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Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Katten offers expertise in all matters arising in the derivatives and structured products space, including regulatory, enforcement and transactional. The firm acts as both advisory and defense counsel, with Chicago-based Christian Kemnitz heading the financial markets litigation and enforcement team. It is also well-versed in the regulatory frameworks of the CFTC and SEC. With a client base spanning the sector, the firm is noted for its work with investment banks, hedge funds and trading firms. Also based in Chicago, Lance Zinman, the overall practice head, focuses on futures and derivatives regulation matters. In Washington DC, Daniel Davis is experienced on both the buy- and sell-side of the market, with standout capabilities in fraud-related allegations and compliance matters in the derivatives space. New York-based Carl Kennedy is noted for his work on regulatory matters concerning derivatives, including OTC and listed derivatives.

Practice head(s):

Lance Zinman; Daniel Davis; Carl Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Katten advises clients on traditional and non-traditional securitizations transactions, including mortgage loan facilities, warehouse facilities and auto loans. The firm is strong in regulatory matters, supporting captive finance companies, independents and banks. Anna-Liza Harris, who heads the practice out of Washington DC, concentrates on tax matters surrounding a swathe of securitizations, including ABS, RMBS and multi-family mortgage-backed securitizations at a domestic and international level. Fellow practice head Howard Schickler sits in New York and is expert in numerous types of asset-backed transactions, from mortgages, credit card receivables and small business loans to auto loans, equipment leases, medical receivables and royalties. Strengthening the New York practice, Chris DiAngelo advises banks, government entities and financial institutions on novel transactions across industries. In June 2023, Claudine Chen-Young left the firm, whilst in August 2023, Dallas-based Emmanuel Mevs was made partner.

Practice head(s):

Anna-Liza Harris; Howard Schickler

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aspen Capital

Great Ajax

Driveway Finance

Fannie Mae

Fat Brands



Marathon Asset Management


Work highlights

  • Serving as issuer counsel to Fannie Mae on its benchmark credit risk transfer program, Connecticut Avenue Securities.
  • Representing Aspen Capital and its affiliated public REIT, Great Ajax, in the securitization of re-performing and non-performing mortgage loans as well as multiple repurchase facilities and servicing advance facilities with various banks and broker-dealers.
  • Represent Marathon’s mortgage real estate group in origination, warehousing and securitization of mortgage loans as well as providing advice in joint ventures and preferred equity investments in real estate-related matters.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Katten has built a strong reputation in regulatory investigations, securities class and derivative cases, whether for high-growth businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Working from both Los Angeles and New York, seasoned litigator and chair or the securities litigation group Bruce Vanyo remains a key adviser to some of the firm’s largest corporate clients. The firm also has strong practitioners in Chicago, where Michael Diver, a former Enforcement Branch Chief of the SEC’s Chicago office, and Michael Lohnes are the key contacts. Christina Costley is a notable member of the LA team, and she worked closely with Vanyo on the defense of Natera, Inc, which faced allegations of making misleading statements in its public disclosures concerning the accuracy of its testing technology and its growth projections. Experienced litigator Kevin Broughel joined the firm in March 2024, in the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Vanyo


Kevin Broughel stands out as a real expert on the judiciary in New York, particularly the bench in the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY.’

Key clients

Astra Space, Inc.

BMO Capital Markets Corp.,

Braxia Scientific Corp.

Brent Willis

Co-Diagnostics, Inc.

Coupa Software, Inc.


Former officers of Frutarom Ltd.

Inotiv, Inc.

JMP Securities LLC

John Clendening (former director of Silicon Valley Bank)

Land O’ Frost

Lawrence Kaplan

Natera, Inc.

NextCure, Inc.

Officers of Lordstown Motors Corp.

RedRidge Finance Group, LLC, RedRidge Lenders Services, LLC (together, “RedRidge”); Randolph Abrahams

TD Ameritrade, Inc.

Truist Securities, Inc.

UBS Securities LLC,

Various financial institutions sued by Madoff Trustee

William Blair & Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Won a major securities class action victory for the former CEO, CFO, VP-Finance and Manager of Emerging Markets of Frutarom Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of flavor and fragrance ingredients, by obtaining complete dismissal of the claims against them in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then prevailing on appeal at the Second Circuit.
  • Representing Natera and certain current and former officers and directors in a securities class action lawsuit pending in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The lawsuit asserts claims under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 10b-5 and Sections 11, 12(a)(2), and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 based on alleged misleading statements made by Natera in its public disclosures concerning the accuracy of Natera’s testing technology and the company’s growth projections.
  • Obtained a major victory for Astra (an orbital space launch vehicle company based in Alameda, California) and certain of its officers and directors in a securities class action that was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit asserted claims under Sections 10(b), 14(a), and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act based on alleged misleading statements made by Astra in its public disclosures, SEC filings, and a proxy statement concerning Astra’s addressable market and rocket payload capacity.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

The intellectual property group at Katten utilizes the deep bench strength of offices in the US and in Shanghai and London to advise on high-profile copyright claims involving household names in media, entertainment, tech and fashion. The team is headed in New York by global chair Deepro Mukerjee and Karen Artz Ash, a fashion sector specialist, who represents luxury brand designers, retailers, and apparel manufacturers; Floyd Mandell in Chicago, who draws on over 20 years of IP litigation experience; and music industry expert Zia Modabber, the managing partner entertainment and media litigation chair at the Los Angeles office, whose clients have included Stevie Wonder and Trent Reznor (also known his work as Nine Inch Nails). Also in LA, David Halberstadter and Joel Weiner (whose clients include Will Smith and Sony Pictures) bring expertise to copyright disputes in film and television. Tami Kameda Sims departed the practice for a role at Warner Bros. Discovery in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Deepro Mukerjee; Karen Artz Ash; Floyd Mandell; Zia Modabber

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Calvin Klein, Inc

David Nevins

John Logan

Katori Hall

Lenovo and Motorola Trademark Holdings

Live Nation

Merch Traffic, LLC

Overbrook Entertainment

Showtime Networks Inc.; Showtime Digital Inc.

Silva Artist Management, LLC

Sony Music Entertainment; Sony Pictures Entertainment

Starz Entertainment

ViacomCBS (now known as Paramount Global)

Work highlights

  • Serveing as lead outside trademark counsel for Lenovo and Motorola, handling clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters for the two companies across the world.
  • Representating Calvin Klein Inc. and its affiliate, Calvin Klein Amsterdam/ PVH Amsterdam, in a years-long litigation in connection with its defense of multiple allegations of infringement asserted by Diesel, SA.
  • Successfully defeated a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of Live Nation Merchandise LLC, Merch Traffic LLC and Silva Artist Management LLC.

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

Offering a strong focus on representing major quantitative firms, credit-focused investment managers, the hedge funds practice at Katten is led by global chair Lance Zinman from the Chicago office. Wendy Cohen and Allison Yacker also lead the practice from New York, advising private credit funds on regulatory and compliance matters. Notably, the team represented Pan Capital Management with formation and structuring of a multi-strategy hedge fund, and the restructuring of existing hedge funds. More frequently advising on quantitative and algorithmic fund related matters, the team also assists with structured and investment products, and real estate and credit funds. The Chicago team also includes key contacts Jonah Roth and Christopher Shannon, assisting on the formation and launch of a private fund focusing on venture capital investments, and negotiating strategic investments.  

Practice head(s):

Lance Zinman;  Wendy Cohen; Allison Yacker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aquatic Capital Management

Bain Capital

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Pan Capital Management

Pentwater Capital Management

Schonfeld Strategic Advisers

Sound Point Capital

Sumo Capital

US Innovative Technology

Walleye Capital

Waterfall Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Representing Pan Capital Management, a Houston-based manager, with the formation, structuring and launch of a multi-strategy hedge fund.
  • Representing Walleye Capital with the negotiation of a Singapore-based fund-of-one.
  • Representing US Innovative Technology with the formation and launch of a private fund that focuses on venture capital investments.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Katten chiefly advises on transactions in the life sciences, sports, aviation and education sectors, with the unit’s sports expertise exemplified through its advice to an ownership group on the acquisition of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. In Chicago, the team is helmed by global chair of the corporate department Kimberly Smith and co-chair of the M&A and private equity group Christopher Atkinson. Fellow M&A co-chair David Washburn is based in the firm’s Dallas office and is highlighted for his experience structuring and negotiating contested M&A deals. Washburn’s Dallas colleague Peter Bogdanow is frequently called upon by private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies to advise on transactions in sectors such as energy and waste management. Chicago-based Thomas Lamprecht has a proven track record in assisting private equity clients with platform acquisitions and exits. In the same office, Mark Grossmann has vast experience in handling transactions across a broad array of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Smith; Christopher Atkinson; David Washburn

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grossmann; Thomas Lamprecht; Peter Bogdanow; Mark Solomon; Victor Zanetti

Key clients

American Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Constellation Energy

Deerfield Management

Direct Scaffold Supply, LLC

MBX Systems

SMS Assist LLC

Specialty Networks, LLC

TTI, Inc.

Vespa Sports

Work highlights

  • Represented an ownership group in the acquisition of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team.
  • Advised SMS Assist on its sale to tech-heavy property services firm Lessen.
  • Represented American Guardian Holdings Inc. in its sale to Reynolds and Reynolds.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 3

Offering representation before the NAD and the FTC, as well as in matters pertaining to comparative and false advertising disputes, Katten‘s advertising, marketing, and promotions practice is led by Washington DC-based Christopher Cole. The group sits within the intellectual property department, which is led by Deepro Mukerjee . The team is equipped to handle a range of litigation matters and holds deep experience representing clients in Lanham Act cases, consumer class actions, and IP matters. Cole has broad expertise including intellectual property disputes, false advertising cases under the Lanham Act, and enforcement actions. Other notable names in the team are Kristin Achterhof and Michael R. Justus, who are based in Chicago and Washington DC, respectively. Achterhof is recognized for her work on trademark and copyright claims, while Justus is noted for representing clients in Lanham Act cases as well as NAD and FTC disputes. Terence Ross, who is based in Washington DC, is well-regarded for handling IP matters such as unfair competition lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Cole; Deepro R. Mukerjee

Key clients

Caresimatic Inc.


Molson Coors


Natera Inc.

Special Olympics


Windstream Holdings Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Lenovo and Motorola, handling clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters for the two companies across the world.
  • Representing Careismatic, Inc. in various matters including claims of false advertising under the Lanham Act.
  • Representing Special Olympics, Inc., including acting as lead counsel in a high-profile Lanham Act case pending in federal court in Chicago involving the organization’s most valuable trademarks.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

Katten is well known for its representation of major manufacturers, such as Brazilian aerospace multinational Embraer. The team also acts for significant leasing companies, and is highly regarded for its business aviation advice to corporations and high-net-worth individuals. The group is also able to leverage the expertise of its administrative and regulatory colleagues, as well as the firm’s commercial and bankruptcy litigation credentials. Representative mandates cover the buying, selling, leasing and financing of new and used aircraft, engines and related equipment, along with the structuring of investments in commercial aircraft businesses. In Washington DC, aviation practice chair Timothy Lynes is a veteran advisor to manufacturers, airlines, lessors, financial institutions, equity investors and insurers on aircraft-related sales, leasings, and financings. Supporting the group from New York, corporate and securities transaction expert Timothy Kirby also assists with high-stakes aviation financings. Former partner Stewart Herman departed the firm in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Lynes

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Embraer S.A.

First American Commercial Bancorp, Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented Embraer in the pre-delivery payment financing for the purchase by Azorra Aircraft Holdings LLC of 25 Embraer 190-E2 and 195-E2 Series aircraft.
  • Represented Embraer in a Merx Aviation Finance LLC pre-delivery payment financing for Porter Aircraft Leasing Corp, in relation to six Embraer E195-E2 series aircraft.
  • Representing Embraer S.A. in the financing of pre-delivery payments by Avolon Finance Ireland, which concern 10 Embraer 195-E2 aircraft to be acquired by Porter Aircraft Leasing Corporation.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 4

With its extensive capabilities handling criminal matters within the healthcare industry, Katten is recommended for doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals who are facing investigations by the regulatory authorities. The team also routinely advises clients facing allegations of financial misconduct.  Leading the practice from New York, Scott Resnik frequently handles cases for broker-dealers, hedge funds, and medical professionals. Based in Chicago, Gil Soffer is especially skilled at advising on investigations connected to fraud and FCPA violations. Sheldon Zenner and Daniel Collins are also located in Chicago. The vastly experienced Zenner is an expert in handling government inquiries that span multiple jurisdictions, including countries in Asia and South America. Stetler assists clients embroiled in a wide range of investigations, including cases involving bank fraud, counterfeiting, and bribery.

Practice head(s):

Scott Resnik

Other key lawyers:

Gil Soffer; Sheldon Zenner; Christopher Stetler; Daniel Collins; Brandon McCarthy

Key clients

Anthony Allen

Michael Madigan

United Auto Workers

Work highlights

  • Representing Anthony Allen, a former star NBA basketball player, who has been indicted as part of a large healthcare scheme allegedly aimed at defrauding the NBA Players Association’s health plan.
  • Representing Mike Madigan, who served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Illinois, in an indictment alleging that he operated a racketeering enterprise.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Katten primarily focuses on breach of contract cases regarding overdraft fees, with a strong client roster including credit unions, debt collection companies, and banks. Leading the practice are Stuart Richter and Gregory Korman, both of whom are based in Los Angeles. Richter has extensive experience representing financial services firms in class actions and commercial litigation, as well as handling regulatory actions and specializes in fraud claims, foreclosures, and disputes pertaining to interest rate swaps and other financial products.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Richter; Gregory Korman

Other key lawyers:

Camille Brooks; Ashley Brines; Eric Hail; Eric Werlinger

Key clients

1st Source Bank

AEA Federal Credit Union

Alliant Credit Union

Armstrong Bank

Bank of Hawaii

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

California Coast Credit Union

Centris Federal Credit Union

City National Bank

Ent Federal Credit Union

First Financial Bank

First Interstate Bank

Frontwave Credit Union

Global Credit Union


Max Credit Union

Midwest Bank

PNC Bank

Redstone Federal Credit Union

Sky Federal Credit Union

Work highlights

  • Representing banks and credit unions as lead counsel in class action cases, including cases alleging a breach of contract by charging Authorize Positive Settle Negative overdraft fees.
  • Represented Alliant Credit Union in a class action alleging Alliant breached its own account agreement by charging overdraft fees.
  • Represented Numerica in a class action filed in Washington state court alleging two theories of liability.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

With a strong focus on private credit, the team at Katten is a popular choice among clients in the entertainment, healthcare, insurance, retail, sports and technology sectors. It is well equipped to handle a range of transactions involving cash flow and asset-based financings, as well as mezzanine and unitranche financings. The Chicago-based practice is led by Michael Jacobson, whose expertise lies in financings involving companies in the healthcare, technology, sports and entertainment sectors. Jennifer Wolfe supports the team, regularly handling acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalization transactions. Forming part of the Los Angeles office, Glen Lim and Jan Harris Cate represent lenders in range of commercial finance transactions. Erinn Sheppard left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Michael Jacobson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apogem Capital LLC

Ares Capital Corporation

Balance Point Capital

Comvest Credit Partners

Crescent Capital

Golub Capital

Maranon Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Capital One as lender in relation to a credit agreement involving Coty B.V. The deal involved $1.67bn refinancing revolving commitments as well as €300m of Euro refinancing revolving commitments.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

With offices across New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, Katten‘s team has a strong record in representing directors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings in industries ranging from energy to real estate. Steven Reisman  leads the New York team and has a split practice between handling domestic and cross-border restructurings for a varied client portfolio, while Peter Siddiqui  in Chicago has assisted debtors in Chapter 11 cases and trustees in bankruptcy actions. Peter Knight , also in Chicago, represents senior secured agents and lenders in middle-market workouts and restructurings, whereas Los Angeles-based William Freeman is noted for his work in Chapter 11 cases and commercial litigation. New York-based Lucy Kweskin, and Chicago-based duo Paul Musser and Joshua Altman all joined the firm earlier in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Steven Reisman; Peter Siddiqui

Key clients

GWG Holdings

Amsurg Holdco, LLC and AmSurg, LLC

Hunter Lane, LLC

Genesis Care Pty Ltd.

Special Committee of the board of Cyxtera Technologies

Soft Surroundings Holdings, LLC

Gordon Brothers Retail Partners, LLC

Douglas Wilson Companies

Rover Pipeline LLC


Hartman SPE, LLC

Energy Transfer and Subsidiary Sunoco Logistics

National Boy Scouts of America Foundation

Capstone Green Energy Corporation

L Catterton

Work highlights

  • Represented GWG, at the direction of the Independent Directors, in the company’s Chapter 11 cases.
  • Represented AmSurg, a subsidiary of Envision that operates more than 250 ambulatory surgery centers across the country, in advising the Independent Managers with respect to AmSurg’s liability management transactions and Chapter 11 cases.
  • Represented the independent director of Genesis Care in its Chapter 11 cases and in connection with the investigation into the company’s complex and tumultuous historical relationship with its founder and former CEO.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Katten houses a broad offering which assists clients with a whole host of mandates, including managed care issues, and matters arising under the FCA. Sitting in the Dallas office, Lisa Atlas Genecov and Kenya Woodruff jointly lead the practice; Genecov is noted for her strong transactional capabilities, assisting health systems and medical groups with private equity related issues, and Woodruff often assists clients with regulatory compliance with HIPAA and CMS conditions. Chicago’s Kenneth Davis is noted for his deep expertise in the formation of new healthcare businesses and networks.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Atlas Genecov; Kenya Woodruff

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Davis; Michael Callahan; Lisa Prather

Key clients

Board of Education of the City of Chicago

Cardiovascular Research Foundation

City of New York

GI Alliance

Greater New York Hospital Association

inSite Digestive Health Care

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Medvantx Inc.


Montefiore Medical Center

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Northwell Health

PPG Health, PA

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Walmart Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Medvantx on general corporate and healthcare regulatory compliance matters on both a state and federal level.
  • Represented GI Alliance in its partnership with Connecticut GI.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 4

Providing an extensive range of services within the sporting space, the Katten practice is capable of offering both transactional and contentious advice to major sporting leagues, stadium developers and financial institutions. Adam Klein leads the Chicago-based team and specializes in assisting with minority investments, M&A, and debt financing transactions, while Daniel Render offers bespoke advice to clients on media rights and sponsorship agreements from the Los Angeles office. Also in Chicago, Jason Gorczynski is knowledgeable in commercial real estate transactions, and Valentina Famparska primarily concentrates on leveraged buyouts and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Adam Klein

Key clients

Baltimore Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium

Charlotte Hornets buyer group

Golden State Warriors

Goldman Sachs

Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC

Larry H. Miller Company

Los Angeles Clippers

Memphis Grizzlies

Milwaukee Bucks

New York Islanders

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Kraken

Silver Chalice

The United States Soccer Federation

Work highlights

  • Advised the ownership group on the acquisition of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team from Michael Jordan.
  • Advised the Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank Stadium on negotiating a long-term ticketing agreement and sponsorship agreement opposite SeatGeek.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

With experience representing clients in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the National Advertising Division among other forums under its belt, Katten has the capacity to handle multi-faceted trade mark infringement issues on a global scale. The team is spearheaded by five individuals: Deepro Mukerjee and Karen Artz Ash lead from the firm’s New York office, both routinely operating for a variety of household brands. Leading from Chicago is Floyd Mandell, who is entrusted to litigate for some notable tech, retail and film clients, and Kristin Achterhof, who has a wealth of experience in federal and state courts, while seasoned Washington DC-based practitioner Terence Ross is experienced across trade mark, trade name and a diverse range of other IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Deepro Mukerjee; Karen Artz Ash; Floyd Mandell; Kristin Achterhof; Terence Ros

Other key lawyers:

Michael Justus; Carolyn Passen

Key clients



Boars Head

Centric Brands Inc


Earl Enterprises

Forever 21

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

HMP Global

Lenovo and Motorola Trademark Holdings

Marc Jacobs International

Natera, Inc.

Sam Ash Music Corporation

Special Olympics

Viviyogi (formerly Fit & Glow, Inc.)

Work highlights

  • Represent Forever 21 and its suppliers in the trademark litigation against Adidas concerning its three-stripe trademark.
  • Represented CircuitLife against Percussionaire Corporation, the ventilator devices manufacturer, which CircuitLife uses in their treatment of severe respiratory illnesses.

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

Conducting its work in Los Angeles, Katten‘s bench of skilled attorneys receives praise for its trial experience and resolution of legal and business disputes.  Zia Modabber heads the practice and is a talented litigator and assists with complex, nuanced points of law. David Halberstadter assists a network of TV clients with corporate disputes, including matters relating to financing, production, and distribution of entertainment content. Joel Weiner has amassed considerable experience in copyright, contract, and business torts which he uses to bring the the firm numerous anti-SLAPP successes, high-profile dismissals, and impressive victories in arbitrations.      

Practice head(s):

Zia F. Modabber

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Will Smith

Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson

Co-Executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson

Lions Gate Entertainment

Live Nation

Sony Music Entertainment; Sony Pictures Entertainment

Starz Entertainment


CBS Television Studios

NBCUniversal Media

Walt Disney Co

Creative Artists Agency

Warner Bros Discovery

Work highlights

  • Represented MJJ in an appeal before the California Supreme Court in a dispute that arose from the posthumous Michael Jackson album.
  • Represented Viacom CBS in defending claims in a copyright infringement lawsuit against ViacomCBS where the plaintiff alleged that the company infringed upon her pilot script for a proposed television series.
  • Represented Starz Entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment, creator Katori Hall and others in connection with a claim that the Starz television series P-Valley infringes upon a stage play titled Soul Kittens Cabaret.

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

With a cross-country and international reach, Katten‘s Los Angeles office is a popular destination for clients such as motion picture studios, video game developers and major sports teams. Michael Hobel heads up the practice and is geared to assist with mandates involving intellectual property rights and assets. Scott Cutrow‘s portfolio of work encompasses entertainment finance transactions and talent agreements. Daniel Render‘s transactional prowess is relied upon by a range of sports clients, including teams, stadia and strategic investors. The unit additionally collaborates closely with the firm's entertainment litigation group to handle issues such as chain-of-title reviews, conflict resolution and dispute avoidance.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hobel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Charlotte Hornets


FremantleMedia North America

Handmade Films

Intuit Dome

Legendary Entertainment

Los Angeles Clippers

MRC Entertainment

Resurgence Media Group, LLC

Riot Games

Sacramento Kings

Silver Chalice LLC

The Tornante Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Debmar/Mercury on several business transactions.
  • Advised Riot Games in connection with a variety of entertainment matters, including rights agreements, talent agreements, joint ventures and general entertainment matters.
  • Advised an ownership group on its acquisition of the Charlotte Hornets NBA basketball team.

Real estate Tier 4

With experience on the lender, owner, and operator sides, Katten regularly represents banks, funds, private equity investors, and developers on a range of investments, joint ventures, and financings. Development transactions, including land acquisitions and construction loan financings, make up another area of expertise with a strong pipeline of recent mandates relating to single and multi-family developments as well as affordable housing. Timothy Little chairs the department out of New York who, outside of transactions, has considerable experience covering workouts and restructurings. New York also features Louise Carroll is particularly involved in affordable housing and community development matters alongside Glenn Miller in Washington, DC. With prior experience as chief legal officer of Ark Investment Partners, Scott Vetri is another key name on financings, acquisitions, and dispositions. David Dlugie and Frank Arado, meanwhile, are known for their leading of the practice’s Midwest and Southeast real estate offerings, with the former in Chicago and the latter in Charlotte.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Little; Louise Carroll; Glenn Miller; Scott Vetri; David Dlugie; Frank E. Arado; Christine Noelle Fitzgerald

Key clients

Affirmed Housing Group

Citi Real Estate Funding Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Focus Development


LV Collective

NewPoint Real Estate Capital LLC

Rockrose Development Company

TF Cornerstone

The Pacific Companies/Pacific West Communities

Tishman Speyer

Vero Capital

Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Rockrose as the owner of a major apartment project at Battery Park City, New York, in the negotiation of a significant amendment to a long-term ground lease and arranging a new financing with complex negotiations with Battery Park City Authority, Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae.
  • Represented The Pacific Companies and Affirmed Housing Group Inc. on multiple affordable housing development transactions throughout California using the low-income housing tax credits.
  • Representing Wells Fargo in a number of matters including in connection with a loan a ten-property portfolio in multiple states and in the loan to Pebblebrook secured by the Hollywood Beach Florida Margaritaville.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Katten has a reputation for undertaking complex, high-profile disputes, including financial services litigation, securities litigation, corruption investigations, and regulatory compliance cases, among many others. National chair of commercial litigation David Crichlow lends his considerable expertise to complex commercial disputes, class actions. and bankruptcy litigation. Experienced litigator Anthony Paccione represents banks, hedge funds, and real estate companies at all levels of the federal and state court systems. In Chicago, Peter Wilson is a key name for securities, derivatives, and antitrust litigation. Attorneys named are situated in New York, except where otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

David Crichlow

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Paccione; David Goldberg; Peter Wilson; Sarah Weber

Key clients

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Chetan Marfatia

Club Exploria

David Bodner

Garrison Point Capital

Grupo Cementos De Chihuahua S.A.B. DE C.V.

Nahla Capital

Phipps Houses


UBS Financial Services

UMB Bank

Wolfspeed, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Club Exploria in a lawsuit in New York and Delaware, where Resorts Group International has brought claims against Club Exploria arising from RGI’s purchase of a time share resort from Club Exploria in Pennsylvania.
  • Represented Garrison Point in a case before the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in New York County in which the class plaintiff alleged a violation of Section 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act.

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

Katten works in concert with the firm’s intellectual property, financial services, and healthcare specialists to support investors such as corporate venture funds, hedge funds, and family offices. The group provides assistance to a diverse range of companies, from early-stage start-ups to established unicorns, covering initial organization, seed capital, and financings, as well as M&A, liquidity events, and routine operational matters. With a keen focus on businesses at the forefront of technology-enabled innovations, the firm has represented clients such as USITF in significant investments, including a $100m investment in a Series B financing round for Colossal Biosciences and a $30m convertible note investment in Primer Technologies. Matthew Brown guides start-ups through various funding stages, recapitalizations, and exit strategies, and Jeffrey Patt brings expertise from seed capital to late-stage financings. Brown and Patt lead the practice together from Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown; Jeffrey Patt

Other key lawyers:

David Kravitz; Daniel Render

Key clients

Constellation Energy

Deerfield Management

Emalex Biosciences Inc.

Hudson Bay Capital Management LP

HumanCo. LLC

LHL Strategies, Inc.

LHM Capital

Mediafly, Inc.

Porsche Investments Management SA

PSP Capital

RLN Holdings, LLC

Sompriya Fine Spirits

The Range NYC LLC

Trinity Industries, Inc

Trust Ventures

U.S. Innovative Technology Fund, LP

Venrex LLP

Worlds Enterprises, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Porsche Investments in multiple transactions.
  • Represented USITF in a $100m investment as part of a total capital raise of $115m in a Series B financing round by Colossal Biosciences Inc.
  • Represented SomPriya Fine Spirits, LLC as issuer in a $15m Series C round led by Cleveland Avenue through a unit purchase.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Katten’s transactional tax planning team is well known for handling the tax aspects of major M&A, recently advising on the acquisition of NBA team The Charlotte Hornets by a consortium. Saul Rudo in Chicago, with considerable experience representing middle-market private equity firms, family offices, and closely held businesses, chairs the group. He often advises on M&A matters as well as on the tax implications of venture capital and start-up transactions. Valentina Famparska, also in Chicago, focuses on the federal income tax aspects of a variety of transactions, from fund formations to leveraged buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Saul Rudo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Guardian Warranty Services

Charlotte Hornets buyer group

GI Alliance/SIG St Louis

InSite Digestive

Novant Health

North Branch/Infinity Home services

Rising Point Capital Management, LLC

Sterling Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised inSite Digestive Health Care in its partnership agreement with Unio Health Partners, a Triton Pacific Capital Partners portfolio company.
  • Assisted American Guardian Warranty Services (AGWS) in its sale to the Reynolds and Reynolds Company.
  • Assisted GI Alliance in its partnership agreement with Specialists in Gastroenterology (SIG) located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Firm Overview: Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 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 capital markets 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) for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. Attorneys also assist in enhancing the value of intellectual property rights through licensing and related commercial 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 unites three essential components — planning, administration and litigation — on the local, national and international levels. The group oversees the administration of estates, trusts and other structures, and uses sophisticated strategies to help entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, philanthropists, professionals and creative artists integrate personal and business goals. The firm also resolves family conflicts, estate and trust disputes, and controversies with taxing and regulatory authorities, including the IRS and attorneys general.

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 Securitization 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.

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 Markets and Funds Lance A Zinman
Insolvency and restructuring Steven J. Reisman
Insolvency and restructuring Peter A. Siddiqui
Intellectual Property Deepro R. Mukerjee
Litigation Stacey McKee Knight
Litigation David A. Crichlow
Patent litigation Lance A. Soderstrom
Patent litigation Brian Sodikoff
Private Credit Michael A. Jacobson
Private Wealth Joshua S. Rubenstein
Real estate Timothy G. Little
Structured finance Howard Schickler
Structured finance Anna-Liza B. Harris
Trademark/Copyright/Privacy Group Karen Artz Ash
Trademark/Copyright/Privacy Group Floyd A. Mandell
Transactional Tax Planning Saul E. Rudo
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Number of Partners : 328
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 364
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Chairman : Roger P Furey
Other Offices : Charlotte
Other Offices : Dallas
Other Offices : London
Other Offices : Los Angeles (Downtown)
Other Offices : Los Angeles (Century City)
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Orange County
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Washington, DC