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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

ABF Journal Honors Cindi Giglio Among "Top Women in Asset-Based Lending"

Insolvency & Restructuring partner Cindi Giglio was named to the ABF Journal's 2023 list of "Top Women in Asset-Based Lending," highlighted her reputation as a "whiz" in bankruptcy matters and her role as counsel in some of the most high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of the past 20 years.

Wolters Kluwer Features Johnjerica Hodge and India Williams, ESG Practice

Johnjerica Hodge and India Williams spoke about their backgrounds, what led them to a laser focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and the latest ESG legal issues as part of Wolters Kluwer's "The ESG Ready Lawyer" series.

Middle Market Growth Delves Into Katten's Middle-Market Private Equity Report

The Association for Corporate Growth's (ACG) official publication took a closer look at Katten's 2023 Middle-Market Private Equity Report, which notes that financial services is a "sector primed for dealmaking."

Robin Evans Named Chair of Northwestern Law's Asian American and Pacific Islander Alumni Group

Insolvency and Restructuring associate Robin Evans was appointed chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alumni Affinity Group at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, spearheading new initiatives to cultivate connections with the AAPI student and alumni community.

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.

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.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Celebrates Women's History Month With Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

The Katten Women's Leadership Forum hosted former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch for a virtual fireside chat in honor of Women's History Month, spotlighting her many contributions and accomplishments.

Katten ESG Risk & Investigations Co-Chair Johnjerica Hodge Selected as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

Johnjerica Hodge, partner and co-chair of the ESG Risk and Investigations practice, was named a 2023 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for a landmark intensive year-long professional development program that connects high-potential attorneys with leading general counsel, managing partners and their peers for mentoring and career guidance.

Katten Litigation and Real Estate Associates Named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders

Litigation associate Mario D. Robertson and Real Estate associate Gabriela Sampaio have been selected as 2023 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders in a program designed to train high-performing attorneys who are early in their careers on foundational leadership and relationship-building skills.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.