1 October 2010 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Howard S. Beltzer has joined its New York office as a partner in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice.  He comes to Mayer Brown from Morgan Lewis & Bockius where he was a partner in that firm’s New York office and co-chair of its firmwide finance and restructuring group.

Mr. Beltzer focuses his practice on major Chapter 11 proceedings and multinational bankruptcy cases and has participated in recent significant matters including: Lehman Brothers, where he has represented both a large global financial institution as a major counterparty and creditor, and the administrators of one of the foreign Lehman affiliates, and General Growth Properties, where he represented one of the largest bank creditors.

“Howard brings to Mayer Brown a proven track record of success in doing complex bankruptcy work,” said Mayer Brown partner Brian Trust, a co-leader of the firm’s global Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice.   “His experience will be a tremendous asset to the firm and our clients. Howard is widely respected for his practice.”

Mr. Beltzer also brings significant restructuring experience in the retail sector, where he has represented clients such as Linens 'n Things, Inc. and Mervyn's, a large California-based department store chain, which were two of the largest retailers to file in the current bankruptcy cycle.   He also has advised numerous financial institutions in connection with structuring transactions involving insolvency-related concerns.  He has developed particular experience in regard to the evolution of derivative products, as well as issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code.   Mr. Beltzer has long been particularly active in the largest cross-border proceedings and restructurings, and co-edited one of the leading treatises on international insolvency law.  

“Mayer Brown has done outstanding work in the restructuring arena,” Mr. Beltzer said. “I look forward to being part of Mayer Brown’s strong global platform and bringing my experience to help grow this practice.”

Mr. Beltzer’s hiring continues the growth trend for Mayer Brown’s New York office,  which since 2009 has added 15 lateral partners in practice areas including derivatives and structured products, global projects, capital markets, intellectual property, litigation and insurance and reinsurance.

“This is a tremendous acquisition for the New York office, reflecting the firm's continued commitment to grow in New York,” said partner Richard A. Spehr, partner in charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office. “We are thrilled to welcome Howard.”

Mr. Beltzer is listed as one of the world's leading bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers in the IFLR (International Financial Law Review) 1000.  He is also listed in Chambers USA and other leading guides and peer review publications. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Business Law and Business Bankruptcy Committee, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he was a past member of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization.

Mr. Beltzer received a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in government from Harvard College.