Christopher R. Plaut

  • Partner
  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10020
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1262


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

Thought Leadership

  • Cross-border Leveraged Lending – US Intercreditor Agreements for Financings with European Elements -  May 13, 2015

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
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1988
  • BA, Duke University, 1984
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Automotive
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Banking
  • Private Equity Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • Financial Regulatory