(NEW YORK) Katten announced today that Tim Kirby has joined its Capital Markets practice as a partner in New York, boosting the firm's profile as an industry leader in the securities space.

"Tim's broad range of deal experience in handling complex corporate matters and public and private securities offerings across a variety of industries combined with his deep market knowledge will add valuable depth to our growing capital markets practice," said Mark D. Wood, co-chair of Katten's Capital Markets practice. "His commercial approach and impressive work ethic and skillset will serve our clients well."

Kirby advises clients on initial public offerings, private placements of high-yield, secured and convertible bonds, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, distressed debt exchanges, special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and De-SPAC transactions, recapitalizations and restructurings. Kirby's clients include financial institutions, public and private companies, and other market participants engaged in high-stakes financings in a diverse range of industries, including gaming, natural resources, real estate investment trusts, health care, finance, renewable energy and consumer products. Kirby also regularly advises public and private companies in connection with securities law, corporate governance and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Katten, Kirby was an attorney at Milbank LLP in their global Capital Markets group.

"We are confident Tim will be a significant asset to our corporate practice," said Kimberly T. Smith, global chair of Katten's Corporate department. "His arrival strengthens our Capital Markets capabilities and further positions the firm as a leader in offering pragmatic counsel in strategic transactions."