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Mergers and Acquisitions

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Overview

Our Clients

We provide merger and acquisition counseling and representation to companies of all sizes, from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Entrepreneurs, investment funds, financial institutions and venture capital firms rely on us to address their specific transactional needs. Our combined experience affords us deep sector knowledge in health care services, pharmaceuticals, sports, education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate, publishing and media, and investment funds. Katten attorneys represent targets and bidders in seller-initiated auctions and negotiated transactions, and in tendering or responding to unsolicited offers. We also advise financial advisors, special committees, boards of directors, private investors and commercial lenders on their involvement in complex transactions.

Our Services

Katten's Mergers and Acquisitions practice encompasses all aspects of public and private M&A work, handling billions of dollars in business combinations each year. We provide cost-effective representation in challenging, sophisticated and transformative transactions spanning from early stage capital raising to formation and negotiation of joint ventures to large, complex divestitures.

Our attorneys offer particular strength in leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, going private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs, tender offers and restructurings. Clients also benefit from our experience in all aspects of takeovers, both friendly and hostile, including designing and implementing defensive controls.

As a result of the firm's strong international capabilities, we represent both foreign and domestic clients in complex cross-border transactions. Our US M&A group coordinates with colleagues from our London and Shanghai teams to provide seamless client service. We have also represented our US clients in connection with numerous transactions in Canada, and often represent Canadian clients in US securities offerings and M&A transactions.

Katten's M&A attorneys work as part of an integrated team alongside members of key practice areas, including tax, insolvency and restructuring, antitrust, commercial finance, corporate governance, employee benefits and executive compensation—offering clients a collaborative approach to addressing the full range of issues that arise in M&A transactions and other business combinations.

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Firm News
May 5, 2008
Partner Mark Grossmann Quoted in Crain's Chicago Business on Buffet's Investment in Wrigley
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Events
December 11, 2018
Women in Law | New York, New York
December 6, 2018
Dallas Tax Summit | Dallas, Texas
October 4–5, 2018
March 2, 2017
Chicago M&A Conference | Chicago, Illinois
March 6–8, 2016
Healthcare Law & Compliance Institute | Westlake Village, California
June 4, 2014
May 22, 2014
May 13, 2014
ITA Security Symposium | Chicago, Illinois
August 14, 2013
June 26, 2013
April 7, 2011
2011 Healthcare M&A Conference | Chicago, Illinois
February 18, 2010
June 30, 2009
Mergers and Acquisitions

Recognition

Legal 500 US – M&A: Private Equity Buyouts
M&A: Private Equity Buyouts, 2016–2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (Chicago)
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (National)
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Chicago)
Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Chicago), 2011–2019
Legal 500 US – M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million)
M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million), 2006–2018
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Mergers & Acquisitions Law (National)
Mergers & Acquisitions Law (National), 2013–2019

ACG New York Champion's Awards – M&A Deal of the Year ($200M–$500M)

2013
Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois)
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2018

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, H1 2017, H1 2016
Legal 500 UK - Corporate and Commercial – Mid-Market M&A
Corporate and Commercial – Mid-Market M&A, 2016–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (Dallas/Fort Worth)
Corporate Law (Dallas/Fort Worth), 2019
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Recognition

M&A: Private Equity Buyouts, 2016–2017
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2019
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2019
Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Chicago), 2011–2019
M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million), 2006–2018
Mergers & Acquisitions Law (National), 2013–2019

ACG New York Champion's Awards – M&A Deal of the Year ($200M–$500M)

2013
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2018

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, H1 2017, H1 2016
Corporate and Commercial – Mid-Market M&A, 2016–2019
Corporate Law (Dallas/Fort Worth), 2019

OUR CLIENTS SAY...

"Very solid and knowledgeable."

Chambers USA 2016
(Corporate/M&A & Private Equity)

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