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Chris Houpt is a member of Mayer Brown's Banking and Finance Litigation group, specializing in banking and finance matters, particularly cases involving cross-border issues; securitization, structured finance, and derivatives; and asset turnover. He has represented banks from numerous foreign countries in connection with U.S. litigation or third-party discovery and is experienced in coordinating litigations in multiple forums. In the arena of financial products, Chris has extensive experience representing securitization trustees and investors, including in bankruptcy. Chris has also been involved in negotiating and seeking court approval of several highly complex securitization settlements. Chris is also a member of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court and Appellate practice. His appellate experience includes briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal Courts of Appeals, and various state appellate courts, as well as three oral arguments in the New York Appellate Division. Chris joined Mayer Brown in 2005, after serving as a foreign law clerk for the Honorable Aharon Barak, President of the Supreme Court of Israel. During law school, Chris was an editor on the Harvard Law Review and a Teaching Fellow for the Harvard Economics Department. Previously, he worked in portfolio management at the D. E. Shaw Group and as a manager in the finance department of Covad Communications. Chris passed the National Futures Association’s Series 3 exam in 2000 and has completed the first two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst® program.


Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude 2005 Harvard Law Review Dartmouth College 1998 (Economics and Japanese double major / Applied Math minor), magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa; Rufus Choate Scholar

United States: Dispute resolution

Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

Leveraging the expertise of lawyers in the US and across the most significant global financial locales of London, Frankfurt, Paris and Hong Kong, Mayer Brown has particular strength in cross-border matters, including the extraterritorial application of US law to global financial institutions, forum non-conveniens and personal jurisdiction grounds for dismissal, and foreign data protection and bank secrecy laws. Mark Hanchet regularly handles work for well-known foreign banking institutions such as HSBC, which he represents as one of the defendant banks accused under the Anti-Terrorism Act of helping Iran process billions of dollars in transfers and finance terrorists who attacked American military personnel serving in Iraq. Matthew Ingber has gained an excellent reputation in the market, particularly for his work on behalf of securitization trustees in litigation brought against them alleging a failure to adequately protect the interests of the noteholders. In a market-defining matter and one which has huge ramifications for other bank trustees going as it does to the very essence of their corporate trust business model, Ingber successfully represented Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) in a four-week bench trial (the first case to proceed to trial among the dozens pending against RMBS trustees) brought against it by insurance company Western & Southern. Christopher Houpt is also noted for his structured finance litigation expertise and had a key role in the aforementioned BNYM litigation. Steven Wolowitz continues to represent Société Générale in class action litigation surrounding its alleged role in Libor market manipulation. Lucia Nale is recommended for consumer finance-related litigation.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Mayer Brown’s New York securities litigation team is ‘highly responsive, very detail oriented and provides high-value advice from subject matter experts’. Joseph De Simone, Richard Spehr and Steven Wolowitz (who is a ‘thought leader and an expert in his field’) are the key partners in the practice. The firm, which was heavily involved in securities litigation arising from the global financial crisis, is noted for the close integration of its litigation, investigation and enforcement capabilities. Its highlights included the work of Christopher Houpt, Michael Martinez and Matthew Ingber for Bank of New York Mellon in cases related to its role as trustee of RMBS transactions. In re The Bank of New York Mellon saw the bank settle claims for $8.5bn, the largest private settlement in history, but litigation continues in regard to how the settlement is distributed. In another key case, Wolowitz advised Société Générale on class actions alleging manipulation of reference rates including Libor. Michele Odorizzi in Chicago is also recommended.

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