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September 29, 2009
Curtis Strengthens Finance Practice with Addition of Howard Goldwasser

New York, September 29, 2009 – International law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has enhanced its finance practice by adding Howard M. Goldwasser. He joins Curtis as partner in the firm’s New York office.

“Many clients in the financial industry, especially in structured finance, are still adapting and responding to the changes resulting from the crises of the past several years,” said Finance practice Co-chair Dan Lenihan. “The addition of Howard Goldwasser further bolsters our ability to advise and counsel them as they continue to respond to, and do business in, a complicated and changing legal and regulatory environment.”

Goldwasser’s practice centers around high-value, complex financial transactions, with a primary focus on structured finance and securitization; CDOs and CLOs; covered bonds; credit derivatives and structured-credit products; general debt capital markets matters; and a broad array of commercial lending work including syndicated and bilateral lending, asset-based lending, LBO finance and project finance. More recently, he has also advised clients regarding the U.S. federal rescue programs directed at reviving the securitization markets, such as the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) jointly administered by the FDIC and the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Goldwasser is one of a handful of U.S. lawyers to have pioneered the introduction of covered bonds to the U.S. capital markets and to have led the representation of a lead arranger or an issuer in the implementation of a U.S. covered bond program. He has also advised on the structuring of covered bond programs for issuers based in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. His clients have included many of the world’s leading investment banks, commercial banks and other, non-bank lenders; hedge funds; and investment managers.

Goldwasser comes to Curtis from Allen and Overy’s New York office, where he was a partner in the firm’s International Capital Markets Group. Before joining Allen & Overy, he served as partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. From 2001-2005, Goldwasser led Orrick’s Asian finance practice and its Tokyo office, where he was based. He has otherwise been based in New York since he began practicing law in 1991. Goldwasser earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and his B.A. from New York University. He is licensed to practice in the state of New York.

“I am very excited to be joining Curtis. It is a world-class firm with a solid domestic base here in the U.S. and a highly effective and well-integrated international network in Latin America, Europe, the Gulf region and Central Asia,” said Goldwasser. “I was attracted to Curtis by the quality of its practices and lawyers in so many areas - securities and capital markets; banking; funds; restructuring and insolvency; tax; and broker-dealer, just to name a few. I know that clients are and will be very well served here.”

The Curtis Finance group represents borrowers and issuers, as well as lenders and investors, in transactions designed to meet a wide range of debt and equity capital requirements and liquidity needs. Members of the Finance group advise clients on domestic and international finance matters in both the institutional and public capital markets. Curtis Finance attorneys work to provide advice throughout the life of a transaction–from assisting clients in locating and engaging suitable financial advisors, developing and structuring transactions, preparing and negotiating legal documentation—through post-closing transaction administration, covenant compliance and ongoing liability management. Recently, the group advised Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela, on the restructuring of approximately $4 billion in project financings for four joint ventures established for the production of synthetic crude oil. Latin Lawyer selected that transaction as its 2008 "Restructuring Deal of the Year."
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