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Kenneth Miller

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Private Equity

Position

Kenneth W. Miller, co-chair of Katten's nationwide Private Equity practice, focuses on the representation of private equity firms and portfolio companies. Ken counsels private equity funds in investments and acquisitions, including the purchase of minority interests; leveraged buyouts of retailers, distributors and manufacturers; and the formation, financings, acquisitions and sales of emerging growth companies. He also provides advice in connection with private acquisitions. His clients come from a variety of industries, including technology, health care and retail.

In his wider practice, Ken represents venture capital, private equity and pension fund clients in merger and acquisition transactions and recapitalizations and provides general corporate counseling to private and public businesses. He advises executives on compensation and equity-related matters and counsels companies on establishing credit facilities and maintaining insurance.

In addition, Ken advises high-net-worth individuals on the legal aspects of their investments, from buying shares of corporations to investing in funds.

Ken's clients call him "a creative attorney who doesn't try to find problems – he finds solutions," and say "He gives strategic advice, has transaction structuring expertise and can negotiate effectively with opposing counsel," according to Chambers USA.

Education

JD, Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; BS, University of Illinois, with highest honors


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Katten's buyouts practice is largely centred in Chicago, but also features expertise located in New York and Los Angeles, and in 2018 it established a Dallas office, adding several new partners and clients. Key clients include Frontenac Company, Victory Park Capital, Pfingsten Partners and Prairie Capital, with HIG Capital and Equity Group Investments new names. While the firm itself has outstanding healthcare credentials, the private equity practice crosses additional industries such as manufacturing and distribution, food and beverages, consumer goods, logistics and financial services. It advised Pfingsten Partners on its acquisition of drone maker Lumenier. 'Smart lawyer' Kenneth Miller and Kimberly Smith head the team, with Martin Ruhaak and Christopher Atkinson also highly rated. All named partners are based in Chicago.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Katten is noted for its ‘depth of experience and knowledge of practice leadership’. The team regularly advises on corporate tax planning and structuring in connection to M&A, spin-offs, private equity matters, REITs and real estate transactions. Saul Rudo is ‘deeply experienced and knowledgeable while being an excellent listener and communicator’; he recently advised Periscope Equity on its investment acquisition in Integrated Behavioral Health. Rudo also regularly advises Sterling Partners on its acquisitions and investment activities. Valentina Famparska, Kenneth Miller and Brandon Hadley in Washington DC are other key contacts. Employee benefits lawyer Kate Saracene joined the New York office in November 2017 from Nixon Peabody LLP, but Austin Lilling left for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in August 2018. All named individuals are in Chicago unless noted otherwise.

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