korman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

1st Source Bank

Addition Financial

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Alliant Federal Credit Union

Bank of Hawaii


Bethpage Federal Credit Union

City National Bank

Community Bank

Ent Federal Credit Union

First Interstate Bank

Frontwave Credit Union


Redstone Federal Credit Union

Republic Bank

Valley National Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC’s Hong Kong and US businesses in class actions in federal court in California and New York alleging the banks aided and abetted Ponzi schemes.
  • Advising several banks and credit unions on class action cases filed in Alabama, California, Florida, New York, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida alleging the financial institutions improperly assessed overdraft fees on debit card payments that were authorized when there was sufficient account balance but later, when they were paid, there was insufficient account balance.
  • Representing Alaska USA in a class action in Alaska state court and another in the Western District of Washington claiming the client’s long-standing practice of purchasing retail installment sales contracts from automobile dealers nationwide violated the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Washington Consumer Protection Act.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

Katten places a strong emphasis on private credit issues, acting for lead arrangers, administrative agents, unsecured creditors, banks and investments firms in matters relating to senior secured and unsecured as well as asset-based loans, unitranche and mezzanine debt, and distressed and bridge loans. The team, which is primarily based in Chicago, is headed by Michael Jacobson, a member of the firm’s executive committee considered a specialist in cash flow and asset-based transactions as well the full spectrum of commercial financing. Also noted, Jennifer Wolfe is recommended for debt finance matters, while Glen Lim and Jan Harris Cate, who are part of the firm’s Los Angeles offering, regularly act on a range of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Jacobson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Antares Capital

Ares Capital Corporation

Balance Point Capital

Bank of Montreal

BMO Sponsor Finance

Capital One

Comvest Credit Partners

NXT Capital

Twin Brook Capital Partners

Varagon Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Twin Brook Capital Partners, as administrative agent, collateral agent and joint lead arranger in a senior credit facility in excess of $500m.
  • Advised a provider of private debt client on a $400m syndicated multi-currency subscription facility.
  • Advised a private debt provider in connection with a $245m senior secured credit facility to provide financing to a company focused on acquiring and building software businesses.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Steven Reisman in New York and Peter Siddiqui in Chicago jointly chair Katten’s insolvency and restructuring practice, which specializes in representing independent directors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. Reisman has broad experience representing debtors, DIP lenders, equity sponsors, creditors’ committees, indenture trustees, and distressed investors. Siddiqui often advises banks, hedge funds, and private equity investors, as well as debtors-in-possession in Chapter 11 cases. The practice recently represented GWG Holdings, Inc. at the direction of the independent directors in connection with the company’s Chapter 11 case. Cindi Giglio and Marc Roitman in New York are also key names in the team. Geoffrey King departed for King & Spalding LLP in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Steven Reisman; Peter Siddiqui

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ad Hoc Group of Insurance Companies in the Chapter 11 cases of Imerys Talc America and LTL Management

Ad Hoc Group of OpCo Creditors in the Grupo Aeromexico Chapter 11 cases

Bank of the West

Certain subsidiaries of Mallinckrodt

ETC Texas Pipeline Ltd.; Energy Transfer Fuel, LP; ETC Katy Pipeline, Ltd.; Houston Pipe Line Company LP; ETC Tiger Pipeline Ltd.; Sunoco Marketing; and Oasis Pipeline L.P.

Gordon Brothers Commercial & Industrial, LLC

GWG Holdings, Inc

Health Net, Inc.

Intelsat Envision Holdings LLC J.V.B. Financial Inc.

Lapmaster Group Holdings,

NAC Aviation 29 Designated Activity Company

Seadrill North Atlantic Holdings Limite

Sears Holding Corp. and its affiliated debtors (“Sears”)

UMB Bank, N.A.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its debtor affiliates (collectively, “Windstream”)

Work highlights

  • Represented GWG at the direction of the Independent Directors in connection with the company’s Chapter 11 cases.
  • Represented Intelsat, at the direction of the Disinterested Managers, in the Chapter 11 cases of Intelsat S.A.
  • Represented the Specialty Generics Debtors at the direction of the Disinterested Managers in connection with the Mallinckrodt Chapter 11 cases.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

The team at Katten is adept at handling a variety of mandates, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and reorganizations of healthcare companies. Based in Dallas, healthcare practice chair Lisa Atlas Genecov is particularly adept at advising home healthcare companies and health systems on transaction structures, compliance, and strategic opportunities within the Affordable Care Act. Chicago-based Kenneth Davis has considerable experience advising radiology groups on Stark Law related issues, joint ventures, and business model development. In New York, Joseph Willey often acts in Medicaid FCA cases, settlements, and investigations, in addition to federal anti-kickback compliance.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cardiovascular Research Foundation

E3 Health Solutions  (eTrue North or eTN)

Greater New York Hospital Association

Montefiore Medical Center

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Northwell Health

PPG Health, PA

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

The Hospital & Health System of Pennsylvania

The Regents of the University of California

Work highlights

  • Representing eTN in its negotiation and contracting with the HHS for over 350 COVID-19 testing sites across the country, including at border and other military facilities.
  • Representing three large municipal school districts in United States of America and States of the United States ex rel. Donohue v. Richard Carranza, et al., a case brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, by a whistleblower under the qui tam provisions of the federal FCA and various state FCAs.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 4

Based primarily in Chicago, Katten fields a team which is well equipped to deal with a range of corporate and financing issues within the sports industry such as the purchase and sale of sports franchises, debt and equity financings, and television and radio broadcast agreements. This is typified by practice head Adam Klein in Chicago, who has a strong track record assisting professional sports teams, sports leagues, sports venues and their investors. Daniel Render in Century City is particularly knowledgeable in the sports industry, and his work often overlaps with the media and entertainment industry.

Practice head(s):

Adam Klein

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Render; Jason Gorczynski

Key clients

Atlanta Hawks

Baltimore Ravens

D.C. United (Major League Soccer)

Detroit Red Wings / Detroit Tigers

Dyal Capital Partners, division of Blue Owl

Golden State Warriors

JP Morgan Chase

Los Angeles Clippers

Mellody Hobson and Lewis Hamilton

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Marlins

Miller Family

Milwaukee Bucks

Monster Energy

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Union

Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC / River Cats

Seattle Kraken

United Center

United States Soccer Federation

Work highlights

  • Representing the Los Angeles Clippers in the negotiation of a major agreement with AT&T to be a sponsor of the team and for the team’s new arena to be built in Inglewood, California.
  • Represented the Golden State Warriors in the sale by several minority investors of a portion of their equity interest in the team to institutional private equity backed investors, Arctos Sports Partners.
  • Represented Dyal Capital, a division of global alternative asset manager Blue Owl, in the purchase of minority interest in the Atlanta Hawks.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

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

The Los Angeles-based team at Katten balances risk assessment aimed at avoiding litigation with a broad contentious practice that encompasses contracts, IP and business disputes for high-profile clients from the music and visual entertainment industry. Practice head Zia Modabber focuses his practice on music industry disputes; he recently represented the estate of Michael Jackson in a matter of first impression matter concerning a posthumous Michael Jackson album. Seasoned litigator David Halberstadter  specializes in intellectual property defense, in a recent highlight he represented Viacom CBS in a copyright infringement case concerning the alleged misuse of a pilot script. Fellow IP expert Joel Weiner also specializes in anti-SLAPP motions. Further recommended is Tami Kameda Sims who provided key support when the aforementioned Michael Jackson matter was argued in front of the California Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Zia Modabber

Other key lawyers:

David Halberstadter; Joel Weiner; Tami Kameda Sims

Key clients

Endemol Shine Latino

Excel Sports Management

Fox Broadcasting Co. and Talk WW Production Inc. (Producers of The Wendy Williams Show)

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


Sony Pictures Entertainment

Will Smith

Overbrook Entertainment

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Courtney Kemp

Mark Canton

Starz Entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment, Katori Hall and others

Trent Reznor


Westfield Property Management LLC

New WTC Retail Owner LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented MJJ Productions, Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment in an appeal before the California Supreme Court regarding the posthumous Michael Jackson album.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Entertainment against claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition relating to the movie  “Charm City Kings.”
  • Represented Fox Broadcasting Co. and Talk WW Production Inc., regarding a lawsuit filed by an individual, Darryl Wilkins.

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

Katten represents leading creators, film studios and television networks on both the domestic and international stage. Development, production and licensing arrangements are key areas of focus team. Practice head Michael Hobel handles an array of matters related to content creation and distribution for clients such as Debmar-Mercury and HBO. Melanie Tomanov specializes at negotiating deals for high-profile clients from the film and music industry, while Scott Cutrow provides key support to Hobel, including on talent agreements for the streaming platform Hulu. All named lawyers are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hobel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chicago Bulls



FremantleMedia North America

Handmade Films


Legendary Entertainment

Los Angeles Clippers

Matt Groening Productions (creator of “The Simpsons”)

MRC Entertainment

Resurgence Media Group, LLC

Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing pay television network, Home Box Office (HBO), in relation to its original programming.
  • Advised on many critical business transactions for television syndication company Debmar-Mercury.
  • Representing FremantleMedia North America in a number of critical entertainment transactional matters.

Real estate Tier 4

Katten displays activity in Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as in Washington DC and New York markets, particularly in acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and restructuring of all types of real estate. Alvin Katz , Mark Simon and David Dlugie are well-respected lawyers in Chicago. In Charlotte, head of lending, Frank Arado and Kenneth Lore in Washington DC, are also among its key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Timothy G. Little

Other key lawyers:

Alvin Katz; Frank Arado; Mark Simon; David Dlugie; Kenneth Lore

Key clients


The Moinian Group

Callahan Capital Partners

Wells Fargo


Empire State Realty Trust

Fetner Properties

Affiliates of Pritzker Realty Group, LLC.

Lincoln Ventures LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the Moinian companies in connection with the syndication of the credits and losses in connection with its Sky property on 42nd Street in Manhattan for a $1.4 billion-plus mixed-income and mixed-use apartment project.
  • Advised Rockrose as the owner of a major apartment project at Battery Park City, NY in the negotiation of a significant amendment to a long-term ground lease.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Often working in conjunction with the firm’s financial services departments on litigation and transactional matters, Katten regularly works with public and private companies across a spectrum of industries and is led by David Crichlow, who frequently acts as lead trial counsel on bankruptcy, class action and commercial litigation. Anthony Paccione has assisted domestic and foreign banks, Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds in commercial and securities litigation. Chicago's Peter Wilson advises financial services firms and public companies in criminal investigations and regulatory inquiries. Sarah Weber splits her time between Chicago and New York and served as a litigator for financial services clients, and has also represented clients in internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement proceedings, and white-collar criminal matters. Geoffrey Young joined the team from Reed Smith LLP in March 2022. All mentioned individuals are located in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

David Crichlow

Key clients

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Brown Legacy Group

Mr. David’s Flooring International

Charles Schwab & Co.

Nahla Capital


RedRidge Finance Group, LLC

RedRidge Lender Services, LLC

Randolph Abrahams

Republic Tobacco

Syndicate of underwriters for Patriot National

TD Ameritrade, Inc. and TD Ameritrade Futures & Forex


UMB Bank

Wolfspeed, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Praxair as lead trial lawyer at its four-week jury trial defending a claim brought by Huntsman Corporation for alleged lost profits related to Praxair’s purported failure to meet raw material supply obligations over a 10-year period pursuant to a 40-plus year industrial gas supply agreement.
  • Represented UMB Bank as the Trustee’s counsel in a $9bn claim against Bristol Meyers Squibb, on behalf of certain contingent value rights (CVR) holders in their claim for breach of a contingent value rights agreement, and for unjust enrichment.
  • Represented UBS in litigation against an annuity provider seeking compensation for unpaid trail commission payments.

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

Katten has a longstanding track record of representing investors, growth companies and entrepreneurs. The fund space remains a core area for the team, with regular work coming from a diverse mix of hedge funds, corporate venture funds and family offices. Porsche Investments is a major client and the firm recently represented it on several investments into the automotive space, including a $100 million investment into Group 14 Technologies, which develops materials for lithium-silicon batteries. Chicago-based partners Matthew Brown and Jeffrey Patt co-head the entrepreneurial ventures practice, which also fields strong teams in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown; Jeffrey Patt

Key clients


Aimé Leon Dore

Castle Creek Biosciences


Clarix Imaging Company

Constellation NewEnergy

Deerfield Management

Hudson Bay

InterPop, Inc.

LHM Investment



Paragon Biosciences Emalex Capital

Porsche Investments

PSP Growth

RISE Brewing

Sompriya Fine Spirits

Trust Ventures

Work highlights

  • Represented PSP Growth in its investment in OpenSpace’s $102 million Series D financing round.
  • Represented Catalytic on its sale to PagerDuty for $70 million.
  • Represented Hudson Bay Capital, a multi-strategy investment manager, on multiple transactions, including an investment in the $489 million Series X funding round for Gopuff, an instant grocery startup.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Under the leadership of transactional tax chair Saul Rudo, Katten is well-placed to handle the tax aspects of M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, management compensation arrangements, and fund formations. Rudo is further experienced in the establishment and operation of family offices. Federal income tax expert Valentina Famparska often works in close collaboration with the firm’s healthcare, sports, financial services, and trusts and estates groups on various tax matters. All named individuals are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Saul Rudo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Netrix, LLC

North Branch Capital

PSP Capital Partners, L.L.C.

Sterling Partners

West Monroe Partners, LLC

Breakout Funding, LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sterling Partners with the merger of its portfolio company Platinum Dermatology Partners, a network of high-quality dermatology practices, with West Dermatology, a portfolio company of leading health care services investor Sun Capital Partners.
  • Advised PSP Capital Partners LLC on its acquisition of StormTrap LLC.
  • Advised an affiliate of PSP Capital Partners LLC on its acquisition of Ntiva, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation

Katten‘s advertising, marketing and promotions group is chaired by Christopher Cole, who is based in Washington DC and was previously at Crowell & Moring LLP. The group has expertise representing clients in Lanham Act and consumer class action cases, defending claims brought by the FTC, and handling disputes before the NAD.

Firm Overview:

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.


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  capital markets 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 & 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 & 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) for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. Attorneys also assist in enhancing the value of intellectual property rights through licensing and related commercial 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 unites three essential components — planning, administration and litigation — on the local, national and international levels. The group oversees the administration of estates, trusts and other structures, and uses sophisticated strategies to help entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, philanthropists, professionals and creative artists integrate personal and business goals. The firm also resolves family conflicts, estate and trust disputes, and controversies with taxing and regulatory authorities, including the IRS and attorneys general.

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 & Securitization:  The Structured Finance and Securitization 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Deepro R. Mukerjee
Litigation Stacey McKee Knight
Litigation Gil M Soffer
Patent litigation Lance A. Soderstrom
Patent litigation Brian Sodikoff
Private Wealth Joshua S Rubenstein
Real estate Timothy G Little
Structured finance Howard Schickler
Structured finance Anna-Liza B Harris
Trademark/Copyright/Privacy Group Karen Artz Ash
Trademark/Copyright/Privacy Group Floyd A Mandell
Transactional Tax Planning Saul E Rudo
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