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).
Lily Chinn is a strategic advocate and litigator for her corporate and individual clients, providing counsel on the intersection between environmental, natural resources, toxic tort and product liability issues. She focuses on civil and criminal defense under environmental statutes, including internal investigations.
Nadira Clarke manages complex, high-stakes criminal and civil environmental matters for companies and individuals. A former Assistant US Attorney and trial lawyer with the Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division, Nadira is an experienced advocate, representing clients in both jury and bench trials. Her first-chair experience includes complex cases requiring a mastery of technical or scientific information, as well as the use of expert witnesses. Nadira counsels her clients on preparing for search warrants, responding to grand jury and administrative subpoenas, conducting internal investigations and designing corporate compliance programs.
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.
Christina L. Costley focuses her practice on complex business litigation. She represents public corporations and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Christina has handled several high-profile securities class actions, including cases involving Blue Coat Systems, International Rectifier, Mercury Interactive, Ormat Technologies, Portal Software, Sigma Designs and Veritas Software. She has also handled cases involving mergers and other similar fundamental corporate transactions, including cases for DemandTec, Tekelec and First PacTrust Bancorp. In addition, Christina has represented software companies in all forms of litigation, including trade secret, breach of contract, and consumer class action claims.
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.
Terance Gonsalves litigates cases in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, where he has litigated a diverse range of business disputes. He has extensive experience with class actions, consumer fraud claims and the defense of insurance carriers. He has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict.
Genus Heidary concentrates her practice on environmental and white collar law, with an emphasis on civil and criminal environmental enforcement and the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, clean technologies, climate change, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and renewable fuels.
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.
John P. Huang concentrates his practice in commercial finance matters. Through Katten's First Year Public Fellowship Program, John worked at the Small Business Opportunity Center of Northwestern University School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic (2007â€“2008).
Joyce S. Jun handles film and television production and distribution, animation, entertainment financing, licensing, merchandising, video games, counseling and representing international and domestic clients. Her principal clients are international animation studios, film production companies, television networks, film distributors, producers and directors, ad agencies, and electronics and communications companies. Joyce previously worked at the law firm of Loeb & Loeb, where she became a partner in the Entertainment department and opened and managed the firm's Japan office, developing a wide range of entertainment businesses.
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.
Daniella Landers focuses her practice on a broad range of environmental compliance, transactional and litigation matters. She counsels energy companies, manufacturers, industrial facilities, financial institutions, real estate interests and other businesses on complex environmental and related land use issues, including environmental risk assessment, environmental permitting and compliance, environmental due diligence in acquisitions and transactions, management of environmental issues affecting the upstream, midstream, downstream, and renewables/alternative energy sectors, natural resources damages claims, climate change initiatives, and pollution exposure disputes.
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.
Devan H. Popat concentrates his practice in real estate matters. While in law school, Devan was an associate editor of the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, a member of the National Moot Court Competition Team and judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Thomas E. Hoffman, Illinois Appellate Court.
Mark J. Reyes concentrates his practice in corporate and securities matters, including representing issuers and investors in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities and advising clients in complex corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, private investments in public equity (PIPEs), private equity investments and joint ventures. He also counsels public companies on securities law compliance, disclosures and corporate governance matters.
Ann Marie Sink concentrates her practice in various forms of real estate-based financing at both the asset and operating company level. She advises both lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured financial transactions, asset-based, conduit/warehouse and portfolio financings, CMBS loans, mezzanine loans, construction loans and mixed-finance transactions.
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.