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Jeffrey L. Kateman

Century City
F: +1.310.228.3976
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Jeffrey Kateman is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Century City office. Mr. Kateman serves as the Leader of the firm's Private Equity team. 

Areas of Practice

Mr. Kateman's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, both in the US and globally, the representation of private equity firms in leveraged acquisitions of privately held and public companies and general corporate matters including corporate governance and takeover defense. He has also represented special committees of boards of directors and bidders and financial advisors in going-private and other conflict of interest transactions. Mr. Kateman has been involved in acquisitions and dispositions in a broad range of industries, including:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Cleantech 
  • Education
  • Entertainment and media
  • Health and medical devices
  • Internet and technology
  • Industrials
  • Laser and fiber optics
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail and consumer products
  • Sports

Mr. Kateman is a member of the California and New York State Bar Associations and formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2016


Representative Matters

  • Adecco SA in the acquisition of Olsten Corporation and the split-off of Olsten’s health services business
  • Avery Dennison Corp. in a number of mergers & acquisitions transactions including the sale of its consumer and office product and designed and engineering solutions businesses to CCL Industries, Inc. and in the acquisition of the Dah Mei group of companies
  • Beckman Coulter in its acquisition of Diagnostic Systems Laboratories Corporation
  • Black Canyon Capital and ClearLight Partners in the sale of TASI Holdings, Inc. to Berwind Group
  • ClearLight Partners in numerous transactions including the acquisition of Walker Advertising, Inc. and in the sale of Switchcraft Holdings, Inc. to HEICO Corporation
  • CVI Laser LLC in the acquisition of the Melles Griot business from Barloworld Holdings plc
  • Easton Sports, Inc. in its sale to Ridell Bell Holdings, a portfolio of Fenway Partners
  • Excelligence Learning Corporation in its going private sale to Thoma Cressey Equity Partners
  • Full Throttle Films in the sale, together with certain related entities, to an affiliate of Catterton Partners
  • Houlihan Lokey, Inc. in its initial public offering and certain related transactions
  • Major League Soccer, the country's Division 1 Soccer League, in its formation and subsequent transactions
  • Norwest Equity Partners in numerous transactions including the sale of CVI Laser LLC to IDEX Corporation and the acquisition of Pentec Health Inc. 
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of QAD Inc. in connection with the implementation of a dual class share recapitalization
  • Sonova Holding AG in the acquisitions of Advanced Bionics Corporation and of InSound Medical
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment in the acquisition of Grouper Networks
  • Telemundo Group in its sale to a consortium of four firms

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Media Mentions


  • Member of the California and New York State Bar Associations