Howard Altarescu serves as Co-Head of Orrick’s global Finance Business Unit, which includes its Banking and Debt Capital Markets, Public Finance, Real Estate, Restructuring and Structured Finance practice groups.  Mr. Altarescu is a partner in the New York office and is also head of the firm's Financial Institutions Industry Group, a multi-practice global group of partners who have client relationship responsibilities for financial institutions around the world.

Mr. Altarescu advises a number of financial institutions and government agencies with regard to the implications of financial markets regulation as well as in connection with complex capital markets, debt financing and other transactions.  He is also working closely with Orrick’s Renewable Energy partners to develop securitization financing alternatives for solar power companies.

Before joining Orrick, Mr. Altarescu was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for more than 20 years.  During that time, Mr. Altarescu served as head of the mortgage finance group and co-head of mortgage and asset backed finance; was responsible for structured finance in the emerging markets, with a focus on Latin America; served as chief operating officer for Goldman's mortgage principal finance business; and most recently was responsible for capital markets coverage of some of Goldman's key mortgage industry clients.

Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Altarescu helped build and lead the mortgage and asset-backed securitization practice as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he represented investment banks involved in the securitization business, as well as Freddie Mac and others.

Mr. Altarescu has been involved in many of the seminal transactions in the structured finance markets over the years, including the first CMO transaction, for Freddie Mac; the first IO/ PO transactions, for Fannie Mae; several of the first senior/sub mortgage and credit card receivable securitizations; the first public auto receivable securitization; the first commercial mortgage non-performing securitization; and several innovative future flow and World Bank guaranteed transactions in the emerging markets. 

Howard Altarescu
  • Session Moderator, “Exploring the Role of Securitization in Renewable Energy Finance,” IMN’s 1st Annual Sunshine Backed Bonds Conference, New York (May 2013).
  • Workshop Chair, “Solar Securitizations” and Session Moderator, “Structural & Legal Considerations in Solar Securitizations,” Solar Power Finance & Investments Summit, San Diego (March 2013).
  • Session Speaker, “Private Label RMBS Sector,” American Securitization Forum Conference, Las Vegas (January 2013).
  • Session Speaker, “2013 Regulatory Outlook,” SIFMA's 2013 Securitizations Outlook Conference, New York (December 2012).
  • Session Moderator, "Private Label RMBS Reform: What is Needed to Restart the Market?" ABS East 2012: Investor Focused. Investor Driven, Miami (October 2012).
  • Session Speaker, “Renewable Backed Securities: Funding for Solar Projects,” AGRION, New York (August 2012).
  • Session Speaker, "Securitization and Risk Sharing: Restoring the Role of Private Capital in the Housing Finance System," AD&Co's 20th Annual Conference, New York (June 2012).
  • Session Moderator, “Comparative Mortgage Finance Systems,” American Securitization Forum Conference, Las Vegas (January 2012).
  • Session Speaker, “Residential Mortgage Madness – Where do we go from here?" Distressed Debt & Assets Symposium - Navigating the Many Paths to Resolution, New York (May 2011).
  • Session Speaker, “Federal Government Mortgage Securitizations," American Securitization Forum Conference, Orlando (February 2011).
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  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1974
  • B.A. & B.S., Management, Boston University, 1970
  • Editor, Boston University Law Review, 1972-1974
  • Articles Editor, Boston University Law Review, 1973-1974
  • Chairman of the Board of Renaissance Education, Music and Sports, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the South Bronx that provides more than 1,000 at-risk inner city youths with performance-based music classes and sports programming, as well as academic enrichment and social development programs.

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