Ms Kimberly Smith > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

Private Equity


The global chair of Katten’s Corporate department, Kimberly Smith helps her clients buy, sell and invest in businesses. Widely honored for her work across a range of industries, her true talent lies in structuring complex transactions and eliminating all road blocks to making them happen.

Kim has vast experience in the deals she handles: leveraged buyouts and other acquisitions, sale transactions, joint ventures and other investments. It arms her with insight into current market terms as well as knowledge of challenges that commonly arise. At the same time, every deal involves unique considerations. Whether representing a private equity fund, family office, independent sponsor, strategic acquirer or business seller, Kim listens to what really matters to them in each transaction. Then, she strategizes accordingly and gets the deal done.

Kim frequently counsels private equity funds and strategic acquirers buying and selling health care services businesses that use practice management models. She has also worked extensively on transactions involving search funds and independent sponsors and is a member of Katten’s Board of Directors.


JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, summa cum laude, Bronze Tablet

Lawyer Rankings

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

Working across a number of national offices, Katten regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for clients from the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, and TMT sectors. The team is best known for its experience in the private equity space, where it advises clients on novel leveraged buyouts, add-on acquisitions and divestitures. Operating out of the Chicago office, Kimberly Smith has considerable experience acting for private equity firms and investors, while Christopher Atkinson is particularly well placed to assist in M&A matters in the technology industry involving start-ups and open-source technologies. They jointly head up the department with corporate partner Mark Solomon and David Washburn, who excels in complex buy and sell-side deals on behalf of public and private companies; both attorneys are based in Dallas. Splitting his time between Chicago and New York, Mark Grossmann is noted for his private equity and M&A capabilities.