Mr Michael Jacobson > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

Commercial Finance


Michael Jacobson represents issuers, lenders and investors in a wide variety of commercial finance matters. He regularly assists them with senior, first-lien, second-lien, unitranche and mezzanine financings and structures.

Michael frequently handles cash flow and asset-based transactions, leveraged buyouts and buildups, recapitalizations, restructurings and workouts. He has extensive experience negotiating the complex intercreditor arrangements these deals can require. He also routinely represents agents, lead arrangers, lenders, asset managers and other investors (both regulated and nonregulated) in a wide range of financings and structures. They include bilateral, clubbed and broadly syndicated deals, unitranche structures (including “first out, last out” arrangements), senior secured and second-lien credit facilities and cross-border financings. Michael also helps investors consummating equity co-investments and equity “kickers.”

While his practice spans a variety of industries, Michael frequently works on financings involving businesses in health care, software and technology, and sports and entertainment.


JD, DePaul University College of Law, 1994; BBA, The University of Iowa, 1991

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

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.