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Katten Represents Buyer Group in Majority Stake Purchase of Charlotte Hornets

A Katten team represented a group purchasing a majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets, ending basketball superstar Michael Jordan's 13-year majority ownership of the National Basketball Association team. He is maintaining a minority interest in the team.

Katten Represents Mediafly in $80 Million Funding Round to Accelerate Product Innovation

Katten represented Mediafly, an end-to-end sales enablement and content management platform, in new investment by BIP Ventures with support from Boathouse Capital and Mediafly insiders.

FINRA Gains Greater Jurisdiction and Members: Amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 Will Require Most Proprietary Trading Broker-Dealers to Join FINRA

James Brady, Susan Light and Alexander Kim share analysis of SEC Rule 15b9-1 amendments. Once published in the Federal Register, proprietary trading firms, options market makers and other broker-dealers will be required to become FINRA members within the year.

Over $1.8 Billion Saved in 2022 Medicare Shared Savings Program: What Does This Indicate About CMS's Recent 2024 MSSP Proposals?

Katy Baum takes a look at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recent report, which indicated that the Medicare Shared Savings Program (the MSSP) had the second-highest annual savings accrued for Medicare since the program’s initial launch in 2012.

The Second Circuit Agrees: Loans are Not Securities

Amanda Segal and Lori Jacobs examine the highly anticipated decision for Kirschner v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, where the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision that the syndicated loan at issue in the case was not a security and not subject to state and federal securities laws.

Kimberly Smith Discusses Potential M&A Rebound During American Lawyer Interview

Global Chair of Katten's Corporate department Kimberly Smith spoke with The American Lawyer about the state of the deal activity and continued activity she's seeing in the firm's Family Offices and Private Equity practices.

Quantum Computing Could Threaten Blockchain, Crypto

In this Bloomberg Law article, Financial Markets and Funds partner and co-chair Daniel Davis and associate Alexander Kim examine how quantum computing could impact blockchain protocols and cryptocurrency mining.

Creative Thinkers

Katten and Reputation Consultancy Lansons Debut Podcast Series on Misconduct in Financial Services

Lansons along with Katten has launched "(mis)Conduct, Money & Reputation," a new podcast series that exploring issues of misconduct in financial services space, giving listeners a better understanding of rules and regulations — and the reputational fallout when things go wrong. Partner Neil Robson will serve as one of the hosts.

Katten Adds Joshua Altman to Insolvency and Restructuring Team

Joshua M. Altman has joined the firm as a partner in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice in Chicago, representing major national and international companies throughout the lifecycle of both in-court and out-of-court restructuring processes.

Katten Ranked Top Three Firm in Hatch-Waxman Litigation

Katten was named a leader in Hatch-Waxman litigation for the fourth consecutive year in the 2023 Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Intelligence Report.

Kimberly Smith, Mark Solomon and Ramana Rameswaran Tapped for Law360 Editorial Boards

Three Katten partners were selected to serve on Law360 editorial boards for private equity, health care and Texas. Editorial advisory board members provide feedback on Law360's coverage and help shape future coverage plans.

Katten Attorneys Distinguished by Best Lawyers®

More than 180 Katten attorneys were recognized in the 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America as a result of being identified by their peers in a wide range of practice areas.

Katten Promotes 10 Attorneys to Partner

Katten announced that 10 of its attorneys have been elevated to partner, approved unanimously by the firm's Executive Committee, effective September 1.

Insolvency and Restructuring Team Recognized With Multiple International M&A Awards

Katten's Insolvency and Restructuring practice has been announced as an award recipient in two categories of The M&A Advisor's 14th Annual International M&A Awards, which recognize the leading distressed transactions, restructurings, financings, products and services, firms and professionals in domestic and international markets, as well as those whose efforts have positively impacted international expansion through restructuring, financing and M&A.

Inclusive Approach

For 20th Year, Katten Welcomes Business-Minded Chicago High School Students as Interns

For the 20th consecutive year, Katten's Chicago office has sponsored an intern and mentee through the Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI), an outgrowth of the city's municipal finance industry designed to advance diversification by providing opportunities to top-performing local high school students who come from households meeting the program's income requirements.

Katten Commemorates Pride Month With Harvard Law Professor Alexander Chen

The firm commemorated Pride Month with a June 28 virtual event featuring Professor Alexander Chen, founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law School, who discussed the rise of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Katten Celebrated Juneteenth With DEI Discussion

The firm hosted a June 20 event in observance of Juneteenth that focused on prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in the face of recent political headwinds and economic downturn.

Katten Recognized as One of the "Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity"

Katten announced is among 50 law firms that earned a spot on Seramount's "Best Law Firms for Women & Diversity." Katten has been recognized among the Best Law Firms for Women more than 10 times since the list's inception in 2007, earning the firm the Hall of Fame distinction.

Katten Grows Its Kattalyst Sponsorship Program

With the announcement of the 2023 Kattalyst Sponsorship Program, Katten noted the expansion of the program to include a larger group of participants at the associate, counsel and partner levels.

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We choose inclusion.

We are committed to having the brightest lawyers on our team, and we recognize that the best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, and ability.

Recognizing that our attorneys are at the heart of our business

If you're seeking to join a firm where you can enjoy exceptional career opportunities, as well as the resources to help you take your personal and professional goals to the next level, take a closer look at Katten.

Case Studies

First Independent Swap Data Repository Is Granted CFTC Registration

Financial Markets and Funds attorneys Carl Kennedy, James Brady, and Gary DeWaal led the team successfully guiding KOR — a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets — in its registration application with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The approval marked several firsts, the first registration for an independent and cloud-native swap data repository (SDR); the CFTC's first SDR registered in eight years; and the first SDR registration approval by the CFTC since the agency amended its SDR rules in 2020. The registration enabled KOR to provide full SDR service for all asset classes and client segments.

KOR claims it has created a uniquely modern, user friendly approach to complying with reporting obligations.

Record Award in False Advertising Case

Partners Terence Ross, Shaya Rochester, Michael Justus and Tami Sims led the Katten litigation team that successfully represented communications and software company Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Windstream) in a seven-count complaint against Charter Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Operating, LLC (together, Charter), a competitor of Windstream. Steven Reisman, Chair of Katten’s New York Insolvency and Restructuring Practice, is Windstream’s principal attorney at Katten and represents Windstream in matters unrelated to the litigation against Charter.

Marathon Music Royalties Dispute Ends in Estate Victory

Zia F. Modabber, Managing Partner of Katten’s California offices and leader of Katten’s Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, Partner Tami Kameda Sims and Associate Leah E.A. Solomon, along with co-counsel at Kinsella Weitzman and Greines Martin, successfully represented Michael Jackson’s Estate in a seven-year long dispute over royalties from Jackson’s albums Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.