Dan Alderson is deputy editor of Creditflux, an Acuris company, where he is particularly focused on global credit trading (including single name CDS, indices, options, tranches, bespoke products, cross-asset solutions, relative value, QIS, cash credit). He also began his career at financial journalism at Creditflux, before leaving in 2011 to become IFIS editor at EuroWeek. After EuroWeek he became loans and derivatives editor for GlobalCapital. He joined Creditflux's sister publication Debtwire as Loans editor at Debtwire CEEMEA before rejoining Creditflux as deputy editor in 2018.
Dan has a BA (hons) from the University of London.
Sharif is our Portfolio Manager in charge of Structured Credit at Kartesia. When Joining Kartesia in 2018, Sharif had 18 years of experience in capital markets (he has focused on Structured Credit for the last 16 of those years). Prior to Kartesia, Sharif was the Managing Director heading the EUR CLO/CDO Trading desk at Jefferies, an independent full-service global investment banking firm. Prior to Jefferies, Sharif headed the Global CLO trading desks at Cohen & Co in 2009 and UBS from 2005 to 2008. Between 2002 and 2005 Sharif worked in the New York and London offices of Bear Stearns focusing on the structuring and trading of structured credit. From 2000 to 2002 Sharif worked for Lehman Bros in NY.
Mr. Baker is a member of the Primary CLO business at JP Morgan, focused on CLO Origination for Europe. Before joining JP Morgan, Mr. Baker was with the Structured Credit Group at Apollo in London, investing in CLOs and capital relief/SRT transactions and was involved in the issuance of Apollo’s managed CLOs. Mr. Baker has been a banking structured credit professional for more than 20 years; his prior positions included a Technical Specialist position at the UK FSA and Head of Structured Finance Solutions for EMEA and Americas for Standard Chartered Bank. In addition, Mr. Baker was in New York for over 12 years where he co-managed Lehman Brothers' CLO Banking Group as well as held various positions with Natixis and CIBC in CLO banking and structured finance. Mr. Baker holds a BASc with First Class Honours in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Darren is a Structured Credit Portfolio Manager responsible for corporate structured credit positions. He trades standard index as well as transactions referencing bespoke portfolios of credits. His earlier responsibilities on the trading desk were to develop the trading and risk management tools now used in the structured credit business. His previous role was as a product controller dedicated to the structured credit business, where his primary responsibility was the maintenance and improvement of the control framework for the business.
Prior to joining CQS in 2005, Darren was Vice President in the Controlling function at Deutsche Bank where he led the fixed income methodology team in the Global Valuation Group. He has also held roles as Global Head of Valuation Control for Credit Trading and Senior Product Controller for Credit Correlation Trading. Before joining Deutsche Bank in 2000, Darren qualified as an ACA with Hacker Young.
Darren holds a BA (Hons) and DPhil in Mathematics from Christ Church, Oxford.
Florent Chagnard is a Director at Credit Suisse, responsible for syndication and origination in the CLO New Issue & Corporate Asset Finance team. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2010, Florent worked in CLO structuring & Structured Portfolio Trading at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Florent has a MS in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a MS in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Econometrics from ENSAE ParisTech.
Renaud Champion is Head of Credit Strategies and Senior Portfolio Manager at La Française GIS. He joined LFIS in January 2013 from AXA IM Structured Finance where he spent five years.
Prior joining LFIS, Renaud co-headed the corporate credit team at AXA IM Structured Finance where he was in charge of the non-traditional corporate credit platform, from 2010 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, he was in charge of the credit team (research and portfolio management) at Allianz Global Investors France, reporting to the head of fixed income. He then served, from 2007 to 2010, as senior portfolio manager within the structured credit investment team managing funds and investing in CDOs and regulatory capital transactions across the capital structure. He started his career at DWS France where he was head of money markets and credit funds.
Renaud graduated from HEC and ENSAE.
Mudasar is a lead ratings analyst in the European Structured Credit Team at DBRS Ratings Limited, based in London. The team is responsible for ratings of CLOs which include European Arbitrage, Balance Sheet, MM and SME CLOs. He joined DBRS in 2011, having previously worked at PGIM Limited, Bluecrest Capital Management and Fitch Ratings Limited.
Mudasar holds a masters degree with first class honours in Aerospace Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London.
Jonathan Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Lane Capital Corp. and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Square Capital Corp. Previously, Mr. Cohen managed technology research groups at Wit SoundView, Merrill Lynch & Co., UBS Securities and Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Cohen has more than 15 years of experience in technology-related equity research and was named to the Institutional Investor "All-American" research team in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Mr. Cohen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Wynne Comer is a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she is global head of the CLO primary business. She has spent 8 years at BAML, and before that worked for almost 14 years at Citi. She is based in New York.
Tom Davidson is assistant editor for Creditflux, the leading global leading information source for credit funds and CLOs. He focuses on event content and special features. After joining Creditflux in 2005 he moved to New York in 2012 to setup the Creditflux US office. He graduated from Cambridge University with an MSci in Natural Sciences.
Sayed joined Creditflux in 2010, covering the emergence of the global 2.0 CLO market from its inception. Since January 2017 he has served as the editor, responsible for its online news and print publications, which cover CLOs, structured credit and direct lending news and analysis.
Kenneth J. Kencel serves as president and CEO of Churchill Asset Management. Throughout his over 30 year career, Kenneth has accrued a broad range of experience in leading middle market financing businesses. Previously, he was a director and president of Carlyle GMS Finance; founded and was president and CEO of Churchill Financial; and served as head of leveraged finance for Royal Bank of Canada, as well as head of Indosuez Capital - a leading middle market merchant banking and asset management business. He also helped to found high yield finance businesses at both Chase Securities (now JP Morgan) and SBC Warburg (now UBS).
Mr. Kencel serves on the Board of Trustees of Canisius High School and is the Chair of the Investment Committee. He also serves on the Archdiocese of New York Pension Investment Advisory Committee. Mr. Kencel is a guest lecturer at Boston University Questrom School of Business and a former member of the Board of Advisors and Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He earned his BS in business administration, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law. He lives and works in New York.
Kevin Kendra is a managing director in Fitch Ratings’ New York office. He currently manages the US structured credit group responsible for CLOs 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 ffficer for US 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, particularly with respect to criteria used for rating analysis and raising awareness of developing trends. Previously to that he held various positions within Fitch’s Structured Credit and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) groups. He managed Fitch’s structured credit team through the most recent financial crisis. Prior to that, he was responsible for CDO surveillance within the structured credit group. He was responsible for rating CMBS transactions in Fitch’s U.S. CMBS group before joining the CDO group in 2002.
Roy is the Team Head of Alternative Strategies at the Church Commissioners, which manages the Church of England’s endowment. He is responsible for managing and growing the endowment’s allocations in the alternatives sector. Roy was previously the Head of Research at Dexion Capital, where he was responsible for the firm’s fund of funds mandates and for establishing investment partnerships with major investment managers in the credit, hedge fund, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Prior to this, he was the Alternatives Fund Manager at boutique fund of funds company Bramdean Asset Management.
Roy holds a MBA from Said Business School (Oxford) and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
Thomas joined Permira Debt Managers in September 2008, and is Chief Investment Officer for the business and a Partner. He is a member of all PDM investment committees, as well as the PDM Executive Committee.Thomas has worked on a number of Direct Lending transactions, including Quant, Getronics, Soho House, Vizrt, Eaton House Group of Schools, Kinaxia, Knights 1759, Incisive Media, David Brown Santasalo and CLEAN Linen.Thomas is co-portfolio manager of Providus CLO I DAC and led the establishment of PDM’s alternative credit strategy known as the Sigma funds. Previously, Thomas worked on Morgan Stanley’s Structured Credit Trading desk in London. In his early career he worked for Schlumberger Plc in the field of computational fluid dynamics.
Thomas holds a masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School
Matthew Layton is a Partner in the Corporate Credit Analysis team at Pearl Diver Capital. He has 16 years of buy-side credit experience in CLOs and leveraged finance and has been with Pearl Diver Capital for 9 years.
Previously Matthew was a credit analyst with Alcentra where he covered various sectors including Publishing, Media, Leisure and Gaming and Environmental Services. He heads the credit team at Pearl Diver Capital and is a voting member of the investment committee. His experience covers fundamental credit analysis across the capital structure in levered private equity-owned companies held within a securitised format.
He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Wales, Swansea.
Paul Levy is a Managing Director of GreensLedge Europe. Prior to joining GreensLedge, Paul was a Managing Director at Hayfin Capital Management with joint responsibility for structured credit investment and CLO management. Previously Paul was the European Co-Head of FICC Structuring at UBS for two years as a Managing Director where he built and oversaw a team of 60 people that focused on structuring transactions across a variety of asset classes. Paul and has also held roles as a Partner at Prytania Investment Advisors where he focused of advising clients on their Structured Credit portfolios, as the European Head of Exotic Credit Structuring and a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch (2006-2008) and the co-head of Synthetic Credit Structuring at Deutsche Bank (2001-2006). Paul began his career in 2000 at Morgan Stanley.
He has a BA (Oxon) in Mathematical Sciences from The Queen’s College, Oxford.
Chris founded Palmer Square Capital Management, an approximately $8.4 billion AUM asset manager focused on corporate and structured credit, in June 2009. Currently,he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for managing Palmer Square’s investment effort and overall business. Since inception, Chris has been successful in not only building a highly-experienced investment team, but also an integrated credit investment platform that manages mutual fund offerings, private funds and separately managed accounts. The firm has a client list that spans not only institutions and family offices, but also RIAs, bank/trust, and broker-dealers.
Chris’s previous work experience includes key investment roles at Prairie Capital and Sandell Asset Management as well as working at Morgan Stanley in the Credit Derivatives and Distressed Securities Group focused on the firm’s proprietary investments. Before Morgan Stanley, he worked at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a private equity fund sponsored by Thomas H Lee Partners and Putnam Investments. In that role, he also served on the Board of Directors of Avero, Inc.and was a Board Observer for Parago, Inc. He started his career at JP Morgan & Co. in Leveraged Finance and Mergers& Acquisitions (FIG Group) advising corporations and private equity firms on investment banking and capital markets.
He received an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and an AB degree in Economics cum laude from Princeton University.
Mr. Maji is a Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Oxford Funds, LLC. Oxford Funds manages approximately $1.0 billion in AUM in U.S. CLO equity and CLO junior debt tranches across two publicly traded funds, Oxford Square Capital Corp. (Nasdaq: OXSQ) and Oxford Lane Capital Corp. (Nasdaq: OXLC), and three private CLO equity funds. Mr. Maji has been investing in CLO equity and CLO junior debt tranches since 2009 and heads Oxford Funds’ structured credit investing team. He graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. from the School of Engineering.
Diala Minott is a Corporate partner in the London office of Paul Hastings. Mrs. Minott specializes in structured finance transactions, including acting on numerous CLOs and CDOs—both pre- and post-crisis, as well as acting on bespoke hybrid mid-market CLO type funds. Her practice also encompasses debt and credit funds with a particular focus on direct lending, CLO equity and risk retention funds. She covers regulated and unregulated funds, both onshore and offshore, with a particular expertise in Luxembourg funds.
Cameron Mitcham, a partner in Dechert’s Global Finance Practice, advises on a broad range of financial and capital markets transactions with a focus on structured finance, funds finance and securitisation. He represents investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, investors and other financial institutions in connection with a diverse range of asset classes (including trade receivables, credit cards, insurance, auto, student loans, leases and residential and commercial mortgage loans), incorporating a wide range of structures (including CLO/CDOs, ABCP conduits, RMBS, CMBS, covered bonds and whole business securitisations). Mr. Mitcham also advises on the restructuring of complex financial transactions.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Mitcham was in the securitisation and the derivatives and structured finance practices at another global law firm.
Mr. Mitcham has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a LL.B from the University of Queensland,
John Ploeg, CFA, is Head of the European CLO Product Team at PGIM Limited, based in London. Mr. Ploeg is primarily responsible for all product management aspects of the firm’s European CLO platform. Prior to joining the team in London in 2016, he worked on the firm’s US CLO analyst team. Before that he spent 6 years working in the CIO department of the firm’s parent, Prudential Financial, Inc, first on its alternative investments team, and, later, on its quantitative and analytics team.
Mr. Ploeg received a bachelor degree in computer science and economics from Brown University in 2007, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Chris is Head of Loan, Recovery and CLO Business Development for EMEA at S&P Global Ratings, looking after ratings throughout the region, for corporate and leverage loans plus CLOs. He is also responsible for the coverage of Private Equity houses.
Prior to S&P Global Ratings he spend over 20 years in the syndicated loan market, working across many of its’ different asset classes. His career started in NatWest on the project group that subsequently transformed into Europe’s first dedicated secondary loan sales team. His next role was on the primary sales desk, distributing corporate, structured and financial institution loans to European investors. After primary sales, Chris was posted to Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the pricing, structuring and origination of syndicated debt in South and South East Asia. The main focus of this role was to bring debut issuers from Thailand and India to the international loan market.
On his return to Europe he became the Head of European Loan Trading for NatWest, taking the team through the integration with The Royal Bank of Scotland, transforming the desk from a back-to-back operation into a full trading book, working mainly in the leverage and corporate markets. At the same time he joined the Board of the LMA, a post he was to hold for ten years. During his time on the Board he co-chaired the Valuation & Trading Practices Committee and chaired a number of working parties, as well as writing the first set of Transferability Guidelines for the LMA. He also held the post of Vice-Chairman of the LMA for two years.
After RBS, Chris moved to Bank of Scotland, where he created and headed the Loan Sales and Trading Team.
Dushy Puvan joined BNP Paribas in May 2014 and is a CLO specialist with over 15 years’ experience of structured finance across asset classes. He has a focus on SME, corporate loan and leveraged loan assets, arranging cash and synthetic structures for banks and FIs. He was part of the first wave of CLO 2.0s in Europe. Dushy worked previously for Lloyds Bank (formerly Lloyds TSB) executing a range of balance sheet management solutions transactions for both regulatory capital relief and funding. Dushy holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge.
Maria Rassam is a portfolio manager in the BlackRock European Fundamental Credit team focusing primarily on the management of European CLO secondary and new-issue securities.
Prior to joining Blackrock in 2018, Miss Rassam was a senior portfolio manager at Cairn Capital Limited responsible for CLO liability investments as well as macro hedging. She joined Cairn Capital in 2010 and was initially involved in leveraged loans portfolio management before moving into the alternatives team to co-manage the Cairn Special Opportunities Credit Fund. She began her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch working on European CLOs.
Miss Rassam earned a BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of York and is a holder of the CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management (formerly IMC)
Dan Robinson is CIFC’s Chief Investment Officer in Europe responsible for all of the firm’s investment activity in the region. He joined CIFC in October 2018 and has over 20 years experience investing in sub-investment grade credit and restructuring. Prior to joining CIFC, Mr. Robinson was Head of Liquid Credit (Europe) for Apollo International and the senior investment manager responsible for Apollo’s investment activity across the spectrum of liquid credit including leveraged loan, levered credit, high yield bond and CLO strategies. He was also the senior investment professional responsible for investing and marketing Apollo’s Multi-strategy Alternatives Total Return Fund in Europe. From 2003 until 2015 Mr. Robinson was a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital responsible for high yield bond and leverage loan investing as well as setting up Oaktree’s European CLO business in 2014. Mr. Robinson began his career at KPMG in Corporate Restructuring where he gained his ACA qualification. He is an MA (Hons) graduate from Edinburgh University.
Dale Shorey, is the Founder of Waterman Stern. Dale has been consulting on front office hires for over 16 years. Before the 2007 financial collapse Dale mostly consulted for investment banks on senior hires in fixed income, leveraged finance and securitisation. Whilst still supporting investment banking clients, Dale utilised his expertise to assist buy-side firms on hires created from the dislocation in credit markets. This experience includes a successful track-record across structured products, structured finance, real estate debt, NPL's, direct lending, CLO's and distressed debt. Recently Dale has advised many leading hedge funds and private equity houses on senior investment hires in European private debt. His track record spans origination, structuring, credit analysis, credit risk, trading & portfolio management across performing and distressed credit. This bandwidth allows Dale to offer a full view of the entire buy-side leveraged credit investor market across different asset classes, providing a unique and invaluable perspective to fund managers making strategic human capital decisions.
Daniel Tobias is a partner in the Capital Markets Group in Cadwalader’s London office. He focuses on securitisation, with a focus on CLOs. Daniel has represented arrangers, collateral managers and warehouse finance providers in connection with a variety of European CLO 2.0 transactions and loan warehouse facilities. Daniel has been working on CLO transactions since the resurgence of the European CLO market several years ago. He has advised on numerous CLOs, including those with complex originator retention structures.
David is responsible for coordinating GSCS Syndication globally. In addition, he is Head of Capital Markets for U.S. GSCS, which includes a focus on origination efforts in coordination with the respective GSCS banking teams and maximizing client relationships within GSCS. David has over 14 years of experience, almost entirely at Natixis, in structured credit primarily focused on origination and syndication of structured finance products.
He holds a BSM in Finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
Mr. Worman is the CLO Portfolio Manager and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Brigade, Mr. Worman worked as a Senior Analyst at Greywolf Capital, LLC where he focused on distressed and event-driven opportunities across the capital structure. At Greywolf, Mr. Worman spent the majority of his time focused on investment opportunities in autos, industrials, and telecom. Prior to his tenure at Greywolf, Mr. Worman was an Associate in the Healthcare Group at Madison Dearborn Partners.
Mr. Worman received a BBA from the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.