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Harris R. Eisenberg

Partner
harris.eisenberg@kattenlaw.com
Chicago Office
p+1.312.902.5619
f+1.312.577.8922
Overview

Harris R. Eisenberg concentrates his practice in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and sports law. His practice focuses on representing middle-market private equity funds, family offices, and other investors and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, non-control investments, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and other complex transactions. He also regularly represents corporate clients on day-to-day matters, advising on executive compensation, incentive equity, and commercial and corporate governance matters. His clients are involved in a variety of sectors, including health care (including animal health and pharmaceutical), services, distribution, consumer products, manufacturing and technology.

In addition, Harris has represented a number of professional sports teams and digital media companies, including the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Union and Silver Chalice Ventures. He has assisted these and other clients in a variety of transactions, including team acquisitions and sales, equity and debt financings, media rights licenses (via digital and traditional platforms), new arena developments, and coach and executive employment arrangements.

Based on such representations, clients say Harris is "'very smart' … [and] he is well respected for his work in M&A and investments, including private equity transactions" (Chambers USA).

Shown below is a selection of Harris’s engagements.

Experience
Private Equity and M&A Transactions
  • Representation of Frontenac Company in connection with:
    • The acquisition of the following portfolio companies: TPC Training/Jade Learning, CoCreativ (Industrial Color), Caretek, Inc. (d/b/a Colorado Timberline), Liquid Technologies, GNAP, Ohio Transmission Corporation, Behavioral Health Group and Wenner Bakery;
    • The sale of nth Degree to Gen Cap America; and
    • Several add-on acquisitions for its portfolio companies, including CoCreativ and GNAP.
  • Representation of Sheridan Capital Partners in connection with:
    • The acquisition of the following portfolio companies: SpendMend, Laser Spine Institute and Europa Sports Products (including its combination with Lone Star Distribution); and
    • The sale of Progenicare to a portfolio company of Thompson Street Capital Partners and the sale of Diamondback Drugs to Tailwind Capital.
  • Representation of Shore Capital Partners in connection with:
    • The acquisition of a 22-site group of veterinary clinics to form Midwest Veterinary Partners; and
    • The acquisition by its portfolio company, Southern Veterinary Partners, of more than 35 veterinary clinics.
  • Representation of Prairie Capital in connection with its acquisition of each of Damac Products and Tower Engineering.
  • Representation of Svoboda Capital in its acquisition of Quality Importers Trading Company and XIKAR, Inc.
  • Representation of Svoboda Capital and Dot Family Holdings in their acquisition of Grabber Construction Products.
  • Representation of Grand Crossing Capital in its acquisition of Everglades Boats.
  • Representation of Kona Deep Corporation, a Grand Crossing Capital portfolio company, in connection with equity financings.
  • Representation of Parallel49 Equity in its formation of MedTorque (f/k/a Strong Precision Technologies), including multiple add-on acquisitions.
  • Representation of Pathway Partners Veterinary Management Company, a Morgan Stanley Private Equity portfolio company, in connection with:
    • Its acquisition of multiple veterinary clinics from VCA/BluePearl;
    • Its acquisition of Eye Care for Animals, a 50+-site practice spanning 16 states; and
    • The joint venture between Thrive Affordable Vet Care and Petco.
  • Representation of Marathon Pharmaceuticals in its sale of pharmaceutical assets to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.
  • Representation of Bollinger Industries in its sale to Luther King Capital Management.
  • Representation of Gibsons Restaurant Group in connection with each of the acquisition of The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs and the equity financing of Gibsons Italia.
  • Representation of Brady Corporation in its acquisition of Precision Dynamics from Water Street Capital Partners.
  • Representation of Answer 1, LLC in its acquisition of Inland Answering.
  • Representation of Fountain Square Industries in its acquisition of Ambiente Wine.
  • Representation of O’Brien Veterinary Management in its acquisition of more than 10 veterinary clinics.
  • Representation of National Veterinary Associates in its acquisition of veterinary clinics.
Sports and Media Transactions
  • Representation of the purchaser in acquiring the Golden State Warriors.
  • Representation of the purchaser in acquiring the Sacramento Kings (as well as the NBA's approval to keep the team in Sacramento), including new arena (Golden 1 Center) development activities.
  • Representation of the Detroit Pistons and Palace of Auburn Hills in connection with the sale of the team and the arena.
  • Representation of the purchaser in acquiring the New York Islanders.
  • Representation of the Philadelphia Phillies in connection with a long-term rights agreement with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (CSNP), including obtaining an ownership stake in CSNP.
  • Representation of Silver Chalice Ventures in connection with establishing The ACC Digital Network (with Raycom), Campus Insiders (with IMG College) and 120 Sports and its joint venture with Sinclair Broadcasting (Stadium).
  • Representation of the lead investor in the New York Mets in connection with equity financing.
  • Representation of the Chicago White Sox in the naming rights deal with Guaranteed Rate.
  • Representation of Time Warner Cable in connection with rights agreements for the broadcast of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Galaxy.
  • Representation of the Chicago Bulls in connection with its radio broadcast agreement.
  • Representation of the purchaser in raising equity to acquire the Swansea City A.F.C. (the Swans) Premier League soccer team.

Recognition

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016–2018
Legal 500, 2017
Legal 500 US - Next Generation Lawyer, 2017
Chambers USA - Ranked In, 2014–2017
Harris R. Eisenberg

Education

  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law, magna cum laude
  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognition

Super Lawyers Rising Stars
2016–2018
Legal 500
2017
Legal 500 US - Next Generation Lawyer
2017
Chambers USA - Ranked In
2014–2017
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Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • The Chicago Bar Association
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