(LONDON) Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP has been recognized for its work in the areas of Financial Services, Derivatives and Structured Products, Investment Funds, Hedge Funds, Commercial Property and Property Litigation in the 2012 edition of the Legal 500 United Kingdom. Additionally, several Katten attorneys are recognized as leaders in the UK legal industry, including Katten UK managing partner Peter Sugden partners Carolyn Jackson, Sloan Kelly, Joe Payne and Sam Tyfield, and senior associate Nathaniel Lalone.

“Katten has tremendous talent and broad capabilities in London, and our office continues to grow along with our core practice areas in real estate, corporate and financial services,” said Sugden. “Our team shares a commitment to putting our clients first, and we believe our product and service standards are noticeably different from what is available.”

Legal 500 UK recognizes Sugden’s leadership and describes Katten’s UK Real Estate – Commercial Property practice this way: “The team, which provides a ‘five-star service,’ excels in the hospitality and hotels sector. It recently advised Gannon Properties, as borrower, in relation to NAMA’s disposal of a £103m debt portfolio and is now acting for the joint venture purchaser on related disposals.” It also describes real estate partner Sloan Kelly as “personable and focused, with a can-do attitude.”

Katten’s UK Financial Services practice is praised for “working seamlessly” with the firm’s Chicago and New York offices and for its focus on proprietary trading. Carolyn Jackson, who has a background as a derivatives trader and broad experience in US regulatory issues, is recognized for her “great depth and practical experience.” Financial services senior associate Nathaniel Lalone is said to be “great at distilling situations into ones that are understandable to regulators,” and partner Sam Tyfield is described as having “a unique perspective on new regulations.”

Since signing on to lead Katten’s UK office in February 2012, Sugden has overseen impressive growth there and has brought on established real estate attorneys including Stephen John, Joe Payne and Ranjeev Kumar, as well as leading tax partner Sanjay Mehta.