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Cboe Global Markets Company Closes Its Acquisition of Katten Client ErisX

Katten client Eris Digital Holdings, LLC (ErisX), a US-based exchange and clearing house operator that offers both cryptocurrency spot and futures on a single platform, was acquired in early May by Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe), a leading provider of global market infrastructure and tradable products. The acquisition positions ErisX as a long-term leader in the evolving digital assets market, with Cboe poised to make the early investments necessary to help maximize revenue growth potential going forward.

First Independent and Cloud-Native Swap Data Repository — KOR SDR — Obtains CFTC Registration With Assistance of Katten

The first registration for an independent and cloud-native swap data repository (SDR) granted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has been obtained by Katten Financial Markets and Funds client KOR Reporting Inc. (KOR) — a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets. Under the CFTC’s registration order, KOR is permitted to provide full SDR services for all asset classes and client segments.

Katten Represented Growing Urology Practice AUI in Its Affiliation With Solaris Health

Katten's Health Care group represented the Advanced Urology Institute (AUI), a leading provider of urology services in Florida, in its affiliation with Solaris Health, a portfolio company of Lee Equity. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the affiliation further expands the service territory for Solaris, which now includes 500 providers and 730,000 annual patients. AUI brings to the affiliation 105 providers and 150,000 annual patients.

Crypto Misuse — Evading Russian Sanctions Can Be Detected, Prosecuted

In an article published by Bloomberg Law, Financial Markets and Regulation Chair Gary DeWaal explores how, based on recent cases, US officials' concern about the potential misuse of cryptocurrency to evade sanctions against Russia in the war in Ukraine is warranted. However, he notes, any such endeavors by the Russians would carry a high risk for potential detection.

Katten Provides Pro Bono Support for Ukrainians Seeking Temporary Protected Status

Katten is among the 130 major law firms and companies working with Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) in an initiative to assist Ukrainian nationals in applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Launched by L4GG, the TPS Pro Bono Project for Ukraine is a program through which eligible Ukrainian nationals will be offered free legal assistance from volunteer attorneys who can help answer legal questions and assist in applying for TPS.

Katten Represents Lead Investor PSP Growth in OpenSpace's $102M Series D Financing

Katten represented PSP Partners' venture and growth equity arm PSP Growth, the lead investor in a $102 million Series D funding round for OpenSpace, an AI-powered analytics platform for builders creating visual records of jobsites.

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

Variety's 2022 Legal Impact Report Recognizes Five Katten Entertainment Partners

Five partners in Katten's Entertainment and Media practice were named to Variety's 2022 Legal Impact Report, a prestigious annual list that profiles leading litigation, transactional and in-house attorneys in the entertainment and media industries. Variety recognized Entertainment and Media Litigation partners Zia Modabber, David Halberstadter and Joel Weiner, and Entertainment and Media Transactions partners Michael Hobel and Melanie Tomanov.

Women in Securitization Features Christina Burgess Among Industry Leaders

Women in Securitization (WiS) recognized Christina Burgess, a partner in Katten's Structured Finance and Securitization practice, alongside several accomplished women whose profiles were presented as part of a celebration of women industry leaders during WiS Week 2022.

Dallas Attorneys Recognized in D Magazine's 2022 Best Lawyers List

Ten Katten partners in various practices were named to D Magazine's 2022 list of "Best Lawyers in Dallas", which is an exclusive list that honors the top Dallas-based attorneys as chosen by their peers.

Katten Financial Litigator Accepted Into Career Development Program to Empower Diverse Attorneys

Financial Markets Litigation and Enforcement associate Sheehan Band was selected to be a 2022 participant in the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Sources of Success professional development program. The year-long program, which is tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms, focuses on identifying successful career strategies as well as facilitating participants' mentorship opportunities and development of leadership and management skills.

Kimberly Smith and Kenya Woodruff to Serve on Law360 Editorial Advisory Boards

Law360 has selected Kimberly Smith, global chair of Katten's Corporate Department, and Health Care partner Kenya Woodruff to serve on two of its 2022 Editorial Advisory Boards. Kimberly will join the Private Equity Editorial Advisory Board, and Kenya will join the Health Care Editorial Advisory Board.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Offers Programming to Boost Well-Being Among Legal Professionals

Aligned with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Katten hosted its Well-Being Week in Law to raise awareness about mental health and encourage action and innovation across the profession to improve well-being. A series of activities and resources were offered during the week to support the well-being of the firm's attorneys and business professionals, cope with mental health issues facing the legal industry and combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Katten Welcomed Former Senior Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett as Guest Speaker for Black History Month Event

Barack Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer Valerie Jarrett was the keynote speaker during Katten's Black History Month event that celebrated her remarkable civic contributions and career in public service.

Katten Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Assessment of LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality

Katten received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index, marking the 12th year that Katten achieved a perfect score and earning the firm the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

Katten's Women's Leadership Forum Featured NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg as Guest Speaker for International Women's Day

National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg joined Katten's Women's Leadership Forum national chair Kenya Woodruff for a virtual fireside chat honoring International Women's Day and Totenberg's achievements as an award-winning journalist.

Katten Joins Diversity Lab Effort to Draw 200 Women Back to the Law Practice

Katten signed on to Diversity Lab's OnRamp Fellowship program, an initiative with the goal of bringing 200 women back into the legal profession by 2025. The re-entry platform matches experienced attorneys returning to the workforce with top law firms and legal departments for one-year paid positions.

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Case Studies

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.

Navigating a Critical Joint Venture Transaction

Attorneys in the Health Care and Corporate practices, in the Dallas office, represented Genesis Physicians Group in a joint venture transaction with Innovista Health Solutions.