Howard Sobel is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Sobel is former Co-chair of the US Private Equity Practice and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Company Representation Practices.
Mr. Sobel’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of private equity firms in leveraged acquisitions of privately held and public companies, including going private transactions, co-investment opportunities, and acquisitions and reorganizations in bankruptcy proceedings. He has represented Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., Centerbridge Partners, L.P., Odyssey Investment Partners, Inc., Irving Place Capital, Wayzata Investment Partners, Aquiline Capital Partners, LLC and Cinven Partners, LLP in a wide variety of private-equity investments. Mr. Sobel has also represented major public corporations and investment banking firms in a spectrum of transactions that includes numerous mergers and acquisitions (including highly structured leveraged buyouts), international joint ventures, equity offerings, 144A offerings of high-yield securities and general corporate matters. He also advises officers and directors with respect to fiduciary matters. Mr. Sobel was named the 2011 MVP for Private Equity by Law360.
Mr. Sobel has served as general outside counsel to numerous public and large private companies, including FTD, Inc., Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, The Container Store, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Authentic Brands Group, Aspen Dental, U.S. Renal Care and Tourneau, Inc.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sobel was a law clerk to the Honorable Edwin D. Steel, Jr., of the US District, District Court of Delaware from 1978-1979.