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Mayer Brown

1221 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10020-1001, USA
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Christopher Houpt

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Mayer Brown

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Litigation

Position

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‚Äôs Series 3 exam in 2000 and has completed the first two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst¬ģ program.

Education

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: Next generation lawyers

Christopher Houpt  - Mayer Brown

Within: Financial services litigation

Primarily anchored from its New York office but also able to effectively draw upon the expertise of lawyers based in Washington DC and Chicago, as well as from its international network, Mayer Brown has the strength in depth to handle a wide range of private litigation and agency enforcement actions for banks, funds and broker-dealers. The firm has developed a strong reputation successfully defending trustees in RMBS litigation and, led by the 'smart, practical and business-savvy' Matthew Ingber, recently secured summary judgment for The Bank of New York Mellon in Oklahoma federal court. Christopher Houpt has also been at the forefront of the firm's efforts on the RMBS front, and as well as assisting Ingber in the aforementioned matter, also recently led on behalf of Citibank in its summary judgment victory which dismissed claims for losses made by investors in all but three of 27 RMBS trusts. In addition, Houpt provides 'excellent advice' to foreign banks in US litigation, which includes his recent victory for a German bank in a jury trial involving municipal bond reinvestment contracts. The 'very efficient and commercial' Mark Hanchet also excels in handling work for high-profile foreign banks, including the continued representation of HSBC as one of the defendant banks accused under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of helping Iran process billions of dollars in transfers and finance terrorists who attacked American military personnel serving in Iraq. Notably, he recently won the first decision in New York to apply the newly enacted Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, an amendment to the ATA that provides for secondary liability under certain circumstances. Steven Wolowitz has had a raft of victories for Société Générale as one of the defendants accused of market manipulation across several financial benchmarks, including US dollar Libor. Chicago-based Lucia Nale is recommended for consumer finance-related contentious matters. Named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Mayer Brown has 'a very strong practice across the board' and one client remarks that 'its litigation practice is first rate but reasonable in terms of cost'. The firm combines compliance, investigation, enforcement, litigation and appellate capabilities, and is frequently called upon by leading financial institutions. Joseph De Simone in New York and, in Washington DC, Richard Rosenfeld and Matthew Rossi are the lead partners. In New York, Matthew Ingber and Christopher Houpt acted for Bank of New York Mellon in litigation relating to its role as trustee of residential mortgage-backed securities, in which issues around the distribution of the $8.5bn settlement remain to be resolved. De Simone, Ingber and Richard Spehr handled securities and derivative actions for Frontier Communications that allege improprieties by its directors and officers. Steven Wolowitz, who handled high-stakes class actions for Société Générale, including In Re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation and Sonterra v UBS AG, et al, is also recommended.

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