Howard S. Beltzer is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice. He focuses his practice on major Chapter 11 proceedings and multinational bankruptcy cases.
Howard has participated in recent significant Chapter 11 proceedings and multinational bankruptcies and restructurings, including the representation of one of the largest creditors and counterparties of the Lehman Brothers entities, as well as the administrators of one of the largest foreign Lehman Brothers entities; one of the largest lenders of General Growth Properties; the agent bank in a significant entertainment industry restructuring; Linens 'n Things, Inc., one of the largest retailers to file in the current bankruptcy cycle, as co-counsel; and Mervyn's, a large California-based department store chain. He also represented a leading European cable and telecommunications company in connection with its debt restructuring. The restructuring was effected through concurrent US Chapter 11 and Dutch moratorium proceedings involving the complex interaction of common and civil law insolvency regimes. Howard was also co-counsel to a leading US bank as agent to the Century Cable Holdings lenders in the Adelphia bankruptcy. Furthermore, he assisted in the representation of one of the world's largest generators and marketers of electricity and its affiliated debtors in their recent Chapter 11 proceedings.
Howard 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.
Howard is listed as one of the world's leading bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers in the IFLR 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. He is the co-author of a leading multinational treatise on international insolvency. He chaired a panel at the 2009 American Bankruptcy Institute New York City Bankruptcy Conference on retail insolvencies. He has lectured at numerous insolvency conferences in the US and abroad.