Chairman: Roger P Furey
Number of partners: 304 (321 firm wide)
Number of other lawyers: 326 (364 firm wide)
Katten is a full-service law firm with nearly 700 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai. Among the firm’s clients are a wide range of public and private companies in numerous industries,including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and non-profit organisations and individuals. In addition to the practices listed below, it maintains many highly focused practices, including antitrust, employee benefits and executive compensation, entertainment and media, health care, labor and employment and public finance.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s trial lawyers handle cases ranging from contract disputes and regulatory matters to securities class action lawsuits, antitrust matters and other complex commercial and criminal litigation. The securities litigation practice is nationally recognized for successfully representing corporations and their officers and directors in shareholder class actions, derivative actions, SEC investigations and federal and state criminal investigations. The white collar defense, internal investigations and compliance practice is led by highly respected former federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers with broad investigative, trial and appellate experience.
The corporate practice provides sophisticated transactional representation and business counseling 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 securities 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 counseling to public and private companies, boards of directors and board committees.
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, dispositions, developments and financings, as well as the establishment of joint ventures, real estate investment trusts, real estate opportunity funds and other real estate investment vehicles.
The financial services 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.
The commercial finance 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.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
The insolvency and restructuring practice focuses on managing the 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 counseling of clients in structuring their commercial transactions to identify and minimise risks related to insolvency and bankruptcy.
The intellectual property practice secures, protects and enforces patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property. It has represented plaintiffs and defendants in some of the most significant intellectual property cases (i.e. patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, internet/ domain name issues and unfair competition) of the last 20 years, for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. Attorneys also assist in exploiting intellectual property rights through licensing, joint venture and technology transfer agreements.
Environmental & Workplace Safety:
The environmental and workplace safety practice combines the full spectrum of capabilities relevant to environmental and workplace safety incidents, including sophisticated on-the-ground incident response, deep knowledge of federal, state and local enforcement agencies, the investigatory and enforcement experience of former federal environmental prosecutors on both civil enforcement matters and environmental crimes, and frequent counseling on workplace safety issues arising from incidents or inspections. The team relies upon its regulatory and transactional capabilities to support other client needs, such as identifying and addressing the range of environmental issues, potential liabilities, and operational constraints in transactions.
The tax practice handles US and international tax planning and advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, spin-offs, 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.
Trusts & Estates:
The trusts and estates practice develops and implements sophisticated estate, tax, business succession and charitable plans on the state, federal and international levels. They handle all aspects of the administration of estates and trusts, as well as probate, accounting, tax and other litigation.
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. The firm 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. Its attorneys also provide general corporate and transactional advice to specialty finance companies, government agencies and banks.