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The Finance Dublin Securitisation Conference 2005-
Investment and Issuance: Debt, ABS and Credit

28th - 29th November 2005, Burlington Hotel, Dublin

Speaker Biographies

Anton D Simon

Head of European High Yield
Putnam Investments

Anton was co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of New Flag Asset Management until its acquisition by Putnam Investments in June 2002 and has spent more than half of his banking and investment career in High Yield asset management. His career commenced with Lloyds Bank International in 1977 with postings in Brazil, USA and the UK, all solely focused on corporate lending. In 1985, through United Bank of Kuwait out of London, he became the first non-US committed investor in US High Yield. In 1990 he initiated the first of four Guernsey based US High Yield Funds. Anton heads up Putnam's High Yield and Leveraged asset funds in Europe

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.

Moorad Choudhry

Visiting Professor, Department of Economics
London Metropolitan University, and Visiting Research Fellow, ISMA Centre, University of Reading

Moorad Choudhry is Head of Treasury at KBC Financial Products in London. He joined there from JPMorgan Chase Bank, where he was a vice-president in Structured Finance Services sales and marketing. Prior to that he was at Hambros Bank Limited in their Treasury division and at ABN Amro Hoare Govett Sterling Bonds Limited, where he ran the money markets desk. He began his City career at the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Moorad is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, London Metropolitan University, a Visiting Research Fellow at the ISMA Centre, University of Reading, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Mathematical Trading and Finance, Cass Business School, and a Fellow of the Securities Institute. He is author of The Bond and Money Markets (Butterworth Heinemann 2001), Structured Credit Products: Credit Derivatives and Synthetic Securitisation (John Wiley 2004) and The Money Markets Handbook (John Wiley 2005).

Philip Wooldridge

Senior Economist, Financial Markets, Monetary and Economic Department
Bank for International Settlements

Philip Wooldridge is a senior economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. He has worked in the Financial Markets section since 2000, researching topics of interest to central banks. Philip writes regularly about conditions in global financial markets, focussing in particular on credit markets, for the BIS Quarterly Review. The BIS Quarterly Review provides in-depth analysis of developments in international banking, debt securities and derivatives markets. Philip has also published articles on topics ranging from changing links between mature and emerging markets to the euro interest rate swap market and the impact of rating announcements on CDS prices.

Maureen R. Coen

Managing Director and Global Head of Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Origination
Credit Suisse First Boston

Maureen R. Coen is a Managing Director and Global Head of Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Origination at Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in October 2000, Maureen spent seven and a half years at Moody’s Investors Service. Over her tenure at Moody’s, Maureen ran the Asset-Backed Securitization Group for one and half years and the ABCP Group for over three years. Maureen received a Juris Doctorate and a M.B.A. from Syracuse University, graduating cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Dayton, graduating magna cum laude.

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.

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.

Louis Hagen

Executive Director and Member of the Board
Verband deutscher Pfandbriefbanken e.V. (Association of German Pfandbrief Banks) and Chairman, European Covered Bond Council (ECBC)

Prior to assuming his present position as Executive Director of the Association of German Pfandbrief Banks in Berlin and Chairman of the European Covered Bond Council in Brussels, Dr. Louis Hagen held several executive positions within the organization in the Bonn and Brussels offices. Previously, he was Senior Manager of Property Redevelopment Management at Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank AG and Assistant Manager at BV-Beteiligungsgesellschaft, a subsidiary of Bayerische Vereinsbank AG. He has practiced law in Munich and New York. Dr. Hagen received his law degree from Munich University and his doctorate from Berlin University.

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