Derek F. Ladgenski

Derek Ladgenski concentrates his practice in all aspects of debt capital markets and corporate finance. As a leader in his field, Derek is a frequent presenter to industry conferences and clients regarding the latest developments in debt capital markets and has been named to The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40” list of emerging business leaders in the M&A financing field.

Derek primarily counsels lead arrangers, administrative agents, private equity sponsors and other debt capital market participants on secured and unsecured cash flow and asset-based acquisition and recapitalization financings; loans to national and international franchisors, franchisees and restaurant concepts; and development and working capital loans. His practice spans a wide variety of deal sizes and types, from sole lender financings of smaller franchisees and young restaurant concepts to large-market, broadly syndicated and unitranche credit facilities for equity sponsor portfolio acquisitions and refinancings.

Derek assisted in the drafting and proposed implementation of a new commercial law system for post-war Afghanistan and has worked locally with Pro Bono Advocates (n/k/a The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic) and the Community Economic Development Project. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Mergers and Acquisitions and 2) Private Equity
Law School University of Illinois, College of Law (J.D.)
Admitted Year 1996
Education University of Illinois (B.A., B.S.)
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association
Most recent firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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