July 31, 2017
Crain’s Chicago Business has named corporate partner Cathy Birkeland to its inaugural list of the "Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago." Birkeland is the Office Managing Partner of Latham’s Chicago office in addition to serving as global Co-chair of the firm's Capital Markets Practice.
Birkeland is recognized for her reputation as a first-rate capital markets lawyer and trusted advisor on securities law, corporate governance, public company representation and board advisory matters for issuers, investment banks and private equity sponsors across a number of industries. She serves a national client base as well as an impressive roster of Chicago-based companies, and has deep knowledge and experience in a broad array of capital markets transactions, with particular expertise in initial public offerings (IPOs), dual track IPO/M&A processes and spin-off transactions.
In addition to her busy practice and leadership roles within the firm, Birkeland dedicates significant time to mentoring junior lawyers and is passionate about supporting the firm’s commitment to diversity. She has served on the firm’s global Diversity Leadership Committee and was one of the founding partners of Latham’s annual Women’s Leadership Academy. Birkeland is the first female to serve as Chicago Office Managing Partner.