Katten Boosts Private Equity Practice

Katten Muchin Rosenman has expanded its corporate and private equity practice in New York with the hiring of Michelle Gyves as a new partner. Prior to joining Katten, Ms. Gyves was at Proskauer Rose in New York.

Ms. Gyves will be active in providing strategic advice on a range of US and international employment matters, with a focus on private equity clients and their portfolio companies.

“Our clients will benefit greatly from Michelle’s extensive experience in handling a range of often complicated employment law matters,” said Roger Furey, Katten’s chairman. “Her impressive skill set fits well with the Katten culture of focused client service, legal excellence and cutting-edge innovation.”

Ms. Gyves has extensive experience in drafting employment and restrictive covenant agreements, advising on employee separations, including both individual separations and reductions in force, conducting investigations into workplace complaints, responding to charges and claims, developing employment policies and establishing workplace complaint hotlines. She also represents clients on both buy- and sell- side corporate transactions, conducting employment and labor diligence and negotiating and drafting relevant portions of deal documents.

“Shelly is an excellent addition to our team as her wide-ranging experience equips us with exactly what private equity investors need when addressing the most pressing employment issues at their portfolio companies,” said Kimberly Smith, co-chair of Katten’s nationwide private equity practice.

Ms. Gyves has worked with public and private companies, ensuring that they understand and heed disability and leave laws, employer health and safety obligations and working time regulations, among many other issues. She also counsels on issues at the intersection of technology and employment law, including compliance with applicable data privacy laws worldwide, most notably the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), both for employee and customer data.

Katten Muchin Rosenman is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States, London, and Shanghai. The firm’s core areas of practice include corporate and private equity, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Katten was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Chicago (www.kattenlaw.com).

© 2019 Private Equity Professional | March 12, 2019

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