Katja Butler focuses on transactional private equity matters, and advises sponsor-held portfolio companies between buyout and exit.


Ms. Butler frequently assists with issues that impact a group’s capital structure, and she has substantial experience in implementing equity recaps and management equity incentive programmes, simplifying and restructuring international group structures and advising in relation to contentious management departures (including regarding settlement terms and repatriation of equity). Ms. Butler also advises on the execution of exit planning and co-investment terms.

Her recent representations, prior to joining Skadden, include:

  • HgCapital on its:
    • investment in Mitratech, a leading global provider of legal, risk and compliance software, alongside TA Associates and the management team at Mitratech;
    • the acquisitions of Kinapse, Sovos Compliance, Raet and The Foundry;
    • sell down of a minority stake in JLA and a refinancing of the business; and
    • reinfinancing and equity recapitalisation of portfolio company IRIS;
  • HgCapital portfolio companies Ullink and Sovos on bolt-on acquisitions;
  • Montagu portfolio companies, including Equatex, Open GI and Covidence on their capital structures;
  • Castik Capital portfolio company Waterlogic on bolt-on acquisitions and its capital structure;
  • a portfolio group in simplifying its structure, including Eurobond listing, liquidations in various jurisdictions, insertion of new holdco and management sell-down; and
  • advising on potentially contentious contract terminations by portfolio companies, including counseling on strategy and next steps.



  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law Moorgate, London, 2007
  • M.A. (Law), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, 2006


  • England & Wales
  • Solicitor, England & Wales