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Overview

Our Clients

Katten finds creative and practical solutions for owners, lenders, developers, fund sponsors and investors in the acquisition, financing, leasing, operation, restructuring and disposition of all types of real estate in the United States and in international markets.

We assist domestic and international residential and commercial developers, investors and syndicators, as well as construction and permanent lenders, with structuring, negotiating and financing various development projects, such as retail, office, resorts and recreational properties, and sports complexes and arenas. Our financing work covers all asset types, from office, retail and hotel to industrial, residential and multifamily to resort and agricultural. Our lender clients include banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, CMBS originators and CDOs that provide debt capital secured by real estate assets. In addition, the firm represents various lenders with respect to the whole loan sales securitization and servicing of such financings.

We are at the forefront of the growth of private equity for real estate, representing institutional real estate investors, including pension funds and their advisors, specialized real estate investment trusts (REITs), and funds. Our team provides comprehensive representation to active and passive investors in private equity arrangements. By representing both sponsors of, and investors in, real estate funds, we are able to provide unique insight on key deal terms and market trends.

Our Services

Katten has one of the largest and most sophisticated real estate practices in the United States, providing the legal advice, industry-focused experience and business savvy necessary for success in today's rapidly changing real estate and capital markets. Our integrated team of insolvency, tax, litigation, corporate, securities and public finance professionals provides a full range of transactional and dispute resolution services.

A leader in transactional real estate, we manage each transaction based on our understanding of our clients' business objectives, our knowledge of applicable laws and customs and our foresight into industry trends. Katten attorneys are experienced in all classes of debt financings, leasing, acquisitions, sales, development, fund formation, private equity and joint ventures, REIT formation, securitizations, cross-border transactions, recapitalizations, workouts and restructurings. Our familiarity with foreign legal requirements enables us to lead all types of international real estate transactions and financing, and to coordinate any US tax and regulatory compliance that may be necessary.

Katten's real estate litigators blend a broad knowledge of real estate law and business practice with well-honed skills in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our team counsels clients in many disparate areas, including finance, development and construction, landlord-tenant relations and brokerage, purchase and sale transactions, and governance and organization.

Professionals
Firm News
Articles
Advisories
Events
January 29–30, 2018
January 11, 2018
November 14, 2017
Affordable Housing Reception | Chicago, Illinois
May 8-9, 2017
NH&RA Spring Developers Forum 2017 | Marina Del Rey, California
May 1, 2017
April 24, 2017
Introduction to Environmental Real Estate Transactions | Lawline | Webinar | New York, New York
April 10–11, 2017
February 2–3, 2017
January 18–20, 2017
January 12, 2017
September 22–24, 2016
ACMA 2016 Annual Meeting | Newport Coast, California
July 20–24, 2016
April 13–14, 2016
April 7–8, 2016
April 4–5, 2016
February 4–5, 2016
January 28, 2016
January 20–22, 2016
September 27–29, 2015
May 7, 2015
April 9–10, 2015
Commercial Real Estate Financing 2015 | Practising Law Institute | Chicago, Illinois
February 5–6, 2015
January 26, 2015
September 18–20, 2014
2014 ACMA Annual Meeting | Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
May 1–2, 2014
Spring CLE Symposia | Chicago, Illinois
March 20–21, 2014
Commercial Real Estate Financing 2014 | Practising Law Institute | Chicago, Illinois
February 27, 2014
October 22, 2013
9th Annual Real Estate Short Course | Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education | Palatine, Illinois
September 18, 2013
Bridging the Capitalization Gap: My Loan Is Due, Now What Do I Do? – Preferred Equity, Mezzanine Financing and Second Mortgages | American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law eCLE | Webinar
September 16–17, 2013
June 20, 2013
May 2–3, 2013
24th Annual Spring CLE Symposia | American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estate | Washington, DC
April 24–25, 2013
April 10, 2013
Today's CMBS Landscape | Chicago, Illinois
March 21–22, 2013
October 24–27, 2012
October 9, 2012
March 22–23, 2012
January 25, 2012
New Year's Networking Event | New York, New York
January 18, 2012
October 4, 2011
Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium 2011 | Los Angeles, California
April 11–12, 2011
March 24–25, 2011
January 26, 2011
September 21, 2010
ALI-ABA CLE | Webinar
September 20–21, 2010
May 13, 2010
Distressed Real Estate Summit | Chicago, Illinois
May 7, 2010
Real Property Young Lawyers Institute: Practice Essentials | American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estate | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 29, 2010
InterFace Carolinas | Charlotte, North Carolina
April 14, 2010
January 20, 2010
November 19, 2009
September 24–25, 2009
Commercial Real Estate Leases | Chicago, Illinois
May 18–19, 2009
April 29–May 1, 2009
20th Annual Spring Symposia | American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estate | Washington, DC
April 9, 2009
February 9–10, 2009
Real Estate Tax Forum | New York, New York
January 22, 2009
November 17–18, 2008
September 23, 2008
June 26, 2008
May 13–16, 2008
May 2–3, 2008
Real Property Section Annual Meeting | Asheville, North Carolina
January 31–February 1, 2008
January 29, 2008
November 7-9, 2007
September 16-18, 2007
2007 Defeasance Conference | Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 21, 2007
ICSC Reception | Las Vegas, Nevada
April 17, 2007
Legal Opinion Risk Seminar | New York, New York
March 22–24, 2007
March 5-7, 2007
University of Shopping Centers | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 15, 2007
February 4-7, 2007
October 5–7, 2006
September 18–19, 2006
June 12–14, 2006

Recognition

Chambers USA – Real Estate (Charlotte)
Real Estate (Charlotte), 2010, 2014
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Commercial Property
Real Estate – Commercial Property, 2012–2017

International Fund Awards – US Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

2013
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Washington, DC)
Real Estate (Washington, DC), 2016–2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Los Angeles)
Real Estate Law (Los Angeles), 2011–2017

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2012
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate
Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate, 2014
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure, 2013–2017
Chambers USA – Real Estate (North Carolina)
Real Estate (North Carolina), 2016–2017
Chambers USA – Real Estate: Finance (North Carolina)
Real Estate: Finance (North Carolina), 2012–2017
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Illinois)
Real Estate (Illinois), 2006–2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Litigation – Real Estate (New York)
Litigation – Real Estate (New York), 2012–2017

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Commercial Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2013
Chambers UK Leading Firm
Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms)) 2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Washington, DC)
Real Estate Law (Washington, DC), 2011–2017
Legal 500 US – Real Estate
Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate, 2013–2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Law Firm of the Year in Litigation – Real Estate
Law Firm of the Year in Litigation – Real Estate, 2013, 2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Litigation – Real Estate (Washington, DC)
Litigation – Real Estate (Washington, DC), 2012–2017
Legal 500 UK – Property Litigation
Property Litigation, 2012, 2014
Legal 500 US – Construction (including Construction Litigation)
Construction (including Construction Litigation), 2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Chicago)
Real Estate Law (Chicago), 2011–2017
Legal 500 US – Real Estate
Real Estate, 2016–2017
Chambers USA – Real Estate (Nationwide)
Real Estate (Nationwide), 2012–2017
Chambers USA – Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (New York)
Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (New York), 2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (New York)
Real Estate Law (New York), 2011–2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Litigation – Real Estate (National)
Litigation – Real Estate (National), 2012–2017
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Litigation – Real Estate (Los Angeles)
Litigation – Real Estate (Los Angeles), 2012
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (Charlotte)
Real Estate Law (Charlotte), 2011–2017
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Commercial Property: Investment
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Investment 2016
Legal 500 UK – Real Estate – Property Finance
Real Estate – Property Finance, 2015–2017
Legal 500 US – Real Estate - Team of the Year
Real Estate – Team of the Year, 2014
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Real Estate Law (National)
Real Estate Law (National), 2011–2017
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Recognition

Real Estate (Charlotte), 2010, 2014
Real Estate – Commercial Property, 2012–2017

International Fund Awards – US Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

2013
Real Estate (Washington, DC), 2016–2017
Real Estate Law (Los Angeles), 2011–2017

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2012
Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate, 2014
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure, 2013–2017
Real Estate (North Carolina), 2016–2017
Real Estate: Finance (North Carolina), 2012–2017
Real Estate (Illinois), 2006–2017
Litigation – Real Estate (New York), 2012–2017

Finance Monthly Law Awards – Commercial Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – USA

2013
Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London (Firms)) 2016
Real Estate Law (Washington, DC), 2011–2017
Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate, 2013–2016
Law Firm of the Year in Litigation – Real Estate, 2013, 2016
Litigation – Real Estate (Washington, DC), 2012–2017
Property Litigation, 2012, 2014
Construction (including Construction Litigation), 2016
Real Estate Law (Chicago), 2011–2017
Real Estate, 2016–2017
Real Estate (Nationwide), 2012–2017
Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance (New York), 2017
Real Estate Law (New York), 2011–2017
Litigation – Real Estate (National), 2012–2017
Litigation – Real Estate (Los Angeles), 2012
Real Estate Law (Charlotte), 2011–2017
Real Estate – Commercial Property: Investment 2016
Real Estate – Property Finance, 2015–2017
Real Estate – Team of the Year, 2014
Real Estate Law (National), 2011–2017

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OUR CLIENTS SAY...

"They do such a wonderful job and can see around corners and anticipate issues before they come up, which is invaluable."

Chambers USA 2016
(Real Estate)

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