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Katten Speaks with Cushman & Wakefield's James Bohnaker on Commercial Real Estate Outlook

At the 16th Annual Outlook on the Commercial Real Estate Market in Charlotte, North Carolina, James Bohnaker, senior economist with Cushman & Wakefield's Global Think Tank, delivered a keynote speech on the country's economic outlook and how various forces are affecting the commercial real estate market, both at the national level and in North Carolina. Quotes Nathaniel Lalone on Legal Options for Banks Involved in Cyberattack

In an article covering a cyberattack that disrupted derivatives trading around the world, interviewed Nathaniel Lalone, Financial Markets and Funds partner, about legal options for banks impacted by Ion Group's service outage.

Zia Modabber Speaks With Law360 on Rick Astley's Legal Fight Over Voice Impersonation

Zia Modabber, managing partner of Katten's Los Angeles offices and chair of the Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing singer Rick Astley's lawsuit that alleges his voice was improperly impersonated in a rap artist's song.

Regulate Staking-as-a-Service by Rules, Guidance, Not Enforcement

Financial Markets and Funds attorneys Daniel Davis and Gary DeWaal analyze a recent Securities and Exchange Commission settlement that espoused the SEC's view that a cryptoasset trading platform's staking-as-a-service program involved the offer and sale of an unregistered security.

ESG Litigation Heats Up in Marketing, Climate Pollution, and DEI

In an article published by Bloomberg Law, Katten attorneys looked at the growing trends in environmental, social, and governance related litigation. Partners Johnjerica Hodge, India Williams and Chris Cole, and associate Ally Jordan anticipate that an increase in shareholder derivative lawsuits, consumer protection litigation, suits by environmental advocacy groups, employment discrimination claims and other private action litigation driven by various topics will factor big in 2023.

Record Penalty for Alleged Regulation FD Violations and Best Practices Going Forward

In an in-depth article for the latest issue of Capital Markets Compass, Katten partner Timothy Kirby and associate Brandon Bucio review a record Regulation FD penalty assessed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Peter Siddiqui Reviews Role of Exit Financing in Chapter 11 Cases

Peter Siddiqui, co-chair of Katten's Insolvency and Restructuring practice, has authored a chapter in the second edition of Navigating Today's Environment | The Directors' and Officers' Guide to Restructuring. The chapter, "Exit Financing Opportunities and Strategies," examines several nuances and complexities related to the role that exit financing plays in Chapter 11 cases.

Creative Thinkers

The American Lawyer, Law360, Savoy Feature India Williams and Katten's New ESG Practice

Several media outlets spoke with partners Johnjerica Hodge and India Williams on India's recent arrival at Katten and their launch of the firm's ESG Risk and Investigations practice.

David Washburn Shares M&A Forecast With Middle Market Growth

J. David Washburn, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity co-chair, shares his perspective with Middle Market Growth on transaction trends and challenges for 2023.

Citywealth Interviews London-Based Partner Matthew Sperry About Representing UHNW Individuals and Families

Private Wealth partner Matthew Sperry spoke with Citywealth about his role as a private client lawyer representing ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals and families with investments in the United States.

Katten Lauded in Chambers Global Guide 2023

The 2023 edition of the Chambers Global Guide ranked a dozen attorneys and six practices from Katten. The Chambers Global Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms in over 200 jurisdictions around the world.

FIA to Induct Gary DeWaal Into its Hall of Fame

The Futures Industry Association announced that Katten senior counsel Gary DeWaal will be inducted into its Hall of Fame during the annual FIA International Futures Industry Conference on March 15 in Boca Raton. Gary will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the listed and cleared derivatives community.

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 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.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Celebrates International Women's Day

In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we heard from women leaders at Katten about being a woman in law, the value of mentoring and how a supportive firm has helped them develop successful, rewarding careers.

Citywealth Honors Katten, Partners and Firm DEI Initiatives During 2023 Powerwomen Awards

Katten and partners Ronni Davidowitz and Leslie Minier were recognized for their commitment to advancing women in the private wealth sector during Citywealth's 2023 Powerwomen Awards in March.

'Leader in Diversity' Honoree Kenya Woodruff Interviewed by Dallas Business Journal on DEI Efforts

The Dallas Business Journal featured Kenya Woodruff, Health Care partner and deputy general counsel, following the publication's recognition of her as a Leader in Diversity.

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.

Fabiola Valenzuela Named to Lawyers of Color's 2022 'Hot List'

Lawyers of Color, which promotes diversity in the legal profession, selected Corporate associate Fabiola Valenzuela for inclusion on its 2022 "Hot List." The annual list recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.

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

Innovative Negotiations Result in Historic Aviation Transaction

Katten Aviation partner Stewart Herman, along with aircraft finance group colleagues in London and the United States, acted as counsel to The Transportation Group (TTG), the mandated sole arranger in a transaction which consisted of (i) the purchase from Ethiopian Airlines of three Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft in Ethiopian's fleet and the immediate leaseback of the aircraft to the airline, (ii) the scheduled induction of the aircraft during the lease term for a full freighter conversion to be financed by the lessor and its lender, and (iii) the continued leasing of the aircraft after the conversion for the remainder of the lease term as freighters.

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.