The Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity identifies policy issues affecting minorities, develops initiatives to promote the success of minorities within the firm, and works to create an environment best suited to capitalize on the strengths of the firm’s minority attorneys.
Leslie D. Minier represents clients in a variety of industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate matters. She assists both public and private companies in structuring, negotiating and documenting both mergers with, and acquisitions and dispositions of, public and private corporations. She also advises private equity funds making investments in, engaging in leveraged buyouts of and selling portfolio companies.
Geoff AuYeung concentrates his practice in corporate finance and represents lenders in single bank and syndicated secured lending transactions. Many of his matters involve secured and unsecured or asset-based leveraged buy-outs and build-ups in the middle market and upper middle markets, ranging in value from $20 million to $250 million.
Diane E. Bell concentrates her practice in corporate matters, with a focus on private company mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and joint ventures. She is also experienced in assisting corporations with transactions involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).
Steve Cochran litigates high-stakes business disputes. He handles cases involving claims for theft of ideas or other intellectual property, defamation, wrongful termination, sexual harassment/discrimination, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract. Steve represents companies and individuals in litigation involving industrial accidents, toxic exposures and alleged harm to the environment. This work includes immediate response to organize investigations, response to inquiries from government agencies, and defense of clients in civil or criminal proceedings. Steve also represents financial institutions in commercial real estate lawsuits to enforce extensions of credit and defend against allegations of lender liability.
David A. Crichlow represents large companies in some of their most important litigation in federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the country. David counsels clients in contract, commercial fraud, securities, banking, government contracts and class action litigation, as well as internal corporate investigations.
Ricardo J. Hollingsworth is co-chair of the Private Investment Funds practice and represents private equity and venture capital firms in connection with their fund formation and portfolio company investments. He also represents institutional investors, including foundations, endowments, public and private pension plans and insurance companies in connection with their investments in alternative assets, direct investments, and secondary transactions. He has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate partnering transactions, strategic investments and corporate finance, including secured and unsecured debt financing transactions.
Eric A. Kuwana is a first-chair trial lawyer sought by clients to try their toughest, high-exposure cases to juries and judges across the country, including bet-the-company disputes, high-profile and contentious corporate matters, and lawsuits in the riskiest venues. He has tried and won numerous cases with a judgment or exposure in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and in recent years has served as trial and lead counsel for clients in commercial, large real estate and finance disputes; trade secret and business torts; shareholder, securities, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate governance disputes; product liability, premises and catastrophic torts; and sensitive political, constitutional and government regulatory matters.
Feng Xue is head of Katten's China practice and chief representative and managing partner of the firm's Shanghai office. He applies his 20 years of experience representing Chinese and US investors and companies to cross-border transactions involving a variety of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulations and general corporate matters.