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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 Transactional 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
Advisories
Events
May 1–3, 2019
Health Care Transactions | Nashville, Tennessee
March 13–16, 2019
January 14, 2019
February 26, 2018
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
December 5–7, 2013
ABI's 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference | Rancho Palos Verdes, California
October 17–18, 2013
May 15, 2013
February 18, 2010
February 3, 2010
June 30, 2009
April 20, 2009
February 17, 2009
Private Equity

Recognition

U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2014–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Private Equity Law (Chicago)
Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2013

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, H1 2018, H1 2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (National)
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2018
Legal 500 US – M&A: Private Equity Buyouts
M&A: Private Equity Buyouts, 2016–2018
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Private Equity Law (National)
Private Equity Law (National), 2013
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National), 2014–2019
Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois)
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2019
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (Chicago)
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2018
Legal 500 US – M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million)
M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million), 2015–2018
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (Dallas/Fort Worth)
Corporate Law (Dallas/Fort Worth), 2019
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Recognition

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2014–2019
Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2013

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, H1 2018, H1 2017
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2018
M&A: Private Equity Buyouts, 2016–2018
Private Equity Law (National), 2013
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National), 2014–2019
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2019
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2018
M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million), 2015–2018
Corporate Law (Dallas/Fort Worth), 2019
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