Overview

While many law firms focus primarily on the finance side of commercial real estate and others focus on the equity investment side, Katten's real estate department is known for its strengths in both. Our attorneys are trained to understand how the needs of each type of client relate to those of the other, and they regularly represent both lenders and investors. This balance in our practice enables Katten attorneys to put clients together and identify potential opportunities for them.

Transactions on a national scale

Our operations work across a national platform. We have 120 attorneys nationwide, with capabilities in most major US property markets, and attorneys who work seamlessly with colleagues who might be anywhere in the country. We share the contacts and resources of each other's offices, and thus have a broad collective perspective on the real estate market as a whole. At the same time, our "boots on the ground" approach in individual markets keeps us attuned to the local business culture and alert to its opportunities and threats. Our clients know that we put the right people in the right places to execute timely, market-savvy transactions in even the most competitive environments.

Thinking long term

Even as we immerse ourselves in the deal at hand, we consider each move in the context of the client's long-term business objectives. The real estate business tends to create long-term relationships, both between the parties who must live with the deal over the long haul and among those looking ahead to future opportunities. To that end, our clients count on us to protect their interests as the deal is negotiated, and to help them preserve and extend their relationships across the table. We take care to ensure that each party we encounter comes away satisfied with the current transaction and looking forward to the next.

Integrated skills

By design, our attorneys work across a wide range of investment and financing issues. They are better lending attorneys for having bought and sold properties. And they're better at representing investors because they understand financing. This deliberate nonspecialization creates a culture in which the cross-pollination of ideas broadens our lawyers’ perspectives and our clients' opportunities.

We regularly help clients in all manner of real estate dealings, including:

  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Development
  • Fund formation and administration
  • Leasing
  • Private equity and joint ventures
  • Recapitalizations
  • Affordable housing development and finance
  • Construction and bridge lending
  • Syndicated lending
  • Mezzanine lending and preferred equity investments
  • Structured lending and securitizations
  • Workouts and restructurings

"Katten . . . has become my 'go-to' firm for commercial real estate financing and real estate equity transactions. Their depth of knowledge . . . is spectacular."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 "Best Law Firms"
(Real Estate Law) survey response