Benchmark Rates Forum New York

Sponsored Event | June.06.2019 | 8:30am - 6:30pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

Orrick New York

Please join Orrick at the Benchmark Rates Forum New York on June 6, 2019 at Orrick’s New York office.

Partners Howard Altarescu, Nikiforos Mathews and Andrew Morris will be presenting on “LIBOR Transition: Practical and Legal Considerations for Legacy and New Transactions,” which will address the legal challenges and issues that may result from the likely replacement of LIBOR by one or more alternative benchmarks for a variety of financial institutions.

Partner Howard Altarescu will also be moderating the “Navigating the Transition in 2019 and 2020 – What’s Left to Do?” panel discussion.

The Benchmark Rates Forum New York will include a group of diverse market participants, who will explore the transition of SOFR, EU benchmark reform, LIBOR legacy contracts, rate robustness, term rates, accounting challenges and client communications.

Friends of Orrick will receive a 30% discount on registration by using the following VIP code: FKM63733ORRICK

Benchmark Rates Forum New York


CLE Credits Available: N

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Practice:

  • Structured Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Fintech

Howard S. Altarescu Partner Structured Finance, Banking & Finance

New York

Howard Altarescu is a partner in Orrick’s Finance Group. He co-leads the Firm’s global Fintech team, helping industry participants navigate this complex and evolving sector.

Howard Altarescu advises bank and non-bank financial institutions and governmental agencies in connection with innovative capital markets, debt financing and other transactions, as well as on the implications of financial markets regulation. Howard also co-heads the firm's Fintech team, which is focused on serving a wide array of fintech platforms and other businesses. Howard has previously served as Orrick's Finance Sector Leader, responsible for implementing the firm's strategy to provide distinctive transactional, litigation and regulatory services to financial institution clients globally, as well as co-head of the firm’s Finance Business Unit. In these roles, Howard has a broad strategic, advisory and business development role at the firm, drawing on many years of experience, both in law firms and as a banker helping clients develop innovative financial solutions to meet their objectives.

Most recently, Howard has worked on securitizations and other structured financings backed by marketplace loans and has advised numerous clients on the implications of the Madden v. Midland Funding case, the OCC "fintech charter" and related legal issues. Howard has also recently worked on a number of groundbreaking mortgage credit risk transfer transactions between Fannie Mae and major banks and other clients.

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Practice:

  • Derivatives
  • Structured Finance
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Nikiforos Mathews Partner Derivatives, Structured Finance

New York

Mr. Mathews, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, serves as Global Co-Head of the Derivatives group. He is also a member of the Structured Finance, Banking and Finance, and Energy and Infrastructure groups.

His practice focuses on representing financial institutions, governmental and regulated entities, hedge funds and corporate end-users in structuring and negotiating a broad range of fixed income, foreign exchange, commodity, energy and credit derivative products. Among other things, he has successfully negotiated numerous domestic and cross-border hedging transactions relating to leveraged loans and infrastructure transactions. In addition, Mr. Mathews has significant experience in foreign exchange and fixed income prime brokerage issues, as well as various structured products. He also regularly advises clients on derivatives regulation, including rules relating to the central clearing, exchange trading, reporting, recordkeeping and other requirements of the Dodd-Frank legislation, as well as the negotiation of related documentation.

Mr. Mathews is lead editor of Orrick’s publication, Derivatives in Review, which periodically highlights important legal, regulatory and other newsworthy developments in the area of derivatives. He has also published articles in several journals, including on rating agency hedge criteria in connection with structured finance transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Mr. Mathews was vice president and assistant general counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and director and counsel at UBS AG. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the United States Court of International Trade.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Mathews held a commission as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he was qualified to practice as a Judge Advocate. A veteran of both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, he served as an Operational and Administrative Law attorney in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Andrew Morris Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Washington, D.C.; New York

Andrew J. Morris is called on by clients for high-stakes securities litigation, financial-services litigation, and other complex financial disputes.

Andrew (Andy) represents clients in civil litigation and in matters initiated by regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, banking agencies, and the Department of Justice. He has extensive experience in procedural settings including parallel proceedings, internal investigations, class actions, and grand jury investigations. He handles matters involving the securities laws, financial services laws, professional liability, corporate governance, and various business torts. He advises clients about issues involving special committees and audit committees.

Andy has tried numerous cases and argued appeals in various federal and state courts, and he has tried administrative matters and arbitrations. He has taught trial advocacy for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Andy served as a federal prosecutor with an Office of Independent Counsel and in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Andy has written for a wide range of legal periodicals, including leading law journals; his writing has been cited by courts, scholars, and commentators. Andy was recognized by Super Lawyers in Appellate Litigation and Securities and Financial Litigation, and was named a 2017 “Top Rated Litigator” by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine.

Andy clerked for the Honorable Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Andy holds law degrees from Oxford University and University of Virginia Law School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, all with honors. He is a certified public accountant.