(LONDON) Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP announced today that the firm's Real Estate and Hotels & Leisure practices were recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK. Additionally, London managing partner Peter Sugden was acknowledged in both the Real Estate and Hospitality & Leisure categories and partners John Ahern and Matthew Needham-Laing were recognized in the Financial Services and Construction categories, respectively.

"Our growing recognition as a law firm of choice in the London market reflects our steady strategic approach to growth there with highly talented attorneys," said Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. "Under Peter's leadership and with the kind of top-shelf expertise offered by partners such as John and Matthew, Katten has become a leader in the real estate, hotel, financial services and construction industries."

The firm's Real Estate practice was praised in the edition for its experience in "all types" of real estate transactions, including finance, investment, development and joint venture matters including the hospitality and leisure sector. The team was hailed by guide sources for its "impressive attitude and a no-nonsense approach to getting deals done."

Highlighted for its "strong real estate offering with notable expertise in the hospitality sector," Katten's Hotels & Leisure practice made an appearance in Chambers UK for the first time. The team was featured for its high-level counsel on the sales and purchases, development and financing, and management agreements of hotels.

Sugden is listed among the notable practitioners in both the "Real Estate: London" and "Hotels & Leisure – UK-wide" categories. Described by sources as "well known in the real estate finance and hotel space," clients describe him as an "outstanding lawyer" who is "very good technically, and very approachable and commercial."

Ahern leads the firm's London Financial Services group and is ranked in the "Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory – UK-wide" category. He was lauded in the publication for being a "very creative lawyer, very skilled on the wholesale side, and understands trading very well."

Ranked in the "Construction: Supplier – London" category, Needham-Laing heads the firm's Construction and Engineering group in the UK. He was commended for being "adept at drafting construction and engineering contracts as well as representing clients in adjudications and arbitrations, among other matters."