Akerman Senterfitt LLP continues to expand its New York office with the addition of Howard J. Finkelstein, who joins the firm's national Corporate practice as a shareholder.
Mr. Finkelstein's practice focuses on domestic and international structured finance transactions involving both traditional asset-backed transactions and emerging asset classes, such as non-performing credit card receivables, subprime auto loans, home alarm receivables and music royalties. He advises clients as to finding the most appropriate structure for a transaction, drafting and negotiating transaction documents, issuing and reviewing opinions and dealing with rating agencies.
During the past five years, Mr. Finkelstein has led a pioneering effort in the securitization of loans to microfinance institutions, leading the first U.S.-based issuance of this type in 2004 and following with increasingly ambitious products and transactions. Thus far, Mr. Finkelstein has participated in the securitization of more than $200 million of loans to microfinance companies in more than 30 countries.
Akerman Senterfitt continues to play an integral role in the Interamerican Ethanol Commission, led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Luis Alberto Moreno, and Roberto Rodrigues, former Minister of Agriculture of Brazil. On April 2 in Washington, DC, Jorge L. Arrizurieta, chair of Akerman Senterfitt's International Policy Group, moderated a press briefing at IDB Headquarters, where the Commission's co-chairs reviewed the road ahead for private investment in the hemispheric biofuels market. They discussed biofuels, the emerging Caribbean and Central American market, and implications of the U.S.-Brazil agreement.
The Interamerican Ethanol Commission was launched to promote the usage of ethanol in gasoline pools of the Western Hemisphere. Akerman Senterfitt is the exclusive law firm at the Commission Founder level. Mr. Arrizurieta co-chairs the Florida FTAA Ethanol Advocacy Committee and serves as a key advisor to the Commission.