Wayne D. Katz

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Wayne D. Katz

Wayne D. Katz

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Biography

Wayne D. Katz is a partner in the Corporate Department, specializing in the sports industry.

Wayne's experience includes the representation of the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League in their various corporate matters, including team ownership transfers and team financings. Major transactions he has worked on for the leagues include the NBA’s purchase and sale of the New Orleans Hornets; the NBA's grant of expansion franchises to Toronto, Vancouver and Charlotte; the NHL's grant of expansion franchises to Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus and Minnesota; the NBA’s $3.4 billion League-wide credit facility; and the formation of the Women's National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Development League.

He also has worked on several proposed and completed acquisitions of National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, including Jimmy Haslam’s purchase of the Cleveland Browns, Jeffrey Lurie’s purchase of the Philadelphia Eagles, Robert Wood Johnson IV’s purchase of the New York Jets, Jeffrey Loria’s purchase of a controlling interest in the Montreal Expos, and Ted Lerner’s purchase of the Washington Nationals. In 2002, Wayne handled the seminal transaction in which the owners of the Expos sold the Expos to Major League Baseball and simultaneously purchased the Florida Marlins from John Henry. He also represented Red Bull GmbH in its purchase of the MLS MetroStars (now known as the New York Red Bulls), Cliff Viner in his sale of the NHL Florida Panthers and The Ralph Wilson Trust in its sale of the Buffalo Bills.

Wayne has extensive experience with stadium and arena development, financing and lease transactions, including representing the Marlins in its development of Marlins Park in downtown Miami; the NBA in its temporary relocation of the New Orleans Hornets to Oklahoma City; Red Bull in its joint development and lease of a new stadium in Harrison, New Jersey; the Eagles in its financing of Lincoln Financial Field; the Jets in its financing of MetLife Stadium; the Minnesota Vikings in its lease and financing of a new stadium in Minneapolis; and the Cleveland Browns in its stadium renovation financing.

Wayne also handles various financing and commercial agreements on behalf of his sports clients, such as bank credit agreements, naming rights agreements, concessions agreements and employment agreements.

Outside of sports, Wayne has handled mergers, acquisitions, financings and investments, and has prepared partnership agreements, limited liability company agreements and various other corporate documents, for clients in a wide range of other industries.

Wayne has been inducted into the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame after being named one of the “Forty under 40” most influential sports executives for three years in a row.

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Education
JD
Class of 1991

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

BBA, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1988

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. At the Ross School of Business, our mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Career History
Partner
Current

Proskauer Rose LLP is a law firm in New York, NY. It offers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law services. It serves the chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1875.

Political Donations
$1,000
2012

Former Senator from Missouri

$500
2003

Former Senator from Massachusetts

Transactions
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Miami Marlins LP /Private Group purchases Miami Marlins LP

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Buffalo Bills, Inc. /Private Group purchases Buffalo Bills

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Florida Panthers Hockey Club Ltd. /Viola purchases Florida Panthers from Boca Resorts LLC, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC

Awards & Honors
2012
Super Lawyers Magazine - New York Super Lawyers
2012
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Sports Law Nationwide
2011
Super Lawyers Magazine - New York Super Lawyers
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