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Managing Partner: Peter Sugden
Number of partners: 17
Other fee-earners: 15

Real Estate:
Peter Sugden
Financial Services: John Ahern
Hospitality & Leisure: Terry Green
Construction: Matthew Needham-Laing
Asset Management: David Brennand
UK Regulatory/Broker-Dealer: Neil Robson
US Regulatory: Carolyn Jackson
Corporate: Paul Rosen
Employment: Christopher Hitchins
Disputes: Joe Payne
White Collar, Investigations & Compliance: Polly Sprenger
Privacy & Data: Christopher Hitchins
Banking: Kumar Tewari

THE FIRM Katten acts for a variety of clients on projects focused on real estate, construction, hospitality and leisure, financial services, asset management and corporate. As well as a broad range of expertise in these areas, supported by others focused on employment, litigation, finance and tax, the firm’s lawyers have specialist knowledge in real estate investment and development, real estate finance, contentious and noncontentious construction and engineering, hospitality and leisure, US and UK financial services regulatory (including derivatives), collective investment schemes/joint ventures and private equity.

Real Estate/Hospitality & Leisure/Construction:
Corporate/Employment/Litigation/Tax: 54%
Financial Services: 22%


Real Estate:
The real estate practice acts for banks, institutions, funds, private investors, owner occupiers and property companies on a broad range of commercial real estate, real estate finance and hospitality and leisure transactions. In particular, Katten’s lawyers advise on: investment, development, finance, hotels and joint ventures. Lawyers also provide a project management service in relation to real estate assets that are located outside the United Kingdom and regularly help develop tax-driven offshore structures.

Hospitality & Leisure: Katten’s hospitality practice spans the UK/European and international markets (including Asia, the Middle East and Australia) and the US, and combines highly experienced lawyers from a range of disciplines, including real estate, corporate, finance, tax, financial services, environmental, litigation and employment. Construction & Engineering: The firm is able to provide a one-stop-shop for construction and engineering clients. From a non-contentious perspective, the firm is well versed in drafting and negotiating all forms of construction and engineering contracts and the bonds and guarantees associated with these contracts. From a contentious perspective, the firm is experienced in construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution including adjudication and arbitration.

Corporate: The firm represents clients across a broad range of corporate transactions, including the establishment of companies and businesses in the UK and overseas; public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals; cross-border joint ventures, strategic investments, partnerships and shareholder arrangements; restructuring, re-financings and reconstructions; private equity and venture capital; takeovers; buyouts and exit strategies. Asset Management: The firm advises a wide range of international clients involved in asset management on a broad spectrum of matters pertinent to their operations, with a particular focus on advising asset manager sponsors on the formation and ongoing operation of alternative investment structures.

Financial Services - Regulatory: The firm advises clients on both UK and US regulatory matters including regulatory authorisations; international marketing of funds and financial services; exchange rules and regulations; clearing house and settlement systems; conduct of business rules; money laundering; insider dealing/market abuse/information barriers; custody issues; disciplinary matters; prosecutions and regulatory enforcement actions; and customer and other contractual documentation and ongoing compliance with statutory requirements. Advising clients on the cross-border effects of US regulations and how this compares and interacts with European and UK regulatory requirements is a key focus of its practice.

Financial Services – Derivatives/Capital Markets: The firm has a leading clearing and exchange traded and OTC derivatives practice, and is widely recognised for its knowledge of the rules and regulations applicable to entities regulated by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission as well as European regulators including the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority.

White Collar, Investigations & Compliance: The team is best known for its unique emphasis on investigations, and for its ability to advise on all litigation risks that might arise from a single internal or government investigation, the new reality in an environment where corporates face increased scrutiny from law enforcement and the public. The team provides clients with a remedy to address corporate misconduct regardless of whether the company is a victim of crime, a potential defendant, or an interested third party affected by an enforcement action, with lawyers experienced across all levels of the civil and criminal courts.

Privacy & Data: The group brings together a team with diverse industry experience and substantial knowledge of the latest laws and practices regarding privacy and data protection. Katten lawyers understand the potential areas of risk associated with the collection, use and disclosure of customer and employee information, and they work with clients to effectively resolve or prevent potential problems. The practice encompasses the development of privacy protection practices, privacy and security law counselling and compliance, and the application of privacy laws to data use and information sharing.

Banking: The team focuses on debt transactions across all asset classes, both on and off balance sheet. The team advises a wide range of banks, non-bank lenders, funds, start-ups, tech firms and disrupters on the lender as well as the sponsor and borrower side.