Firm Profile > Katten > Chicago, United States

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

The team at Katten is prolific adviser for issuer-side ABS matters, counting Fannie Mae and Ford Motor Credit Company among its key clients. Areas of strength for the group include residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and the auto and equipment sectors. Drawing on the firm's wider strengths outside of transactional matters, the group also provides sophisticated regulatory advice to financial institutions. Co-heading the team are Washington DC-based Anna-Liza Harris, who is highly knowledgeable in securitization tax issues; and New York's Howard Schickler, whose practice increasingly involves fintech-related securitizations. Other key lawyers include Claudine Chen-Young  in Washington DC, a specialist in RMBS and John Keiserman in New York, who focuses on motor vehicle collateral-backed transactions.

Practice head(s):

Anna-Liza Harris; Howard Schickler

Other key lawyers:

Chris DiAngelo; Stephen Esko; Claudine Chen-Young; John Keiserman; David Matthews


‘The Katten securitization team is deep and experienced. They are creative and business-oriented. What separates them from most of their peers is their ability to develop simple solutions to complex issues.’

‘Steve Esko and Chris DiAngelo have a deep well of experience both related to representing our company and with regard to securitization in general. They are readily able to focus on the key issues and then take a step back and formulate options that achieve the desired goal (or identify other outcomes that may be superior to the intended outcome).’

Dave Matthews is a new partner who has clarity of thought, both in terms of writing and communication. His maturity as an attorney was accelerated from careful study of the more experience partners at Katten. He is responsive, clear and a proactive problem-solver.’

‘Katten attorneys are very involved in providing solutions and guidance (as a true partner in a transaction), as opposed to waiting on direction from the company. My experience has been that I am confident in the advice I receive from Katten attorneys ’

‘Customer-centric, industry knowledgeable, pragmatic approach to problem solving, reasonable, flexible, inclusive of all parties to a transaction not just their client’

‘Anna-Liza Harris is an industry leader and always approachable for relevant questions also an advocate for more women in the financial services industry.’

‘Christina Burgess is very responsive and customer centric, again approachable with documentary challenges and new concepts.

Key clients

Ford Motor Credit Company

Fannie Mae

Morgan Stanley

Westlake Financial Services

GM Financial

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Securities

Aspen Capital

DBRS, Inc.


Marathon Asset Management, L.P.

Ambac Assurance Corporation

DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc.

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

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP focuses on middle-market M&A and transactions, assisting buyers, sellers, and family offices. The team advises businesses across their full life-cycle, from initial organization and funding, through to follow-on financing rounds and any potential liquidity events. The group has a particularly strong private equity offering, representing private equity funds, portfolio companies and mezzanine funds across a broad range of industries. Healthcare and software are key sector strengths, while Chicago-based global practice head Mark Grossmann led work on behalf of GR Companies in the emerging cannabis sector. Also in Chicago, Kimberly Smith, who is a co-chair of the M&A and private equity practices, has vast experience in structuring complex transactions. The practice recently opened an office in Dallas, headed by Mark Solomon; other offices are in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Grossman

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Miller; Walter Weinberg; Kimberly Smith; Mark Solomon

Key clients

GR Companies, Inc.

SP Plus Corporation

Keeco LLC

ExploreUSA RV Supercenters

Improving Holdco, Inc.

Blue River PetCare Group

Browz LLC

CR Fitness Holdings, LLC

BBH Capital Partners

Highlander Partners, L.P.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

At Katten, lawyers are adept at advising on over-the-counter and exchange-traded products, with strong expertise in US, UK and European regulations, enabling it to assist a wide variety of international clients in contentious and non-contentious matters. The group is led by New York’s Gary DeWaal, special counsel and chair of the financial markets and regulation department. In the Chicago office, Kevin Foley is noted for his expertise in structured transactions as well as in regulatory issues relating to the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC rules; and Christian Kemnitz, who co-heads the financial services litigation practice, is the name to note for investigations and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Gary DeWaal

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Foley; Christian Kemnitz

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

The team at Katten is particularly notable for its work with quant funds, having recently advised Aquatic Capital Management on the launch of two new quantitative hedge funds. Digital assets are another key area of expertise for the firm, particularly in regards to cryptocurrency. Wendy Cohen recently acted for LedgerPrime, a cryptocurrency-focused investment managers, in relation to the launch of its first private fund, seed investments, and regulatory issues. Chicago-based Lance Zinman heads the firm’s broader finance and funds department, while Allison Yacker and Cohen jointly lead the investment management department from the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Lance Zinman; Wendy Cohen; Allison Yacker

Other key lawyers:

Henry Bregstein

Key clients

Antares Capital Advisers LLC

Aquatic Capital Management LLC

Edgestream Partners, LP

Family Management Corporation

GTS Securities LLC

HC Technologies

ISAM Systematic Management

LedgerPrime, LLC

Nebula Research and Development / Michael Graves

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Renaissance Technologies LLC

Schonfeld Group Holdings LLC

Vivaldi Capital Management

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP handles domestic and international copyright disputes and media litigation, more generally, acting for motion picture and television studios, fashion houses and other multinational corporations. Floyd Mandell in Chicago is a contact for copyright-related disputes in the software industry, while New York-based Karen Artz Ash focuses on IP matters in the areas of fashion design and clothing manufacturing. The team in Los Angeles stands out for its strength in the media and entertainment industry, acting for clients such as NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures; Zia Modabber and Joel Weiner are contacts in this space. Brian Sodikoff in Chicago and Terence Ross in Washington DC focus on copyright issues relating to software code.

Practice head(s):

Karen Artz Ash; Floyd Mandell

Other key lawyers:

David Halberstadter; Zia Modabber; Joel Weiner; Brian Sodikoff; Terence Ross

Real estate Tier 3

Katten’s real estate department primarily targets lenders and investors, advising on portfolio transactions, developments, leasing, financings, operational matters and restructurings. New York-based Timothy Little chairs the practice, which benefits from an expansive domestic office network, with key names in the Chicago, Charlotte and Washington DC offices. The real estate expertise is further complemented by the firm's wider strengths in tax, disputes, corporate, bankruptcy and securities.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Little

Other key lawyers:

David Dlugie; Scott Vetri; Andrew Jagoda; Kenneth Lore; Frank Arado; Christine Noelle Fitzgerald

Key clients

L&M Development Partners / Toll Brothers, Inc.

Sidney Fetner Associates

Waterside Plaza LLC

iStar Inc.

MetLife Investment Management

The Blackstone Group

Ambrose Property Group

PIRHL Developers, LLC and the Chicago Housing Authority

Quadreal Finance Inc.

RCB Nominee (GID Development)

Wells Fargo

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Katten has more than a dozen former Assistant US Attorneys and SEC enforcement attorneys, as well as a former DOJ Associate Attorney General in its ranks, giving the firm a substantial presence in both securities litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. Its national team, which also includes forensic accountants, has a strong track record in Section 11 IPO cases, and also has close ties with clients in key industry sectors, notably life sciences. Bruce Vanyo, who works in both Los Angeles and New York, chairs the securities litigation department and brings to bear more than 40 years' experience in complex cases. The 'smart and carefulMichael Diver in Chicago is 'dedicated to his clients and easy to work with'. Clients also recommend Chicago-based head of financial services litigation Christian Kemnitz.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Vanyo

Other key lawyers:

Michael Diver; Christian Kemnitz


‘Mike Diver is a smart and careful lawyer. Dedicated to his clients. Easy to work with.

‘Bruce Vanyo is a legend in the securities defense bar. Innovative. Brilliant.’

‘Bruce Vanyo has been involved in many of the key developments in securities law in recent decades.’

‘This team represents many industry participants, so we can benefit from the insights they have obtained from regulators in closed-door meetings and, more generally, from their broad experience. These insights are difficult to obtain and very valuable, as they help us stay ahead of the curve with addressing regulators’ concerns that have not yet been expressed in a formal, publicly available way. A lot of regulation is done by enforcement these days, and these insights help us avoid being on the receiving end of that enforcement. Especially at the partner level, the value is good.’

‘Christian Kemnitz is terrific. He takes a very pragmatic approach, and he is willing to dig into the details of trade logs and even trading code to get a good understanding. He has been practicing in this space for his entire career, and his relationships work to the benefit of his clients.’

Key clients

Aclaris Therapeutics

Allston Trading

Amarin Corp


Former CEO of SeaWorld

Former Frutarom officers

GR Companies, Inc.



RBC Capital Markets

UBS Securities LLC

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

The team at Katten has been involved in recent major trademark disputes, including representing a jeweler regarding a Fair Use case involving the alleged unauthorized use of a major watch brand. Co-heading the team from the Chicago office, Floyd Mandell is an expert in both IP counseling and litigation, acting for clients in the media and technology sectors. He also has experience in trade dress and IP-related First Amendment litigation. Practice co-head Karen Artz Ash is based in New York, and has expertise in all IP matters relating to the fashion industry. In Chicago, Kristin Achterhof represents major multinationals regarding IP rights related to computer software, social media, and the internet; while in Washington DC, Roger Furey frequently handles investigations and litigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and other trademark regulators.

Practice head(s):

Floyd Mandell; Karen Artz Ash

Other key lawyers:

Roger Furey; Kristin Achterhof

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

Katten's aviation team advises on the full range of transactions, as well as on administrative and regulatory matters and commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Aviation chair Timothy Lynes has spent over 30 years advising on the sale, leasing and financing of aircraft; and Thomas Healey regularly closes aviation deals involving lease novations, loans and aircraft fleet orders. In the firm's New York office, Stewart Herman concentrates on commercial and business aircraft transactions. Brett Seifarth is a standout associate in the team. All attorneys listed are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Lynes

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Healey; Stewart Herman; Brett Seifarth

Key clients

Embraer S.A.

Yaborã Indústria Aeronáutica S.A

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Katten is active in representing financial services clients in consumer protection lawsuits. The team is especially involved in matters involving credit cards; Stuart Richter and Andrew Demko are currently advising a number of banks and credit unions on class actions alleging the improper charging of fees. It has also been involved in a number of matters related to the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program. Washington DC-based Claudia Callaway is experienced in defending clients facing investigations by the CFPB, while Gregory Korman is noted for his defense of companies facing consumer class actions. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Korman

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Richter; Andrew Demko; Claudia Callaway

Key clients

Addition Financial Credit Union

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

American Airlines Federal Credit Union

Bank of Hawaii


Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Community Bank

ESL Federal Credit Union

First Interstate Bank

Glacier Bank


Independence Bank

Mountain America Federal Credit Union

Numerica Federal Credit Union

People’s United Bank

Providence Bank

Redstone Federal Credit Union

Republic Bank

Simple Finance Technology Company

State Employees Federal Credit Union of New York

Valley National Bank

Vystar Credit Union

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

Katten is a prominent name for IP infringement disputes in the music and film industries. Managing partner of the Los Angeles office Zia Modabber leads the practice and has recently been involved in a number of disputes concerning royalties and management fees. He represents a range of high-profile musicians including Celine Dion, Trent Reznor, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Lil Nas X. Also recommended are David Halberstadter and Joel Weiner, both of whom are experts in IP infringement, especially concerning film production and idea theft allegations.

Practice head(s):

Zia Modabber

Other key lawyers:

David Halberstadter; Joel Weiner

Key clients

Celine Dion

Lil Nas X



Estate of Michael Jackson

Lions Gate Entertainment

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC d/b/a Amblin Partners

Paramount Pictures Corporation

Starz Media

Live Nation

Game Show Network

Trent Reznor / Nine Inch Nails

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

Based in Los Angeles, the team at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP predominantly deals with matters relating to the production and development of TV and film. Michael Hobel heads up the service group and has advised on transactions surrounding hit TV series such as Game of Thrones and House of Cards. He is supported by Susan Grode, an expert in IP, licensing and merchandise-related matters, and Melanie Tomanov, who is experienced in production and distribution deals.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hobel

Other key lawyers:

Susan Grode; Melanie Tomanov

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has a solid reputation among financial institutions and lender groups, and is also rapidly becoming known as a go-to firm for the representation of independent directors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. The group saw a number of departures from its Dallas and New York offices in 2020, beginning with Cindi Giglio and Charles Gibbs in June, followed by Karen Dine and Theresa Foudy in August and October, respectively. The practice countered these with a spate of new hires, which bolstered the team in Chicago  as well as those in Dallas and New York, in the latter half of 2020: September saw the arrival of Terence Banich (formerly at Fox Rothschild LLP), Michaela Crocker (formerly at Jones Day) and John Mitchell (formerly at Akerman LLP); in October the firm welcomed Michael Comerford (formerly at Paul Hastings LLP) and Julia Winters (formerly at White & Case LLP); and finally Kate Scherling (formerly at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP) joined in December. The practice group is jointly headed by Peter Siddiqui   in Chicago and Steven Reisman in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Peter Siddiqui; Steven Reisman

Other key lawyers:

Terence Banich; Michaela Crocker; John Mitchell; Michael Comerford; Julia Winters; Kate Scherling

Key clients

Intelsat Envision Holdings LLC

J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its debtor affiliates

Mallinckrodt Enterprises LLC, Mallinckrodt LLC, SpecGx LLC, SpecGx Holdings LLC and Mallinckrodt APAP LLC, Mallinckrodt Equinox Finance Inc., Mallinckrodt ARD Finance LLC, and WebsterGx Holdco LL

Mariposa Intermediate Holdings LLC

Anna Holdings, Inc., Anna Acquisition Company, Inc., and Acosta, Inc.

UMB Bank, National Association

Sable Permian Resources Finance, LLC and Sable Land Company, LLC

Deerfield Management Company

CraftWorks Parent, LLC and its affiliated debtors


Le Tote, Inc.

Aurify Brands, LLC


CIT Bank

Energy Transfer

Industry focus > Sport Tier 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP handles a range of transactional matters for clients including stadium developers and sponsors, and major franchises such as the National Basketball Association. Heading the practice is Chicago-based Adam Klein, who has significant experience in debt financing transactions and mixed-used development debt financings for various teams and venues, including the Golden State Warriors and the Chase Center. Also recommended are Daniel Render in Chicago, who advises clients on acquisitions, media rights, and employment agreements; and real estate specialist Benzion Westreich in Los Angeles, who has experience in complex sports arena developments.

Practice head(s):

Adam Klein

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Render; Benzion Westreich


‘Simply put, they are our go-to on virtually all legal matters. Their expertise with sports teams and leagues is hard to top.’

‘Adam Klein is an unmatched expert in this area. Thoughtful, responsive and efficient, he is as trusted an advisor as I have.’

‘Katten’s sports practice is among the elites in the business. They have worked on every type of sports-related project and bring unapparelled experience to their clients. Additionally, they take a thoughtful approach to their client’s needs and expectations. For my money, they are the best in the business.’

‘The Katten team has very strong associates and partners with a wide range of skillsets. They always assemble the right team for a project and bring in other from outside the core sports practice to provide guidance when needed. They are responsive to needs and manage expectations appropriately.’

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Katten displays particular strengths in financial services litigation, shareholder claims and general business disputes. Among the team's recent highlights, New York-based practice head David Crichlow represented UMB Bank as indenture trustee in a case against Caesars Entertainment Corporation for breach of its guarantee of payment under the trust indenture. Also in New York, Anthony Paccione stands out for his ongoing work for several major financial institutions, hedge funds and individual defendants in claims arising from the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Chicago-based Gil Sofer, who previously served as a federal prosecutor, is noted for his expertise in FCA and FCPA matters.

Practice head(s):

David Crichlow

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Paccione; Gil Sofer

Key clients


Republic Tobacco

Cree, Inc.

Allston Trading LLC


Parq. Casino

UBS Bank / UBS Securities

Basin Concrete

Glencore, Ltd.

Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP handles a variety of corporate and commercial transactions and private equity work, but also has experience in litigation and investigations in the sector, particularly those relating to fraud and FCA claims. Among its recent highlights, the team assisted eTrue North with the HHS negotiations and contracting for hundreds of Covid-19 testing sites. Laura Keidan Martin and Lisa Atlas Genecov lead the practice from Chicago and Dallas, respectively. Also recommended in Chicago is Kenneth Davis Jr., who focuses on corporate structuring and business model development.

Practice head(s):

Laura Keidan Martin; Lisa Atlas Genecov

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Davis Jr.

Key clients


Novant Health

The Urology Group

National Partners in Healthcare, LLC

Sunrise Assisted Living

The Hospital & Health System of Pennsylvania (HAP)

The Regents of the University of California

City of New York

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Montefiore Medical Center

Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Capital Digestive Care (CDC)

Laredo Premier Healthcare PLLC

E3 Health Solutions d/b/a eTrue North (eTN)

Gastro One

HCA, Inc.

Greg Auzenne

Brian Swiencinski

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

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's entrepreneurial ventures practice is noted for its 'deep transactional experience' and 'efficient approach'. Led by Matthew Brown, the bulk of the team works from the Chicago office, including the 'incredible' Jeffrey Patt, who 'never misses a beat' and 'knows the right people to bring in at the right time'. The practice group represents entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and investors, including corporate venture funds and family offices. It has strong experience of the life sciences, healthcare, technology, and cleantech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Patt


‘The Katten team is incredible in their intelligence, knowledge, attention to detail and willingness to work above and beyond to get complicated deals done in short timeframes. And to do this with positivity and incredible results… every time.’

‘The team brought new individuals to our last project, all of whom brought the expertise and talent we have come to expect.’

‘Jeff Patt leads our legal team and never misses a beat. He knows the right people to bring in at the right time. He is incredible. Fabiola Valenzuela and Erin England worked with Patt on our last project and they were both incredible. The amount of detail that must be managed between us, the lawyers on the other side, was daunting. And they did it day in and day out without breaking stride. Katten hires great people I must say.’

‘Katten offer a broad variety of expertise and assures that the interests of their clients are well protected, trying also to balance what is reasonable and what not due to the vast experience they have. They are very responsive and up to speed, always available and very respectful with the other party interests, which helps in negotiations.’

‘Jeff Patt understands our needs and expectations and makes the bridge with all other colleagues of Katten involved in different areas of expertise. I have worked with many US firms as counterpart and I would not replace Katten with any of them at this point of time.’

‘Katten’s venture capital and emerging companies practice differentiates itself with its deep transactional experience, efficient approach to a transaction given its size and complexity and demonstrated ability to stay current with respect to new developments in the market. While other firms we deal with across the table often seem to take a protracted approach to a transaction, Katten always approaches things with an appropriately calibrated practical lens given the specifics of the deal.’

‘Katten’s VC and emerging companies team also demonstrates the ability to seamlessly bring in other subject matter experts to address other relevant topics (e.g. SEC filings, lender compliance) as required. Over the past five years that I have been dealing with him, our primary partner (Jeffrey Patt) has demonstrated the ability to guide and develop and outstanding group of diverse associates. Jeff’s responsiveness and practical approach to moving things forward are what I value most about working with him. He brings a wealth of transactional experience and perspective to bear but also stays abreast of new developments in the market (with SBA guidance around the PPP program this year, for example). His approach is flexible and he calibrates his suggestions based on the magnitude of the deal and the relevant issues.’

‘Mark Wood from the Corporate Securities Practice has been another valuable resource at the firm. Given the significant increase in announced reverse mergers between SPACs and private companies this year, we’ve had need for expertise in the agreements and SEC issues surrounding these transactions. Mark’s transactional experience and expertise in SEC-related issues has been invaluable to us as has his responsiveness and willingness to accommodate our needs on short notice.’   

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

The tax team at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP works closely with the firm’s corporate, insolvency and restructuring practices to provide end-to-end service on a huge variety of transactions, including business and asset sales and acquisitions, debt finance and recapitalizations. Department chair Saul Rudo is experienced in a range of matters, acting primarily for middle-market companies and private equity firms. Valentina Famparska’s federal tax expertise is concentrated particularly in the areas of healthcare, sports, private equity and wealth management. In the New York office, Todd Hatcher and Jill Darrow are key contacts for a range of transactional matters, with Darrow showing particular strength in financial services and private equity deals. All named lawyers are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Saul Rudo

Other key lawyers:

Valentina Famparska; Todd Hatcher; Jill Darrow

Key clients

CM Acquisition, LLC

Chicago Pacific Founders

DRG Investments

GR Companies, Inc.

Netrix, LLC

Northside Radiology Associates, P.C.

Sterling Capital Partners

Monroe Capital

AWC Capital Partners, LLC

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 7

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP specializes in securities regulation issues, advising clients on a standalone basis and also in response to SEC investigations and FINRA enquiries. The team's client base includes investment banks and brokerages as well as non-financial institutions facing allegations of securities fraud. The overall financial markets team is led by Lance Zinman in Chicago and Gary DeWaal in New York. Michael Lohnes and Michael Diver handle much of the team's SEC investigation work, with Diver drawing on his past experience as a branch chief in the enforcement division of the SEC; both are based in Chicago. Susan Light is also recommended in the New York office. Paul McCurdy joined the team in August 2020 from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, and Daniel Davis joined in January 2021; Davis previously acted as General Counsel for the CFTC. Guy Dempsey has now retired.

Practice head(s):

Lance Zinman; Gary DeWaal

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lofnes; Michael Diver; Susan Light; Paul McCurdy; Daniel Davis

Finance > Commercial lending

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has a track record in mid-market financings, most particularly those involving direct lenders. Chicago-based Michael Jacobson leads the private credit department and advises on uni-tranche and mezzanine financings. Stuart ShulruffDerek Ladgenski and Glen Lim are other names to note.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar and internal investigations practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is known for its experience in the healthcare, financial services and insurance sectors. In addition to its expertise in criminal, regulatory and compliance matters, the team also has notable trial and investigations experience, and counts several former prosecutors and government leaders among its ranks. New York-based Scott Resnik heads the practice and handles white-collar criminal defense matters, as well as civil and securities litigation. In Chicago, Gil Soffer is recommended for advice on government enforcement matters, and Sheldon Zenner is rated for his experience in FCPA matters, tax disputes and antitrust issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott Resnik

Other key lawyers:

Gil Soffer; Sheldon Zenner

Key clients

Michael Cohn

Elazar Shmalo

The City of New York

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Greg Lindberg

Brian Swiencinski

Laredo Premier Healthcare, PLLC

Greg Auzenne

United Development Funding

Healthcare Investor Partners, LLC

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 & 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) 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 & 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.


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 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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Ms Kristin Achterhof  photo Ms Kristin Achterhof Kristin Achterhof is the national co-chair of Katten’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice,…
Mr Christopher Atkinson  photo Mr Christopher Atkinson Christopher Atkinson gets deals done. He negotiates deals that allow his clients…
Mr Sheldon Banoff  photo Mr Sheldon Banoff Sheldon Banoff has successfully guided law firms and other professional service firms…
Mr Matthew Brown  photo Mr Matthew Brown Matthew Brown helps entrepreneurs build, grow and sell their businesses, including multigenerational…
Mr Michael Diver  photo Mr Michael Diver Diver has built a national practice advising public companies, financial services firms…
Mr David Dlugie  photo Mr David Dlugie Financial institutions across the country rely on David Dlugie to handle their…
Ms Valentina Famparska  photo Ms Valentina Famparska Valentina Famparska concentrates her practice on the federal income tax aspects of…
Mr Kevin Foley  photo Mr Kevin Foley Kevin Foley is the compass financial services firms rely on in navigating…
Mr Brooks Giles  photo Mr Brooks Giles Mergers and acquisitions can be a tricky business, but Brooks Giles has…
Mr Louis Glaser  photo Mr Louis Glaser Mergers and acquisitions in the health care industry demand a thorough understanding…
Mr Mark Grossmann  photo Mr Mark Grossmann Mark Grossmann is global chair of Katten’s Corporate practice. Mark knows how…
Mr Michael Jacobson  photo Mr Michael Jacobson Michael Jacobson represents issuers, lenders and investors in a wide variety of…
Mr Kenneth Jacobson  photo Mr Kenneth Jacobson Commercial real estate investors trust Kenneth Jacobson to guide them through high‑dollar…
Mr Alvin Katz  photo Mr Alvin Katz Described as “an absolutely first-class lawyer” with “tremendous expertise in fund formation…
Mr Christian Kemnitz  photo Mr Christian Kemnitz Christian Kemnitz devotes his practice to the defense of financial services firms…
Mr Adam Klein  photo Mr Adam Klein Adam Klein counsels a wide range of clients nationwide on matters related…
Mr Derek Ladgenski  photo Mr Derek Ladgenski For more than two decades, private debt providers and banks have turned…
Mr Floyd Mandell  photo Mr Floyd Mandell Floyd Mandell is the national co-chair and founder of the firm’s Intellectual…
Ms Laura Keidan Martin  photo Ms Laura Keidan Martin Laura Keidan Martin counsels health care providers on their most challenging transactions…
Mr Kenneth Miller  photo Mr Kenneth Miller Kenneth Miller devotes much of his practice to representing private equity sponsors,…
Mr Jeffrey Patt  photo Mr Jeffrey Patt Jeffrey Patt represents entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and the investors who invest in…
Mr Saul Rudo  photo Mr Saul Rudo When middle-market businesses or PE firms structure mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spinoffs and…
Mr Neil Shelton  photo Mr Neil Shelton Neil Shelton regularly represents administrative agents, arrangers, borrowers, investors, issuers and first…
Mr Peter Siddiqui  photo Mr Peter Siddiqui When advising creditors in bankruptcies and reorganizations, Peter Siddiqui knows that his…
Mr Mark Simon  photo Mr Mark Simon For more than 30 years, Mark Simon has helped lending institutions, real…
Ms Kimberly Smith  photo Ms Kimberly Smith The global chair of Katten’s Corporate department, Kimberly Smith helps her clients buy,…
Mr Gil Soffer  photo Mr Gil Soffer Gil Soffer, managing partner of Katten’s Chicago office, has made his mark…
Mr Walter Weinberg  photo Mr Walter Weinberg For more than 30 years, Walter Weinberg has been advising private equity…
Mr Peter Wilson  photo Mr Peter Wilson The financial services industry is under constant scrutiny from regulators. Peter Wilson’s…
Ms Jennifer Wolfe  photo Ms Jennifer Wolfe Clients turn to Jennifer Wolfe for her knowledge of the market and…
Mr Sheldon Zenner  photo Mr Sheldon Zenner Drawing on nearly 40 years of combined experience as a federal prosecutor…
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Chairman : Roger P Furey
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