8 May 2019
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.