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‘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.