Latham & Watkins has today (Thursday 22 May) announced the appointment of David Heller as the new global chair of the firm’s finance department.
Heller is currently co-chair both of Latham’s insolvency and Latin American practice groups. A restructuring specialist, Heller has represented senior and junior secured and unsecured lenders in workouts and bankruptcy proceedings for more than 25 years.
He succeeds Bill Voge, who has been elected to serve on the firm’s executive committee.
“I am honoured to take up the global leadership of the finance department and to build on the momentum of Bill’s work,” said Heller. “Latham’s diversity of talent and depth of transactional expertise positions the firm well to take advantage of the market opportunities.”
Heller is well known in restructuring circles and has represented the agent or lead lender to the debtor-in-possession in numerous cases, including United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, WR Grace, Owens Corning and Kaiser Aluminum.
Heller also recently represented Bally Total Fitness in its Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of New York and led the restructuring and sale of AT&T Latin America and DVI.
“David is a tremendous leader and I am confident he will serve with great distinction in his new role,” said Bob Dell, Latham chairman and managing partner.