(NEW YORK) Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today that Amanda J. Segal has joined the firm to lead its Distressed Debt and Claims Trading practice, which guides investment banks, commercial banks, and domestic and international hedge funds through the acquisition and sale of distressed investments, including bank loans, trade claims and swap claims, as well as privately traded securities.

"Katten's Distressed Debt and Claims Trading practice represents investors in distressed companies in connection with thousands of transactions with a combined value in the billions of dollars," said Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. "Amanda will further enhance the firm's ability to provide clients with the strongest support throughout the distressed debt cycle."

Drawing on her experience as a bankruptcy attorney, Segal advises clients from a broad range of industries who originate, restructure and invest in distressed assets. She regularly represents broker-dealers, hedge and other investment funds, and other financial institutions in the purchase and sale of foreign and domestic bank loans, claims against bankruptcy estates, post-reorganization equities and other investments in companies experiencing financial distress.

"Amanda is a strong financial services attorney who will make an immediate impact on clients looking for assistance with bankruptcy and restructuring matters related to special situation investments and loan restructurings," said Allison C. Yacker, co-chair of Katten's New York Financial Services group and a member of the firm's Board of Directors.

As head of the firm's Distressed Debt and Claims Trading practice, Segal will lead a team of attorneys from several disciplines—derivatives, structured products, financial services, insolvency and restructuring, private equity and tax among them—to provide support in all aspects of distressed debt and claims-related transactions.