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Trisha Sircar Authors Reaction to Meta's Record-Breaking Data Transfer Fine for NYU School of Law

Partner and Co-Privacy Officer, Trisha Sircar authored a reaction to the recently-announced and historic data transfer fine against Meta Platforms, Inc. for NYU School of Law's Compliance and Enforcement blog.

Bankers' Associations File Challenge to CFPB Small Business Data Collection Rule

Corporate partner Christina Grigorian examined a recently amended lawsuit filed by the Texas Bankers Association and Rio Bank, and joined by the American Bankers Association, challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 900-page final rule related to small business data collection.

SEC Turns Up Heat on Climate-Related Comment Letters

Capital Markets partner Farzad Damania and associate Ryan Lilley analyzed recent SEC comment letters focusing on climate and provided best practices going forward in light of enhanced SEC scrutiny on ESG matters.

SEC No-Action Letters on Proxy Materials and Other Developments Reinforce Commission-Wide Commitment to ESG

Securities Litigation partners Danette Edwards and Richard Zelichov and associate Trevor Garmey reviewed how the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance proxy decisions have signaled an agency-wide emphasis on "values-based" capitalism.

OFAC Imposes New Reporting Requirement in Connection With Russia Sanctions

Commercial Litigation partner Jacques Semmelman noted a new Treasury Department OFAC amendment requiring detailed reporting by June 18 for any US persons who hold assets involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, or the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

The AI Genie Is Not Going Back In the Bottle

Partner Chris Cole, chair Advertising, Marketing and Promotions, discussed calls to mitigate AI-related risks, noting that mitigation is underway in the form of regulation.

Post-Brexit UK-EU Memorandum of Understanding Adopted

Katten lawyers based in London are closely following Post-Brexit developments, including a recent memorandum of understanding from the European Commission on regulatory cooperation in financial services with the UK.

Creative Thinkers

Katten Boosts Rankings in Chambers USA Guide 2023

In the latest Chambers USA guide, 77 Katten attorneys were ranked and 34 practice areas recognized.

Katten Private Wealth Practice Honored as International Law Firm of the Year

Katten's Private Wealth practice was recognized by Citywealth with a gold Magic Circle Award for International Law Firm of the Year. Additionally, Private Wealth partner Bonnie Lynn Chmil received the gold Magic Circle Award for the Woman of the Year, acknowledging her achievements in the private wealth sector.

Daily Journal Recognizes David Halberstadter as a 2023 Top IP Lawyer

Litigation partner David Halberstadter was featured among the 2023 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers by the Los Angeles San Francisco Daily Journal, in part for his representation of the Starz Entertainment cable network and the producers of its hit television series, "Power."

Robin Evans Among Rising Stars Named by National Immigrant Justice Center

Chicago associate Robin Evans, Insolvency and Restructuring, was named a Rising Star by the National Immigrant Justice Center for her pro bono work representing immigrant juveniles entering the United States.

Daniel Davis's House Subcommittee Testimony on Spot Market Regulatory Gaps Makes News

Several cryptocurrency media outlets featured Financial Markets and Regulation co-chair Daniel Davis's testimony before the US House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Commodity Markets, Digital Assets, and Rural Development at its hearing on "The Future of Digital Assets: Identifying the Regulatory Gaps in Spot Market Regulation."

Law360 Speaks with Chief Talent Officer Regarding Katten's Shadowing Program

In a Q&A with Law360, Chief Talent Officer Melanie Priddy discussed the genesis and value of Katten's Shadowing Program, which is the firm's new apprentice-style program that provides junior associates with professional development opportunities outside billable work and formal training programs.

Katten joins FIA Tech's Databank Network as a Law Firm Partner

Katten has joined FIA Tech, the leading technology provider to the exchange-traded derivatives industry, as the first law firm partner in the FIA Tech Databank Network. Databank Network is FIA Tech's initiative to bring together independent software vendors (ISVs), exchanges, clearing houses and other data providers into an interoperable global network simplifying the use of reference data, analytics and software solutions from participating firms. Katten's regulatory approvals analysis will be incorporated into Databank's Foreign Security Futures offering.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Recognized as One of the "Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity"

Katten announced is among 50 law firms that earned a spot on Seramount's "Best Law Firms for Women & Diversity." Katten has been recognized among the Best Law Firms for Women more than 10 times since the list's inception in 2007, earning the firm the Hall of Fame distinction.

Wendy Cohen's Path to New York Managing Partner Featured in Law360

Wendy Cohen's path to partnership and recently to managing partner of the New York office was featured by Law360. Wendy spoke about her long, fulfilling path to partnership, including a five-year hiatus to start a family, in hopes that her story will help other women figure out their own path forward.

Katten Grows Its Kattalyst Sponsorship Program

With the announcement of the 2023 Kattalyst Sponsorship Program, Katten noted the expansion of the program to include a larger group of participants at the associate, counsel and partner levels.

Kristin Achterhof Recognized Among Managing Intellectual Property's 'Top 250 Women in IP'

Managing Intellectual Property has named Intellectual Property partner Kristin Achterhof on its 2023 list of the "Top 250 Women in IP," which honors leading female intellectual property (IP) practitioners in private practice who have provided exceptional service for their clients and firms during the past year.

Katten DEI Annual Report: Celebrating the Differences That Make Us Stronger

In our 2023 DEI Annual Report, we highlight the actions Katten took in 2022 to diversify our workforce, strengthen our inclusive culture and advance equity within our firm. Look for features on firm activities, initiatives and individual accomplishments achieved by our attorneys and business professionals throughout the year.

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.