Chris Houpt is a member of Mayer Brown's Banking & Finance Litigation group, concentrating on banking and finance matters, particularly cases involving cross-border issues; securitization, structured finance, and derivatives; and asset turnover. Recognized as a Rising Star by Law 360 (for Banking) and the New York Law Journal, Chris has represented securitization trustees and investors in and out of litigation. Those engagements include New York judicial instruction (Article 77) proceedings relating to some of the largest RMBS underwriting and servicing settlements, as well as disputes over the interpretation of distribution provisions in RMBS agreements, and investor and qui tam lawsuits across the country.
Chris also represented foreign banks in connection with US litigation or third-party discovery and is experienced in coordinating lawsuits in multiple forums.
Chris began in Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate practice. His appellate experience includes briefs in the US Supreme Court, federal Courts of Appeals, and various state appellate courts, as well as 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.