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Katten Represents SMS Assist in Record-Setting Prop Tech M&A Deal

Katten's Mergers and Acquisitions team represented SMS Assist, an industry-leading facilities maintenance technology company, in its affiliation with Lessen, a premier tech-enabled, end-to-end solution for outsourced real estate property services. The transaction is notable for being the largest private-to-private PropTech M&A deal to-date.

Affordable Housing Co-Chairs Author Article on Housing Crisis and Affordable Housing Landscape

In an article published in the New York Law Journal, Louise Carroll and Glenn S. Miller discuss the current housing crisis and several considerations for real estate developers entering the affordable housing market.

How Proactive Racial Equity Audits Can Increase Company Profits

In an article for Bloomberg Law, partner Johnjerica Hodge and associate Ally Jordan discuss how racial equity audits are one of the latest tools companies are using to gauge their compliance with the social component of environmental, social and governance (ESG).

Op-Ed: Seafood Sustainability Claims Fall Under Legal Scrutiny

In an opinion piece for SeafoodSource, Christopher Cole, partner and chair, Advertising, Marketing and Promotions, highlighted legal developments regarding the term "sustainable" as it is used to market farmed and wild-caught seafood.

New DOL Rule Enables Consideration of ESG Factors in Investing

Partners Johnjerica Hodge and Danette Edwards, and associate Nikita Yogeshwarun discuss a US Department of Labor final rule that allows retirement plan fiduciaries to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment choices. The three also note that the SEC's Division of Enforcement continues its aggressive push on the ESG front.

Public Companies with Exposure to Crypto Markets After FTX Collapse: To Disclose or Not to Disclose – You Better Disclose if Material, Says SEC Staff

Special counsel Gary DeWaal and partners Dan Davis and Danette Edwards discuss how, following the recent collapse of FTX and other companies transacting in cryptoassets, SEC staff advised public reporting companies to double-check that they are adequately disclosing to investors any potential material adverse exposure they may have as a result of bankruptcy events and financial distress involving crypto intermediaries; recent cryptoasset price volatility, and other enumerated matters related to cryptoassets and cryptoasset business activities generally.

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

Katten Mid-Market Private Equity Report Covered by Multiple Media Outlets

Findings in Katten's 2023 Middle-Market Private Equity Report were covered by several media outlets, with insights examined by Private Funds CFO, Institutional Investor, Chief Investment Officer and others.

Released on January 26, the report notes private equity investors are cautiously optimistic about dealmaking this year.

Katten Builds on M&A/PE Practice With Partner Harold Davidson

Harold Davidson has joined the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity practice in New York, strengthening the team of industry-leading attorneys who handle complex business transactions.

Katten and Cushman & Wakefield Host 2023 Outlook of the Commercial Real Estate Market

The annual event featured six industry leaders examining industry challenges in the commercial real estate market and how construction costs, interest rates, debt and equity may impact the year ahead.

Katten Lands Talented Litigation Team in New York

Eliot Lauer, Jacques Semmelman, Gabe Hertzberg and Julia Mosse have joined Katten's New York office as partners in the Commercial Litigation practice, expanding our presence on the East Coast.

Katten Knows and Katten Cares: 2022 Pro Bono Annual Review

Read Katten's 2022 Pro Bono Annual Review, "Katten Knows and Katten Cares," where pro bono service is celebrated as a responsibility and a reward. At Katten, pro bono representations are incredibly diverse, from the identities of our clients and the subject matters of the work, to the skills required to do this work well. Providing quality service requires compassion and skill.

Katten UK Named Transatlantic Firm of the Year 2022 International recognized Katten UK for its local leadership and transatlantic growth as part of The British Legal Awards 2022, which highlights top firms in the UK's legal community.

Katten Designated "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation – Real Estate By U.S. News – Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" 2023

Katten was named the "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation – Real Estate Law in the 2023 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms." Additionally, the firm was ranked in 28 practice areas nationally and in 60 metropolitan practice areas.

Partner Emily Watson Join's Katten's M&A and Private Equity Practice

Katten welcomes Emily K. Watson as a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity practice in Chicago, building on the deep bench of experienced and skilled attorneys structuring and closing middle-market deals.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Designated Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus Law Firm

Katten has earned 2022 Mansfield Certified Plus status, marking the second consecutive year in which the firm has achieved at least 30 percent underrepresented attorney representation in a notable number of current leadership roles.

Partner Becky Lindahl Selected as Recipient of the John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award

Partner Becky Lindahl, who heads the Charlotte Litigation practice, is the first recipient of the John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award. The award celebrates the mentorship legacy of the firm's late longtime partner and former chair of the Insolvency and Restructuring practice.

Dilen Kumar Chosen for South Asian Bar Association's 2023 Fellowship Class

The South Asian Bar Association has selected Private Equity partner Dilen Kumar, Dallas, as a member of its 2023 Leadership Institute fellowship class. He is one of 18 fellows for the institute, which is designed to "mind the gap" in leadership development for mid-career attorneys.

Katten Recognized by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as 2022 Top Performer and Compass Award Winner

Katten has been named a Top Performer and Compass Award winner by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, recognizing law firms and corporations that have shown a strong commitment to building more diverse organizations and a more inclusive legal profession.

Citywealth Picks Katten as a Top 15 Diversity Leadership Dream Team

Citywealth named Katten's leadership to its Top 15 Diversity Leadership Dream Teams USA for its commitment to sustained career progression for women. Featured on the team were Chairman Roger Furey, CEO Noah Heller, Chief Diversity Partner Leslie Minier and Joshua Rubenstein, partner and Private Wealth Department national chair.

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

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.

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.