Katten established the John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award, named after the longtime partner and former chair of the insolvency and restructuring practice who died last year.
Renée Lercher, who served for several years as CFO at another AmLaw100 firm and most recently was CFO and corporate treasurer at a premier risk management, compliance, investigations and monitoring firm, has been named chief financial officer of Katten.
Corporate attorney John Corrigan joined Katten’s private credit practice as a partner in Los Angeles to advise public and private companies and investors in M&A transactions and to handle a range of other client matters.
Dilen Kumar has joined Katten as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions/private equity practice in its Dallas office, which has seen major growth and success since opening three years ago.
Katten named Kimberly Smith the new global chair of its corporate department. Smith will lead more than 125 attorneys housed in the department and succeed Mark R. Grossmann, who served as global chair of the group for more than a decade.
According to a new survey of 112 private credit industry professionals conducted by Katten in February, 91% of investors and 80% of lenders expect deal flow to increase this year and are optimistic about several deal categories and sectors.
Katten has added a new partner, Michaela Crocker, to its Insolvency and Restructuring practice in Dallas. She is the 10th attorney to join the practice this year and the third this month. Crocker formerly was of counsel in the Business Restructuring & Reorganization practice at Jones Day.
Commercial transaction attorney Erin England joined Katten as a partner in the commercial finance practice in Dallas. England represents borrowers and lenders in structuring and negotiating domestic and international commercial transactions.