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Private Equity

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Overview

Our Clients

Katten's Private Equity attorneys are trusted advisors to private equity investors and their portfolio companies. Our clients include equity, debt and mezzanine funds, family offices, independent sponsors, and management teams throughout the nation.

Our Services

With roots dating back to Katten's founding, our Private Equity practice has deep experience in all aspects of private equity, including leveraged buyouts, control and minority investments, co-investments, dispositions, recapitalizations, restructurings, fund investments, and fund formations, as well as regulatory compliance. We regularly facilitate private equity transactions ranging in size from less than $10 million to upwards of $4 billion. Our team has handled deals across a variety of industries, with particular experience in manufacturing and industrials; health care; business services; distribution and logistics; consumer, food and beverage; education; insurance; and sports.

Our approach to private equity deals is to first determine our clients' specific priorities and what matters most to them in the transaction, which allows us to bring a laser focus to key issues and be responsive to the particular needs of the situation, moving quickly and efficiently to closing. We help clients navigate all types of deal complexities—from regulatory hurdles to complicated tax and financing structures—and can anticipate challenges and how to resolve them.

Our Private Equity team works closely with attorneys in the firm's other practices as appropriate in light of our client's specific priorities in the deal. For example, Katten's Tax Planning attorneys become involved in private equity transactions at an early stage, creating leading-edge tax structures to maximize the tax advantage for our clients. Additionally, our Commercial Finance attorneys, who work on hundreds of debt financings a year, bring their perspectives and market intelligence to bear when representing our clients as borrowers in leveraged deals.

With a keen focus on middle-market participants, we handle many middle-market deals that allow us to provide up-to-the minute insight on current terms, structures and practices in that space. Our longstanding relationships with many sponsors, financing sources, management teams and intermediaries operating in the middle market enable us to help connect our clients with investment opportunities, management teams and resources in their industry sectors.

Professionals
Firm News
May 5, 2008
Partner Mark Grossmann Quoted in Crain's Chicago Business on Buffet's Investment in Wrigley
Events
October 2-3, 2017
September 15, 2017
April 20, 2017
March 2, 2017
Chicago M&A Conference | Chicago, Illinois
November 9, 2016
2016 ACG LA Business Conference | Pasadena, California
September 13, 2016
June 13, 2016
March 6–8, 2016
Healthcare Law & Compliance Institute | Westlake Village, California
June 15–16, 2015
April 22, 2015
December 5–7, 2013
ABI's 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference | Rancho Palos Verdes, California
October 17–18, 2013
May 15, 2013
May 15, 2013
February 18, 2010
February 3, 2010
June 30, 2009
April 20, 2009
February 17, 2009

Recognition

M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million), 2015–2016

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, H1 2016, 2017
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National), 2014–2017
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2017
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2017
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2017
Private Equity Law (National), 2013
M&A: Private Equity Buyouts, 2016–2017
Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2013
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2014–2017
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Recognition

M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million), 2015–2016

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, H1 2016, 2017
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National), 2014–2017
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2017
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2017
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2017
Private Equity Law (National), 2013
M&A: Private Equity Buyouts, 2016–2017
Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2013
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2014–2017

OUR CLIENTS SAY...

"They're very experienced, focused and they put in time and effort to get the project done on time."

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

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