Charlie Katz is Managing Partner for the Northern Virginia office.
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 corporate lawyer by Chambers USA (2008–2018). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers (2013–2019) for Corporate Law, as well as Legal 500 US (2013–2015) for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies. Additionally, in 2014 Mr. Katz was recommended by Legal 500 in M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-$5bn). In Chambers USA 2017 , Mr. Katz is described as “technically brilliant” and “well known in the market.” He is recognized for his “broad expertise in government contracting deals and M&A.” In Chambers USA 2016, he is “highlighted for his expertise in technology and emerging growth businesses on both domestic and cross-border transactions.” 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.
SI International, Inc. Acquisition by Serco.Along with the Corporate Practice Group, represented SI International, Inc., in its acquisition by Serco Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary of leading international service company Serco Group plc. for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $520-million. The acquisition involved regulatory approval by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), as well as national security issues. (2008)
Chambers USA, Northern Virginia Corporate/M&A, 2007–2018
Legal 500 US, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, 2013–2018 and M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-$5bn), 2014
IFLR1000 US, M&A, 2019
Washington Business Journal, Top Lawyer, 2005
In Chambers USA 2018, clients highlight Mr. Katz’s multitude of strengths, saying his “technical ability is off the charts," adding: "He is an M&A lawyer, but his knowledge across the board, in filings and general corporate governance, has been outstanding.” In Chambers USA 2017, Mr. Katz was recognized as “technically brilliant” and “well known in the market” as well as for “his broad expertise in government contracting deals and M&A.”
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