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Katten Represented Sawai Group in its Sale of Upsher-Smith to Bora Pharmaceutical Holdings

In a complex transaction announced on January 16, Katten represented generic medicines manufacturer Sawai Pharmaceutical in connection with the sale of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, a manufacturer of generic and specialty branded drugs based in Minnesota. Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a co-investor in Sawai America LLC, will transfer its interests to Bora as part of the transaction.

Alternative Credit Investor Interviews Kumar Tewari About Real Estate Debt Market

Speaking with Alternative Credit Investor, London Private Credit partner Kumar Tewari discussed at length the dynamics of property development financing during challenging macroeconomic conditions and high-interest rates. Despite these conditions, Kumar notes that the real estate debt fund market is "buoyant."

Floyd Mandell Quoted by Law360 on the Reliability of Consumer Surveys in Trademark Disputes

Intellectual Property Litigation Partner Floyd Mandell was quoted in an article about judicial skepticism surrounding the use of consumer surveys as "likelihood-of-confusion factors" in trademark disputes and the proposed alternative that could improve the reliability of such surveys.

Ramana Rameswaran and Johnjerica Hodge Discuss Health Care and ESG During Voices in Health Law Podcast

Partners Johnjerica Hodge and Ramana Rameswaran discussed the intersection of health care law and ESG (environmental, social and governance) during a podcast episode, Voices in Health Law. They discussed the increasingly prominent role ESG is playing in the health care sector, strategies companies can implement to fortify their ESG programs, and trends in the space.

Katten Advises Areim AB in Complex Joint Venture Structure With VGP NV

A Katten team led by Financial Markets and Funds Partner Edward Tran advised Swedish asset manager Areim AB in connection with a complex 50-50 joint venture named "Saga" with VGP NV, a publicly listed European logistics real estate company.

Katten Represents Buyers Acquiring Controlling Ownership Interest in Dallas Mavericks

Katten represented Dr. Miriam Adelson, her daughter Sivan Dumont and her son-in-law Patrick Dumont in acquiring a controlling ownership interest in the Dallas Mavericks from Mark Cuban. The transaction was approved by the NBA Board of Governors and closed on December 27.

Katten Represented Pinstripes in Combination With Banyan Acquisition Corporation

The entertainment brand Pinstripes began trading publicly on January 2 on the NYSE after closing a deal to combine with Banyan Acquisition Corporation, a special-purpose acquisition company. Katten advised Pinstripes in the transaction, which was approved by Banyan stockholders on December 27.

Creative Thinkers

Johnjerica Hodge Guest Stars on Breaking Barriers Podcast

Partner and Co-Chair of ESG Risk and Investigations Johnjerica Hodge appeared on Hire Ground's Breaking Barriers podcast to discuss the intersection of law; environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors; and racial equity. Johnjerica noted that when a company is facing legal challenges, the complexities of also maintaining ESG and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments can be difficult but necessary.

Katten, Cushman & Wakefield Gather Thought Leaders in Charlotte for 2024 Commercial Real Estate Outlook

Katten and Cushman & Wakefield recently hosed the Annual Outlook on the Commercial Real Estate Market. Event host and Managing Partner of Katten's Charlotte office, Karen Nelson, noted the program featured "a formidable group of thought leaders who offered the community an opportunity to network, share insightful information and celebrate our industry."

100 Women in Finance Features Wendy Cohen in Its Member Highlight

100 Women in Finance featured New York Managing Partner and Investment Management and Funds Co-Chair Wendy Cohen for its January Member Highlight. The article looks at her depth of experience and breadth of industry knowledge and how she uses both to guide the counsel she provides to clients, helping them reach their goals while mitigating risks.

Katten Attorneys Named to 2024 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

Katten announced that 29 attorneys were selected to this year's Illinois Super Lawyers list and 14 were named to the Illinois Rising Stars list. Katten Chair-Elect and Chicago Managing Partner Gil M. Soffer was selected to the Top 100: Illinois Super Lawyers: 2024, honoring Super Lawyers nominees who received the highest point totals in Illinois throughout the nomination, research and peer evaluation process.

Danette Edwards Cited by TechCrunch and CyberWire Daily

TechCrunch and CyberWire Daily podcast shared comments made by Partner and Securities Enforcement Defense Co-Chair Danette Edwards as a panelist at the ShmooCon hacker conference in Washington, DC on the expanding legal risks for companies and their Chief Information Security Officers relating to cybersecurity incidents.

Katten Ranked in Crypto and Blockchain by Chambers FinTech 2024

Katten was again recognized as a significant leader in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in the Chambers FinTech 2024 guide for the second consecutive year in the FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies - USA category, which identifies and differentiates the leading blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals globally.

Katten Named 2024 "Law Firm of the Year" for Trademark Law by Best Law FirmsĀ®

Katten is proud to have been chosen as "Law Firm of the Year" for Trademark Law in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms in America. In total, Katten was ranked in 30 national and 65 metropolitan practice areas.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Named Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion

Katten received a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2023–2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation's foremost benchmarking report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Katten Recognized for Its Efforts to Advance Diversity in Law

Katten has been named a Top Performer and Compass Award winner by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), which recognizes law firms and corporations showing a strong commitment to building a more inclusive legal profession.

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.

Katten Celebrates Black History Month in the UK With David Olusoga

Katten welcomed award-winning author, highly regarded historian and accomplished broadcaster David Olusoga as a guest speaker in honor of the UK's Black History Month. A professor of public history at the University of Manchester, Olusoga is a British Nigerian historian, presenter, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine in addition to writing for The Guardian.

Katten Receives Change Agent Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Katten was selected by the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms as the recipient of the 2023 Diversity Award in the Change Agent category. The award recognizes the firm for its mentoring, professional development programs, work allocation systems, DEI billable hour credits and/or partner business development programs.

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

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.