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Will Texas Stock Exchange Provide Regulatory Haven?

Published by Law360, Capital Markets Partner Elizabeth McNichol and Associate Ryan Lilley examine details surrounding the Texas Stock Exchange's intention to apply to register with the SEC as a national securities exchange, as well as TXSE's strategy and the intricate regulatory landscape that it will have to navigate as a new exchange.

New Colorado AI Act Targeting 'Algorithmic Discrimination' Provides AI Compliance Lessons

Michael Justus, partner and head of Katten's AI Working Group, examines the requirements of the Colorado AI Act if they use AI tools to make "consequential" decisions about Colorado consumers' education, employment, financial or lending services, essential government services, health care, housing, insurance or legal services. The new law goes into effect February 1, 2026.

FTC Warning Letters on Right to Repair Suggest Future Enforcement

Partner and Advertising, Marketing and Promotions Chair Chris Cole looks at recent warning letters from the FTC to eight companies, accusing them of possibly imposing restrictions on third-party servicing of products in violation of the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA).

New UK Government: Employment Law Reforms – What Employers Need to Know

The newly elected Labour government likely brings a wave of employment law reforms affecting businesses across England, Wales and Scotland. Katten's latest advisory from Christopher Hitchins, Brigitte Weaver and Emma Williams delves into the "Plan to Make Work Pay," outlining several proposed changes that UK employers need to be aware of.

TMA Chicago Midwest Podcast Hosted by Paul Musser | Robert Meyers on Refinancing Distressed Loans and Deepening Relationships

In the latest TMA Chicago Midwest Podcast episode, Paul Musser chats with Robert Meyers, President and Chief Commercial Officer of Republic Business Credit, on the importance of proactive relationship-building for companies seeking to get refinanced, and Rob's experiences and challenges faced as a past president of the TMA Chicago Midwest chapter.

OECD Pillar Two Clarifies Deferred Tax Liability, Other Scenarios

Published by Bloomberg Tax, Tax Partner Charlotte Sallabank and Associate Christy Wilson authored an article discussing the three documents published by OECD in May and June that clarify the interpretation of Global Anti-Base Erosion Model Rules in certain areas.

4 Important Events In Bank Regulation: A Midyear Review

Published in Law360, Corporate Partner Christina Grigorian reviews the state of bank regulation in the first half of 2024, highlighting four significant events that have shaped the regulatory landscape for insured depository institutions.

Creative Thinkers

Katten Named Leader in Chambers High Net Worth 2024 Guide

Katten announced that seven practices and 13 of the firm's Private Wealth and Aviation partners were ranked in the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) 2024 guide.

Julie L. Gottshall Elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Katten congratulates Partner Julie Gottshall on her election as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Julie’s selection represents the highest recognition from industry colleagues of her continued outstanding performance in the field and her exemplary demonstration of excellence, integrity and dedication.

Marc Roitman Named 2024 Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor

Katten Insolvency and Restructuring Partner Marc Roitman was selected for The M&A Advisor's 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards, which honor professionals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the fields of restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, while demonstrating unwavering dedication to their profession and to charitable causes.

Katten Receives High Marks in Chambers USA Guide 2024

Katten announced that 90 attorneys were ranked in the 2024 edition of the Chambers USA guide. The firm also received recognition as a leader in 39 practice areas.

Katten Highly Ranked in Legal 500 United States 2024

Katten announced that 73 attorneys and 21 practice areas were named to the Legal 500 United States 2024 guide.

Julia Winters Featured in Bloomberg FICC Focus Podcast on Distressed Governance

Commercial Litigation Partner Julia Winters was a guest on Bloomberg's FICC Focus podcast, where she discussed how investigations into debtors' pre-bankruptcy machinations are evolving toward a "consensus model" where multiple stakeholders, including official committees, independent directors and examiners, are involved in the investigation.

Lance Zinman and Daniel Davis Talk Market Trends and Crypto Regs With John Lothian News

Partner and Financial Markets and Funds Global Chair Lance Zinman, and Partner and Financial Markets and Regulatory Co-Chair Dan Davis shared their perspectives with John Lothian News on the current state and future trends in crypto markets, the impact of SEC rules on active traders, the transition to broker-dealer status, proprietary trading, digital asset trading and challenges in asset management.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Hosts Soccer Legend Abby Wambach in Honor of Pride Month

Katten celebrated Pride Month with a special event featuring FIFA Women's World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach. The firm hosted Wambach as part of Katten's Perspectives Speaker Series, a program designed to increase cultural awareness, broaden perspectives and inspire dialogue across the firm community on topics ranging from race, history and legislation to inclusive best practices.

Katten Hosts DEI Event in Observance of Juneteenth

In observance of Juneteenth, Katten held a DEI event, "Beyond Backlash: Charting the Next Frontier of Inclusion." Counsel Tracie Bedeaux moderated the program, which featured several business leaders who shared innovative strategies they are using to continue advancing important DEI initiatives.

Katten DEI: Weaving Together a Rich Tapestry of Diverse Identities

Katten's 2024 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Report, aptly themed "Interwoven," is a testament to the rich tapestry of diverse identities that enrich our community. The stories in these pages show the many ways Katten is deeply committed to DEI and how we are actively striving to create an inclusive work environment where everyone's identity is welcomed and celebrated.

Leigh Brissenden and Matthew Hartzler Recognized as NIJC 'Rising Stars'

The National Immigrant Justice Center is celebrating Associates Leigh Brissenden and Matt Hartzler as 2024 Rising Stars, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated "extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice for immigrants."

Katten Again Recognized for Seeking Greater Diversity and Inclusion

For the third consecutive year, Katten has been designated a Mansfield Certified Plus firm, signaling its continued commitment to diversify law firm leadership and foster a culture of belonging.

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

Four Deals in One: Buyer Group Acquires Majority Stake in Charlotte Hornets

Sports and Sports Facilities Partner Daniel H. Render led a Katten team in representing the new majority owners of the Charlotte Hornets in their acquisition of a controlling interest in the team from basketball superstar Michael Jordan. The complex, high-value, high-stakes transaction meant the end of Jordan's 13-year majority ownership of the team.

The buyer group was led by Gabe Plotkin, a hedge fund founder and manager, and Rick Schnall, a private equity firm president, and included rapper J. Cole and country music artist Eric Church, as well as Dan Sundheim, Chris Shumway, Ian Loring, Dyal HomeCourt Partners, Andrew Schwartzberg and local Charlotte-based investors Amy Dawson and Damian Mills.

Pinstripes Bowls Onto National Experiential Dining Scene With NYSE Debut

In June of 2023, Northbrook, Illinois-based Pinstripes Inc., which at the time had 13 locations in eight states and Washington, DC, announced plans to go public with a large-scale expansion of its experiential dining and entertainment brand combining bistro, bowling, bocce and private event space. As part of its growth strategy, Pinstripes is filling holes left by disappearing big-box shopping mall anchors, revitalizing retail spaces with its brand of dining and entertainment and hosting events that range from company outings and birthday parties to weddings.

Tapped by Partner Christopher Atkinson, Co-Chair of Katten's Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, Capital Markets Partner Mark Wood led the legal team that helped Pinstripes go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Banyan Acquisition Corporation (Banyan). The deal, which closed at the end of 2023, valued Pinstripes at approximately $380 million, based upon a value of $10 ascribed to each SPAC share. The transaction included an equity investment of over $20 million directly in Pinstripes by Middleton Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm, and a debt investment of $50 million in the combined company by Oaktree Capital Management. The deal closed on schedule, with Pinstripes' common stock commencing trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 2, 2024.

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.

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.