Mr Howard Schickler > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10022-2585
United States

Work Department

Structured Finance and Securitization


As co-head of Katten’s highly ranked structured finance and securitization practice, Howard Schickler offers clients insights formed from more than 25 years of experience representing private equity funds, special situation funds, specialty finance companies and the full range of players in structured finance transactions. Howie takes care to understand his clients’ businesses, having worked with some all the way from the launch of their businesses through their growth cycle, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and restructurings and liquidations. Understanding the full life cycle of client enterprises is part of the wide perspective that he maintains in his work.

Practices evolve quickly in the highly competitive and heavily regulated world of structured finance and securitization. Howie helps clients stay on top of new regulations and investor requirements, as well as the latest strategies for structuring deals. His familiarity with industry standards allows him to alert clients to deal terms they should be considering and also avoiding. Private equity funds, special situation funds and specialty finance companies frequently turn to him for advice on complex lending and portfolio acquisition transactions, knowing that he avoids unnecessary conflict in difficult negotiations.

In the specialty finance arena, Howie has worked with mortgage originators, auto loan originators, equipment lease originators and firms that finance litigation and medical receivables, and fintech companies. At times, these transactions span multiple jurisdictions, which demands compliance with varying regulatory and security interest rules. Howie has also advised clients on strategies to deal with borrowers in distress. In one matter, he assisted a private equity fund that had made a large loan to a specialty finance company in financial trouble. Working with Katten’s restructuring and insolvency team, he helped devise a plan that allowed the borrower to restructure under a consensual plan and avoid protracted court proceedings.


JD, New York University School of Law; BA, The George Washington University, magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Katten‘s structured finance and securitization department has a high-volume practice spanning consumer and commercial finance, esoteric and one-off transactions. In terms of novel deals, the group has experience in lottery and municipal receivables, as well as renewable energy and refund anticipation loan securities. Taking the lead are Washington DC’s Anna-Liza Harris , an asset and-mortgage-backed securitization expert, and New York’s Howard Schickler , whose broad practice includes mortgages, auto loans, equipment leases and credit card receivables. In Washington DC, Claudine Chen-Young  is an expert in mortgage-backed securities. In New York, John Keiserman  is known for deals involving motor vehicle collateral.