Exploring A Legal Career

Wednesday, October 30th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm at the Wasserman Center

Gain insight on legal career paths as professionals share their stories and experiences at the Exploring a Legal Career event. Whether you’re sure a career in law is for you, or just curious about the field, join us for round-table conversations and networking.

Spotlight on a Panelist: Howard Shams

Mr. Shams is the Managing Principal of Parabellum Capital LLC, a premier litigation finance company focused on making direct, passive investments in corporate-to-corporate litigations and disputes.  Prior to forming Parabellum in 2012, he was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse (the global investment bank) for 15 years and a member of the Global Credit Products Operating Committee. During his tenure, Mr. Shams was the Head of Special Situations for the Leveraged Finance Business, where he developed niche strategies and accretive businesses within the Fixed Income unit. Together with his partner Aaron Katz, he conceived and founded the Legal Risk Strategies & Finance business at the bank which was the first formal litigation finance business in America. In addition to the Legal Risk Strategies business, he created and managed (i) a multi-billion dollar derivatives business focused on writing leveraged swaps on loans traded within the bank, (ii) a credit business focused on vendor finance, trade receivables protection and trade claim sourcing, and (iii) two web-based loan trade settlement platforms that became the market standard in both the U.S. and Europe.  Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Shams was general counsel for the High Yield and Leverage Finance Business of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Before that, he practiced law at the firms of Dewey Ballantine, Richards, Spears, Kibbe & Orbe, and Mandel & Esbin, specializing in bank lending, securities, bankruptcy and derivatives. Mr. Shams received his B.A., phi beta kappa, magna cum laude, from Columbia College (1986) and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1990).

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