Mr Jeffrey Patt > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

Mergers and Acquisitions


Jeffrey Patt represents entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and the investors who invest in these companies. Jeff regularly handles complex and strategic financial M&A transactions and recapitalizations, serves as board and special committee counsel in going-private and related-party transactions, and represents management teams and executives in change in control transactions.

Jeff represents a wide range of clients in a variety of corporate matters, including public and private capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. He has been recognized by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA for his middle-market M&A practice for the past several years and, more recently, by Chambers USA for his work with startups and emerging companies. According to Chambers USA, clients say Jeff “finds pragmatic solutions to complex problems and convinces the other side that is the right approach.” Clients rely on Jeff’s candor and efficient problem-solving.

Jeff regularly speaks on a range of topics, including corporate governance and structuring considerations, stockholders’ agreements, appraisal rights and remedies, and incenting and retaining management and key employees. Jeff has served as a judge for the Loyola Family Business Center’s annual Illinois Family Business of the Year awards. He also is a member of the advisory board to the Chicago office of BBVA Compass.

Since 2006, Jeff has been an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching a mergers and acquisitions class as part of the LLM program in International and Comparative Law. Additionally, Jeff serves on the alumni board for The Chicago-Kent Law Review, and Jeff’s contributions to his alma mater were recognized with a Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Jeff is the co-author of a book on stockholders’ agreements.


JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology; BS, University of Illinois

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies

Katten has a comprehensive practice that represents a mix of entrepreneurs and issuer companies, as well as venture and hedge funds, corporate investors and family offices. The full-service offering includes advice on initial company launches and seed capital, through to larger value equity and debt financings, M&A and IPOs. The firm has expertise across many industries, with a particular emphasis on the technology sector. Matthew Brown, head of entrepreneurial ventures, leads the team from Chicago, where the majority of the practice is based. Fellow partner Jeffrey Patt has an extremely active presence in the market and over 30 years’ experience representing investors and growth companies. Other names to note include M&A and private equity co-head Christopher Atkinson, David Kravitz in New York, and Daniel Render in Los Angeles, who also has a good track record advising on sports-related ventures.