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Katten Firm Overview

Katten Firm Overview

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We strive to be a rm of rst choice for clients seekingsophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and glob-ally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal servicesacross numerous industries, our core areas of practice are cor-porate, nancial services, litigation, real estate, commercialnance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Amongour clients are a wide range of public and private companies,including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprot organizations and individuals.The rm has a uniquely exible and entrepreneurial culturethat fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law isnot enough. We understand our clients’ business objectivesand address their legal needs in a manner that is consistentwith the “big picture.” We have earned a reputation forbeing trusted business advisors, and we demonstrate ourvalue every day in the successful results we achieve.
Our Corporate Practice provides sophisticated transactionalrepresentation and business counseling to national and globalcompanies in a wide range of industries. Attorneys in thepractice regularly work with those from other disciplines,including tax, labor and employment, antitrust, environmen-tal and intellectual property, to provide our clients with com-prehensive representation in their business transactions. Weregularly represent companies in the aviation, entertainmentand media, health care, sports and technology industries,among others. Our core practice areas include mergers andacquisitions, private equity and securities.
Katten is a ull-service law frm with morethan 600 attorneys in locations across theUnited States and an afliate in London.
Attorneys in our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice handlecomplex domestic and international transactions for publicand private companies, nancial institutions, and invest-ment funds. Our Private Equity Practice works with privateequity sponsors and their portfolio companies to maximizethe value of their investments from entry through exit. OurSecurities Practice assists clients with public and privateofferings of equity and debt securities and other securitiestransactions, and provides regulatory advice to public andprivate companies and other nancial market participants.We also provide corporate governance and business coun-seling to companies and their boards of directors and boardcommittees.
Financial Services
Katten’s Financial Services Practice advises a broad rangeof participants in the nancial services arena, includingbroker-dealers, futures commission merchants, investmentadvisors, nance companies, investment bankers, futuresand securities exchanges, commodity trading advisors,pension funds, banks and insurance companies, as well asinvestment vehicles such as hedge funds, commodity pools,venture capital funds and private equity funds. The FinancialServices Practice employs an interdisciplinary approach inproviding comprehensive legal services including regulatoryand transactional advice, tax and ERISA counsel, and domes-tic and foreign litigation services.Katten’s more than 80 nancial services attorneys are well-versed in the latest developments in the industry, especiallythose involving regulatory matters. Several have previouslyheld senior positions with regulatory agencies or have beenin-house counsel at nancial services rms. Our attorneys’depth of experience enables us to provide creative, strategicrepresentation while being responsive to the practical andeconomic needs of our clients.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Katten’s Litigation Practice has nearly 200 attorneys acrossthe country dedicated to evaluating, ghting and resolvingour clients’ most difcult problems. Our diverse practiceincludes commercial litigation, consumer class action, elec-tronic discovery and evidence, nancial services litigation,product, premises and tort liability, securities litigation andwhite collar criminal and civil litigation. Our litigation trackrecord and trial victories have earned us national recogni-tion in
Chambers USA, Benchmark: Litigation, Lawdragon 500
and the
Law360 Litigation Almanac,
among others. But webelieve our litigation victories must provide value and long-term benet to our clients. More than any rankings, that ishow we measure our success.Our litigators regularly try signicant “bet the company”cases to verdict. Many of these large cases are accompaniedby other risks, investigations, government inquiries and pro-ceedings, and as a result we have become especially adeptat handling parallel and complex proceedings. Our clientsbenet from the experience of the many Katten attorneyswho have held positions at the U.S. Department of Justice,the U.S. Attorney’s Ofce, the White House, the Securitiesand Exchange Commission and other government agenciesand prosecutors’ ofces at both the state and federal levelsacross the country.
Real Estate
Katten has one of the most extensive and renowned realestate practices in the United States. With over 100 attor-neys rmwide and a London afliate, we provide globalsolutions and capabilities to clients in national and interna-tional markets. Attorneys in our Real Estate Practice havebroad experience in all types of real estate transactions,including all classes of debt nancings, leasing, acquisitions,sales, development, fund formation, private equity and joint ventures, REIT formation, securitizations, cross-bordertransactions, recapitalizations, workouts and restructurings.Our deals involve asset classes that span the market, includ-ing hotels, ofce, retail, industrial, residential, raw land andmixed-use projects.Our sophisticated Real Estate Litigation Practice focuses onthe complex disputes that arise in the industry, includingnance, development and construction, landlord-tenantrelations and brokerage, purchase and sale transactions,and governance and organization. The Distressed PropertyGroup advises clients in connection with distressed realestate asset disputes, out-of-court and in-court restructur-ings, foreclosures, bankruptcies, reorganizations, equity anddebt capitalization, and acquisitions and dispositions. Ourreal estate attorneys also work together with our Sustain-ability and Climate Change Practice to protect our clients’interests in green development.
Commercial Finance
Katten’s nationally recognized Commercial Finance Practicerepresents banks, investment funds, nance companies andnancial institutions making a wide variety of debt invest-ments in enterprises of all types and sizes, and in a broadrange of industries. Our commercial nance attorneys drawupon the vast experience of Katten professionals in variousdisciplines to ensure that clients receive the highest qualitycounsel on the structural, tax, regulatory and other aspectsof any given transaction. Our lending clients benet fromthe invaluable perspective our commercial nance attorneyshave gained from representing borrowers and support-ing Katten’s other practices with nancing transactionssuch as leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, renancings andrecapitalizations.Our senior lending practice focuses on the representationof administrative agents, lead arrangers and bookrunners insyndicated senior secured and unsecured nancing transac-tions consisting of conventional asset-based loans and cashow loans. We also regularly represent nancial institutionsin mezzanine investments and so-called Term B Loans andSecond Lien Term Loans. In addition, our commercial nanceattorneys represent lenders in project nance transactionsand team with other practices within the rm to repre-sent lenders, sponsors, trustees, portfolio managers andother participants in structured nance transactions andsecuritizations.
Intellectual Property
We recognize that our clients’ intellectual property is amongtheir most valuable assets. Our intellectual property attor-neys assist clients in many industries in managing and pro-tecting their intellectual property, and in defending againstthe claims of others. Our attorneys have experience in the
intellectual property aspects of all types of business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, lever-aged buyouts, venture capital investments, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. We also assistour clients in exploiting intellectual property rights through licensing, joint ventures and technologytransfer agreements.Lawyers in Katten’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice have been lead trial counsel on some of themost signicant intellectual property cases for prominent companies around the world. Our seasonedlitigators enforce, protect and defend our clients’ patent, trademark and copyright rights in jurisdictionsacross the United States and abroad. Much of this litigation involves cutting-edge issues of intellectualproperty law, including patents concerning pharmaceuticals to allow generic competition, federalLanham Act claims, and advertising and entertainment law disputes involving First Amendment issues.
Trusts and Estates
Over 45 attorneys strong, the Trusts and Estates Practice at Katten is one of the largest and most well-versed in the United States. Our attorneys provide the full panoply of trusts and estates-related servicesto both domestic and international clients. We perform sophisticated estate, tax, business, charitableand personal planning for high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and others with complex assetsor affairs. We represent both duciaries and beneciaries in connection with ongoing estate and trustadministration on a multigenerational basis. We are also experienced in handling contested proceedingsinvolving estates and trusts in the courts, before taxing authorities, and before governmental and regu-latory authorities. Our attorneys possess great tact and discretion, and superb interpersonal and ana-lytical skills, enabling us to assess clients’ options and to provide innovative solutions to their problems.
Awards and Rankings
Fourteen practices and 37 attorneys ranked among the nation’s best in the 2009 edition o
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Five practices ranked among the nation’s best in
Legal 500 United States 2009
Named to BTI Client Service A-Team 2010 or delivering superior client service
Selected as a 2010 Go-To Law Firm® or in-house counsel by
Corporate Counsel
Sixty-six attorneys listed in 2010 edition o
Best Lawyers in America
Named a “leading” frm by Practical Law Company in the categories o private client services (USA) andcorporate real estate (Chicago)
Ranked in the 2009 edition o
Law360’s Litigation Almanac
as the third largest securities litigation practice inthe United States and one o the nation’s top ten busiest securities litigation practices
Recognized as a leading litigation frm in Illinois by
Benchmark: Litigation
or the past three years
Named a fnalist or North American Team o the Year or 2009-2010 Society o Trust and Estate Practitioners(STEP) Private Client Awards
One o
MultiCultural Law 
magazine’s Top 100 Law Firms or Diversity or the past fve years
Received the highest possible rating (100 percent) on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2010Corporate Equality Index
One o only our law frms nationally to make
Working Mother 
’s 100 Best Companies in 2009
Named to 2009
Working Mother 
/Flex-Time Lawyers’ 50 Best Law Firms or Women

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