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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6


Katten's experienced finance and regulatory team works across its US, London and Shanghai offices, representing a range of financial institutions, including banks, financial holding companies and investment funds. John Ahern leads the London financial services group and focuses on banking and financial services regulation. Also notable for the firm in this area are Nathaniel Lalone, Neil Robson, Carolyn Jackson and David Brennand.

Practice head(s):John Ahern

Other key lawyers:Nathaniel Lalone; Neil Robson; Carolyn Jackson; David Brennand

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London: Finance

Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 4


The London office of Katten is part of the firm's transatlantic practice, which advises on regulatory, compliance, transactional, documentation and structural matters. The firm is adept at futures, cleared and uncleared swaps, including their use in structured products. Among its clients are investment firms, including broker-dealers; end users such as proprietary trading groups, hedge funds, commodity pools, pension  plans, corporations and municipalities; clearinghouses, exchanges, multilateral trading facilities and swap execution facilities. It also works with intermediaries; clearing firms; alternative investment fund managers; and swap dealers in the US and EU. Regulatory expert John Ahern joined from Jones Day in early 2018 to lead the financial services practice.  Carolyn Jackson provides US financial regulatory legal advice to commercial banks, investment banks, trade associations and OTC derivatives service providers. Nathaniel Lalone and Neil Robson are also recommended for regulatory and compliance advice.

Practice head(s):John Ahern

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1


Katten’s hospitality practice represents a client base of hotel managers, developers, investors, restaurants, theme parks, casinos and resorts, among others. It operates on an international scale, working with large international conglomerates to small boutique hotels from markets such as the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. In addition to real estate matters, the department draws on the wider firm’s expertise of financial, tax, litigation, IP, insolvency, restructuring and corporate issues to provide a full-service offering. Managing partner Peter Sugden heads the practice and is particularly reputed for his transactional experience.

Practice head(s):Peter Sugden

Key Clients

Shiva Hotels

Wyndham Worldwide (and subsidiaries)

BridgeStreet Worldwide (and subsidiaries)

Union Hanover Securities

Luxury Hotel Partners

KOP Properties


AccorHotels/FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fattal Hotels


Work highlights

  • Instructed by Aprirose on the purchase of the freehold interest in De Vere Hotel in Cheshunt owned by the Starwood group.
  • Handled numerous hotel management agreements for FRHI Hotels & Resorts.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 7


Terry Green and the 'excellent' Peter Sugden are the key names at Katten, which handles acquisition, development and investment finance across a range of asset classes, as well as loan acquisitions and disposals and secured lending. The team is active on the lender and borrower side, advising banks, funds, private investors and property companies.

Other key lawyers:Terry Green; Peter Sugden

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