Ms Mara Glaser McCahan > Katten > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

WASHINGTON, DC 20007-5118
United States

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Mara Glaser McCahan represents banks, private equity funds and other investors, and business enterprises of all sizes, from emerging growth companies to established multibillion-dollar companies. She often acts as outside general counsel to private companies. Mara concentrates her practice on complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, as well as general corporate matters. She has done substantial work in the distressed company and restructuring arenas, including Section 363 asset sales. In addition, Mara focuses on the highly-specialized area of guaranteed and unguaranteed tax credit investment funds, working closely with Katten’s Tax Planning practice in representing highly tax-sensitive investment vehicles.

Mara has a broad range of deal experience in a variety of sectors, such as technology, real estate, government contracting and manufacturing. She has a particular depth of experience in transactions in regulated industries, including banking, insurance and telecommunications.


JD, Creighton University School of Law, magna cum laude; BSBA, Creighton University, magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

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

Katten‘s ‘team is very hands-on; it takes the time to understand clients’ business and works with them to find the right work product for their needs‘. The practice has particular sector knowledge in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, sports, financial services, investment funds, education, manufacturing, parking and transportation, publishing and media, and technology. The team regularly advises on LBOs, management buyouts, going-private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs, tender offers and restructurings; it fields attorneys with experience in all aspects of takeovers, both friendly and hostile, including designing and implementing defensive controls. Significant clients include Chicago-based private equity fund Ellipse Capital, septic services company Wind River Environmental, and Sterling Partners, a diversified investment management platform. Recent work saw the team advise Ellipse Capital on the sale of its portfolio company Monroe Engineering to ShoreView Capital, a Minneapolis-based private equity fund. It also acted for Wind River Environmental on several matters, including the acquisition of Certified Environmental Services, an environmental testing service; assisted Harmony Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company, with its acquisition of the exclusive right to develop, register and market the narcolepsy treatment drug pitolisant in the US; and advised Versatex Holdings (Versatex), a portfolio company of Highlander Partners and manufacturer of branded trip, sheet and mouldings, on the sale of Versatex to The AZEK Company. New York’s Evan Borenstein is ‘a terrific resource and a trusted partner, who consistently provides high-quality, practical advice and gets quickly to the heart of the matter‘; and Mark Grossmann, who focuses on advising private equity funds, as well as institutional and entrepreneurial corporate clients, is global corporate practice head and divides his time between Chicago and New York. Other notable advisers are Chicago-based entrepreneurial ventures practice head Matthew Brown, Jeffrey Patt and Kimberly Smith; Charlotte’s Russell Black; Washington DC-based Mara Glaser McCahan; and New York’s Farzad Damania.