According to sources, “Christopher Plaut displays capabilities across a breadth of debt financings. He is particularly noted for his strength in leveraged transactions, with clients praising his ‘experience and depth of practice.’”

Chambers USA 2020

Christopher R. Plaut

New York
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA

Christopher Plaut is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Plaut is a member of the Finance Department and various practices. He is Chair of the Automotive Industry Group and a member of the Technology, Autonomous & Connected Vehicles, Mining & Metals, and Retail & Consumer Products Industry Groups.

He primarily represents commercial and investment banks in leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings, asset-based facilities, and debtor-in-possession and exit financings. A portion of his practice is devoted to the workout of troubled loans and to representing issuers/borrowers in connection with their financing needs. Mr. Plaut has particular experience in cross-border matters, metals and mining, automotive and transportation, industrials, technology, and healthcare.

Mr. Plaut served for a year as judicial clerk to US District Judge Stanley S. Brotman. He is also involved in numerous bar and community activities, including serving as a member of the Banking Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Plaut's experience includes representation of:

  • Barclays Capital in a US$1.275 billion term loan and revolving facility for the Jarden Corporation
  • Bank of America in a US$2 billion term loan and revolving facility for Peabody Energy Corporation
  • Bank of America in a US$427 million revolving facility for Patriot Coal Corporation
  • Foster Wheeler LLC in its US$450 million revolving facility from a syndicate of banks
  • Deutsche Bank and another major bank in a US$3.5 billion asset-based credit facility, term loan facility, and synthetic letter of credit facility for The Hertz Corporation
  • Credit Suisse in a US$1.2 billion term loan facility for Berry Plastics related to its acquisition by affiliates of Apollo Global Management
  • Barclays Capital in a US$2 billion senior secured financing for CIT Group, Inc.
  • UBS in a US$100 million senior secured financing for XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
  • Lehman Brothers in an approximately US$1.4 billion term loan and revolving credit financing for Pinnacle Foods Finance LLC related to its acquisition by The Blackstone Group
  • UBS in a US$1.3 billion term loan, revolving credit facility and senior unsecured notes offering for Algoma Acquisition Corp. related to its acquisition by Essar Steel
  • Credit Suisse in a US$1 billion term loan and revolving credit financing for Worldspan, L.P.
  • November 2005 Land Investors, LLC, in its US$410 million first lien term loan, first lien revolving credit facility, and second lien term loan acquisition financing
  • Bank of America in a US$1 billion revolving credit facility for L-3 Communications Corporation
  • The Cooper Companies, Inc. in its US$750 million term loan and revolving credit facility from a syndicate of banks
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