(NEW YORK) Katten announced today that Todd Hatcher has joined its Transactional Tax Planning practice as a partner in New York.

Hatcher focuses on the US federal income tax law aspects of transactional matters. This includes representing publicly traded and privately held companies in both domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, negotiating private equity fund agreements, reviewing capital-market debt and equity offering materials as well as tax planning on bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings.

"Todd is a great fit for our group because he is well versed on a range of tax planning issues important to businesses as they navigate today's difficult economy and strive for growth," said Saul Rudo, national head of Katten's Transactional Tax Planning practice.

Hatcher has worked with companies needing tax planning guidance in many industries and at different stages of the economic cycle. Specifically, he has significant experience guiding private equity fund managers through the tax issues that arise in the formation and capital-raising process and has been involved in many significant portfolio company transactions on behalf of leading private equity managers, including multibillion-dollar real estate investments and transactions in the airline, technology and infrastructure sectors. He also has significant experience in bankruptcy and "distressed" situations and has helped both debtors and creditors navigate the complex tax issues that can arise in challenging economic times.

Hatcher earned a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also received an LLM in Taxation from New York University. Prior to joining Katten, Hatcher was a counsel with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.