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Cathy A. Birkeland

Latham & Watkins LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Cathy Birkeland is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP and a member of the firm's Diversity Leadership Committee. She served as the Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Chicago office from October 2009 to February 2015.

Profile

Ms. Birkeland’s practice primarily focuses on:

  • Capital markets
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance matters
  • Public company representation

Ms. Birkeland has represented a number of issuers in public offerings and private placements and a number of investment banks in their capacity as underwriters. In addition, Ms.

Birkeland has represented multiple buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions. She also advises public companies on a day-to-day basis, which can include assisting them in the preparation and filing of ’34 Act reports and advising them on corporate governance and securities law issues. Likewise, Ms. Birkeland represents a number of privately held companies in corporate matters.

Ms. Birkeland serves on the Heart Leadership Council of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and on the Chicago Board of Camp Kesem.

Experience

In recent transactions, Ms. Birkeland has advised:

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., JP Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank, as joint book-runners, in connection with TransUnion’s initial public offering.
  • InvenTrust Properties Corp. in the spin-off and listing of InvenTrust Properties' premium lodging business, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the US$1.1 billion sale of InvenTrust Properties' select service hotel portfolio and the US$1.9 billion sale of InvenTrust Properties' core triple net lease assets to AR Capital. Ms. Birkeland also routinely advises InvenTrust Properties and its Board of Directors in corporate governance and securities law matters.
  • Credit Suisse and Barclays, as joint book-runners, in connection with Performance Food Group Company's initial public offering (pending).
  • JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as joint book-runners, in connection with LaQuinta Holdings Inc.'s initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings of common stock by Blackstone.
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. and JP Morgan, as joint book-runners, in connection with SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.'s initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings of common stock by Blackstone.

Education

JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1997

BA, Dartmouth College, 1994

Bar Qualifications

Illinois

Languages

English

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