Howard Kleinman


Howard Kleinman


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3567 | +1 212 698 3599

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Howard Kleinman is a partner in the corporate and securities group who focuses his practice on capital markets and financial transactions. He represents domestic and foreign issuers, underwriters, and others in equity and debt offerings. 

His experience includes U.S. registered public offerings and offerings under Rule 144A private placements, offerings outside of the U.S. under Regulation S, exchange offers, debt tenders, and consent solicitations. In addition, he counsels both U.S. and non-U.S. issuers on ongoing disclosure obligations under the U.S. federal securities law and corporate governance matters. Mr. Kleinman also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Mr. Kleinman has significant experience in Latin America and has been consistently recognized for his work in the region by Chambers and Partners, where he has been cited as a “highly innovative attorney,” “technically superior lawyer” and is praised for “his tremendous commitment to clients” who “knows how Latin American markets work and how entrepreneurs think.” In addition, Mr. Kleinman has been listed among the top lawyers for M&A, debt offerings, equity offerings, and global offerings by The Legal 500 U.S. and was recently named a “Notable Practitioner” by IFLR1000 for M&A, banking, and capital markets: debt.

  • Grupo Mexico SAB de CV’s transportation business unit, GMéxico Transportes S.A. de C.V, in its acquisition of the Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp, a freight transportation business headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.
  • Inversiones SMU Matriz Limitada, a holding company of one of the largest food retailers in Chile, in two private placements.
  • Laguna Dairy, S.A. de C.V., a multinational fresh fluid dairy processor based in Mexico, in the sale of Borden to ACON Investments, LLC via an equity recapitalization. 
  • Cinemex Holdings USA, Inc. in its acquisition of Cobb Theaters, a modern, premium circuit of 28 theater locations across the southeastern United States.
  • Companía Cervecerías Unidas S.A., a Chilean producer of diversified beverages, in its investment in Americas Distilling Investments, LLC.
  • SMU, S.A., a Chile-based retailer with the largest Chilean food retail business, in its US$200 million initial public offering on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Previously represented SMU SA in a US$300 million Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes, marking its first international bond offering.
  • Compañía Perforadora de México S.A.P.I. de C.V. (PEMSA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo México S.A.B. de C.V., in five acquisitions of jackup rigs and drilling platforms for a total value of approximately US$1 billion for use in oil exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • HSBC, Citigroup, BBVA and Itaú BBA as underwriters in the US$460 million global offering by Alsea, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican-based operator of global brands in the fast food, coffee shop and casual dining segments based in Latin America.
  • Credit Suisse (USA) LLC and Barclays Capital Inc. as underwriters in the US$282 million global public offering by Grupo Financiero Interacciones, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican financial services company.
  • Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and IM Trust S.A. Corredores de Bolsa as placement agents in connection with the US$984 million sale by the Chilean government of its 30% interest in Chile’s largest water utility, Aguas Andina.
  • Tanner Servicios Financieros S.A., a Chilean non-banking financial institution, in a US$250 million Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes, marking its first international bond offering.
  • WPE International Coöperatief U.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona S.A.I.C. y F. (IMPSA) and Wind Power Energia SA, in connection with a tender offer for any and all of IMPSA’s outstanding notes, and in connection with a US$275 million Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes.
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc., RBC Capital Markets Corporation, and Standard New York Securities, Inc. (as agent of Standard Bank Plc) in connection with the US$450 million Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of senior secured notes by Columbus Communications Inc., a Barbados-based provider of wholesale broadband capacity services and retail broadband-enabled services.
  • Larrain Vial Investment Inc. as the sole book-running manager in connection with the US$130 million offering of senior secured notes by Corp Group Interhold S.A.
  • CorpBanca, a Chilean bank, and its majority shareholders, in connection with a US$225 million investment from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and certain of its affiliated funds. 
  • Representation of CorpBanca in the negotiation and closing of a US$167.5 million two-year senior unsecured term loan facility with BNP Paribas as administrative agent.
  • Representation of the government of Mexico in connection with the sale of US$160 million of catastrophe bonds, marking the first time that a sovereign in Latin America has been a primary beneficiary of this type of security.
  • Columbia University, B.A., 1984, Honors
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, M.A., 1986
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1988, Boudin Fellowship, Articles Editor of The Journal of International Law and Politics
  • New York
  • International Law Section, American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Speaking Engagements
  • The Brazilian Legal Model and International Experience - ANBIMA's Investment Funds CongressSão Paulo, Brazil (April 24 - 25, 2019)

  • 2017 Brazil Forum — Columbia Law School, New York, NY (April 21, 2017) 

Moderator, panel on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

  • A Price Worth Paying?: Proactive Risk Management for Corporate Counsel — Dechert LLP, Miami, FL (October 20, 2016)
  • Vitro and Cemex: Developments in Mexican Insolvency Law and Implications for EM Corporate Bonds — Emerging Markets Trade Association, New York, NY (November 1, 2012)
  • Investing in Distressed Assets in Brazil —A seminar presented by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in association with Dechert LLP and Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, New York, NY (November 16, 2010)
  • Brazil Legal & Regulatory Environment Overview — Mid-Atlantic Roundtable, Philadelphia, PA (August 28, 2010)