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The 3rd Finance Dublin International Securitisation Conference

30th November 2004, Dublin Castle

Speaker Biographies

Alexander Batchvarov

Head of International Structured Finance Research
Merrill Lynch

Alexander joined Merrill Lynch in March 1998 as head of international structured credit research. He and his team provide research coverage of the structured credit market developments in Europe and Asia. The team regularly publishes The International Structured Credit Weekly to provide in-depth analysis of market developments, as well as research reports dedicated to specific transactions or sectors of the market, such as MBS in different countries, long-dated bonds, securities finance companies, etc. Alexander's team has consistently been ranked the number one securitisation research provider in investors surveys by ISR, SFI, EuroMoney, Credit Magazine and Institutional Investor. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Alexander worked for several years as a structured finance analyst in the ABS Group and a sovereign analyst in the sovereign risk unit of Moody's Investors Service in London and New York. Prior to Moody's, Alexander was a manager in the emerging markets financial institutions group in Citibank in New York. Alexander holds a Ph.D. in international economics from the National Academy of Sciences in Bulgaria and an MBA in Finance from University of Alberta in Canada. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of AIMR and NYSSA.

Mark Stout

Head of Securitisation
KBC Bank

Mark is responsible for the securitisation activities within the treasury and capital markets division of KBC Bank. This includes firstly investments in primarily European highly rated asset backed bonds through KBC's multi-purpose Quasar conduit. A second activity is marketing and structuring conduit securitisation transactions for the bank's clients, either through Quasar or through single-seller conduits. Finally, the team is responsible for balance sheet mortgage and consumer loan securitisation transactions for KBC Bank.

Peter Knez

Global CIO of Fixed Income

Peter is chief investment officer - global fixed income. Previously, he was executive vice president and managing director at Lincoln Capital Management. He joined LCM in 1996 as an analyst. Peter has held a number of academic positions over the past six years, and currently is Adjunct Professor of finance at the Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University. Prior to his first academic position, he was an associate at Goldman Sachs. Peter did PhD work in finance at the Wharton School and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago department of economics.

Turlough Galvin


Turlough Galvin is a partner in the tax and structured finance group of Matheson. He advises blue-chip international corporations, investment banks and financial institutions doing business in and through Ireland. He practices corporate tax specialising in structured finance, securitisation, CDOs, repackaging, credit derivatives and mergers and acquisitions. Turlough was involved in re-drafting the Irish securitisation legislation in 2002/2003, the Irish VAT legislation relating to structured finance transactions in 2004, the Irish tax legislation relating to the implementation of IAS as it impacts upon structured finance transactions in 2005 and the Irish tax legislation relating to withholding tax on bonds in 2006. Turlough lectures and writes regularly on international tax and structured finance issues.

Andrew Allan

Head of Syndicate and Trading

Andrew joined UBS in June 2003 as Head of European asset backed syndicate / secondary trading. Prior to joining UBS, Andrew was a member of Citigroup's European debt syndicate team for asset-backed securities and one of his main focuses has been the development of the subordinate ABS market in Europe. In 1998, he undertook the ABS capital markets role in New York. Andrew started at Citigroup (SchroderSalomonSmithBarney) in February 1996 as an ABS/MBS product manager in London. He was previously a senior ABS portfolio manager for Abbey National Treasury Services (1988-1996) Andrew has a PhD degree (Economics) from the University of St. Andrews and a B.Sc. (Engineering) from the University of Oklahoma.

Dean Atkins

European Head of ABS Trading

Dean joined ABN Amro in November 2001 as a director in the ABS trading and syndication group. He is currently head of primary & secondary ABS trading (Europe) with responsibility for trading and risk management of all ABS, MBS and cash CDO products, and is closely involved with the marketing and syndication of all ABS primary issues. His team also manages third party intermediation trades and the intra-securitisation derivatives book. Before joining ABN Amro he was head of investments at Quadrant Capital for two years, managing two Structured Investment Vehicles, and prior to that he was a portfolio manager at Abbey National Treasury Services for 5 years. There he managed a book of U.S. agency MBS and U.S. sub-prime mortgage ABS/HELs. Dean has a Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Mark Bowles

Head of Fixed Income Investment
HVB Group

Mark previously ran ABS investment at Creditanstalt and Bank Austria in London. The London fixed income investment group currently runs ABS investments of around $3.5 billion and invests in US and European assets rated from BB to AAA. The portfolio includes a wide range of consumer, CMBS, whole business, NPL and corporate/CDO product including European and US leveraged loan CDOs, emerging market, investment grade, European SME and balance sheet CDOs, CDO squared and arbitrage ABS CDO structures.

Steven Gandy

Head of Global Structured Finance
Bank of America

Steven manages the London-based team of Banc of America Securities' global structured finance group and is responsible for securitisation transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has completed ABS transactions in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia supported by most major asset types and has had wide experience as an arranger, issuer and investor in ABS over the last thirteen years. Prior to joining Bank of America in 1995, Steven spent fourteen years at PNC Bank in a variety of domestic and international positions. He headed the bank's activities in Mexico, Hong Kong and Paris and founded and managed PNC's Asset Securitisation Group. Steven holds a BA from the University of Texas and received an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.

Kobe Van der Straeten

Head of ABS/MBS Investments

Kobe is a member of the investment committee responsible for ABS/MBS credit spread portfolio investments at the Dexia group. The credit spread portfolio consists of a broad range of products including loans, bonds, credit derivatives, ABS, MBS, CMBS & CDO's and has a total size of 46 billion EUR equivalent. Before joining the Dublin office he was responsible for the ABS/MBS Credit Spread portfolio at Dexia Bank Belgium and Artesia BC. Before that he worked as a senior portfolio manager and portfolio manager at Artesia BC and Bacob bank. Kobe graduated in 1993 at Leuven University in applied economic sciences and obtained a Masters in Finance at Glasgow University in 1994.

Mirja Wenski

Managing Director
Zais Group

Prior to joining ZAIS Group Investment Advisors Limited in January 2002, Mirja was deputy head of investments at Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG ('BGB'). She was also central to the structuring of trade receivables transactions and the repackaging of ABS Securities. Mirja is a graduate of the University for Applied Science, Wiesbaden.

David Balai

Head of Securitisation
HBOS Treasury Services

Prior to the merger between Bank of Scotland and Halifax David was a senior director in Securitisation at Bank of Scotland Treasury Services, responsible for establishing its securitisation team and for the first UK RMBS master trust through the Mound Master Trust. Following the merger he was appointed to his present position with responsibility primarily for mortgage securitisation which includes Halifax mortgages through the Permanent Master Trust and the more recent innovation of the UK Covered Bond, which was first issued by HBOS in July 2003. At the time of the merger, David also had responsibility for debt capital issuance including the task of moving all of the debt capital from Halifax Group to HBOS plc.

Kevin Kilduff

Investment Manager
Bradford and Bingley Treasury Services (Ireland)

Prior to joining Bradford and Bingley in January 2004, Kevin was chief executive officer with West End Capital Advisors, the investment advisor to Structured Investment Vehicle, Rathgar Capital Corp. Prior to that he was chief investment officer for West End Capital Management where he managed the investment portfolio for Rathgar, which included RMBS, CMBS, Credit Cards, Home Equities, Autos, CDOs and bank debt. Previously, Kevin worked at Commerzbank Europe in Dublin where he was head of treasury, prior to that at the Halifax Building Society in the UK as a senior dealer in Asset-Backed Securities and prior to that at National Home Loans PLC in the UK as assistant treasurer. Kevin has been an investor in the Asset Backed markets since 1991, and has 24 years of industry experience. Kevin received a BA from Maynooth College in Ireland (1981). He earned the Certificate of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland in 1987.

Ludo Schockaert

Managing Director
Dexia Investments Ireland

Ludo is responsible for the ABS/MBS in the Credit Spread Portfolio of Dexia Group, which operates from Dublin, Brussels, New York, Paris, Rome and Singapore, managing ABS/MBS of over 20 billion Euro equivalent. He set up the Irish entities of the bank in 1989, moved to Geneva in 2000 and came back in 2002 to accomplish the centralisation of the group portfolio management in Dublin. He holds law degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium and did a Masters in International Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Raffaele Scote

Head of Securitisation
Euro Capital Structures

Raffaele Scote joined ECS in July 2002. At ECS, Raffaele has been involved in the set-up of the SCIC securitisation program sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Finance and the first two issues (SCIC - Personal Loans and SCIC - PS). From April 1997 to July 2002 Raffaele was a securitisation officer at BNP Paribas where he was involved, inter alia, in the structuring of the first securitisation under Law 130/1999 (Trevi Finance) and of the first Italian Government securitisation, namely, S.C.C.I. (I.N.P.S.), recognised as the best government related assets deal of the year (1999) by Structured Finance International. At BNP Paribas, Raffaele had the possibility to gain a broad range of experience by working on different asset classes (inter alia, non-performing loans, government related assets, CDOs, trade receivables). He was involved in the structuring of the first corporate securitisation under Law 130/1999 arranged for Telecom Italia, which was awarded the prize as the best corporate securitisation of the Year 2001 by Structured Finance International. After September 2001 he was responsible for CDOs structuring in Italy where he originated and executed Gonzaga Finance (BAM), Cidneo Finance (Banca Lombarda) and Patagonia Finance (MPS Finance). Raffaele graduated cum laude in Business Administration at LUISS (Rome) in 1995 and passed the exam to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

Ray Wyer

Director and Head of Specialist Origination, ABS
Bank of Ireland International Finance

Ray Wyer is Head of Specialist Origination at Bank of Ireland. He is a member of the European Securitisation Forum investors committee and the Irish Securitisation Forum Steering Group. The bank is an investor in the securitisation market globally with a large floating rate portfolio of various asset classes. They also act as Securities Investment Manager for third parties.

Alan Cameron

Head of Securitisation

The business covers a broad range of asset classes including trade receivables, RMBS, cash and synthetic CDOs and CLOs (bank balance sheet and arbitrage deals), executed both in the term ABS and ABCP conduit markets. His involvement in the ABCP conduit business goes back to the late 80's when he worked with Citibank. After 9 years with Société Général, he joined Rabobank in 2001. Over this time he has been involved in conduit transactions in many juridsictions including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, UK, Contintental Europe, USA and Israel.

Iain Barbour

Chairman of the European Securitisation Forum and Global Head of Structured Finance Research,

Iain Barbour, Global Head of Securitisation, Commerzbank Securities and Chairman of the European Securitisation Forum. The securitisation team at Commerzbank Securities originates and structures securitisation transactions on behalf of both financial institutions and corporates, manages conduits sponsored by Commerzbank, including a portfolio arbitrage business. The team has been one of the top two CMBS houses for the last two years, and one of the leading MBS houses overall in the European markets, bringing some of the most innovative and value creating transactions. During the last twelve months, Iain's team has structured the three largest CMBS transactions in Europe (Europa Three, Global Commercial Two and Castenea One), all of which offer substantive structural innovation from an originator perspective. Iain's business also encompasses a strategic ABS business in the Asia / Pacific region. Prior to running the overall securitisation business, Iain was head of structured finance research at Commerzbank Securities, concentrating on the performance of structured product transactions, sectors and markets globally, with a specific focus on European asset classes. The team focuses on collateral performance, structural analysis, and relative value across transactions, sectors and markets. Commerzbank securities' structured finance research team are committed to providing 'leading-edge' transaction and market reviews and analysis. The Commerzbank Securities Structured Finance research group also covers all covered bonds. Voted Leading Research House for ABS Research in the 2003 ISR Survey Voted Number One in the 2002 and 2001 Thomson Extel Survey of ABS Research analysts Prior to joining Commerzbank Securities, Iain was responsible for ABS research covering commercial and residential mortgages, healthcare and infrastructure at Barclays Capital. Prior to entering research, Iain was responsible for the origination and structuring of bank balance sheet driven securitisation transactions. He has also held more generic financial institution relationship coverage responsibilities at Clearstream, Lehman Brothers, and Citigroup. Iain is also co-chair of the European Securitisation Forum's Commercial Mortgage Securities sub-committee.

Robert Liao


Bob is a director with Citigroup Global Markets in London and has been with the organisation since 1994. He is currently responsible for UK and Scandinavian financial institution origination and structuring, arranging and marketing of numerous asset backed transactions, including the first UK mortgage master trust and more recently the ground breaking UK covered bond transaction for HBOS. Bob joined the Global Markets group from the US Real Estate Structured Finance Group. Bob has a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University and an MS in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin.

Richard Knatchbull

Senior Structurer
Euro Capital Structures

Richard joined ECS as a senior structurer in May 2004. Richard has extensive experience structuring securitisations in a wide range of asset classes and jurisdictions, including residential mortgages, consumer/auto loans, credit cards, corporate loan portfolios and whole business securitisations. Prior to joining ECS, Richard was a vice president in CSFB’s securitisation team based in London, having joined in 1999 from CSFB’s project finance team based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to joining CSFB, Richard worked for Ove Arup & Partners as a civil engineer in Hong Kong. Richard graduated from Trinity College Dublin and holds a BA, BAI in Civil Engineering.

Rob Koning

Global Head of Conduits

Rob has been with ABN AMRO Bank since 1978, and with the asset securitisation department in Europe since it started in 1994. Currently he manages the European conduits of the bank. He has been leading the teams that established both the Tulip and Amstel programmes (with currently appr. USD 35 bln CP outstanding between them) for ABN AMRO. Also he has been specifically involved in developing Euro funding capabilities for both programmes. Rob has a Masters Degree in Macro-economics from the Free University Amsterdam.

Michael Whelan

Deutsche International Corporate Service

Michael is a director of Deutsche Bank's corporate servicing arm in Ireland and global product head of the division's structured investments and products business worldwide. Michael was involved in the establishment of the Bank's corporate administration business in Ireland some years ago and has seen it grow into the leading service provider in this area.A fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants he was previously managing director of the Irish Futures and Options Exchange and is also a director of a number of securitisation and fund vehicles.

Alex Cataldo

Vice President, Senior Credit Officer
Moody's Investor Services Ltd.

Alex Cataldo is a Vice President for Moody's EMEA structured finance team. He has been lead Analyst for European structured finance transactions covering a variety of asset classes (including Governmental Receivables, NPLs, ABS (ie. consumer loans, leases, esoterics) RMBS, CMBS, and CDOs. He is currently the senior team member for securitisation transactions rated out of Italy, in which he has focused his main activities for close to 5 years. Before joining Moody's, he completed his Masters studies at SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Previous to that, he worked as a strategy consultant for KPMG in London and as a professor in Massachusetts (USA) where he also obtained his first degree in International Relations at Boston University.

Neil MacDermott

Senior Manager
Sachsen LB

Neil joined Sachsen LB Europe in 2000 to work in the treasury department managing the issuance of Sachsen LB Europe's ECP and MTN programmes. He currently works in the structured products area for the bank, structuring SPV's/conduits including Ormond Quay Funding PLC and overseeing the day-to-day management of the vehicles. This includes Sachsen's asset backed ECP programme, Ormond Quay Funding PLC A1+/P1 launched in June 2004. Prior to joining SLBE, he was employed as a treasury dealer at Rheinhyp Bank Europe (now Eurohypo Dublin), where he managed ECP and EMTN issuance in addition to the daily money market activities. Neil has also worked as a Repo dealer for AIB Bank.

Craig Shepherd

Managing Director, Credit Derivatives Structuring
Scotia Capital, Toronto

Craig has been with the Bank of Nova Scotia since 1984. He held positions in internal audit and commercial credit before joining the derivatives group in 1987. Craig managed the Canadian $ swap book, US $ swap book and CAD/US forward book at various times between 1988 and 1999. In early 1999 he moved to assist in the development of the credit derivatives group where he continues to work at present. Craig has a BA in Economics from the University of Winnipeg and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Toronto.

Vincent Digby

Head of Funding
Bank of Ireland

Vincent was appointed to his current position in April of 2003. He joined Bank of Ireland Global Markets as a trader in 1993, and has headed up the Dollar, Sterling & Euro desks. Since then he has been involved in all facets of bond, interest rate derivative & foreign exchange risk management within Bank of Ireland Global Markets. Previously, Vincent worked for 5 years with Irish Intercontinental Bank. He was employed in the capacity of fixed interest trader. He is a graduate of Dublin University.

Brian Feighan

Executive Vice President
Demica (Ireland)

Brian has 16 years experience in securitisation and international structured finance. He is Executive Vice President at Demica, a leading specialist in trade receivables securitisation. Prior to joining Demica, Brian was a Director at AIB International Financial Services with responsibility for their North American structured finance business. Previously he held senior positions with Investment Bank of Ireland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ernst & Young. Brian has structured, arranged and implemented a wide variety of cross border securitisation transactions for global corporations in collaboration with major investment banks and financial sponsors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a graduate of University College Dublin.

Gianfranco Simionato


Gianfranco is currently an executive director within the securitisation group at Rabobank International, London Branch where he has been for over three years. At Rabobank he covers a wide range of asset types and transaction structures including the arrangement of cash and synthetic CDOs for clients, Dutch mortgage securitisations, Italian securitisations as well as acting as risk manager for the team. Gianfranco has over seven years of experience in structuring transactions including emerging market CLOs, leveraged loan CLOs, synthetic CDOs, tax recivable transactions, prime MBS, non-conforming MBS, agricultural MBS, trade receivable, equipment lease and auto-loans transactions. He has closed transactions in several jurisdictions including the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

Tara Doyle

Matheson Ormsby Prentice

Tara is a partner in the banking and financial services department at Matheson Ormsby Prentice. She advises a wide range of Irish and international financial institutions in relation to structured finance transactions including securitisations, bond repackagings and note issues. Tara also advises Irish and international clients in relation to the regulation of investment services in Ireland and the establishment of investment funds. Author of the chapter on "Structured Finance - Securitisation" in the Law Society of Ireland's professional practice guide to Banking and Corporate Financial Services, 2003

Donal Daly

Joint Managing Director
Avoca Capital

Donal is a co-founder of Avoca Capital, a company formed in 2002 to provide investment advisory services to European Collateralised Loan Obligations (CLO's). Prior to founding Avoca Capital, Donal was CLO Director at AIB Capital Markets, where he was responsible for the management of two CLO funds, Tara Hill B.V. (€350m) and Clare Island B.V. (€425m). Prior to becoming CLO Director, Donal had been a Director in AIB Acquisition Finance specialising in the arranging and underwriting of senior and mezzanine debt for large leveraged buyout transactions throughout Europe. He holds Engineering and MBA degrees from University College Dublin.

Rob Ford

Head of European ABS trading
Barclays Capital and Co-Chair, the European Securitisation Forum (ESF) Traders Working Group

Rob, aged 41, is head of European ABS secondary trading at Barclays Capital in London. He has been trading ABS since 1989 (when Barclays launched their first MBS issue - Gracechurch Mortgage Finance). He was also responsible for building Barclays Capital's successful Libor credit trading team, and he still retains particular responsibility for trading the Sterling FRN book. Previously he has traded corporate bonds, gilts and before that futures & bond options (both on LIFFE and OTC), in a career with Barclays spanning almost 20 years. Prior to joining Barclays he obtained a degree in Music from Colchester Institute School of Music and in his spare time plays keyboards in a successful rock band.

Liam O\'Reilly

Chief Executive
Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority

Liam is chief executive of the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority (IFSRA), which is responsible for the regulation of the financial services industry, both from a prudential and a conduct of business viewpoint. Liam was educated in University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a PhD in Econometrics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Statistics. He has served at a senior level in the Central Bank in economic research, financial control, international relations and financial markets. He served on the review group on auditing in Ireland and was a member of the interim board of the Irish auditing and accounting supervisory authority, which prepared the legislation to set up a Statutory Supervisory Body for the Accountancy profession.

Ganesh Rajendra

Director & Head-European Securitisation Research
Deutsche Bank

Ganesh joined Deutsche Bank in mid-2001. At Deutsche Bank, Ganesh and team focus on providing market commentaries, credit performance analysis and relative value strategies as part of the Bank's European securitization research effort. Under his leadership, the Deutsche Bank securitization research team was voted the top European ABS/MBS/CDO research provider in 2003 by Global Investor, Structured Finance International, Euromoney and the Institutional Investor All-Europe research polls. The team's unrivalled success in the industry polls continued into 2004, with No.1 rankings awarded by International Securitisation Report, Structured Finance International, Euromoney and Credit. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ganesh worked at Merrill Lynch for four years in the international structured credit research group, which were consistently voted as the top research team in Europe. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he spent five years working as a fixed income analyst for a Japanese investment bank and as an actuarial analyst for an American insurance company. Ganesh has a BSc (Hons) in actuarial mathematics from the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a contributing author to a number of books on securitization and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

David Smyth

Ernst & Young

David is a Tax Partner in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Group. He works with a broad range of clients including major Irish companies and multi-national groups. Since 1992 David has specialised in the taxation of financial services, banking, structured finance and securitisation transactions, advising companies setting up in the IFSC and in international tax planning. He has also worked with the capital markets group in Ernst & Young London. David is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute. He has lectured on taxation matters both for the Irish Taxation Institute and the Law Society. He is also a member of the Taoiseach's Banking & Treasury Group.

Deirdre Somers

Director of Listing
Irish Stock Exchange and Chair, Irish Securitisation Forum

Deirdre Somers is Director of Listing at the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) with responsibility for equity, debt and investment fund listings. She participated on the EU Council working groups on the drafting of the Prospectus and Transparency Directives as the Irish Government expert and advised on the primary market aspects of the Market Abuse and Markets in Financial Instruments Directives. She worked with the Irish Regulator on the Committee of European Securities Regulators work on prospectus disclosure, chairing subgroups on ABS and investment funds. She is a Member of the Irish Company Law Review Group and co-chair of the Plc Committee of CLRG which has, interalia, responsibility for oversight of the implementation of EU Directives into Irish company law. In 2005, she was appointed as Chairman of the Irish Securitisation Forum. A chartered accountant by profession, prior to joining the ISE in 1995, she specialised in international tax with KPMG.

Paul O'Connor

Head of Risk and Prudential Supervision
Irish Bankers Federation

Paul spent nine years in international banking prior to his career in management consultancy in New York and London. During his consultancy career with Accenture and TCA Consulting, he carried out major programmes of work at many of the world's leading banking organisations in the areas of risk management and operational efficiency. Since returning to Ireland earlier this year, he has worked as head of risk and prudential supervision at the Irish Bankers Federation. Paul leads the Irish banking Industry initiatives on implementation of Basel ll and represents Ireland at the European Industry's Capital Adequacy forum.

Alan Kerr

Managing Director

Alan is a director of HCM responsible for overall loan and ABS portfolio management. Prior to joining HCM in 2000, Alan was a manager at Ernst & Young's financial services group working with US and European clients. Alan is a chartered accountant and holds honours Masters in Accountancy (1994) and B.Comm (Banking and Treasury) (1993) degrees from University College Dublin.

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