Katten announced that it assisted CR Fitness, a leading franchisee group in the Crunch Fitness network, with a strategic partnership arrangement with Connecticut-based private equity firm North Castle Partners. CR Fitness plans to expand its network of Crunch gyms throughout the east coast.

The multidisciplinary team was led by Private Equity Co-Chair Kim Smith in Chicago and included Employment Law and Corporate partner Michelle Gyves and Transactional Tax Planning partner Angelo Ciavarella with Corporate associate Marc Reiser—all in New York.