Nathan is a partner in the KPMG’s securitization practice providing attest and advisory services for CLOs, CMBS, RMBS and ABS asset classes.
He has over 30 years of experience in the banking & securities and investment management industries providing agreed-upon procedures, risk assessments, model validation, impairment reviews and valuations supporting financial statement audits services.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Gary Acosta is the co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals aka NAHREP ®. NAHREP is one of the largest and most innovative Hispanic business organizations in the United States and produces conferences that attract more than 10,000 housing and finance professionals annually. In addition to NAHREP, Acosta has founded several successful mortgage, real estate and technology companies. REALTOR® Magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People in real estate and Hispanic Business Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America.
Managing Director - Americas Structured Fin
Moody's Investors Service
Navneet Agarwal is a Managing Director with Moody’s Investors Service. He currently heads the new ratings teams for Structured Finance Americas. Navneet has been with Moody’s for thirteen years.
Prior to joining Moody’s, Navneet was the Head of debt syndication and ran a prop book for a boutique investment bank in India for seven years. His work experience includes stints with Bank of America Securities in leveraged finance and Unit Trust of India in absolute return investing across asset classes as a fund manager.
Navneet received an MBA with Honors from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, a master’s degree from University of Mumbai and a bachelor’ ... (view full description)
Managing Director - Global Structured Finance
Moody's Investors Service
Jim Ahern, Managing Director – Global Structured Finance Group – is responsible for Moody’s securitization, structured finance and covered bond ratings businesses in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Jim joined Moody’s in June 2014. Prior to Moody’s, Jim was Managing Director & Global Head of Securitization at Société Générale (SG) based in London. Prior to assuming this role in 2011, he held a number of positions of increasing importance at SG in New York including Co Global Head of Securitization, Head of Consumer ABS and Deputy Head of Securitization Credit Structures.
From 1995 until joining SG in 2002, Jim Co-Headed the Structured Finance Group for Commerz ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
Ram is the CEO and Co-Founder of PeerIQ. Previously, Ram was the CIO of Winged Foot Capital an investment advisor responsible for managing alternatives investments in structured credit.
Previously, Ram was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and member of the Cards & Deposits executive management team responsible for investment decisioning a $120Bn credit portfolio. Prior to this role, Ram was a Vice President at the Merrill Lynch Global Bank Group.
As a management consultant at Inductis, Ram advised Fortune 500 financial firms on statistical decision-making frameworks for acquisition and risk modeling.
Ram received a B.A. in ... (view full description)
Managing Director, Head of CLO Research
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Rishad Ahluwalia is the Head of J.P. Morgan's CLO Research. Rishad and his team have placed in the top 3 in Institutional Investor polling since 2005. In 2018, Rishad was #1 in Europe and runner-up in the U.S. His team launched the CLO market's first index (CLOIE) in 2014, now the leading benchmark for the sector. Rishad has worked in research at J.P. Morgan since 2003 and started his career in 1998 at Lehman Brothers. Rishad holds a BA from Duke University including a year at the LSE.
Keith Allman is a Managing Director and the Head of U.S. Esoteric Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) at MUFG. Prior to joining the firm, he was a banker at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup, and most recently an investor at Loomis Sayles & Company. Keith has over 18 years of structured finance and aviation experience in banking, with a particular focus on esoteric asset classes including aircraft, shipping containers, timeshare, cell towers, and venture debt. He began his career in financial engineering and is the author of four books on financial modeling. Keith holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. (dual degree) in political s ... (view full description)
S&P Global Ratings
John Anglim is a senior director in Structured Finance Ratings. He is responsible for analyzing asset-backed structures supported by various asset types including mobile phones, student loans, automobile loans and leases.
Prior to joining the analytical group in 1997, John held a number of positions responsible for financial analysis and strategic planning. He has been with S&P Global since 1984.
John holds a B.S. in accounting from Boston University.
Gerardo “Jerry” Ascencio is the Broker-Owner of San Fernando Realty, and the Chairman of the NAHREP Foundation. A 28-year veteran of real estate, he is also the 2012 NAHREP President. NAHREP is the largest minority real estate trade association in America with over 26,000 members and 50 local chapters nationwide.
Jerry is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic speakers in the real estate industry today. A native of Michoacán, Mexico, Mr. Ascencio’s own immigrant experience has made him an impassioned advocate for homeownership and economic empowerment for all Americans. In 2014, Jerry starred in 53 Million & One, a one of a kind th ... (view full description)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Reed Auerbach is the global leader of the structured transaction group at Morgan Lewis. Recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA as a leading structured finance lawyer and “one of the goliaths of the business,” Reed represents a broad range of Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, investment funds, and issuers in the development of innovative structured finance strategies and advises on the acquisition and disposition of financial assets and origination and servicing platforms. He advises underwriters and issuers in connection with both domestic and cross-border public and private offerings of asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities involving a wide variety of ass ... (view full description)
Grant Bailey is a managing director and head of the Global Structured Finance Enhanced Analytics group at Fitch Ratings. Grant previously led the US RMBS and Covered Bonds group at Fitch. He joined Fitch in 2001.
Grant earned an MSc in real estate finance from New York University and received a BA magna cum laude from Occidental College.
Vice President Capital
Capital markets leader and asset finance specialist with 15+ years of securitization, warehouse financing and whole loan forward flow experience in a variety of consumer asset classes in the US and Europe. Formerly Head of Capital Markets at Mosaic (residential solar loans), investment banker and structurer at Sterne Agee, Gleacher, Barclays Capital and JPMorgan.
Sidley Austin LLP
Bank of America
Dr Alexander Batchvarov is a managing director and Head of International Structured Finance research at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, and has held this role since he joined Merrill Lynch in 1998.
Based in London, his regular research publications include: European Structured Finance and Cross-Product Weekly, European Structured Finance – ABS, as well as the Annual Structured Finance and Covered Bond Market Reviews for Europe, Japan and Australia. His team often releases in-depth reports on sector and industry specific topics, and comments on salient regulatory issues for the SF & CB markets.
Batchvarov joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 1998 and in this ... (view full description)
S&P Global Ratings
David Beaning is a Senior Director in Structured Finance Ratings at S&P Global Ratings. He was formerly a Special Counsel in the Office of Structured Finance in the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As Special Counsel, he provided interpretive advice related to asset-backed securities to SEC staff and market participants, including questions related to risk retention and the implementation of new shelf registration requirements under Regulation AB 2. He was also involved in the drafting of several Commission releases, including the Volcker Rule in December 2013 and credit risk retention in October 2014.
Mr. Beaning was previously ... (view full description)
Principal, Co-Head ABS & CMBS Investments
Bob Behal, CFA is a Principal with Vanguards Fixed Income Group as the Co-Leader of the ABS/CMBS team. In his current role Mr. Behal manages the investment strategies for CMBS, ABS, Non-Agency RMBS, and Covered Bond sectors across Vanguards Fixed Income Funds.
Before his association with Vanguard, Mr. Behal worked for AllianceBernstein as a Vice President, Oppenheimerfunds, and MetLife. In these roles he was responsible for research, analysis and portfolio management across a wide range of structured products.
Mr. Behal is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
He holds a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Rutgers ... (view full description)
John H. Bella, Jr., is a managing director and co-head of Fitch Ratings’ asset-backed securities group, focused primarily on coordinating efforts in the auto- and commercial-related sectors.
In his role, John is responsible for managing the New York and Chicago-based staffs; overseeing criteria, research, and analytical development; and interacting with a variety of market participants, particularly investors.
Prior to joining Fitch, John was an analyst in the structured finance group at the Chicago branch of the Sanwa Bank, Ltd., where he focused on real estate and asset-backed transactions.
John earned a BS in finance from the Universit ... (view full description)
RBC Capital Markets
Ian joined RBC Capital Markets in 1998 and is currently a Director in the Securitization Finance group. Ian is involved in the marketing, structuring and execution of ABCP and ABS transactions across a wide variety of asset classes, including automotive and equipment loans and leases, dealer floorplan financing, trade receivables, and other esoteric asset classes. He has experience in both the execution of domestic and cross-border securitizations, and has spoken at a number of industry conferences on a variety of securitization topics.
Ian has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto ... (view full description)
Clayton Holdings LLC
Mr. Berg is a Vice President, Key Client Initiatives at Clayton. Leveraging over 10 years of experience at Clayton, focused largely on servicing and RMBS oversight, he provides leadership and oversight for strategic product and operations development.
Mr. Berg plays a significant role in project and customer relationship management and is responsible for the development of products and processes required to capitalize on new and growing opportunities. He has contributed leadership and strategic direction on several large and notable projects including Clayton’s role as an Independent Consultant for the Consent Order Foreclosure Review, as well as for t ... (view full description)
Executive Vice President
Midland Loan Services / PNC Real Estate
Stacey M. Berger - Executive Vice President, PNC Real Estate / Midland Loan Services. Mr. Berger is responsible for corporate strategy, business development and marketing activities at Midland Loan Services. He is a member of the senior leadership team for PNC Real Estate. Midland, a division of PNC Bank, N.A., is the leading provider of loan servicing, asset management and technology solutions for the commercial real estate finance industry. The company is one of the nation's largest commercial loan servicers with over $347 billion in outstanding balances. As special servicer, Midland is responsible for asset management, workout and resolution of a $104 billion CMBS and non-securitized por ... (view full description)
Fixed Income Investor Network
Stephen F. Bisbee serves as President of eOriginal, Inc., is a founder of eOriginal and is co-inventor of the eOriginal technologies. He oversaw the creation of unique solutions that serve as the foundation for a digital ecosystem for originators, banks, investors, funders, rating agencies, and other key stakeholders.
Steve initiated the development of secure technology systems integrating business processes and legal parameters to enable the first fully electronic, multiparty mortgage, lease, and international trade transactions in the late 1990s. In conjunction with creating and deploying these platforms, Mr. Bisbee was one of a small group of innovative legal experts that cr ... (view full description)
Managing Director - Consumer ABS & RMBS Primary
Moody’s Investors Service
William Black is a Managing Director of Moody’s Asset Backed Securities primary ratings team for the US and Canada franchises. Mr. Black heads a team of credit professionals who analyze a variety of ABS asset classes, including: credit card, auto, student loan, equipment, transportation, rental car, wireless tower, stranded cost, structured settlement, whole business, marketplace lending, and solar.
He is also the managing editor for the ABS Spotlight, Moody’s monthly credit research publication covering the US ABS sector.
Mr. Black earned a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA at Fordham's Graduate Business School.
Founder and Principal
Ram Island Strategies LLC
Ronald Borod has worked extensively in securitization and structured finance for over two decades and has established a reputation as a thought leader in the creation of innovative structures and financial products. Ron focuses his practice on assisting issuers and underwriters in designing and implementing securitization programs involving non-traditional asset classes.
For example, in the 1990s he developed the first national credit tenant lease finance program and the first CTL-only conduit, and designed and executed securitized credit lease programs to provide construction and permanent financing for two national retail companies.
Ron was the architect of and serv ... (view full description)
Partner, Chief Investment Officer
SCIO Capital LLP
Greg is CIO and a founding partner of SCIO, a London-based independent direct lender focused on European secured private debt. Prior to founding SCIO, Greg was at Deutsche Bank AG London, where he headed up the European ABS/CDO trading desk after joining in 2000 as Director and Head of Analytics for the Structured Products Group in Europe. Greg joined Deutsche Bank from Lehman Brothers in New York, where he headed the Commercial Mortgage Analytics group.
Greg holds a Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Chief Capital Officer
Renovate America, Inc.
As Chief Capital Officer, Craig is responsible for the team the develops and executes on the company’s capital markets facing activities. This includes short and long term funding facilities, investor, bank and rating agency relationships and interest rate hedging for the HERO and Benji products that the company originates. In addition, Craig manages the funding team that works seamlessly with customers to provide financing once projects are completed and has created the largest Green Bond platform in the world, HERO Funding, which was recognized by Global Capital as the 2016 Green/SRI ABS Deal of the Year while Renovate America was named Esoteric ABS Issuer of the Year for 2018.
... (view full description)
Director of Operations
Chamber of Digital Commerce
As Director of Operations at the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Jason believes blockchain and digital asset technology can have a profound impact on financial and other sectors of the world economy for the better. Jason Brett is a former federal regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with more than 15 years of experience in financial services. At the FDIC, Jason conducted quantitative analysis during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Jason evaluated counterparty risk, bond valuations, and credit default swaps for large institutions including Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bank of America.
Later, Jason worked as a consultant for RSM and ... (view full description)
Chief Investment Officer
Distressed Capital Management
Mr. Browndorf is the Chief Investment Officer of Distressed Capital Management, Founding Partner of BP Law Group, and the Chief Executive Officer of the holding group, Plutos Sama, LLC. Mr. Browndorf has successfully led the Plutos Sama family of companies, including its asset management divisions and white shoe law firm through 5 years of prosperous growth. Employing hedging strategies and leveraging the synergistic qualities of multiple business models, Mr. Browndorf created a vertical portfolio of companies centered around residential real estate in the US and European markets. Mr. Browndorf is also an experienced commercial litigation and corporate transaction attorney with over 17 years ... (view full description)
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Managing Director, Head of Agency & Trust Sales
Paul Burke is Head of Agency & Trust Sales for North America, at Citibank, N.A. His team is a market –leading trustee in the structured finance industry, across all major asset classes, including CLOs, RMBS, CMBS and Esoteric ABS.
In his twenty-five years in the field of asset-backed securities, Paul has worked on a wide variety of domestic U.S. and international securitizations of assets, including auto loans, credit cards, bank loans, corporate bonds, export contract receivables, aircraft leases, airline ticket receivables, trade receivables and mortgages.
Paul is a member of the Trustee Committee of the SFIG, having also served for several years the Co-Chair of ... (view full description)
Hunton & Williams LLP
Eric Burner’s practice focuses on public and private securitization transactions, with a particular emphasis on mortgage and asset-backed securities, as well as sales and purchases of whole mortgage loans, servicing rights and agency excess servicing. He works with a wide variety of asset types, including forward residential mortgage loans of all credit types, home equity lines of credit, servicing rights, agency excess servicing rights as well as reverse mortgage loans. He serves as issuer’s, underwriter’s and investor’s counsel on mortgage securitization and resecuritization transactions and has most recently focused on securitizations of non-performing and re-performing mortgage loans a ... (view full description)
President & Chief Executive Officer
VantageScore Solutions, LLC
Barrett Burns is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VantageScore Solutions LLC, an independently managed joint venture of the three national credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, and the company behind the VantageScore® consumer credit scoring model. Prior to joining VantageScore as CEO during its formation in 2006, he was executive vice president at U.S. Trust, heading the National Private Banking Group and a member of U.S. Trust’s Executive Committee and the Senior Management Team of parent company, The Charles Schwab Corporation. Previously, he served as executive vice president of global risk management and chairman of the Credit Policy Committee ... (view full description)
Kerrie is an Executive Director in EY’s Financial Accounting and Advisory Services practice and has over 15 years of experience at EY providing assurance and advisory services to large financial services clients, focusing mainly on banking and capital markets and asset managers. Kerrie manages a team that is dedicated to assisting audit and advisory clients with technical accounting issues related to complex transactions. Kerrie is a subject matter resource for consolidation and transfers of financial assets and assists clients with applying the technical guidance to various types of securitization structures including risk retention vehicles. Kerrie is also extensively involved in assisting ... (view full description)
Sr Consulant, Advisory Services
Catherine Castle is currently a senior consultant within the Advisory Service group at CoreLogic providing data and analytics to whole loan trading participants. Prior to joining CoreLogic in 2015, she gained a breadth of experience in defaulted second lien servicing and whole loan trading in 15 years of senior management positions.
Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer & Co-Founder
Pearl Diver Capital
Chandrajit Chakraborty, CIO, Managing Partner. Chandrajit brings over 15 years of experience as a Structured Finance banker, structurer and trader, including stints at Wachovia Securities, Nomura Securities, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Old Mutual, Fitch Ratings and JP Morgan. As a senior banker and structurer he was responsible for originating and structuring several transactions ranging from leveraged loan CLOs to Private Equity backed and Hedge Fund backed CDOs and CFOs. Chandrajit started his career as a trader, responsible for managing and trading a proprietary book of corporate credits at JP Morgan in Asia. He has a Masters in Finance (with Distinction) in Financial Engineering from London Bus ... (view full description)
Kevin G. Chavers, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock’s Global Public Policy Group. From 2011 to 2013 he was a member of the Financial Markets Advisory Group within BlackRock Solutions. Mr. Chavers has extensive experience in the mortgage capital markets and housing finance policy in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of BlackRock’s Government Relations Steering Committee.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Chavers was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he served as a Senior Relationship Manager with coverage responsibilities for the mortgage related Government Sponsored Enterprises and other clients. He previously headed the glo ... (view full description)
China Securitization Forum
Ms. Chen is an Assistant Secretary General of the China Securitization Forum (CSF). Among her responsibilities are coordinating the day-to-day operations of CSF, including organization of the CSF Annual Conference. She is also a Managing Director at China Securitization Analytics, a public service information platform dedicated to China’s securitization sector. Ms. Chen has ten years of experience in the global structured finance industry, having previously worked at ZAIS Solutions Shanghai, where she was responsible for the cash-flow models for CLOs and CDOs.
China Securitization Forum
Mr. Chen is the founder and CEO of Zero Carbon Systems which is the pioneer of low-carbon architectural design and a solution provider for low-carbon cities. Mr. Chen has received numerous awards on his contribution to renewable energy and low-carbon technologies. Mr. Chen's company Zero Carbon Systems is currently preparing for the issuance of the first securitization backed by eco-friendly tourist villages.
Portfolio Manager & Head of Global Structured Credit
Brandywine Global Investment Management
Tracy Chen is Portfolio Manager and Head of Structured Credit at Brandywine Global Investment Management, Tracy leads the global structured credit portfolio investment and seeks the most attractive value in global structured credit market, including investment in U.S. RMBS, CMBS, ABS, CLO, European ABS and other structured products. She joined the Firm in August 2008. Prior to joining Brandywine Global, she had been with UBS Investment Bank as Director of the structure products valuation group, GMAC Mortgage Group (focusing on mortgage whole loan pricing and trading) and Deloitte Consulting. Tracy earned her MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chap ... (view full description)
JP Morgan Securities LLC
Andy Cherna is a Managing Director in the Securitized Products Group at JPMorgan and he is in charge of Global SPG Syndicate. He has more than 30 years of experience in the fixed income securities markets having traded corporate bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and asset-backed securities. Mr. Cherna works very closely with numerous issuers and investors around the globe and his specific responsibilities include; strategy, marketing, pricing, and hedging transactions. He joined Banc One in 1996 which merged with JPMorgan in 2004. Earlier in his career, he worked at McDonald and Company & Key Banc in fixed income trading. Mr. Cherna holds a BA from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., and ... (view full description)
The Chertoff Group
Mr. Chertoff is co- founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management firm, where he provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery.
As the 2nd Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff strengthened our nation’s borders, provided intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection, increased the Department’s focus on preparedness ahead of disasters, and implemented enhanced security at airports and borders. Following Hurricane Katrina, Chertoff transformed FEMA in ... (view full description)
Executive Vice President of Research & Analysis
Meredith Coffey is Executive Vice President of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), and runs its Research and Analysis Department. Ms. Coffey co-heads the LSTAs regulatory and CLO efforts, which help facilitate continued availability of credit and the efficiency of the loan market.
In addition, Ms. Coffey heads a team of analysts that are responsible for analyzing current and anticipated loan market developments, helping the LSTA build strategy and improve market efficiency, and providing commentary through weekly newsletters, periodic conferences and webcasts.
Ms. Coffey and the analyst team also engage market participants, press and regulators on issues and dev ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Benjamin Cohen leads T-REX with a strong vision for the future of enterprise financial technology and its impact on making markets more transparent and efficient. He has built the T-REX team and the T-REX software platform by combining the most sustainable elements of finance with modern SaaS technology, allowing the most complex financial markets to be more transparent for all parties.
The company’s enterprise SaaS platform, T-REX Analytics, provides complete transparency through granular cash flow models, stress-testing across power production and credit metrics, and capital stack structuring. T-REX has successfully facilitated significant new capital entering the compl ... (view full description)
Lewis Cohen is a partner in the Capital Markets practice in Hogan Lovells’ New York office, focusing his practice on international structured finance transactions. Lewis concentrates his practice on representing underwriters, issuers, credit enhancers, and rating agencies in cross-border structured finance, FIBRA, and other capital markets transactions.
He advises on public and private structured finance transactions in a wide variety of assets, including credit card receivables, residential and commercial mortgage loans, trade receivables, equipment leases, and various esoteric assets, as well as “future flow” securitizations of asses such as oil exports and mar ... (view full description)
Wendy M. Cohn is a managing director in Fitch Ratings’ Structured Finance Business Relationship Management group. She is the U.S. business head for the ABS and RMBS groups, responsible for managing issuer, banker, and investor relationships, as well as all commercial activities of the group. Wendy also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of SFIG and is Co-Chair of Women In Securitization (WiS).
Previously, Wendy managed the commercial asset-backed securities group, which specialized in analyzing and rating transactions backed by assets, including equipment leases, aircraft, small business administrati ... (view full description)
Chief Operating Officer
AGL Credit Management LP
Comer brings nearly 30 years of credit markets and leveraged loans underwriting experience to AGL. Most recently, she served as a Managing Director and Global Head of CLO Primary at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she led a team across New York and London and worked since 2007. Previously, she held various roles at Salomon Smith Barney and later Citigroup, where she spent 14 years and helped structure and market a variety of CDOs, securitizations and project finance transactions. Comer started her career as an analyst at Sanwa Bank in Tokyo in 1988. She is a board member of the Loan Syndication & Trading Association (LSTA).
Comer received an M.B.A. from Dartmouth Unive ... (view full description)
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Alexandra is Chief Investment and Operating Officer of Greenworks Lending, a Commercial PACE originator, where she oversees capital markets, underwriting and financial operations. In her current and prior roles, she has structured and overseen more than $500M clean energy financings across the residential, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. In 2015 Cooley co-founded Greenworks Lending to scale C-PACE financing nationally. Since launching the firm, based in Darien CT, has entered 13 states and established the asset class for commercial PACE by leading the first securitization of commercial PACE assets in late 2017. Cooley holds an MBA and a MEM from Yale and a BA from University ... (view full description)
Suhrud is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of RiskSpan and Co-founder of SmartLink Lab, RiskSpan’s affiliated Fintech company. Suhrud oversees and leads RiskSpan’s product strategy and product development. He co-founded SmartLink Lab to explore emerging technologies and bring solutions to its clients in the Capital Markets with emphasis on Mortgage and Structured Finance. He has more than 20 years of experience in developing analytical tools to support risk management best-practices, as well as securities trading and operations. Suhrud led the development of RiskSpan’s analytical framework for prepayment and credit models, and market monitoring tools, and has also provided a wide ran ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Securitisation Forum
Chris is the part-time chief executive officer of the Australian Securitisation Forum, the peak industry association for participants in Australia’s securitisation market. He is also an independent member of the investment committees of two Australian fixed-income funds.
From 2000-08 Chris was the country head of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. This role had responsibility for the management of S&P’s credit
ratings, managed-fund research, index services and financial data businesses in Australia and New Zealand. His background includes roles in corporate banking, treasury, technology and auditing.
Kayvan Darouian joined Deutsche Bank in June 2012 and is the lead analyst covering consumer ABS on the Securitization Research team. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Kayvan spent six years at a British bank working in securitization research and portfolio management. He received his BS in economics and biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his MBA at the Yale School of Management.
Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc.
Andrew Davidson is a financial innovator and leader in the development of financial research and analytics. He has worked extensively on mortgage-backed securities product development, valuation and hedging. He is president of Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc., a New York firm specializing in the application of analytical tools to investment management, which he founded in 1992.
Andrew was instrumental in the creation of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae risk-sharing transactions: STACR and CAS. These transactions allow Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to attract private capital to bear credit risk, even as they remain in government conservatorship. Andrew is also active in other dimens ... (view full description)
Teresa Davidson served as the Vice President - Legal and General Counsel for Volvo Financial Services Region the Americas with responsibility for legal, capital markets, regulatory, general corpporate and compliance matters in North and South America through December 2017. With experience in public and Rule 144A ABS transactions in the United States she was responsible for legal support for ABS and structured finance transactions in Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.
A former member of the Board of Directors of SFIG, Teresa was co-Chair of SFIG’s Equipment Issuer Committee and a member of SFIG’s Issuer Cabinet and the Steering Committee of SFIG's Women in Securitization initiative. T ... (view full description)
Gareth currently leads J.P. Morgan's International ABS & Covered Bond Research team, voted #1 in the II All-Europe Fixed Income Research poll. In the role for eight years, he covers all asset classes and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on consumer and residential mortgage backed products. Prior to joining the team, he worked for three years in the Bank Capital Management Group at J.P. Morgan looking at both the implementation and impact of Basel II adoption on Bank investment portfolios. Gareth holds Masters degrees in Accounting and Economics and Management from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science in Management from the LSE and is a CFA charter holder.
Bank of America
Prime Meridian Capital Management
Don Davis is a Principal and Portfolio Manager of Prime Meridian Capital Management, an investment management firm specializing in online P2P/marketplace lending strategies. As a seasoned industry veteran and skilled portfolio manager, Mr. Davis applies his knowledge, conservative management principles, and hands on expertise to the day-to-day management of Prime Meridian Income Fund, LP investing in the peer-to-peer consumer lending market, Prime Meridian Small Business Lending Fund, LP investing in the small business lending market, Prime Meridian Real Estate Lending Fund, LP investing in the real estate lending market, and Poise Lending Fund, LP which is a leveraged peer-to-peer lending ... (view full description)
Vice President for Credit Risk Transfer
Laurel Davis is Fannie Mae’s Vice President for Credit Risk Transfer, where she is responsible for developing and executing strategies to transfer credit risk associated with Fannie Mae’s single-family guaranty business to the capital markets and private investors. This includes managing Fannie Mae’s flagship Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) program. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Davis served in a variety of securitization, trading and capital markets roles at Merrill Lynch and First Republic Bank. Davis holds a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of business administration in finance from the University of Maryland.
Education: ... (view full description)
Senior Solutions Consultant
Chris Deasy is the Senior Solutions Consultant supporting the Housing Finance and Capital Markets practice. He is responsible for the delivery of data and analytics solutions that are leveraged by hundreds of entities across multiple verticals for the purpose of evaluating risk and opportunity in the capital markets space.
Prior to joining Equifax, Chris was a Securitization Consultant for Singer Meister Private Equity, where he provided advisory services related to private equity-backed securitizations. Prior to that, Chris served as a Senior Analyst for Lewtan Technologies, a data and analytics firm that specialized in the development of data solutions and models for the se ... (view full description)
S&P Global Ratings
Vice President, Capital Markets
Erica is Vice President of Capital Markets at SoFi, responsible for execution and structuring of loan sale, securitization, and financing activities. Prior to joining SoFi, Erica was at the merchant bank BDT Capital Partners, where she focused on the real estate and consumer sectors. Previously she worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in New York. Erica graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics.
Global Head of Structured Finance
Kevin Duignan is the global head of Fitch’s Structured Finance and Covered Bond rating groups. The structured finance areas include asset backed (ABS), residential mortgage backed (RMBS), commercial mortgage backed (CMBS) and Structured Credit securities ratings. In his role, Kevin is responsible for managing the global staffs; overseeing all rating related functions including criteria, research, and analytical development; and interacting with a variety of market participants, particularly investors. Kevin’s previous responsibilities at Fitch over the past 23 years include heading the US Structured Finance effort, heading global Corporate Communications and leading the U.S. ABS group. Befor ... (view full description)
Head of RMBS
Morningstar Credit Ratings
Kevin Dwyer is managing director and head of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) ratings and research for Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC. He is responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of ratings for RMBS and single-family rental transactions as well as management of the RMBS analytical team.
Before joining Morningstar in 2012, Dwyer had 12 years of experience in RMBS trading, analysis, and ratings. He worked for another rating agency where he rated all types of
non-agency RMBS and also spent a number of years at Credit Suisse Group, where he traded mortgage loans, underwrote securitizations, and valued bond holdings. Previously, Dwyer spent tw ... (view full description)
Managing Director Securitization
National Bank Financial
Jamie Feehely is an MD at National Bank and focuses on securitization. National Bank funds a various asset classes including mortgages, credit cards, equipment and auto loans primarily focused on the Canadian market. National Bank sponsors two ABCP programs and also funds in the Covered Bond market and credit cards in the term market . Before joining National Bank earlier this year he spent 14 years at DBRS in the securitization group.
Bank of America
Chris Flanagan is Head of US Mortgage and Structured Finance Research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
He was Head of ABS, CDO and CMBS Research at JP Morgan, where he worked since 2010. Prior to that, he held positions as the Head of ABS and MBS Research at Merrill Lynch.
In recent years, Chris has been highly ranked in various MBS and ABS categories in the Institutional Investor Fixed Income Research Survey and was widely recognized for his early call on the subprime mortgage collapse. He is ranked #2 for total number of appearances on the Institutional Investor team over the past twenty years.
He holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering ... (view full description)
Frank Fletcher joined Natixis in March 2003 and manages the funding, regulatory and investor marketing for Natixis’ US conduit business. Prior to joining Natixis, Mr. Fletcher was responsible for the funding, hedging and marketing of CIBC’s $18 billion global ABCP program. Before joining CIBC, he was a Vice President at Citigroup where he worked as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager in asset management and held various treasury positions in the credit card group.
Mr. Fletcher holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and MA and BA degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.
Senior Vice President, Commercial/Multifamily Policy and Member Engagement
Mortgage Bankers Association
Michael P. Flood is Senior Vice President of Commercial/Multifamily Policy and Member Engagement at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). In this role, he is responsible for leading public policy and member engagement across all commercial real estate finance sectors including mortgage banking companies, bank portfolio lenders, life insurance companies, multifamily-focused lending institutions, affordable housing lenders, commercial mortgage-backed securities issuers, and investment management firms.
Mike joins MBA from the CRE Finance Council (CREFC), where he was Deputy Executive Director and head of the Washington, D.C., office. Prior to that, he served as the organization' ... (view full description)
Brian joined Macquarie in June of 2012 to start the Portfolio Solutions Group ("PSG") in Macquarie's FICC division in New York. Portfolio Solutions looks to meet client needs for financing, structuring and capital optimization of portfolios of financial assets. PSG has provided cash financing for a variety of assets, including PACE Bonds, solar energy credits, consumer assets, and middle market loans. PSG also provides clients with TRS exposure on broadly syndicated leveraged loans.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Brian was a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he held a variety of roles, including ABS CDO structuring, legacy asset management and disposition, regulatory ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President/Manager
Moody’s Investors Service
Yehudah Forster is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officer with Moody’s Investors Service. Mr. Forster performs credit and legal risk analysis on a variety of structured finance transactions, including U.S. residential mortgage-backed securitizations (RMBS) and U.S. and Canadian covered bonds.
Prior to joining Moody’s in 2007, Mr. Forster was co-general counsel at a boutique RMBS issuer/broker- dealer, and prior to that, was an associate in the Capital Markets Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Mr. Forster is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Emory University, and is a member of the New York Bar.
Mr. Frankel is currently the head of ABS and CLO structuring for PNC's Asset Backed Finance team. Mr. Frankel has worked in the structured finance industry for more than 20 years. He has analyzed a wide variety of structures and transactions from several different vantage points such as rating, insuring, trading and structuring. In addition to mainstream ABS and CLO transactions, he has spent a significant amount of time working on off-the-run esoteric securitizations. Mr. Frankel joined PNC Financial Services in 2012. Prior to joining PNC, Mr. Frankel was employed by Standard and Poor's, Financial Security Assurance and Ambac Financial Group. Mr. Frankel holds a B.S. in Business Administrat ... (view full description)
Chief Financial Officer
Ernie joined Invitation Homes in October 2015 as their Chief Financial Officer. He was previously CFO at AIMCO, an S&P 500 company that owned and operated multifamily communities and HEI Hotels and Resorts, a privately owned owner and operator of upper-upscale full service hotels. Prior to joining HEI, he held a number of finance and accounting roles with GE Capital in their Real Estate business unit. Ernie started his career with Ernst & Young, focusing on the real estate industry.
Invitation Homes (Dallas, TX)
AIMCO (Denver, CO)
HEI Hotels and Resorts (Norwalk, CT)
GE Real Estate (Stamford, CT)
Ernst & Young (Boston, MA) ... (view full description)
HPS Investment Partners
Mr. Frey is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager and head of the broadly syndicated loan and CLO business at HPS Investment Partners (formerly Highbridge Principal Strategies). Prior to joining HPS in 2010, Mr. Frey was a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Stanfield Capital Partners, where he managed over $5.2 billion of non-investment grade loans and bonds across 14 separately managed accounts and CLOs, and was a member of the firm’s management. Prior to joining Stanfield in 2004, he was a Principal and Senior Analyst at Katonah Capital and an analyst at GoldenTree Asset Management. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Frey worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was a Principal ... (view full description)
Jade Friedensohn currently serves as Group Managing Director of the Structured Finance and Asia Pacific Divisions of Information Management Network, a subsidiary of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. IMN is an organizer of best in class financial conferences spanning the globe. Jade has 16+ years’ experience creating and executing large scale events and managing a talented team of conference professionals. Since that time, she has for expanded the business into new markets and asset classes such as Italy, China and Greece; and new sectors such as renewable energy and fintech.
In addition to new business development, her responsibilities include oversight of a team of ... (view full description)
Managing Director, Secutization Analytics, Structured Finance Renewables - Mortgage & Consumer Lending Division, KPMG Consulting
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Michael Gambro is co-chair of Cadwalader's Capital Markets Group and is based in New York. Mike is a corporate and securities lawyer who advises corporations, financial institutions and funds in acquisitions, financings and securitizations of financial assets, including commercial and residential mortgage loans, trade receivables, royalty payments, lease receivables and other payment obligations.
He has represented some of the largest companies in the world in many noteworthy transactions, including acting as lead counsel in some of the largest single-borrower CMBS transactions and other groundbreaking or one-of-a-kind structured finance tran ... (view full description)
Chief Financial officer
Adam brings over 30 years of experience in financial services, with specific expertise in structured products investment banking, sales & trading and M&A advisory. Adam joined Renovate America in 2015 as Head of Capital Markets, leading a team tasked with capital raising, liquidity management, risk management, and managing relationships with investors, rating agencies and banks. For 13 years, he was Head of the Asset Backed & Mortgage Backed Structured Finance Group at Bank of America Securities where he managed a team of more than 125 professionals. Adam leads with humility, humor and a deep personal investment in coaching his team towards achieving their personal and profession ... (view full description)
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Widely recognized as an active and innovative attorney in structured finance, Chris Gavin represents issuers, borrowers, sellers, buyers, lenders, official lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds and other investors in U.S. and international structured finance transactions. the footprint and complexity of his financings span North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Chris advises clients in a range of cross-border transactions and structured solutions involving residential mortgage transactions, including whole loan sales, servicing transfers, repurchase and other warehouse facilities, and term securitizations for newly originated, seasoned and nonperforming l ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Rachel Gleason George is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Navient Solutions, LLC with responsibility for the legal aspects of a wide array of corporate, regulatory and transactional matters, including Navient’s securitization programs. Prior to joining Navient in March 2015, Rachel was a partner in the Banking Department of Chapman and Cutler LLP specializing in structured finance and secured lending matters. Rachel is a frequent speaker on the securitization aspects of financial industry regulations and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG). Rachel is a graduate of Covenant College and of Emory University School of Law. ... (view full description)
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
John Gibson is a Partner in PwC's Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate (FSR) group based in Washington, DC. He has over 25 years of diversified financial services experience working with commercial and investment banks, investors, and government agencies in the management, financing, valuation or sale of assets, including structured products, and loans. John's expertise includes securitization pre-transaction support, transaction analytics and financial advisory services
Portfolio analysis and data integrity testing
Issuer financing program feasibility and analysis
Servicer operational reviews and transaction surveillance
... (view full description)
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Andrew Giudici is a Senior Director in the Structured Finance group at Kroll Bond Ratings. He is responsible for evaluating the creditworthiness of structured securities across a wide range of sectors.
Prior to joining Kroll Bond Ratings, Andrew held a number of positions within Standard & Poors. Most recently, he was a director in the Utilities, Infrastructure and Project Finance Ratings group. In this role he was responsible for determining new and maintaining existing ratings on a portfolio of independent power providers, Public-Private Partnerships and project finance transactions.
Andrew was also a team leader in Structured Finance at Standard & Poors where he was re ... (view full description)
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Melanie Gnazzo is a partner in Chapman's Asset Securitization Department and is also a member of the Lease Finance and Project Finance practice groups. She serves on the firm’s management committee and as the San Francisco Office Leader.
Melanie represents a wide range of banks, finance companies and funding sources engaged in structured finance and securitization transactions, as well as in portfolio acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings and joint ventures involving financial assets. She also provides advice with respect to tax advantaged financial and renewable energy products and investment vehicles. She has considerable experience providing both commercial and tax law ad ... (view full description)
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Prachi Gokhale represents various participants in the structured finance market, including issuers, underwriters, lenders, borrowers and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) in corporate and capital market transactions. She has worked on a variety of transactions, including asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities offerings (with an emphasis on automobile loan, automobile lease and mortgage loan securitizations), warehouse financing programs, revolving credit facilities and term loans. Her mortgage loan experience includes real estate mortgage investment conduit (REMIC) and risk sharing trust structures collateralized by performing, reperforming and nonperforming loans. Prachi has expe ... (view full description)
Cleveland Park Advisors
Dan is the founder and President of Cleveland Park Advisors. Dan leverages over 25 years of experience in securitization, principal finance, and M&A to provide strategic advice to mortgage market participants.
Previously, Dan was Director of Mortgage Policy for the Structured Finance Industry Group working with industry leaders and governmental bodies to shape regulations and laws impacting the mortgage securitization market.
Prior to that, Dan's longest tenure was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he held a variety of positions over the years, including: Head of Advisory Services, Head of Asset Securitization and Principal Investing – Originations, and Co- ... (view full description)
Sidley Austin LLP
T.J. Gordon is a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office. Mr. Gordon’s practice focuses on representation of banks, private equity and other alternative asset funds, FinTech companies, insurance companies, corporate borrowers and other financial intermediaries in structured finance, asset securitization, forward flow purchase, secured lending and special situations transactions. Financings and acquisitions of online marketplace loans (a/k/a peer-to-peer (P2P) loans), student loans, both federally guaranteed (FFELP) and private, and other consumer receivables comprise a significant portion of his practice.
Representative transactions and financial products include:
• Counsel to a ... (view full description)
Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance
James Grady, CFA is a Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance at Brighthouse Financial. In this role he is responsible for managing the firm's exposure in the Agency MBS, Non-Agency MBS, CMBS, ABS and CLO sectors.
Mr. Grady holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College.
He is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the CFA Institute and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Chief Executive Officer
CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital
Lain Gutierrez is a banking and structured finance veteran with over 29 years of experience in originating, analyzing, structuring and rating asset-backed financings.
Lain is the CEO of CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Inc. CleanFund is the leading provider of long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and seismic improvements for commercial, multifamily and other nonresidential properties in the U.S.
Prior to CleanFund, Lain founded SolFin Capital, LLC, a specialty finance company with institutional backing from a credit-focused asset manager with over $12 billion under management. SolFin’s mission is to provide creative and ... (view full description)
Associate General Counsel
Bank of America
J. Haas is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at
Bank of America . He is currently head of the Securitization and
Structured Products Legal Group at Bank of America responsible for
all securitization activities of Bank of America, as well as the
securitization and structured finance activities of Bank of America Merrill
Haas has over 20 year experience in the securitization and structured finance
market both as in house counsel and in private practice and
across a wide spectrum of products, including CLOs. ABS, RMBS, CMBS ,
derivatives and structured products, He is also Vice Chairman
and board member of the Structured Finan ... (view full description)
Promontory Financial Group
Chris joined Promontory from Washington, D.C.-based consumer-finance company Fenway Summer, where he served as partner and head of capital markets. Prior to joining Fenway Summer, Chris was a senior adviser for residential mortgage servicing and securitization at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In this capacity, he oversaw many of the CFPB’s efforts in developing and executing mortgage policy. Prior to joining the CFPB, he was director of servicer monitoring at Ginnie Mae, where he was responsible for surveillance of 220 servicers of its $1.1 trillion portfolio. In addition, Chris oversaw servicing and asset management of Ginnie Mae’s $25 billion defaulted-issuer portfolio. Over th ... (view full description)
Chris Helwig joined Amherst in December of 2015 as a senior mortgage strategist with nearly 20 years of experience across MBS and structured products. Prior to joining Amherst, Chris spent six years at Deutsche Bank in research and trading roles, most recently as co-head of RMBS research. Before his tenure at Deutsche, Chris spent nearly nine years at Bear Stearns, the large majority of which was spent in the Portfolio Strategies division of the Financial Analytics and Structured Transactions (FAST) group. In this role he was responsible for providing portfolio, hedging, securitization and asset liability solutions to financial institutions. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown Uni ... (view full description)
Securitization Solution Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Lisa is a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP and leads the Securitization Solution practice in the Financial Risk, Transactions & Restructuring market offering. She has 15 years of financial services experience assisting clients entering the capital markets through various financial transactions and supporting them and other industry participants as they navigate through the regulatory environment. Lisa has a deep expertise in Residential and Asset Backed Securities and leads teams that specialize in file review, collateral and cash flow modeling and technology solutions, for a variety of asset classes such as student loans, agency, prime, performin ... (view full description)
Head of US Money Market Origination
RBC Capital Markets
Mark Hernandez leads RBC’s US Money Markets Origination and Investor Marketing efforts. Mark joined RBC in May 2005 from JPMorgan where, from 2001, he focused on investor development for money market issuers. Since joining RBC, his combined focus on money markets origination and investor marketing has resulted in the growth of RBC’s Money Markets business with issuers from a variety of sectors including asset-backed commercial paper, financial institutions and corporations. Investor marketing of asset-backed commercial paper and other short term debt products has created expanded funding opportunities for RBC’s issuing clients. Prior to 2001, Mark worked at Chase Securities in the Merger ... (view full description)
Greg Hertrich joined Nomura in 2010 as head of the US Institutional Strategies Group from Deutsche Bank, where he was Head of US Bank Strategies. Previously, Greg ran the bank group at Merrill Lynch and was a senior bank strategist with Lehman Brothers after an extended tenure at First Union.
He is currently responsible for spearheading Nomura’s strategic work with US domiciled institutions in both the bank and insurance sectors across the balance sheet and income statement.
Greg serves as a strategic advisor on behalf of major stakeholders, including management teams, boards, institutional investors and regulators on risk management and corporate strategies, specifi ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President, Public Policy Executive
Bank of America
Senior Vice President, ABS
Mr. Hirshorn is currently a Senior Vice President on the US ABS Team at DBRS, Inc. in New York. He is focused on the analysis of esoteric assets, predominately aircraft. He spearheaded the development of a rating methodology for aircraft lease ABS. Before joining DBRS in December 2016, he was an independent contractor, providing advisory, risk assessment and transaction execution services to a variety of institutions.
Prior to his most recent roles, Mr. Hirshorn spent more than 20 years covering aviation, structured finance and asset financing with a variety of global financial institutions. From 2011-2015, he was responsible for origination of aircraft financings supported by ... (view full description)
Mayer Brown LLP
"Praised for being at the cutting edge on securitization issues, an absolutely brilliant lawyer" Chambers USA
Carol Hitselberger focuses her practice in the structured finance area. She spends significant time on accounting and regulatory developments that impact the structured finance industry. Carol often works with investors and issuers in structured finance products of most types, including trade receivables, credit card receivables, consumer loans, auto loans, aircraft, leases, franchise portfolios, government contracts, trademark licenses, and various other financial assets.Chambers USA highlights that "she has been doing structured finance wor ... (view full description)
Sam Hodges is co-founder and U.S. managing director of Funding Circle. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Funding Circle in the United States. Under his leadership, the business has grown exponentially and has emerged as the world’s largest online marketplace exclusively focused on small business loans, with over $2.5B in originations to-date. He co-founded the company after seeing how difficult it was to get a loan for a small business, a successful gym franchise, he invested in and helped build.
Before co-founding Funding Circle, Sam served as vice president of Business Development at SecondMarket, the le ... (view full description)
John Holahan is a partner in Dentons Capital Markets practice and co-leads the Firm's Capital Markets regulatory team. Recommended by The Legal 500 US (2014), John has spent his entire career in financial services regulation, and has vast expertise in the regulation of the banking and consumer credit markets throughout the United States. John represents Wall Street investors, domestic and foreign banking institutions, mortgage lenders and servicers, hedge funds, private equity funds, consumer reporting agencies, consumer finance companies and other financial services and Wall Street institutions in regulatory matters across the United States and before all federal and state regulators, inclu ... (view full description)
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Tom Howard is a partner in the Asset Securitization Department of Chapman and Cutler LLP. Since joining the firm, his work has focused on the representation of issuers, underwriters, investors and trustees in securitization transactions, including transactions backed by equipment leases, automobile loans, tax lien certificates, student loans, commercial loans, and residential and commercial mortgage loans.
Tom’s experience also includes work in the corporate and securities area, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities as issuer's and underwriter's counsel.
... (view full description)
Managing Director & Head of New Ratings for US Corporate Asset Securitization
Moody's Investors Service
Jian Hu is Managing Director and Head of New Ratings for US Corporate Asset Securitization that includes CLOs, Commercial and Esoteric ABS, and other structured credit products at Moody’s Investors Service. From September 2008 to September 2016, he was MD and Global Head of CLOs and Structured Credit Surveillance. He is also Moody's Global Structured Finance Research Coordinator. In addition, Jian is involved in various global research and outreach activities related to China, and Co-Chair of China Market Committee of U.S. Structured Finance Association.
Prior to September 2008, Jian was a Senior Vice President responsible for CLOs and Structured Credit research. From 2002 to 2007, he ... (view full description)
Senior Managing Director
Guggenheim Partners, LLC
Ms. Hubbell is a Senior Managing Director in Guggenheim’s investment management division responsible for developing and implementing structured investment products for Guggenheim’s institutional clients that target specific financial, regulatory, accounting, tax and investment risk objectives. She also heads the origination structuring effort for Guggenheim managed CLOs. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2010, Ms. Hubbell was a Managing Director and head of the Structured Products Group at Cantor Fitzgerald. Prior to Cantor, she headed Structured Credit at UBS and was responsible for arranging, structuring and marketing the firm’s credit-backed CLOs and other structured credit products. From 19 ... (view full description)
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Eric Hudson is a Managing Director and Head of the Structured Credit Group at Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA), with a focus on CLOs, CDOs, and warehouse financing transactions.
Hudson joined KBRA after 11 years at S&P Global Ratings, where he held various roles within the company’s structured finance ratings practice. Most recently, he was a senior director and analytical manager for S&P’s U.S. Structured Credit Group, where he led the team that was responsible for assigning ratings to all newly-issued CLO and CDO transactions. In addition to managing a multiregional team of analysts, Eric served as the face of S&P’s CLO team, leading outreach efforts among arranger ... (view full description)
Manager, Mortgage Securitization
Manulife Bank of Canada
Jacquie joined Manulife in 2005, and is currently the Manager of Mortgage Securitization at Manulife Bank of Canada. Manulife Bank is a Canadian Schedule I Bank and a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial.
Jacquie is involved in the structuring and execution of residential mortgage backed securities through both private and government backed securitization structures.
Jacquie has a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Windsor, and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CGA).
Allen & Overy LLP
John's practice focuses primarily on asset-backed securities, with extensive experience in covered bonds and the securitization of auto loans and leases, dealer floor-plan financings, credit card receivables, student loans, trade receivables, mortgage loans, servicer advances, tobacco fee settlement awards, tobacco quota payments, life settlements and utility stranded costs. He has represented issuers, underwriters, investors, credit enhancers and placement agents in connection with public and private offerings of securities and numerous asset-backed commercial paper conduit transactions. His work also includes advising clients in connection with asset purchases and dispositions and acquisit ... (view full description)
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
Alyssa is a fixed income portfolio manager on the Financial Reserves Management (FRM) team, responsible for managing US Broad Market portfolios for clients with customized risk and return objectives often related to accounting and/or regulatory constraints, such as insurance clients. Additionally, she manages select constrained structured-finance portfolios. She is also a member of the Short Duration Strategy Group and the Structured Finance Strategy Group. Alyssa is active in Wellington Management Committees and broader industry diversity efforts as a member of the Advisory Board of the Wellington Management Foundation and as a founding member of the Insurance Women’s Investment Network (IW ... (view full description)
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Adam's practice focuses primarily on structured finance transactions and asset-based financings. He advises sellers and purchasers on public and private securitization transactions involving various asset classes, including auto loans and leases, railcar leases, residential and commercial mortgage loans, credit cards and trade receivables, and on whole-business securitizations. He also has experience on ABCP and covered bond transactions.
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets
Ashish Jain joined SoFi in May 2016 and serves as Senior Vice President of Capital Solutions. He is responsible for distribution, loan sales, strategic partnerships, and growing SoFi’s institutional outreach. Prior to SoFi, Ashish worked at Deutsche Bank for 13 years. Most recently, he was Managing Director and US Head of Securitized Product Sales, a role he held for 4 years and in which he interacted with some of the world’s largest institutional investors about their investment strategies and portfolios. He began his career in Rates Sales in 2004.
Ashish received a BS in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and he has served as a member of the Carnegi ... (view full description)
Chinese Finance Association (TCFA)
Ms. Jiang is the President of The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA), a 6000 plus non-profit organization for Chinese finance professionals. TCFA has 14 active in most major financial hubs around the globe, and is an active voice in the Sino – U.S. finance and economy related exchanges.
Ms. Jiang is the Co-Chair of Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG) Chinese Market Committee, and is the Chairwoman for China Securitization Forum Policy Committee, which are the two leading industry organizations in U.S. and China.
Most recently at Credit Suisse, Ms. Jiang held various positions at top-tier companies, including Barclays Capital, CitiGroup, Deutsch Bank, and D ... (view full description)
Richard Johns is the Executive Director for the Structured Finance Industry Group, a member-based trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market.
A longtime leader in the securitization industry, Mr. Johns, 46, has more than 17 years of experience, having previously served as Head of Global Funding and Liquidity at Ally Financial Inc. Earlier in his career Mr. Johns also had roles as Head of Global Capital Markets at Capital One Financial Corp and as a transaction lead at MBNA (now Bank of America).
Throughout his career, Mr. Johns has issued securitized products across a variety of pl ... (view full description)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Jeffrey Johnson is a partner in the Structured Transactions Practice of Morgan Lewis. Jeff counsels financial institutions, finance companies, government agencies, government-sponsored entities, and investment banking firms on numerous transactions, including asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities issuances, resecuritization of financial assets, net interest margin transactions, whole loan and asset sales, financing facilities, and related regulatory matters.
He also advises on various other structured transactions involving numerous asset types and receivables, including single-family and multifamily residential mortgage loans, commercial mortgage loans, and automobile and ... (view full description)
Founder and CEO
Kah Capital Management
Adama is Vice President and head of the seasoned loans portfolio in the Investments & Capital Markets division at Freddie Mac. He launched this business area in 2011 to actively manage Freddie Mac’s large multi-billion dollar re-performing (RPL) and non-performing (NPL) loans and securities portfolio.
In addition to day-to-day portfolio and team management , his responsibilities include trading, structuring,, product development and marketing of RPLs and NPLs related securitizations and loan sales to efficiently transfer credit and market risk to private investors. He has led the execution of more than $30 billion of such transactions 2011-to-date, which include the innovatio ... (view full description)
Head of Securitized Products Research
Citi Global Markets, Inc.
Research analyst, specializing in nonmortgage ABS sectors, including credit cards, autos, student loans and a variety of esoteric ABS. Publishes frequent commentary on ABS markets, consumer credit performance, prepayments, regulation and other relevant ABS market related topics. Is a top-3 ranking analyst in the Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Research poll for 10+ years. Was previously a portfolio manager at UBS and Creditanstalt Bank
Chief Regulatory & Compliance Officer
Moody's Investors Service
Michael Kanef is the Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer for Moody’s Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for Moody’s global, regulatory outreach and compliance efforts. Michael joined Moody’s as a senior analyst in the Term Asset-Backed Securities Team in 1997 after working as an associate in the Asset-Backed Finance Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. He was appointed co-head of the U.S. Term Asset-Backed and Asset-Backed Commercial Paper rating teams in June 2000 and promoted to Group Managing Director of the US. Asset Finance Group in June 2004. His responsibilities within the U.S. Asset Finance Group included participation in meetings with Congressional ... (view full description)
Milken Institute - Center for Financial Markets
As Senior Advisor to the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets (and in his previous role of Director of the Center's Housing Finance Program), Eric Kaplan focuses on the health, sustainability, and reform of the US housing finance ecosystem. He regularly engages policymakers, regulators, industry stakeholders, and consumer advocates on such issues as the roles of public and private capital, primary and secondary market dynamics, and lending and servicing practices, maintaining a focus on consumer, industry, and systemic impact.
Kaplan brings over 27 years of housing and mortgage experience across a variety of finance, legal, and policy roles. Prior to joining the Milken I ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President
Howard A. Kaplan is a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He has more than 30 years of deep financial services industry experience, with a specialization in securitization, valuation and the capital markets. Howard is currently the global lead client service partner for a top tier global investment bank and asset management firm and the advisory partner for a top 3 global payments company. Howard is an active contributor to securitization industry advocacy efforts through the Structured Finance Association, where he serves as the chair of the board of directors and the executive committee. Previous to these roles, Howard spent over 20 years building and managing the Deloitt ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Merganser Capital Management
Eric Karlson manages a $2.6 billion structured corporate and esoteric asset backed securities portfolio for AIG Asset Management (U.S.), LLC, a registered investment advisor of American International Group, Inc.’s (“AIG’s”) family of property & casualty, life & retirement, and mortgage insurance companies. Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Karlson founded a financial services consulting firm specializing in the origination and structuring of complex financial assets. His work history includes several executive management positions including President and Managing Director of Textron Financial Corporation’s Capital Markets Group and various roles at GE Capital. Mr. Karlson graduated magna cu ... (view full description)
Chief Capital Officer
Valerie Kay is the Chief Capital Officer at LendingClub, responsible for overseeing LendingClub’s Investor Group. Valerie is be responsible for managing LendingClub’s Investor Group that spans individual investors, strategic partnerships with retail distribution partners, banks and other institutional investors including asset managers, pensions, foundations and endowments.
She brings more than 25 years of capital markets experience across a broad range of consumer asset classes. Previous to LendingClub, Valerie spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley, including 12 years as a Managing Director, where she held several leadership roles within Global Capital Markets including Deputy Head of Asse ... (view full description)
Napier Park Global Capital
Jared Keating is a Managing Director based in London at Napier Park Global Capital and helps lead the firm’s investments in real assets across the transportation and equipment sectors, including responsibility for Napier Park’s aircraft and railcar leasing programs. Prior to this, Jared focused on mergers & acquisitions and restructuring assignments at Lazard Frères & Co in New York, principally in the financial services sector. Jared also worked at Eurazeo in Paris and at Camulos Capital in London, where he was responsible for investments in private equity and distressed opportunities. Jared received an AB from Princeton University and a Masters in International Affairs, cum laude, ... (view full description)
Sr Managing Dir & Head of ABS
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Rosemary Kelley is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the ABS Group at Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA), where she leads the consumer and commercial ABS teams. She was hired in 2011 to focus on consumer ABS including auto loan, auto lease, dealer floorplan, credit card, consumer loan, student loan, and timeshare sectors. Rosemary brings over 25 years of structured finance experience to her role.Prior to joining KBRA, she rated consumer ABS transactions at DBRS after working at MBIA Insurance Corporation for 10 years. While at MBIA, Rosemary held various roles ... (view full description)
Kevin P. Kendra is a managing director in Fitch Ratings’ New York office. He currently manages the U.S. Structured Credit group responsible for collateralized loan obligations (CLO) and other structured credit ratings. The structured credit team is charged with assigning new issue CLO ratings, maintaining the accuracy of existing ratings, providing useful tools to investors and publishing research on transaction characteristics and performance.
Prior to this post he served as Group Credit Officer for U.S. and Latin America Structured Finance. In this role he maintained and further enhanced the quality of credit analysis within the structured finance and covered bonds teams, par ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
Prosper Marketplace, Inc.
David Kimball is Chief Executive Officer of Prosper Marketplace. He joined the company in March 2016 and brings more than 20 years of financial experience.
Prior to joining Prosper Marketplace, David served as Senior Financial Officer of USAA’s Chief Operating Office, where he oversaw USAA’s real estate unit, bank, P&C and life insurance companies, investment management company, and the call centers/distribution functions.
During time at USAA, he also served as USAA’s corporate treasurer and held several senior positions across several finance functions including capital markets, treasury, accounting, and FP&A.
Prior to USAA, David spent ten years ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
David Klein is CEO and Co-Founder of CommonBond, a leading fintech company that uses data and technology to lower the cost of student loans. Since launching in 2012, CommonBond has raised over $1 billion across equity and debt, and is the first and only company in finance with a 1-for-1 social mission: for every loan funded on CommonBond's platform, the company funds the education of a student in need in partnership with Pencils of Promise. A recognized authority on fintech and student debt, David's perspectives have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, TechCrunch, Inc. and more. He was featured on the Crain's New York 40 Under 40 list in 2016.
Before starting ... (view full description)
Tom is a partner with PwC's FSR (Financial Instruments, Structured Products, and Real Estate) practice. His primary focus is on business advisory services for clients within the securitization industry. With over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry and a specialization in mortgage and asset-backed securities, Tom is responsible for providing financial advisory, risk management, and systems solutions to issuers, servicers, trustees, and investors for all securitized asset types.
Tom is responsible for helping clients improve their cash flow modelling, investor reporting, and collateral analysis, and is currently assisting several securitization issuers and se ... (view full description)
President & CEO
Bernadette Kogler is Co-founder and CEO of RiskSpan and co-founder of SmartLink Lab, RiskSpan’s affiliated Fintech company. Bernadette leads RiskSpan’s strategy for its data and analytics platform and related services. She co-founded SmartLink Lab to explore emerging technologies that bring efficiencies to the capital markets, specifically the mortgage and structured finance market. Bernadette has spent the bulk of her career advising clients and designing analytical solutions that support risk mitigation and bring operational efficiencies to the mortgage market. By aggregating disparate data sources, advanced analytics and visualizations, solutions are designed to give individual users dir ... (view full description)
Steven T. Kolyer
Sidley Austin LLP
STEVEN KOLYER is a partner in the Global Finance Group in the firm’s New York office. He has broad experience in securitizations, structured credit products, investment fund formations and conventional securities offerings, focusing on CLOs/CDOs and related financings in the corporate and real estate sectors. Steven is experienced in conventional capital markets and commercial lending and credit transactions and in credit-linked and other derivative products.
Steven's experience over the years has been highlighted by transactions involving innovation and structured solutions in the capital markets. He played a lead role in the development of a number of securitization products da ... (view full description)
Adam Krahn is Vice President, Mortgage Policy and Counterparty Relations at Quicken Loans where he provides policy expertise on a wide range of issues from housing legislation, regulatory changes, and the broader policy environment in the origination, servicing and capital markets. Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Adam was involved in a similar role at Wells Fargo as assistant vice president of capital markets. Before working at Wells Fargo, Adam spend two years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau assisting in policy development in the mortgage, student loan, auto loan and peer-to-peer loan markets.
Adam earned his bachelor’s degree studying Economics and Mandarin Chines ... (view full description)
Cameron Kravitt Foundation
Jason is the founder of Mayer Brown’s securitization practice and was co-chair of the firm from 1998-2001. He has helped the firm's clients create some of the most significant securitization products used in the capital markets today and is well known for being a Co-Founder of the Securitization Industry’s original trade association; leading industry groups in connection with new legislation or regulation; helping to lead large securitization transactions such as MLEC ($100 billion) and Straight A funding ($60 billion) and large RMBS mortgage litigation settlements such as the BofA/BNY Mellon $8.5 billion settlement.
He is consistently rated in the highest category by lawyer ratings ... (view full description)
Senior Managing Director
Dave Kucera joined Capital One in 2013. Capital One is one of the seven largest banks in the U.S. with over $340 billion in assets. In 2015 he became head of the newly formed Financial Institutions Group. The group provides recourse and non-recourse financing, securitization, capital markets fund raising, advisory, and other services to companies involved in financial services and asset management throughout the U.S. across a broad range of sectors. Dave is a frequent speaker, is active in a number of industry groups, and has been a board member of several of the organizations for which he has worked.
Prior to joining Capital One, Dave led and co-founded the U.S. ... (view full description)
Partner and Head of Structured Finance
Stephen Kudenholdt is Dentons' Head of Structured Finance and a partner in the US Capital Markets practice. Stephen’s areas of practice include residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and other asset-backed securities (ABS), primarily focusing on residential mortgage loan securitization as well as re-securitization transactions involving various classes of mortgage-backed securities. He represents issuers, underwriters, loan sellers and other entities in public offerings and private placements. He has helped develop many transaction structures and formats that have become industry standards, including shifting interest subordination techniq ... (view full description)
Associate General Counsel & Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Paul Kurzeja is an Associate General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His principal practice involves the representation of the Bank in all aspects of securitization and secured lending as well as commercial real estate. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Kurzeja practiced with Mayer Brown and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He also spent several years as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche.
Directly after law school, he served as a federal judicial clerk in the Middle District of North Carolina.
Mr. Kurzeja is a cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law.
He holds a B.A. in Accounting from Moravian College and a Masters ... (view full description)
Executive Vice Chairman
Ygrene Energy Fund
Stacey Lawson brings 23 years of experience as a business executive in the areas of finance, clean energy, technology and manufacturing.
Prior to joining Ygrene Energy Fund, Stacey was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district where she advocated for property assessed clean energy (PACE) as a leading environmental policy initiative. As Ygrene’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2016, Stacey spearheaded the design and growth of Ygrene’s innovative PACE model for the residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial sectors, scaling Ygrene to over $600M in originations.
A cofounder of the Center for ... (view full description)
Structured Finance Association
Serving as President of the Structured Finance Association, Kristi Leo has more than 20 years of financial services experience, specializing in asset finance, securitization and capital markets. In this capacity, she oversees the development and implementation of SFA’s strategic plan and manages day to day execution across the organization’s programs and initiatives including policy and advocacy, communication, education and research. Kristi’s involvement with the Structured Finance Association included working as a part-time advisor, via Boulder Advisors, since shortly after SFA’s founding in 2013 until accepting the role as President in June 2019.
Prior to joining the Structure ... (view full description)
Managing Director, Structured Solutions
Marc Levine is the Managing Director at Moody’s Analytics responsible for the MA Issuer Solutions Business. The MA Issuer Solutions Business provides automated tools to Issuers, Trustees & Lenders in the structured finance space for funding, investor reporting, securitization accounting, cash flow forecasting, warehouse monitoring/compliance and regulatory disclosure.
While the business line for which Mr. Levine is responsible supports a number of products, its flagship application is Ki (www.getki.io). Ki is the next-generation version of the ABS System which is widely used by structured finance issuers globally.
Mr. Levine has spent the last 20+ years working in the ... (view full description)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Steve Levitan has extensive experience in structuring highly complex securitization transactions backed by collateral encompassing a broad range of asset types, including: student loans, auto loans, marketplace (peer-to-peer) loans; Australian mortgage loans, commercial equipment, automobile and equipment leases, credit card account receivables, residential mortgage loans, home equity loans, financed insurance premiums, residual interests in pre-existing special purpose entities, and the resecuritization of previously issued asset- and mortgage-backed securities.
Steve has represented both issuers and underwriters in public offerings, private placements, direct-lending financings, ... (view full description)
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Brent’s practice focuses on corporate finance, capital markets and securitization.
Brent represents issuers, underwriters, servicers, originators and other market participants in public and private securitizations involving residential and commercial mortgage loans. Brent also acts as counsel to sellers and purchasers of mortgage loans, servicing rights and REO properties.
Brent advises clients regarding compliance with securities law and the potential impact of proposed and enacted regulatory reforms relating to capital markets.
Represented issuers, underwriters, servicers, originators and other market participants on hundreds ... (view full description)
Mayer Brown LLP
Mayer Brown is one of the world's leading law firms for securitization. With over 100 securitization lawyers across the Americas, Europe and Asia, we offer experienced teams across a broad range of vehicles and asset classes. We are one of a handful of international law firms that have securitized virtually every asset type that can be securitized. We regularly represent commercial banks, investment banks, issuers, credit enhancers, liquidity providers, trustees, servicers, underwriters, placement agents and other transaction parties in jurisdictions around the world. Mayer Brown has been at the forefront of assisting clients with originating, acquiring, financing, and securitizing peer-to-p ... (view full description)
Wyoming Blockchain Coalition
Caitlin Long is a 22-year Wall Street veteran who has been active in bitcoin and blockchain since 2012. In 2018 she helped enact 5 blockchain-enabling laws in her native state of Wyoming, and is now working on 6 more. She jointly spearheaded a blockchain project for delivering market index data to Vanguard as chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain start-up, from 2016-18. Caitlin ran Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-2016), held senior roles at Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and began her career at Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994) and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1 ... (view full description)
China Securitization Forum
Mr. Lü is a founder and senior partner of Rong Fu Law Firm. He is legal counsel to numerous well-known Chinese public companies, and has advised on numerous securitization transactions in China, including the first aircraft lease securitization in China, Alibaba's small-loan securitization beginning in 2015 and the Shanghai Municipal Housing Pension Fund mortgage securitization in 2016. Mr. Lü is also a Director of the All-China Lawyers Association and the Deputy Director of the Shanghai Lawyers Association. He is an arbitrator for the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and a representative for the People's Congress of the Pudong New District of Shanghai. Mr. Lü is a guest researcher at the ... (view full description)
China Securitization Forum
Dr. Ma is the head of the Securitization Division at Industrial Bank (China) which has successfully issued CNY 150 billion securitization products on China’s inter-bank market, and has led the deployment of the first technology platform dedicated to Chinese securitization products. Dr. Ma led a number of innovations for securitization on China's inter-bank market, including the first deal with a revolving collateral pool and the first deal with retail financing, and he also drafted the first REITs proposal. Prior to joining Industrial Bank, Dr. Ma worked in the Financial Markets Department of the Peoples Bank of China, where he played a leading role in crafting the securitization regulations ... (view full description)
CIBC Capital Markets
Andrew joined CIBC in 2005 and is currently a Managing Director in the Securitization Group. Andrew is involved in the marketing, structuring and execution of medium term note and asset-backed commercial paper transactions across a variety of asset classes, including credit cards, automotive and equipment loans and leases, residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, dealer floorplan financing and consumer loans. He has experience
in both the execution of domestic securitizations as well as cross-border securitizations. Andrew is actively involved in new regulatory developments which impact the securitization market in Canada and has been a frequent speaker at conferences on a variety ... (view full description)
James Macmillan has over 16 years of in depth Corporate Trust experience in the relation to the US securitization market. Since 2005, he has held several management positions inside Corporate Trust both with Deutsche Bank and ABN-AMRO LaSalle N.A.. In these roles, he oversaw analytic/reporting solutions, platforms for structured products in addition to product development across a large portfolio of ABS, RMBS, CMBS, CRE-CDO deals. At DB, James is viewed as instrumental in building the CMBS trustee book (over 100 deals since 2007). James is an active member of CREFC serving on trustee/servicer committees as well as participating in panel and roundtable discussions. In 2015, James was selecte ... (view full description)
Head of Structured Markets
Amanda Magliaro Head of Global Structured Finance Distribution.
Amanda joined Citi’s U.S. Syndicate Desk in 2002 upon graduation from Columbia Business School, where she received an M.B.A. in Finance. While at Columbia Business School, Amanda was the President of Columbia Women in Business. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1996 with a major in Economics and Japanese Studies, with Dean’s list Honors. Amanda is Co-Head of the Markets Diversity Committee, and is the Chair of Citi's International Women's Day Commitee and she was chosen for Citi's Womens Leadership Development Program "Women Leading Citi". She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Japanese. Amanda serves o ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President
Elaine is a Senior Vice President in the Global Corporate Trust Services CDO group at U.S. Bank based in Houston. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, she spent 25 years with JPMorgan and BNYM. She managed the CDO Transaction Management Group whose responsibility was to lead a team of professionals performing document review, negotiation of transaction documents, and interact with deal parties with a focus of mitigating risk. She was also a Senior Transaction Manager and Relationship Manager working on first to market structured finance transactions. Elaine has worked with leading investment banks, collateral managers, and various market participants in the CLO market during her career. Elaine is a g ... (view full description)
Vice President, National Sales
Sharif Mahdavian is Vice President, National Sales at ComplianceEase, a leading provider of mortgage compliance technology solutions to the financial services industry. Prior to joining the company, he served in a business development role at Lenderlive, where he was actively involved in operational implementation of regulatory disclosures for secondary market transactions.
Mr. Mahdavian has a decade of experience as an analyst and manager in the Structured Finance Department at Standard & Poor’s from 2005-2015, where he most recently served as Managing Director and Analytical Leader in the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) group. Prior to joining S&P, Mr. ... (view full description)
Managing Partner & Founder
Eagle Point Credit Management
Tom is the Managing Partner and founder of Eagle Point Credit Management. Tom has been involved in the formation and/or monetization of nearly 100 CLO transactions across multiple market cycles. Tom led the creation of some of the earliest refinancing CLOs, pioneering techniques which are now commonplace in the market. He has spent his entire career in the structured finance and credit markets.
Tom serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Point Credit Company (NYSE: ECC) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Point Income Company (NYSE: EIC). Tom is also a director of Marble Point Loan Financing Ltd. (LSE: MPLF).
Prior to founding Eagle Point with ... (view full description)
Advisory Specialist Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Dzmitry, VP of Business Solution Architecture in Deloitte & Touche LLP, has over 15 years of experience designing and developing financial technology solutions. He manages development for Asset Management, Financial Performance, Data Management and Digitization products. Dzmitry’s experience includes a variety of asset classes including asset backed securities and syndicated loans. Dzmitry is a Deloitte Advisory Blockchain Fellow with a mandate to explore what impact Blockchain technology can have on Financial Services industry. He is also involved in other emerging technologies including machine learning, natural language processing and robotic processing automation.
C. Adrian Marshall, CFA, Managing Director, is a member of Americas Fixed Income within Alpha Strategies. He is a portfolio manager on the Bank Loans team.
Mr. Marshall moved into his current position in 2007; he was previously a sector specialist on the investment grade corporate bond team. Prior to moving to portfolio management in 2003, he spent two years in Tokyo as a member of the product development and investment management groups at Nomura BlackRock Asset Management Co., Ltd., BlackRock's former Tokyo-based joint venture. Mr. Marshall began his career at BlackRock in 1999 as an account manager for institutional clients in the US and internationally.
Mr. Ma ... (view full description)
Managing Director, Head of Consumer ABS Research
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
John McElravey, CFA, is a managing director in the Structured Products Research group at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, where he is Head of Consumer ABS Research. John has 30 years of capital markets experience focusing on Structured Finance, Fixed Income and Economic Research. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2007, John was in charge of ABS research, strategy and trading for Asset Allocation & Management Co. in Chicago.
From 1997 to 2004, he was a member of the ABS research group at Banc One Capital Markets. Before that, John worked at Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Co. in the ABS ratings group. Early in his career, John was an economic analyst in the economic resea ... (view full description)
Cerberus Capital Management
Kevin McLeod, Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management. Mr. McLeod manages the formation, structuring, development and marketing of the investing vehicles of Cerberus Business Finance, the middle-market direct lending business of Cerberus. Prior to joining Cerberus in 2006, Mr. McLeod managed the Leveraged Finance Group at CIBC World Markets where he originated, structured and executed transactions involving high yield debt securities, leveraged loans, privately placed mezzanine securities and merchant banking investments. Formerly, Mr. McLeod was a mechanical and aerospace engineer at the Pratt & Whitney Division of United Technologies Corp. Mr. McLeod earned a BS in Mechanical ... (view full description)
Kirkland & Ellis
Janette McMahan leads the asset finance and securitization group in Kirkland’s New York office. She specializes in auto loan, auto lease, marketplace loan and trade receivables transactions. Additionally, Janette has represented clients in whole business securitizations, single-family rental deals, equipment financings, health care receivables transactions, restructurings, investments and acquisitions. Janette has worked with auto ABS sponsors in drafting comment letters on regulatory reform since 2010, including on Regulation AB II, shelf eligibility, loan level disclosures and risk retention.
Product Development Manager
Dan is a Product Development Manager on the Single-Family Strategy, Insights & Marketing team at Fannie Mae, where he focuses on lender solutions and market innovation. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Dan served as Director of Secondary and Capital Markets at the Mortgage Bankers Association where he represented the mortgage industry on regulatory and policy issues impacting the agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities markets. He also led the formation of a Fintech Working Group comprised of mortgage industry experts to help identify and explore emerging trends and policy issues resulting from technological innovations.
Dan received his J.D. from The George Washington ... (view full description)
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Patrick McShane is a Senior Director at Kroll Bond Rating Agency and covers commercial and esoteric ABS. Previously, Mr. McShane was a Senior Associate within DZ Bank’s Asset Securitization Group and specialized in the financing of equipment leases, lottery receivables, structured settlements and tax liens. Prior to DZ Bank, Mr. McShane worked within the Structured Securities origination and structuring group at Bank of America and as an analyst within ING's Asset Securitization Group. Mr. McShane holds a bachelor of science degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.
Head of Capital Markets
Karan is the Head of Capital Market’s at Marlette Funding, LLC and responsible for all financing, whole loan sales and ABS capital markets activities. Under Karan’s management Marlette has successfully raised over $500 million in warehouse capacity enabling the retention of loans on the balance sheet. He structured and developed the securitization program from the ground-up in 2016, and till date Marlette collateral has backed over $1.5 billion in issuances.
Prior to joining Marlette in 2015, Karan spent 12 years at Deutsche Bank most recently leading coverage of the US consumer unsecured and small business sectors with the Structured Products group.
He has also worked in Asia with Merrill L ... (view full description)
Chris is a Financial Markets Partner based in Washington, DC with over fifteen years of financial services and capital markets experience. Chris provides valuation, accounting, risk management, and governance advice to a diverse group of U.S. and foreign financial and nonfinancial institutions, investment advisors, government sponsored entities and federal government agencies.
Chris co-leads technology and digital transformation for Financial Markets. Chris is an innovator, leveraging his expertise to develop technology enabled solutions which transform and disrupt the capital markets. Chris assists clients with the development of strategies to deploy robotics process automat ... (view full description)
Rich is the chief U.S. liaison for the China Securitization Forum (http://www.chinasecuritization.org/en/Institution.aspx?classCode=440). Rich is an associate in the Charlotte office of Dechert LLP, where his practice principally involves assisting investment bank and asset manager clients in CLO securitizations and other structured finance transactions. Rich was formerly a legal translator in the Shanghai, China office of a U.K.-based international law firm; he's been following the development of the structured finance and fintech sector in China over the course of the past several years and he reports on related legal and regulatory developments in a blog available at http://chinastructu ... (view full description)
Group MD, Head of Global Structured Finance
Claire J. Mezzanotte is a Group Managing Director with DBRS and is head of the Global Structured Finance Group. She is responsible for managing the rating teams, quantitative analysis, research and surveillance functions based in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto. Claire is also the Chair of the Structured Finance Criteria Committee, which approves rating methodologies prior to the Independent Review Function.
Previously, Claire was Head of Structured Finance Credit Policy where she was responsible for managing the development of global structured finance rating methodologies, serving as Chair of the Structured Finance Criteria Committee in addition to establishing policies ... (view full description)
Bank of America
Mr. Michael joined BofA Merrill as a managing director in 2009 and is in charge of non-Agency RMBS structuring.
Prior to joining BofA Merrill, he was a managing director at Fortress Investment Group where he was part of a team that managed a portfolio of sub-prime and option arm securities. From 1994 through 2004 he was employed at Bear, Stearns & Co. From 2004 to 2008 he was the senior structurer on the Adjustable Rate Mortgage trading desk.
Mr. Michael holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Ben Miller is Senior Vice President and Treasurer for Exeter Finance Corp, headquartered in Irving, Texas. His responsibilities include Capital Markets strategy, Liquidity Management, Interest Rate risk management and Investor outreach.
Prior to joining Exeter in 2015, Ben held roles as Treasurer for Nissan North America and Nissan Europe since 2011. Before joining Nissan, Ben managed Treasury functions for World Omni Financial Corp and Capital One.
Ben earned a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Blockchain Consulting LLC
Gary is working on projects involving blockchain technology and their applications in the structured finance sector as well as redeveloping mortgage warehousing as an asset class in the asset-backed market. He has an extensive background in structured finance having had roles spanning the entire securitization process for both consumer and commercial financial assets. He pioneered new asset classes in the ABCP conduit space while at Credit Agricole where he was a Managing Director and Head of Originations. Prior to that he worked in the term ABS banking sector at Banc One Capital Markets after a tenure in CMBS and Fixed Income Sales at Bank United Texas. He began his career at Chrysler C ... (view full description)
Steven runs the Consumer Structured Finance business within the Investment Banking Division (IBD). The team covers a range of specialty finance assets including traditional sectors such as Auto, Credit Cards and Student Loans to more emergent areas like Fintech, Point of Sale Finance and SME lending. He is a member of Structured Finance Capital Committee and is co-captain of the Tulane University recruiting team. Prior to joining IBD, Steven worked in the Securities Division structuring deals for consumer and commercial clients. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an associate and was named managing director in 2012 and partner in 2018.
Prior to joining the firm, Steven work ... (view full description)
Vice President, Master Servicing
Diane Moormann is a Vice President of Master Servicing at Nationstar Mortgage. Diane manages the Ancillary services team which includes Servicer Oversight and Compliance, Trust Collapse Administration, and Business Development. In her seventeen years in Master Servicing, Diane worked in Training and went on to establish and manage both Quality Assurance and MS Risk and Compliance. Prior to her tenure with Master Servicing, Diane held various positions in Servicing and Compliance. She has served on several ASF committees such as the Regulation AB implementation, Reg AB II, and the Master Servicing subcommittee. Diane has an A.A. in Marketing from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a B.A. ... (view full description)
Nancy Mueller Handal
Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director
Nancy Mueller Handal is a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Global Structured Products. The group consists of the following units: Structured Finance, Alternative Investments and Index Strategies. Alternative Investments includes a global portfolio of limited partnership investments in hedge funds and private equity funds as well as direct mezzanine and equity co-investments. Structured finance includes a portfolio of Domestic and International ABS, CMBS, RMBS and Residential Mortgage Loans. Index Strategies includes both Fixed Income and Equity index accounts.
Prior to leading the Structured Products Group, Nancy was the head of the Global Structured Finance group at ... (view full description)
Managing Director - Structured Finance
Moody's Investors Service
Kruti Muni heads the U.S. Consumer Assets Securitization surveillance team at Moody’s. This team is responsible for surveillance of all consumer-focused asset classes in the U.S including consumer ABS and RMBS.
Prior to her current role, Kruti had managed multiple credit ratings teams at Moody’s including those responsible for analyzing securitizations backed by the U.S. credit cards, consumer loans, student loans, auto loans & leases, RMBS, covered bonds, Single Family Rentals, among others. She also led the U.S., Originator Assessments and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) RMBS teams.
Kruti has published and spoken extensively on Moody&rsquo ... (view full description)
Senior Managing Director
Prashant Mupparapu is Senior Managing Director in Macquarie’s Commodities and Financial Markets (“CFM”) division in New York and Houston. Prashant has over 18 years of experience providing financing and risk management products to clients in the Energy, Agriculture and Metals sectors. At Macquarie, he leads teams that provide comprehensive solutions for clients by combining Macquarie's financing, trading, and principal investing capabilities.
Prashant has over 18 years of experience executing on structured products for the merchant energy asset development and finance sector to achieve larger goals within the capital structure. Previously at Credit Suisse, he was part of the leve ... (view full description)
Natixis Real Estate Capital LLC
Greg Murphy joined Natixis (then CDC) in May 2000 and oversees a team of nearly 50 professionals incorporating loan originations, transactions management, asset management and real estate capital markets.
Mr. Murphy has over thirty years of capital markets experience, with twenty of those years spent in the commercial real estate market, the balance in other securitized asset markets and derivatives. He joined Natixis from Nomura Securities where he was a Managing Director and Head of CMBS Trading in the Structured Finance Group. Prior to Nomura, Mr. Murphy held similar posts at Chase Manhattan Bank and Citicorp.
Mr. Murphy received an MBA in Finance and Internat ... (view full description)
Ned brings over 25 years of proven FinTech experience rapidly growing software, data, and information businesses in structured finance, mortgage and capital markets while managing marketing, sales, product, operations, and strategy functions. In this role as AlphaPoint’s Head of Product, Ned is charged with leading the product management and marketing of the company. Prior to joining AlphaPoint, Ned led the capital markets and government businesses for Black Knight Inc.’s Data & Analytics division, a leader in mortgage information. Ned also spent over two decades with Lewtan, a securitization data & software company, holding positions that included head of Sales and Marketing, Genera ... (view full description)
Executive Vice President
Jason Nadeau works with Factom to lead the strategy for the mortgage industry including revenue growth, strategic partnerships and business development strategy. Nadeau comes to Factom from Corsair Associates where as Senior Director he provides strategic consulting to mortgage technology companies.
Before Corsair Associates, he served as Group President at Stewart Title and CEO of Stewart Lender Services. Nadeau also served as Founder, President, and CTO of RealEC Technologies (now a Black Knight company) where he and the leadership team developed the largest Electronic Partner Network for the Mortgage Industry. Prior to RealEC, Nadeau spent time in technology leadership roles f ... (view full description)
As an analyst in the Fixed Income Credit Research Group at Wellington Management, Carolyn is primarily responsible for the analysis of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). She also works closely with the team in the analysis of other structured products, which include non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and asset-backed securities (ABS). Carolyn is a member of Wellington Management’s Structured Finance Strategy Group.
Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Carolyn was a vice president with Citigroup Insurance Investments, where she was a senior ABS Analyst (2004 – 2005); a portfolio manager at Webster Bank (2003 ... (view full description)
Matthew Natcharian is Head of the Barings Structured Credit Investment Group and a member of the firm’s Global Strategy Committee. He actively participates in the portfolio management of all structured credit focused portfolios and is responsible for structured credit investments, primarily in collateralized loan obligations. Matthew has over 19 years of industry experience that has encompassed CLOs and securitized corporate credit, including synthetic credit products. Prior to joining the firm in 1995, he was a financial information analyst at Allmerica Financial and also New England Mutual Life. He has served as a Director of Invicta Capital LLC, a credit derivative product company, from 2 ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President- ABS
Morningstar Credit Ratings
David Nathanson, CFA is focusing on the ABS and CLO ratings process, as well as development of criteria and analytics. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2014, David was a lead analyst in the structured finance group of Moody’s Investors Service, where he focused on CLOs and esoteric ABS.
David also worked for Credit Policy Research focusing on model validation and methodology reviews. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2008, David held various analytical, development, and program management roles in Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan.
Nathanson holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and a master’ ... (view full description)
Senior Portfolio Manager
Angel Oak Capital Advisors
Mr. Negandhi focuses on building and managing structured investment strategies within the asset backed securities market.
Mr. Negandhi previously worked within the investment grade corporate bond and collateralized loan obligation fixed income markets, managing a portfolio up to $2 billion in assets at Washington Mutual Bank. Mr. Negandhi guided investments based on risk analysis and exposure valuations, including monitoring credit default and interest rate risk.
Mr. Negandhi holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia College and State University and an M.B.A. from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Chief Operating Officer
Dawn is a technology startup veteran with over twenty years of experience building teams at innovative companies leading to successful exits. She grew support operations leading to a multi-billion-dollar IPO at NetZero/United Online. Prior to NetZero she managed technology teams at Microcom (acquired by Compaq), and InterAccess (acquired by Allegiance Telecom). She is currently the Co-Founder and COO of Netki, a blockchain solutions provider focused on digital identity and regulatory compliance. Dawn recently spoke at TEDx Los Angeles on the challenges facing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and was named one of the Power Women in FinTech by InnoTribe’s Bridging ... (view full description)
Director, Mortgage Trading
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Katrina Niehaus is a Managing Director in the Structured Finance business within the Investment Banking division and leads Goldman’s Corporate Securitization Group. Katrina joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an Analyst and was named Managing Director in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Katrina was an Analyst in the ABS Finance group at Lehman Brothers where she focused on esoteric asset securitization.
Ms. Niehaus has experience structuring and executing transactions in a broad array of asset classes including: solar, utility rate reduction bonds, rental car, whole businesses, intellectual property and small business loans. Ms. Niehaus received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton ... (view full description)
Senior Managing Director, ABS Commercial
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Tony Nocera is a Managing Director covering commercial and non-traditional ABS at Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc. At KBRA, Tony covers transactions in various asset classes including small to mid ticket leasing, operating assets (marine container, railcars, trucks and aircraft), whole business securitizations, as well as the more esoteric, non-traditional deals.
Prior to joining KBRA, Tony was with Ambac Assurance, where he managed a portfolio of in excess of $12 billion, and Standard & Poors, where he rated commercial asset ABS. Prior to that, he was a relationship manager at Fleet Bank (now B of A) covering specialty finance companies.
Altus Power America Management
Lars Norell is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Altus Power America Management. Before starting Altus, Mr. Norell was a Principal and Managing Director at Cohen & Company where he served as Head of Capital Markets and subsequently led the Alternative Assets effort. Prior to joining Cohen & Company in February of 2006, Mr. Norell was a Managing Director and Co-Head of US Structured Credit Products at Merrill Lynch. Before that he was a Vice President and investment banker in the Credit Products Group at Credit Suisse. Mr. Norell began his career as an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in 1998. Educated in Europe and the U.S., Mr. Norell has a BSBA from IUM in France and a J.D. fro ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
Beth O’Brien is the Founder and CEO of CoreVest American Finance (“CoreVest”), the leading private lender to residential real estate investors. CoreVest was founded in 2014 to address the unique needs of investors in the single-family rental and bridge loan space who were not served well by either commercial or residential products. Under Beth’s leadership, CoreVest has closed over $3.5B in loans in that market and have issued over $1B in single-family rental bonds including the inaugural deal with Freddie Mac. Previously, Beth was Executive Vice President at Auction.com, where she ran residential capital markets, and was President of AuctionFinance.com, where she ran the financing strateg ... (view full description)
Maeve O’Brien is the Global head for CLO and Loan servicing for BNY Mellon. Together with her team of 330 Industry professionals located in 6 locations in the US and EMEA they service in excess of 300 clients administering 1,250 loan portfolios. A key part of Maeve’s role is to work with enterprise technology and operations to identify ways to enhance our client’s experience and setting the strategic vision for the future of our Global Loan Servicing.
Prior to her current role Maeve was responsible for the Latin American and Canadian Corporate Trust cross border business. In her role, she oversees the retentive sales efforts as well as all client service activities supporting tha ... (view full description)
Bank of America
Theresa joined Merrill's research team in 1998. She provides credit, prepayment and relative value analysis in the ABS sector. Immediately prior to joining Merrill, Theresa spent 12 years in the Investment Department at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
During most of that time, she managed MetLife's $5.5 billion ABS portfolio and $1.5 billion non-Agency MBS portfolios. At MetLife she also worked in their portfolio management and corporate private placement groups. Before joining MetLife, she spent several years in the mortgage department of a thrift institution and a mortgage banking company.
Theresa earned her MBA from Fordham University in 1991.
Stephen Obie has sophisticated experience in all aspects of the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act.
Stephen held several top positions during his 15 years at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including running the New York office. Moreover, during the financial crisis from July 2008 to September 2010, he was the Acting Director of the CFTC's Division of Enforcement and co-chaired the Securities and Commodities Subcommittee of the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force from 2009 to 2010. While at the CFTC, he was an advisor to senior management and presidential appointees on enforcement and policy m ... (view full description)
Co-founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer
Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Mark Okada is Co-founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, L.P., a multibillion-dollar global alternative investment firm. In his role, Mr. Okada oversees Highland’s broad investment activities across the institutional and retail investment platforms, which include hedge funds, separate accounts, special situation private equity, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), mutual funds, and ETFs. With more than 30 years of experience in credit markets, Mr. Okada is widely regarded as an industry innovator in alternative credit investing; he is responsible for structuring one of the industry’s first non-bank CLOs and is a pioneer in the development of the bank loan m ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President, Master Servicing
Nationstar Mortgage / Mr. Cooper Group
Michele Olds is a Senior Vice President at Nationstar Mortgage LLC "Nationstar" in Denver, Colorado. Michele manages the Master Servicing division at Nationstar. She has 26 years of experience in master servicing and SBO2000 and has been with Nationstar (successor by acquisition to Aurora Loan Services LLC) since 2005.
Prior to joining Nationstar, Michele managed the Master Servicing division at JPMorgan Chase. She also worked at Credit Suisse and First Union (Wachovia). She works with Servicers, Trustees, and Investors on RMBS securitizations and whole loan transactions. Michele is significantly involved with industry partners through her involvement with the Structured Finance Indust ... (view full description)
Head of CMBS Research
Wells Fargo Securities
Lea Overby is managing director of structured finance research for Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC. She is responsible for increasing Morningstar’s thought leadership presence across the structured finance community through publishing market driven research, holding investor meetings, and representing the firm in various industry groups.
In addition, she serves as a knowledge base for the investor community, as well as for issuers and arrangers, and she works closely with Morningstar’s leaders to support various ratings activities and business initiatives.
Overby has more than 15 years of experience in structured finance as both an investor and ... (view full description)
Saffet Ozbalci, CFA, Managing Director, is Co-head of the US CLO tranche investing business within Global Fixed Income and a member of Securitized Asset Investment Team. Mr. Ozbalci is a senior CLO trader and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Ozbalci is also responsible for investing in CLOs for a number of BlackRock managed funds
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2012, he was with BNP Paribas, most recently as head of CLO trading. Prior to this role, Mr. Ozbalci was a Portfolio Manager at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where he was responsible for the trading of securitized credit assets and management of short-duration fixed income portfolios. In his previous role, Mr. Ozbalci was an ABS ... (view full description)
Mahesh Pakianathan is Managing Director and Head of Technology for Corporate Trust Technology at BNY Mellon.
Mahesh’s teams manage technology development, architecture, operations and digitization for the Corporate Trust business and the Government sector. Mahesh also leads the company’s mission to transform legacy systems to user-centric, automated, mobile-first, and cloud-enabled solutions based on BNY Mellon’s NEXEN technologies.
Mahesh and his team recently won the 2017 CSO50 award for being recognized as a security thought leader in cyber custodian solutions.
Prior to BNY Mellon, Mahesh was Chief Technology Officer at Gemini Systems where he l ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President, Single Family Portfolio Management
Kevin Palmer is SVP of Credit Risk Transfer at Freddie Mac. He is responsible for Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) for the Single Family business. In this capacity he leads all CRT efforts including the STACR securitization, Mortgage insurance, ACIS reinsurance, FWLS and other front end risk transfer offerings. In addition he is responsible for the Single Family costing process that assists in guarantee pricing.
Since 2001 Kevin has served in a variety of other positions at Freddie Mac including whole loan trading, non-agency ABS portfolio and risk management.
Kevin holds an MBA in Finance from Virginia Tech and a BA in Economics from Weber State University.
Deputy Secretary General
China Securitization Forum
Dr. Yang Pang is the Executive Secretary General of China Securitization Forum. He has over fifteen years of experience in global securitization industry, and has been closely involved in the growth of securitization sector in China. Dr. Pang is also the CEO of Shanghai Alliance Financial Services, which focuses on building information technology supporting the analysis, valuation and trading of securitized products. Prior to working in China, he was a partner and senior executive in a global asset management firm which specializes in investments in structured credit and structured finance assets. Before working in financial services industry, Dr. Pang was an assistant professor of physics a ... (view full description)
Aashh Parekh is a Director in the Structured Securities Research area of the Global Public Markets Group at TIAA-CREF.
CRE Financial Council
Lisa Pendergast is the Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC), was the 2010/2011 President and formerly a member of CREFC’s Board of Governors for over nine years. Ms. Pendergast previously served on the Editorial Board of CREFC’s CRE Finance World. Lisa has been a top-ranked research analyst in the highly competitive Institutional Investor All-American Fixed-Income Research Team survey in the CMBS category. She has published several articles and reports on various aspects of the CMBS markets that appear in industry handbooks and academic journals, and is often quoted in the financial press on commercial real estate debt-related issues.
Prior to CREF ... (view full description)
Joint Chief Executive Officer
Highly professional executive who has extensive financial services experience, Mary has over 30 years of leadership and management in the Finance Industry. Mary’s key area of focus has been structured finance and more particularly securitisation.
More recently Marys experience has expanded to mergers and acquisition, strategic planning and currently as CEO. Mary’s interest in securitisation developed during her 11 years with Macquarie Bank where she developed funding utilised securitisation as an efficient means of financing for many clients including Melbourne Water, the transaction securing deal of the year.
Prior to joining RESIMAC in 2003, Mary spent 3 years at P ... (view full description)
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Ira Powell is the Chief Credit Officer of Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. Ira joined the company from Goldman Sachs, where he served as a Vice President and the Head of Money Market Origination within the Investment Banking Division. Prior to his role at Goldman Sachs, Ira was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch. Ira began his career at Clifford Chance, followed by a two year stint at Fitch Ratings as a founding member of their Asset Backed Commercial Paper Group. Ira holds a B.S. from Cornell University and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Managing Director, Head of ABS & CMBS Syndication
Dmitri Rabin is a vice president of Loomis, Sayles & Company. He is the co-head of the mortgage and structured finance group, with a focus on coordinating of the firm’s research and trading capabilities in this area. Dmitri co-leads the group in developing and implementing investment strategies for asset-backed securities, commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities and covered bond sectors across all fixed income products. He is also a co-portfolio manager for securitized credit investment strategies.
Dmitri has 18 years of investment industry experience. He joined Loomis Sayles in 2008 and has been a strategist responsible for global residential real estate, RMBS ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
Perry Rahbar is founder and CEO of dv01, the reporting and analytics platform that provides institutional investors transparency into lending markets, starting with marketplace lending. He founded dv01 to solve the challenges he encountered during his decade-long career trading mortgage bonds at Bear Stearns (Managing Director, MBS trading) and J.P. Morgan (Executive Director, Co-Head of CMBS trading).
To date, dv01’s portfolio management software has provided investors insight into more than $30 billion of loans (>50% of total) from the biggest marketplace lenders, including LendingClub, Prosper, and SoFi. By offering unrivaled data transparency and integrity, dv01 aims to ... (view full description)
BMO Capital Markets
Terry has been a Managing Director in the BMO Capital Markets’ Securitization Group for the past 15 years. During this time he has worked as an originator and structurer on many public and private term ABS transactions and conduit ABCP transactions. Terry has worked with a wide variety of asset classes, including auto and equipment leases and loans, dealer floorplan financing loans, residential mortgages, credit card receivables, daily car rental assets and trade receivables.
Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Terry was a partner with the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto, Ontario. During his time at Davies, Terry’s practice focused on corporate ... (view full description)
Wells Fargo Securities
Fifth Third Bank
Pete is responsible for origination and execution of structured debt solutions for Fifth Third's corporate clients across commercial assets. Specific focus on middle market corporate debt, equipment loan/lease receivables, and railcar leases. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Pete was a senior originator for the Asset-Backed Finance Group of Wells Fargo Securities. Pete's experience spans multiple asset classes including equipment, corporate debt, cell towers, billboards, whole business securitizations, ratepayer bonds, marine containers, railcars, and other operating and financial assets.
Pete graduated from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pe ... (view full description)
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Head, US CLO New Issue
Amit Roy is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs and heads the US CLO New Issue business for the firm. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 and has been directly involved in structuring and placing over $50bn of securities backed by bank loans, high yield bonds, investment grade securities, private placements and emerging market securities.
Amit holds an MBA, with honors, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and S.B. degrees in Economics and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Dirk Rueter is a partner in the firm's Toronto office and co-head of its Structured Finance and Securitization Group in Toronto. His practice focuses on structured finance, including asset-backed financings, covered bond issuances and derivative transactions. Mr. Rueter's securitization practice covers a broad range of asset classes, including loans, leases, residential and commercial mortgages, trade receivables and stranded costs. He has extensive experience in both domestic and cross border public and private securitization transactions. Mr. Rueter has participated in and spoken at a number of industry conferences in Canada and the United States in the, areas of securitization and structu ... (view full description)
Head of Financial Services, Europe and Asia
Värde Partners, Inc.
Craig Rydqvist is a Senior Managing Director of Värde and the Global Head of Capital Markets, maintaining relationships with lenders and providing capital markets advisory and execution support globally. Based in London, he joined the firm in 2014 to establish the Capital Markets function.
Prior to joining Värde, Craig ran Structured Finance Origination and Structuring for the U.K. at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he established the bank and capital markets financing for SAV Credit/NewDay, a Värde investment. Prior to RBS, Craig worked in the Emerging Markets business of Barclays Capital and he began his career training as a Chartered Accountant in the Financial Sector practic ... (view full description)
Peter Sack is a Managing Director in the New York office of Credit Suisse. Pete heads Mortgage Finance at Credit Suisse, within Global Asset Finance. He oversees financing and securitization underwriting of newly-originated and seasoned agency, non-agency and non-performing residential mortgages and related assets, including mortgage warehouse financing.
Pete has worked in the mortgage business at Credit Suisse since 2001. Prior to joining the bank, Pete was an attorney with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he advised clients in regard to residential and commercial mortgage securitizations and derivative transactions.
DWS Investment Management
Ms. Salas is a Director at DWS Investment Management where she is a structured finance research analyst specializing in collateralized loan obligations. In addition to making investment recommendations on CLOs for the global platform, Ms. Salas also works with the leveraged loan team who manages CLOs to advise on structuring, documentation and new issuance. Prior to joining DWS in 2005, she was a Director at FitchRatings responsible for rating Collateralized Debt Obligations and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities.
Ms. Salas has BS in Finance from the University of Delaware and is CFA Charterholder. She has 19 years of industry experience.
New York Life Investors
Mr. Saltaformaggio is a Director in the Structured Products Group at NYL Investors and is responsible for investing in CLOs on behalf of the General Account and Third Party Portfolios. He also has experience investing in Asset Backed Securities as well as Short Term Interest Rate Securities. Mr. Saltaformaggio joined New York Life Investments in 2004 as an Assistant Trader and Portfolio Analyst in the High Yield Group until 2011. Prior to joining New York Life Investments, Mr. Saltaformaggio was an Associate at New York Life Insurance Company in the Variable Annuity business. Mr. Saltaformaggio received a B.A. in Economics from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A from Fordham University.
Head of Securitisation
National Australia Bank
Advisory Managing Director
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Prakash Santhana, Managing Director, Deloitte Advisory, leads the Payments Integrity work for financial services, retailers and service providers. He also co-leads the Deloitte Blockchain and Cryptocurrency community. He has worked in the fraud/risk management groups of large credit card issuers and payment startups for over 20 years.
He has extensive experience in mitigating fraud across payment types and channels, including mobile and online, and is currently working on a BigData/Machine Learning framework to detect cyber criminal activities targeting banks and financial institutions.
He is also focused on deploying the blockchain infrastructure for entities across ... (view full description)
Alston & Bird LLP
Patrick C. Sargent is a partner in the Finance Group of Alston & Bird LLP, located in their Dallas office. He focuses on structured finance and capital markets transactions, including extensive experience in commercial real estate finance and securitization, collateralized mortgage obligations, and repurchase facilities, as well as structured financings of other diverse asset types. He has represented issuers, underwriters, lenders, servicers, investors, and national credit rating agencies in public and private structured finance transactions and other debt and equity transactions. Pat currently serves on the Structured Finance Industry Group Board of Directors, the Board of Governors ... (view full description)
S&P Global Ratings
Kate Scanlin is a Senior Director within the U.S. Structured Credit group at S&P Global Ratings. In her current role, she leads the monitoring efforts for the surveillance of the structured credit transactions backed by non-traditional assets. She is also a senior analyst for cash flow and hybrid collateral debt obligations.
Before joining the Structured Credit group in 2003, Kate worked in S&P Global Ratings information Services, supporting Operations and Product Development.
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe
Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) is co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe alongside Mika Brzezinski—a show that Time Magazine calls “revolutionary.” Morning Joe features interviews with top newsmakers and in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. The New York Times has ranked Morning Joe as one of today’s top morning news shows and has praised Joe and Mika's natural repartee and off-the-cuff commentary. The New Yorker has described the show as "appallingly entertaining.” In 2016, Joe, along with host Mika Brzezisnki, was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
Joe was named to the prestigious “Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people, and Vanity Fair named bo ... (view full description)
Manager, Capital Markets
CNH Industrial Capital
Ms. Schlueter joined CNHI in 2008, and is responsible for issuance of public and private ABS and unsecured bonds, obtaining bank/conduit lending and procuring credit lines for CNH Industrial and its North American captive finance subsidiary, CNH Industrial Capital LLC, as well as acting as the rating agency liaison for the company. CNH Industrial is a major manufacturer of agricultural, construction and commercial equipment throughout the world, with about $25 billion in revenues and 64,000 employees. CNH Industrial Capital currently finances approximately $13.5 billion of equipment purchases, and has issued over $45 billion in asset-backed securities since 1992. Ms. Schlueter's responsib ... (view full description)
Pat is responsible for introducing Wilmington Trust’s full array of trust and agency services to corporations and financial institutions throughout the country and in several off-shore jurisdictions. She specializes in asset-backed securitizations for all asset classes as well as services specific to special purposes entities, including those utilized by Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and the Commercial Real Estate industry.
Pat is an active participant in the Structured Finance Industry Group and is a member of its Board of Directors. She is a past board member of the American Securitization Forum and a previous chair of its Communication and Education Committee. She is a frequen ... (view full description)
Napier Park Global Capital
Serhan Secmen is head of the CLO business at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Mr. Secmen oversees the CLO issuance as well as CLO investments in structured credit instruments. Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013.
Prior to joining CCA in August 2008, Serhan was a CLO trader at Lehman Brothers. Prior to his post at Lehman Brothers, he spent several years in Texas as a project manager focusing on special project financing.
Since 2006, Serhan has also been involved in various industry forums and networks, including the investor roundtables for Moody's, S&P, and Fitch Ratings.
He freque ... (view full description)
Mr. Shea joined MUFG in December 2013. Mr. Shea has over 20 years of experience in Structured Products working with a broad mix of issuers across many structures (Loan, Bond, L/C, CDS, TRS & Repo) under a diverse set of circumstances (acquisition finance, corporate recapitalizations, distressed/rescue finance & short/long-term funding situations). Prior to joining MUFG, Mr. Shea formed his own advisory firm focused on the specialty finance sector and was the CRO for a subprime auto finance company. Mr. Shea also worked at UBS where he was the co-head of the ABS Capital Markets & Financing Business in the U.S. Prior work experience also includes Deutsche Bank, Prudential Investme ... (view full description)
Mr. Siberio is a vice president and portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office, focusing on commercial real estate related investments. He concentrates on debt investments, including whole loan, subordinate and mezzanine financing, and also has involvement in commercial mortgage-backed securities. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2013, he worked at Morgan Stanley as an associate in commercial real estate loan trading with an emphasis on new issue CMBS and CRE debt syndication. He has eight years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University.
Chief Financial Officer
1st Financial Bank USA
Gregg Silver is President of 1st Financial Funding & Investment Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1st Financial Bank USA, the nation's 31st largest credit card issuer. Since taking over this position in 1999, he has completed more than $5 billion worth of securitizations in more than 40 transactions. In 2010, Gregg was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer of 1st Financial Bank USA. He is responsible for all of the capital markets, funding and accounting functions for the bank.
Prior to joining 1st Financial, he ran the NY ABS department for The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Limited, now part of the Mizuho Financial Group, for 5.5 years. There he c ... (view full description)
JP Morgan Securities LLC
Marc Simpson leads JPMorgan’s Residential Whole Loan Conduit and Non-Agency Securities Trading desk. Marc is responsible for the trading, structuring and issuance of JPMorgan’s Private Label Securitizations and providing ongoing liquidity in the secondary market. In this role, he is responsible for mortgage origination pricing, position management and distribution via Sale or Securitization. Prior to his current role Marc was the Head of Residential Whole Loan Trading from 2010 through 2015 re-launching JPMorgan’s trading efforts in the sector.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Guy is a partner in the Advisory practice and leads the Securitization business. He oversees Deloittes transaction-related services, including asset level reviews, financial projection modeling and financial technology. Guys experience includes mortgage-backed products in residential and commercial real estate, a variety of asset products ranging from automobiles to corporate loans, and more esoteric asset classes such as aircraft leases for both global and domestic clients. Guy also serves as the Global Securitization Leader of the Americas.
Guggenheim Securities, LLC
John Siris has 15 years of experience in the structured products space. At Guggenheim Securities, Mr. Siris focuses on the origination of esoteric ABS assets including tax lien, PACE and real estate related transactions, energy efficiency ABS, whole business securitizations, entertainment transactions, and other IP and operating asset ABS.
Prior to joining Guggenheim Securities, Mr. Siris worked in Citigroup’s structured products origination team after positions at FTI Consulting and Ambac Assurance Corporation where he worked on esoteric asset backed financings and corporate and ABS restructurings. Mr. Siris began his career as an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersh ... (view full description)
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Cecil Smart, Jr. is a Senior Director covering commercial and non-traditional ABS at Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc. At Kroll, Cecil covers transactions in various asset classes including residential and commercial solar, PACE, and cable distribution and broadcast television rights.
Prior to joining Kroll, Cecil was a consultant providing structural alternatives for mortality based transactions. Prior to that, he was a vice president at DZ Bank specializing in structured credit transactions for non-traditional assets and first time entrants to the capital markets.
Research Leader, Banking & Securities
Deloitte Services LP
Val Srinivas is the Banking & Securities Research Leader at the Deloitte Center for Financial Services. Before joining Deloitte, he was the Head of Marketing Strategy in the institutional advisory group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Val spent more than nine years leading the global market research and competitive intelligence function at Standard & Poor’s. Val received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Rutgers University.
Vice President, Capital Markets
Prosper Marketplace, Inc.
Dave Staley is VP of Capital Markets at Prosper Marketplace where he is responsible for growing Prosper’s funding base and ensuring a positive experience for all Prosper’s institutional investors.
Dave brings 25 years experience in financial services expanding and strengthening Fixed Income sales platforms for top tier financial institutions. Prior to Prosper Marketplace, Dave spent six years at Barclays where he was Managing Director and Head of West Coast Securitized Product Sales and Trade Capture Unit teams.
Prior to Barclays, he spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers in various roles, including Senior Vice President of Sales in charge of all major institutional acc ... (view full description)
Ryan has been in the Structured Credit Group at Deutsche Bank for 20 years with management duties including overseeing all aspects of the residential and small balance commercial mortgage business including term securitizations, warehouse lending, M&A, advisory assignments and distressed whole loan purchases in North America. He has particular expertise in the non-agency, sub/non-performing, REO and single family rental sectors and has clients ranging from US government agencies to specialty finance companies, REIT’s, hedge funds, private equity firms and large banks. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ryan worked for 2 years at PaineWebber in the Municipal Securities Group focusing on pr ... (view full description)
Senior Managing Director
East West Bank
Mr. Andrew Stein is a Senior Managing Director, Head of Commercial Banking and Specialty Finance Eastern Region at East West Bank. With over $42 billion in assets, East West Bank is one of the 25 largest public banks in the U.S. Andrew currently serves as the Head of Commercial Banking and Specialty Finance Eastern Region and is responsible for managing a team of lenders in middle market C&I, project finance, specialty finance, private equity sponsored leveraged finance and equipment finance markets.
Andrew has over 20 years of proven track record in originating and executing structured senior secured lending facilities including leases, ABL/factoring, mortgage servicing, ven ... (view full description)
Schulte Roth & Zabel
Craig Stein is a partner with Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he is co-head of the Structured Finance & Derivatives Group. His practice focuses on structured finance and asset-backed transactions, swaps and other derivative products, including credit- and fund-linked derivatives, prime brokerage and customer trading agreements. He represents issuers, underwriters, collateral managers and portfolio purchasers in public and private structured financings, including collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). Craig has been recognized in this area by the prestigious legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which noted that satisfied clients praised him for h ... (view full description)
Eli Stern is a principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Organization (FSO) in the Advisory Services practice and is based in New York. He serves as the FSO Advisory Blockchain Leader, working with financial institutions on building out blockchain-based platforms and approaches and managing the corresponding risks. Eli and his team also work with financial institutions planning to create digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies, or issue digital tokens as a fundraising mechanism.
Eli also co-leads FSO Advisory’s Structured Finance Advisory Services (SFAS) practice, where he focuses on serving financial services institutions in the securitization market. This prac ... (view full description)
Co-Chair, Structured Finance
Winston & Strawn LLP
Jeffrey Stern, who serves as co-chair of the firm’s Structured Finance Practice, has completed asset-based financings, securitizations, structured credit transactions, and derivatives transactions involving an exceptionally wide range of asset types. His practice includes energy structured finance, derivatives documentation, CLOs and warehouse/leverage facilities, marketplace lending platforms, structured funds, cross-border trade receivables and commodity financings, structured insurance financings, and funding/advising specialty finance companies.
Assistant General Counsel & Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Todd is an Assistant General Counsel for BofA Merrill Lynch’s Fixed Income group, which includes asset backed- and mortgage backed-securitization, origination and servicing for securitized commercial real estate loans, and other structured finance products. He is also a part in BofA Merrill Lynch internal team for implementation of regulatory reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act and Regulation AB II.
Todd is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Bank of America Legal Department’s Pro Bono Committee and its Diversity & Inclusion Business Council. He is currently a board member for Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and is a past chair of the Me ... (view full description)
Vice President, Structured Finance
Stephen is a vice president on the Structured Finance-Corporate desk in the Americas Financing Group in New York where he focuses on the origination, structuring and execution of asset-based finance transactions in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2010.
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York where he specialized in corporate and structured finance transactions for a variety of investment banking and corporate clients.
Stephen earned a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BA from the University of Washington.
Bank of America
Mary Stone (Managing Director, Head of Securitization and Advisory): Ms. Stone joined BofA Merrill’s Mortgage Finance group in 2009 where she is responsible for the residential mortgage securitization and advisory business. Ms. Stone manages a banking team responsible for structuring and executing mortgage transactions tailored to accommodate the needs of their clients. Prior to BofA Merrill, Ms. Stone was a Senior Vice President in the Lehman Brothers residential mortgage securitization team. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Ms. Stone worked in the securitization advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Stone holds a BBA in Finance from The College of William and M ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President Capital Markets
Leo Subler is Senior Vice President, Treasury and Capital Markets at Sallie Mae Bank, where he manages its private education loan securitization program. Leo served in the same capacity at legacy Sallie Mae prior to its spinoff of Navient.
Prior to joining Sallie Mae, he worked in various securities underwriting, structured finance and leveraged finance positions at First Chicago and Banc One. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SFIG. He holds a bachelors in economics from Dickinson College and an MBA from Duke University. Go Devils.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Charles A. (Charlie) Sweet serves as the practice development leader of the firm’s structured transactions group. He advises clients on the federal laws and regulations affecting asset-backed securities and other structured finance products, and his securitization experience encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, including automobile loans and leases, student loans, marketplace loans and residential mortgages. Charlie has worked on many innovative transactions and structures, with sponsors ranging from finance arms of Fortune 500 companies to technology-driven emerging growth companies. He co-authored the fourth edition of the leading industry treatise, Offerings of Asset-Backed Sec ... (view full description)
Laura Swihart, a partner in Dechert's global finance practice, focuses on commercial real estate finance and securitization matters. Ms. Swihart regularly represents issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers and subordinate bond buyers in connection with commercial mortgage backed securitization transactions. She has represented joint ventures and entities in connection with the creation of commercial mortgage loan origination platforms, including the negotiation of organizational documents, the creation of internal underwriting and closing processes and the creation of form closing documents.
In addition, Ms. Swihart has represented financial institutions and funds as both se ... (view full description)
Dana Syracuse concentrates his practice in the blockchain, fintech, e-commerce and financial services sectors, working with clients on regulatory, business and product counseling, cyber and data security and enforcement concerns. Dana is the former associate general counsel for the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and a leading figure in the development of the country’s first comprehensive digital currency regulation. He works with a range of fintech and digital business clients on federal and state regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters, complex bank regulatory issues, including, privacy, data and cyber security, anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act and Know-Your ... (view full description)
Associate General Counsel
Ford Motor Credit Company
Susan Thomas is the Associate General Counsel of Ford Motor Credit Company LLC where she oversees all legal aspects of Ford Credit’s securitization and structured financing programs globally. During her nearly 15 years at Ford Credit, she has guided the company through a period of unprecedented expansion of securitization and asset-based funding, surviving both the recent credit crisis and the new regulatory landscape impacting securitization. She also serves as the Corporate Secretary.
Prior to joining Ford in 2001, Susan was a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of a top 100 law firm, where she had a varied corporate and finance practice, inc ... (view full description)
President and Founder
Senior Managing Director
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Eric Thompson is a Senior Managing Director in the CMBS group at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. Prior to joining Kroll, Eric was a Managing Director and Lead Analytical Manager for U.S. CMBS Surveillance at Standard & Poor’s.
Eric is an active member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and has chaired several working groups and committees for the organization.
Prior to working in Structured Finance Eric worked in the accounting field. He received a BS in accounting from Rutgers University and is a CPA.
Haan is an Executive Director at MUFG Securities, where he heads the ABS business in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for originating, structuring and distributing RMBS and ABS securities across MUFG’s global distribution network (including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Japan, the Americas and Europe). Haan has over 10 years of experience in the Australian securitization industry, most recently as a Director in Westpac where he was responsible for all public RMBS/ABS bond origination, syndicate and execution, as well as managing the largest ABCP program in Australia. Prior to Westpac, he was with the Debt Capital Markets team at HSBC Bank Australia Limited covering Financial Inst ... (view full description)
Josh Tonderys is the President of Marlette Funding, a modern finance company. Josh is responsible for leading credit, marketing, operations and new products. Josh joined Marlette with more than 16 years of experience in financial services, having most recently served as COO and CRO at Prosper.
Before joining Prosper, Josh was Senior Director at Barclaycard US, responsible for the Open Market credit card business. Prior to Barclaycard, Josh held various credit risk roles at BankOne, now Chase Card Services.
Josh earned a MBA from UNC at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Economics from Hobart and Williams Smith College.
Chief Investment Officer
Direct Lending Investments, LLC
Mr. Turner is the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. He is responsible for sourcing and conducting due diligence on prospective investments.
Prior to joining Direct Lending Investments in 2016, he served as the lead Portfolio Manager for the MIG Diversified Fund at MIG Capital, responsible for managing all aspects of the investment program and leading the investment committee. Mr. Turner has invested in and provided strategic direction to, multiple top tier direct lending asset managers, a point of sale consumer lending platform, and several ABS origination platforms.
Mr. Turner previously served at Goldman Sachs as Treasurer of a $20 billion alternative investment franchise, whe ... (view full description)
Andrew is the Treasurer at Pepper where he is responsible for all aspects of the corporate treasury including managing the Group's issuance of global public programs as well as private and bespoke structured opportunities.
In his various roles at both Bank and Non Banks in Australia, Andrew has in excess of 17 years of experience as an issuer in the global capital markets.
Chief Commercial Officer
Bill has more than 20 years of financial services experience as an investment banker, operating executive, investment manager and board member. Prior to starting his own firm, Right Wall Capital Management, LLC in 2006, Bill was a senior banker and executive at Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns, respectively. Bill has served as an advisor to and “angel” investor in a select group of FinTech companies. At Orchard, Bill is responsible for global revenue generation and strategic management of the sales, client services and marketing teams. He also oversees the commercial strategy of Orchard’s products, including Orchard’s online loan marketplace.
Bill‘s board positions include Van Eck Global ... (view full description)
Mayer Brown LLP
Angela Ulum concentrates her practice in structured finance. She is experienced in representing issuers, borrowers, and commercial and investment banks in a variety of securitization and other structured finance transactions.
She has represented clients in private and public asset-backed securities offerings, commercial paper-funded facilities and other forms of financing involving a wide variety of assets, including auto leases, auto loans, equipment leases, home equity loans and trade receivables.
According to Chambers USA, Angela "is an 'up-and-coming presence in the auto loan space,' sources say. She also has expertise on t ... (view full description)
Paul Vanderslice is co-head of the CMBS Group at Citi and is the head of its Commercial Mortgage distribution efforts. In this capacity, he is involved in Citigroup’s loan origination efforts for both conduit and large loans. He is responsible for the pricing and hedging for loans and oversees Citi’s new issue securitization efforts.
Mr. Vanderslice has been at Citigroup or its predecessor entities for over 25 years. He has an undergraduate degree from Boston College, is a CPA and has an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tim manages the Financial Institutions Group for Corporate Trust’s US Region. The FI Group services fixed income assets for banks, investment management firms, hedge funds, private equity funds and other financial groups. Products and services include CLO/CDOs, asset backed securities, mortgage-backed securities, custody, collateral services, loan administration and document custody.
Prior to managing the FI group, Tim was the Global Head of the Corporate Trust Transaction Management Group (“TMG”), where he managed a team responsible for reviewing, negotiating and closing new transactions. Previously, Tim served in a dual role as President of the Bank of New York Mellon Trust Com ... (view full description)
Managing Director, Head of Structured Credit
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Mr. Vardi is a Managing Director of CSAM, based in New York. Mr. Vardi is a Portfolio Manager for CIG,responsible for analyzing, trading, and managing structured products. In addition, Mr. Vardi runs the new issue CLO formation efforts for CIG. Mr. Vardi began his career in leveraged finance research – portfolio strategy at Credit Suisse First Boston. Subsequent to his work in that group, Mr. Vardi was a founding member of the Leveraged Finance Strategy and Portfolio Products team at Credit Suisse. Mr. Vardi received his BS and BA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude from a dual-degree program
Supervisory Financial Analyst
Mr. Vetrano has more than 35 years of experience managing credit risk for large mortgage portfolios. In his current role at FHFA, Mr. Vetrano is responsible for shaping policies related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Credit Risk Transfer programs. Mr. Vetrano was Chief Risk Officer at FHA, where he was responsible for executing strategies to turn around FHA’s troubled mortgage portfolio. Mr. Vetrano also served as Senior Vice President for Risk Management at Radian Guaranty following the financial crisis. Mr. Vetrano began his mortgage career at Freddie Mac.
Director, Financial Institutions Relationship Management
Medita A. Vucic is a Group Manager for U.S. Financial Institutions within BNY Mellon’s Corporate Trust division. She manages a team of sales and relationship managers who provide Corporate Trust solutions to banks, hedge funds, investment managers and private equity firms across the U.S.
Prior to her current role, Medita was responsible for the U.S. Corporate and Canada Transaction Management Group. The group was responsible for reviewing, negotiating and executing transaction documents for corporate and structured finance debt. Before that, Medita held positions in Global Client Management, Treasury Services and Corporate Risk Management.
In 2009, Medita was the ... (view full description)
Senior Director, Structured Finance
Tracy Wan, CFA, is a Senior Director with Fitch Ratings, leading the research and criteria development for China structured finance. Prior to joining the China team, Tracy had worked in Fitch’s New York office for over ten years with rating experiences across various asset classes. Her current responsibilities include developing structured finance criteria across different asset classes, leading research on China securitization market and providing analytical insights to market participants through timely and in-depth research.Prior to joining Fitch, Tracy was a vice president in the credit card division of Citigroup in New York. Under the cr ... (view full description)
Ford Motor Company
Senior Vice President
Macquarie Asset Management
Alex Wei rejoined Macquarie Asset Management/Delaware Investments in April 2013 to analyze fixed income investment quantitatively, with emphasis on structured credit securities including CLO, MBS and ABS. He worked at Delaware Investments from May 2001 to July 2012, when he was head of structured credit investments and chief quantitative analyst. He played a leading role in managing the firm’s structured credit business during his tenure with the firm. Previously, he was vice president and head of structured products at Conseco Capital Management where he worked for five years, specializing in quantitative analysis of structured securities and derivatives.
Earlier in his career, ... (view full description)
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Neil Weidner's practice is concentrated in the areas of securitization, structured finance, and derivative financial products. Neil represents underwriters, issuers, institutional investors, collateral managers, and sponsors in a wide range of matters involving the securitization or re-packaging of traditional and non-traditional assets. He has extensive experience in the area of CLOs/CDOs, using "cash flow," "market value," and hybrid structures. Neil actively advises clients on the formation and offering of interests in credit funds and similar type funds, formed to target investment opportunities created by the current turmoil in the global credit markets. He also practices in the area of ... (view full description)
Chief Credit Officer
Chuck Weilamann is currently a Managing Director with DBRS, Inc. providing credit ratings for U.S. and international structured finance transactions in the consumer, commercial and esoteric asset-backed sectors.
Prior to his position at DBRS, Chuck was a Partner at WoodLake Advisors, LLC, an independent financial advisor focused on providing advisory services to clients in energy infrastructure, securitization, leasing and project finance.
Prior to founding WoodLake Advisors, Chuck was a Vice President at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, where he was been responsible for the underwriting of products collateralized by esoteric assets valued at over $10 bill ... (view full description)
Managing Director Securitized Strategy
Darrell Wheeler heads up Cantor Fitzgerald’s securitized strategy group providing advice to Cantors institutional investment clients also well as developing a commercial real estate model to be used with mortgage backed securities. He has extensive real estate and structured finance research experience, having managed the Structured Finance research efforts of both S&P Global Ratings and Citigroup Global Markets. During his career he has been a top research analyst, achieving the number one ranking in Institutional Investor’s Fixed Income Research Survey for his CMBS research for six consecutive years (2003 to 2008). Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1997, Mr. Wheeler was involved in comme ... (view full description)
Blank Rome LLP
Stephen T. Whelan is a partner in the New York office of law firm Blank Rome LLP, where he concentrates his practice on lease financings, securitization, energy finance and secured lending. Mr. Whelan is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, has been a member of the ELFA Board of Directors and Legal Committee, Chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Leasing, and a Visiting Lecturer on constitutional law at Princeton University.
Steve represents lenders, lessors, trustees, credit enhancers and arrangers in lease financings for aircraft, railcar, vehicle, maritime, medical, business, energy, and telecommunications equipment. He also represents o ... (view full description)
JP Morgan Securities LLC
Eric is the head of JPMorgan's industry leading banking team covering the consumer loan, credit card, and student loan sectors. His team is responsible for originating and structuring ABS & Covered Bond transactions, as well as providing asset backed financing to these sectors. This team also advises on loan portfolio sales and acquisitions, having been involved in many of the largest transactions within those sectors. He is responsible for many innovative solutions in the asset-backed market, as well as having been the lead on many strategic advisory roles.
Eric has been with JPMorgan, or predecessor firms, since 1995. He has a BS in F ... (view full description)
Executive Managing Director
S&P Global Ratings
James M. Wiemken is Executive Managing Director for S&P Global Ratings. Based in New York, he has responsibility for Structured Finance Ratings globally. Jim is a member of the S&P Global Ratings Services Leadership Team.
Jim joined Standard & Poor’s in 1997 and has held lead analytical manager positions in both U.S. public finance and European structured finance. Previously, Jim was a member of Standard & Poor’s Analytics Policy Board and the global criteria officer for international public finance and U.S. public finance ratings, based in London.
Before joining S&P Global, Jim was a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, ... (view full description)
Group Credit Officer, Global Structured Finance
Andreas Wilgen is Group Credit Officer for Global Structured Finance at Fitch Ratings. Based in London, he oversees a team of credit analysts responsible for overseeing Fitch’s ratings process for global structured finance. Credit Officers are part of a team acting as a check and balance on the ratings team, providing additional perspectives and research to protect the quality of Fitch’s ratings.
Prior to his current role Andreas was the co-Head of US ABS where he was responsible for managing the New York and Chicago-based staffs; overseeing criteria, research, and analytical development; and interacting with a variety of market participants, particularly investors. Prior to this ... (view full description)
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets
Ascentium Capital LLC
Evan is Executive Vice President and Head of Capital Markets, overseeing all aspects of funding for Ascentium Capital. Evan has over 20 years of capital markets and equipment finance experience, previously working as a director in the asset-backed finance group of Wells Fargo Securities where he oversaw financing and securitizing for equipment lessors.
Evan also started-up and ran his own small-ticket equipment leasing company and, subsequent to the sale of that company, was Treasurer for a private-label, financial services company specializing in equipment finance.
Evan earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia.
Senior Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income
Cory Wishengrad has over 20 years of experience in structured products. At Guggenheim Securities, Mr. Wishengrad heads the Structured Products Origination team. Cory was previously Co-Head of Securitized Products Origination in the Americas at Barclays; prior to Barclays, he was Head of Esoteric ABS at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Wishengrad has a BA summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Jonathan Wishnia is one of the nations leading corporate financing attorneys focusing in mortgage finance and receivables securitization. Jonathan has extensive experience advising clients on matters including the trading and financing of whole loans and servicing rights, the servicing of mortgage loans, and the securitization of various asset classes. Additionally, Mr. Wishnia counsels clients on secured and unsecured credit facilities, asset purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions and other general capital markets matters. As a leader in this field, Mr. Wishnia has been recognized in Chambers USA in the area of Capital Markets: Securitization. Mr. Wishnias practice includes the repre ... (view full description)
Chief Credit Officer
Morningstar Credit Ratings
Calvin Wong is chief credit officer for Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC. He is primarily responsible for overseeing the review and approval process for analytical methodologies for Morningstar’s structured credit research and ratings business. Before joining Morningstar in 2014, Wong was practice criteria officer for global residential mortgage-backed securities for Standard & Poor's. Wong began his 24-year career at Standard & Poor’s as an analyst for asset-backed securities (ABS) and went on to hold various analytical management positions in ABS. He later became S&P's Asia-Pacific regional practice leader for Structured Finance Ratings and Corporate Governance Services in Hong ... (view full description)
Chief Executive Officer
Matt is the founder of Liquidaty, a software startup that automates complex data tasks.
Prior to founding Liquidaty, Matt was an investment banker at JPMorgan, where he led over $70 billion of securities origination, was heavily involved in the firm's private label mortgage resolution, advised clients on bank M&A transactions and portfolio valuations, and led the first post-crisis new-origination RMBS, architecting a new representation & warranties framework that is still in use by many issuers today.
Associate Clinical Professor
Aaron Wright is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, where he directs the Cardozo Blockchain Project and other technology programs. Professor Wright's work focuses on smart contracts and the regulation of blockchain-based systems. His first book, Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code (Harvard University Press, with Primavera De Filippi) was published in 2018.
Professor Wright is also the co-founder of OpenLaw (https://www.openlaw.io), a blockchain-based legal protocol, and serves as chair of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Legal Advisory Working Group. Prior to joining Cardozo’s faculty, he co-founded and sold a company to Wikia, Inc., the for-pro ... (view full description)
Ed serves as Managing Director at VION Investments, with responsibility for transaction execution and strategic initiatives. VION deploys structured mezz/equity investments (broadly in the range of $20M-$200M) to companies or lending institutions in turnaround situations facing issues such as liquidity, covenant restrictions, growth constraints and/or reg capital relief, among others. We focus primarily on asset acquisitions, including: 1) existing fin asset portfolios from (typically) specialty finance cos and 2) private corporate loan portfolios from direct lending funds. VION is well-capitalized, with access to over $5B in long duration, institutional committed capital through our ... (view full description)
Managing Director & Head of Structured Capital Markets
John is the Head of Structured Capital Markets for Seix Investment Management. In that capacity, he is responsible for all CLO issuance and investments at Seix. Prior to joining Seix in 2015, John was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Structured Products at CIFC Asset Management. John has also been the Head of CLO Banking at UBS and at Deutsche Bank, where he oversaw CLO structuring and origination. His career spans over 22 years, including stints at Goldman Sachs, China International Capital Corp and Sanford Bernstein, covering a wide range of capital markets and investment activities across equities and fixed income. John has an MBA from Massachusetts institute of Technology and a ... (view full description)
NewOak Asset Management
Kishore is an investment professional with extensive experience in fixed income portfolio management, trading and research. He is currently a Managing Director at NewOak Asset Management, leading the effort to build an alternative asset management business. Before NewOak, he was a Senior Vice Presient at Prudential Insurance’s Portfolio Strategy group from 2015 to 2020. Before Prudential, Kishore was Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Securitized Assets Research at Karya Capital Management, a macro hedge fund, from 2012 to 2015. Prior to Karya, Kishore served as Managing Director an ... (view full description)
Al Yoon is a senior reporter at Debtwire ABS where he closely follows residential credit including lending, the paths to securitization and trading. He accepted the role at Debtwire in 2014 after a dozen years of following Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and structured finance at The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg, where in 2005 he was exposing early cracks in subprime mortgages. Al graduated from Lehigh University and cut his teeth in the news business at The Easton (Penna.) Express and his hometown newspaper, The Lakeville (Conn.) Journal.
Gary Zhu, CFA, is a Director in the Structured Products Research group and covers cross-sector strategy. He is a senior publishing analyst whose reports focus on fixed income portfolio strategy and cross-sector relative value. Before joining Wells Fargo, Gary was a structured products trader at Genworth, where he co-managed ~$10 billion of ABS, CMBS and RMBS investments. He started his career in 2007 as a Finance Management Program (FMP) analyst at Genworth, where he had held multiple roles across investments and corporate finance. Gary graduated summa cum laude and with University Honors from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he was a member of the school’s alumni board. He is ... (view full description)
Jon Claude Zucconi
Jon-Claude Zucconi is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. Within Asset Finance, he is responsible for Consumer ABS Origination and Structuring.
Mr. Zucconi joined Credit Suisse in May 2011 after nine years at Barclays Capital, where he was a Director in the Securitized Products Origination Group. Prior to that, Mr. Zucconi worked at Salomon Smith Barney for two years in the Global Securitized Products group.
Mr. Zucconi holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from Columbia University in the city of New York.
Jerry van Koolbergen
Jerry van Koolbergen is the Managing Director responsible for Structured Credit at DBRS Morningstar. In this role, he oversees US and European teams rating CLOs, CLO warehouses, direct origination funds, leveraged loan funds, CFOs of private equity, SME CLOs, CLNs, ABCP, trade receivables, subscription loans, special projects and surveillance. He also is jointly responsible for middle market corporate ratings, oversees corporate credit estimates and new product development. Mr. van Koolbergen joined DBRS Morningstar in 2008.Prior to DBRS Morningstar, Mr. van Koolberge ... (view full description)