Morrison & Foerster LLP
Charlie Katz advises emerging growth and technology companies. On transactional work, Mr. Katz offers deep knowledge on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, divestitures, recapitalizations and restructurings, debt and equity financings and securities offerings, leveraged and management buyouts, joint ventures, and strategic investments. In these transactions, he has represented the full range of parties, including bidders, targets, private equity groups, management teams, public companies, private companies, private investors, investment banks and financing sources. He has been involved in all phases of these transactions, including initial planning, structuring, negotiation, implementation and advice.
Mr. Katz has worked on transactions across a variety of industries, including among others technology, government contracts, education, manufacturing, communications, and other regulated businesses. He has experience in both domestic and international transactions, including the representation of parties in cross-border transactions and with multinational investors.
Clients look to Mr. Katz on a broad range of corporate and securities and business-related matters, including directors' duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance and disclosure issues. He also has experience with transactions, financings, and corporate governance issues in financially distressed and bankruptcy situations.
Mr. Katz is active in the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, where he has served as co-chair of the Coaching Committee and as a member of the Steering Committee.
Mr. Katz was recommended as a leading lawyer in PLC Which lawyer? (2011 – 2012) and as a leading corporate lawyer by Chambers USA (2008 – 2014). He has been named to U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America 2013 for Corporate Law, as well as Legal 500 USA 2013 for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies. Sources interviewed for Chambers USA 2014 refer to Mr. Katz as “absolutely excellent at negotiations - very knowledgeable and supremely capable.”Chambers USA 2012 notes that Mr. Katz “excels in transactions involving emerging growth companies.” Chambers USA 2010 comments that Mr. Katz's, “has comprehensive expertise in the emerging companies arena, helping small entities to expand their capital base. He represented SI International in its $525 million acquisition by Serco.” Chambers USA 2008 says of Mr. Katz “possessing ‘an extraordinarily thorough knowledge’ of venture capital-funded software businesses, Charles Katz has become an important adviser for many of his clients. ‘He is detail oriented as well as being business savvy.’” Mr. Katz was also recommended as a Top Lawyer in 2005 by the Washington Business Journal.