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Katten Represents Vivaldi Holdings in Joint Venture Combination With First Trust Capital Partners

Katten represented Vivaldi Holdings and its subsidiaries Vivaldi Asset Management, a registered investment adviser with over $1.9 billion of assets under management, and Vivaldi Innovative Technologies in connection with a joint venture combination of Vivaldi's investment management and investment research businesses with First Trust Capital Partners, LLC, an affiliate of a registered investment adviser and broker-dealer with over $218 billion of assets under management.

Katten Represents Publicly-Traded Business Development Companies Managed by SLR Capital Partners in Merger

SLR Investment Corp. (SLRC) and SLR Senior Investment Corp. (SUNS), both of which are managed by SLR Capital Partners, LLC, entered into an agreement to merge together, with SLRC as the surviving company.

The combined company will trade under the ticker symbol "SLRC" on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

Stacy Tecklin Speaks With FinOps Report on Best Practices for Making the Transition From LIBOR to ARRs

Distressed and Special Situations Investing counsel Stacy Tecklin offered her perspective as part of a FinOps Report article offering a three-step best practice approach for the transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to alternative reference rates (ARRs).

Texas Lawbook Interviews Lisa Prather About Rapidly Evolving Health Law Field

In an in-depth interview, special counsel Lisa Prather shares her experiences as a health care attorney during the COVID-19 pandemic, talks about the rise of telehealth services and the data privacy matters that are taking center stage.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our world, stay up to date on Katten’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center. The latest legal news, firm event information and more will be featured as it's released. 

Creative Thinkers

Global Restructuring Review Profiles Katten's US and UK Insolvency and Restructuring Practice

In a detailed profile of Katten's US and UK cross-border practices, Global Restructuring Review covered the breadth of the firm's insolvency and restructuring practice, noting it recently has been "carving out a name for itself in the retail and fashion sectors." The overview features the firm's history of leadership, its historic track record, and top cases.

Crain's Spotlights Two Katten Partners as 'Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law'

Crain's Chicago Business has named Corporate department Global Chair Kimberly Smith and Financial Markets and Funds practice Global Chair Lance Zinman to the "Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law" list, which profiles Gen X attorneys at the peak of their careers, managing offices, chairing legal groups or running their own lucrative practices.

Partner Kate Ulrich Saracene Named by Crain's to 2022 'Notable Women in Law' List

Noting her reputation as a "national thought leader in employee health and benefit plans," Crain's New York Business has named Katten partner Kate Ulrich Saracene to its 2022 "Notable Women in Law" list.

Crain's said this year's group of honorees is "exemplary in every way," especially given the backdrop of the pandemic.

IT Pro Interviews Neil Robson About Green Challenges for Cryptocurrency

Financial Markets and Funds partner Neil Robson spoke with IT Pro regarding energy consumption issues with blockchain technology. In the interview, he notes that the vast amount of energy consumed by Bitcoin as it confirms a financial transaction as legitimate is its "not so secret" dirty secret.

Chief Talent Officer Tells The American Lawyer How New Flexible Work Policy Demonstrates Value for Attorneys and Business Professionals Alike

Chief Talent Officer Melanie Priddy spoke with The American Lawyer about the rollout over the summer of KattenFlex, which modernizes the firm's working expectations for both attorneys and business professionals.

In Memoriam

The Katten community mourns the loss of our friend and mentor, Judge Jorge A. Solis, who died suddenly on October 8. Former chief federal Judge Solis was a trailblazer with a passion for law and justice. He will be deeply missed. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Achieves Mansfield Certification Plus Status

Katten achieved Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification Plus status, recognizing the firm’s commitment to increase opportunities for advancement and strengthen an inclusive pipeline of diverse legal leaders. In addition to meeting or exceeding the baseline requirements, the certification indicates the firm has successfully reached at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyer representation in a notable number of its current leadership roles.

Katten DEI Director Outlines Three Ways Firms Can Follow Through on Commitments

Following George Floyd's murder, legal professionals pledged support for improving diversity, equity and inclusion. In a Legal Marketing Association article, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alisa Goodwin outlines three ways firms can turn those pledges into progress.

Katten Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign

Receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), Katten was designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

Katten's Stance on Racial Injustice

As a community, we have watched with heavy hearts and troubled minds as the recent manifestations of racial injustice have played out on the national stage. While we have always stood in solidarity with the black and brown communities that face these injustices, we have been less vocal than the cause requires. No longer.

Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a choice.

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

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.

Successful Defense of Infringement Claim

Intellectual Property partner Floyd Mandell and associate Julia Mazur won a crucial victory for client PepsiCo’s Gatorade in a landmark federal trademark case that was named one of the top ten IP decisions of 2019 by legal periodical Law 360. The case involves the fair use doctrine and establishes an important precedent for future trademark disputes.

Navigating a Critical Joint Venture Transaction

Attorneys in the Health Care and Corporate practices, in the Dallas office, represented Genesis Physicians Group in a joint venture transaction with Innovista Health Solutions.