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Katharine M. Sagan-Buttleman

Associate, Lexington

Katharine joined Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office as an Associate in 2015 and serves clients primarily through the Business Services practice.

Working with businesses of all types and sizes throughout Kentucky, Katharine assists with matters ranging from financial restructuring to real estate purchases. She was part of an SKO team in 2017 that handled a merger involving a publicly held utility company.

Katharine has background providing legal support to information management and technology-based businesses. Prior to her role at SKO, she was an intern at an incubator for high-tech startup companies and at Lexmark International. She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and completed coursework in computer science.

After graduating with a summa cum laude distinction from the University of Kentucky, Katharine earned her J.D. from UK College of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Active in the local community, she previously served on the board of FoodChain, a nonprofit committed to forging links between the community and fresh food.

Business Services: Katharine concentrates on transactions involving corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and securities and corporate governance. Well versed in Kentucky’s statute governing the formation of public-benefit corporations, she also helps new and existing businesses evaluate if B Corp status fits their organizations.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2015, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Kentucky
2012, B.S. Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky

Recognition

  • Order of the Coif
  • Kentucky Law Journal, Notes Editor
  • CALI Awards:  Contracts I, Internet Law, Property, Trusts and Estates, Corporate Tax
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary Society)                                                                                                
  • Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society)
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Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Business Law Section, former Secretary
  • FoodChain, former Board Member
  • The Pulse—Lexington Young Professional Catholics, former Board Member
  • Lexington Young Professionals Association
  • IEEE
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Work Highlights

Merger of Publicly Held Utility

SKO represented Delta Natural Gas Company, Inc. for more than 40 years, including its initial public offering in 1980 and subsequent SEC compliance matters. Delta (DGAS) was publicly traded on NASDAQ. In 2017, SKO represented Delta in its merger with an affiliate of Pennsylvania-based Peoples Natural Gas. Prior to merger, Delta’s enterprise value was approximately $270 million. Representation in the merger from inception through closing included:

  • Advising Delta’s Board of Directors on its fiduciary duties in the merger
  • Assisting in the engagement of investment bankers
  • Advising on a bid process as a market check
  • Creating a virtual data room for bidder due diligence
  • Preparing confidentiality and standstill agreements with bidders
  • Evaluating bids
  • Preparing and negotiating the definitive merger agreement
  • Hart-Scott-Rodino Act application
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission application and hearing
  • Preparing Delta’s proxy statement, shareholder materials, SEC filings and Forms 8k
  • Negotiating a memorandum of understanding for “disclosure only” settlements of three shareholder putative class action lawsuits filed after the merger was announced