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Credit Suisse is one of the world's leading financial services providers. Our strategy builds on Credit Suisse's core strengths: its position as a leading wealth manager, its specialist investment banking capabilities and its strong presence in our home market of Switzerland. We seek to follow a balanced approach to wealth management, aiming to capitalize on both the large pool of wealth within mature markets as well as the significant growth in wealth in Asia Pacific and other emerging markets, while also serving key developed markets with an emphasis on Switzerland. Credit Suisse employs approximately 49,090 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.
Dechert is a trusted advisor to some of the largest asset managers in the collateralized loan obligation (CLO) space, advising clients on their most complex strategies. Dechert is a true “buy-side” law firm focused on representing asset managers in the areas most relevant to their rapidly evolving business needs. We serve a diverse global client base including some of the most prolific CLO underwriters (major investment and commercial banks) and largest asset managers and equity investors.
We recognize many of our client’s needs are inextricably linked, requiring both legal and business insights to achieve results. Dechert’s global platform includes a multidisciplinary team with a broad array of expertise for asset managers and specialty finance companies pursuing credit platforms. As outside counsel, we deliver a complete range of services ranging from formation, operation and compliance of CLO platforms to securitization transactions and risk retention capital formation strategies.
Our top-ranked securitization, investment adviser and fund lawyers also have earned us a leading market position in the representation of issuers, placement agents, collateral managers and equity investors in CLO transactions, including middle-market balance sheet CLOs and broadly syndicated arbitrage CLOs in the United States and Europe.
Dechert is not only one of the most active law firms in the CLO market, but also one of the most distinguished, having received “best law firm” recognition from legal and industry publications including Global Capital, Creditflux, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500.
DLA Piper is one of the largest global law firms with lawyers located in more than 40 countries/90 offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific including Japan positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.
We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.
We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.
Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, Fortune 500 and the Tokyo Stock Exchange listed enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.
Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise.
Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, Fitch Solutions, Fitch Learning and Sustainable Fitch. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.
For additional information, please visit fitchratings.com.
Egan-Jones Ratings started providing ratings in 1995 for the purpose of issuing timely, accurate ratings. The firm rapidly gained credibility by flagging the failures of Enron and WorldCom, and has since established itself as a leading global provider of credit ratings. Egan-Jones is a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) and is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider. Egan-Jones is also certified by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Studies by the Federal Reserve and prestigious academic institutions confirm that over time, ratings from the largest NRSROs tend to converge toward the Egan-Jones Rating.
Milbank LLP has one of the world’s leading CLO practices. Since the inception of CLOs, Milbank has represented market-leading arrangers, collateral managers, issuers, risk retention lenders, anchor investors and derivatives counterparties on a multitude of credit arbitrage transactions involving a diverse array of asset classes.
Milbank LLP’s Structured Credit team was ranked as the #1 Global CLO Manager counsel and as the #1 US CLO Manager counsel in Creditflux’s 2021 year-end Advisory Firm Rankings. For the last five years, Milbank has remained at the top of the publication’s global rankings and for the last four years, the firm has remained at the top of the US rankings. Milbank has also been ranked by Creditflux as the #2 CLO Manager Counsel in Europe for 2021. The publication’s league table rankings show that Milbank’s global structured credit team worked on 280 CLO issuances in 2021 valued at approximately US$131 billion. This is in addition to Milbank’s significant representation of arrangers and anchor investors on CLOs. Milbank’s CLO team was also named #1 Issuer Counsel for US CLOs by Asset-Backed Alert in the publication’s 2021 year-end rankings. Milbank’s CLO practice and our attorneys continue to be a top-ranking firm in the areas of structured finance and securitizations (including CLOs) by Chambers, Legal500 and IFLR1000 with partners Jay Grushkin and Sean Solis highlighted on Chambers and Partners’ Spotlight Table on CLOs. In 2021 and 2019, Sean Solis was named Lexology’s exclusive winner of the Client Choice Award for Securitization & Structured Finance in New York.
Our rankings reflect a unique combination of success in the CLO markets not only in both the United States and Europe, but also in the blend of our clients across the spectrum of both collateral managers and arrangers. The breadth of our client base gives us a unique perspective on the differing approaches of market players that enables us to make our documents state of the art, while maintaining efficiency and economy in our work product.
Moody’s is a global risk assessment firm that empowers organizations to make better decisions. Its data, analytical solutions and insights help decision-makers identify opportunities and manage the risks of doing business with others. We believe that greater transparency, more informed decisions, and fair access to information open the door to shared progress. Learn more at moodys.com/about
PricingDirect, a wholly owned subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has served as a trusted, independent, source of fixed income and derivative valuations for nearly 20 years. The team continues to build on its history of innovation with the recent launch of Validation +, TransparencyDirect, and a Liquidity Score at the asset class and universe level. PricingDirect provides valuations for more than 2.7 million fixed income and derivative instruments across multiple global market snapshots throughout the day.
Many leading international asset managers, lenders and asset owners choose Alter Domus as their partner for growth. Whether a stand-alone fund with limited investments, or a large multi-billion-dollar fund with complex investment streams across multiple jurisdictions, we understand your world. Our deep knowledge of the alternative investment industry underpins our technology and informs our decision-making.
We know first-hand the technical complexities and operational challenges you face. And by tapping into a talent pool of more than 3,600 employees worldwide, we can leverage our expertise and cutting-edge technology to put you ahead of the game.
Vertical integration allows us to build dedicated teams to provide support and bespoke solutions for the entire value chain and across our extensive range of services. With an established professional focus on private equity, real assets and debt capital markets sectors, we offer fund administration, corporate services, depositary services, capital administration, transfer pricing, domiciliation and management company services. Our specific experience in the debt capital markets sector allows us to provide loan administration, agency services, trade settlement and CLO manager services.
Whether a local or a global player, our successful track record and established network of 36 offices in 21 countries around the world ensure that we are where you need us to be.
Intex is the industry’s leading provider of cashflow models and analytics, with over 40,000 CLO, ABS, RMBS and CMBS deals modeled from around the globe. Intex is relied upon by hundreds of arrangers, investors, issuers and others for complete, accurate and timely cashflow models used in trading, portfolio management and risk management applications. Intex's applications include INTEXcalc for single-security and portfolio analysis and cashflow stress-testing, the INTEX Subroutine API for system builders, and INTEX DealMaker for structuring new deals. Intex is an independent, objective and privately-held company with offices in Massachusetts, London and Shanghai. Visit our website at www.intex.com
Moody’s Analytics provides financial intelligence and analytical tools to help business leaders make better, faster decisions. Our deep risk expertise, expansive information resources, and innovative application of technology help our clients confidently navigate an evolving marketplace. We are known for our industry-leading and award-winning solutions, made up of research, data, software, and professional services, assembled to deliver a seamless customer experience. We create confidence in thousands of organizations worldwide, with our commitment to excellence, open mindset approach, and focus on meeting customer needs.
Together, we are a world-leading provider of financial information services.
The Financial Services division of IHS Markit has united with S&P Global Market Intelligence. We enable businesses to move faster and go deeper with technology solutions that streamline operations and drive efficiency across the global markets. Our tools and insights on supply chains, private markets, credit risk and ratings, economic indicators, and ESG allow you to go from quantity to quality, from input to insight, at great velocity.
ZAIS Group, LLC ("ZAIS") is an alternative credit manager focused on specialized credit strategies.
Founded in 1997 and based in Holmdel, NJ, ZAIS has invested across multiple credit cycles at various levels in the capital structures of corporate and asset-backed securities. ZAIS has approximately $6.7 billion in assets under management.
We offer a platform of complementary and diverse products, ranging from commingled funds to bespoke strategies in managed accounts and special situation vehicles to meet our clients' and investors' varying needs.
ZAIS's investments have traditionally included CLOs, RMBS, CMBS, ABS and other credit products throughout North America and Europe.
ZAIS is one of a few alternative credit managers with a two-decade history. Our history and experience provide several distinct competitive advantages.
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Gretchen is a Managing Partner of CVC’s credit business and she co-founded Apidos Capital Management (now CVC Credit) in 2005. In her role as a Managing Partner and Global Head of Performing Credit, she sits on CVC Credit’s Executive Committee and several additional internal management committees. She is also vice chair of the U.S. and European Performing Credit Investment Committees. Across her more than 30 years in the industry, she has worked for Eaton Vance, ING, Bank of Boston and other financial institutions. She has an MBA from Boston University, an MS Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a BS from St. Lawrence University.
Nicole joined CPPIB in 2019 and focuses on investment opportunities across the structured credit sector including CLOs, consumer finance and specialty finance sectors. Prior to joining CPPIB, Nicole worked at Deutsche Bank’s Global Credit Trading group where she focused on structured credit opportunities in the fintech, aviation, mortgage and esoteric industries.
Previously, she was at Garrison Investment Group and Citi where she was responsible for originating and executing financings and asset purchase arrangements with specialty finance companies. Nicole began her career at Citi where she spent almost a decade in their principal finance and securitization groups.
Nicole holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She also attended L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.
Terry Ing joined KKR in 2019 as a Managing Director. He is the Co-Head of Research for KKR’s Leveraged Credit team and a Portfolio Manager. Mr. Ing is a member of the U.S. Leveraged Credit Investment Committee and KKR’s ESG Committee. Prior to joining KKR, he was the head of credit at Muddy Waters Capital and an executive vice president and portfolio manager for PIMCO's Global Credit Opportunity Fund (GCOF), where he focused on the high yield and bank loan portfolios. He also held various leadership roles throughout the PIMCO organization, ranging from head of Americas research to head of research for GCOF. Before joining PIMCO, he was a senior analyst at Wells Fargo's securities investment group, covering various sectors while generating cross sector relative value ideas. Mr. Ing is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. He holds a Master's degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California
Dagmara Michalczuk is a Principal and Portfolio Manager of Tetragon Credit Partners. She joined the group in early 2007 and prior to that was an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Securitized Products Group working on the structuring desks in New York and London. At Morgan Stanley, she was involved in the structuring and execution of CDO and CLO transactions across multiple underlying asset classes and structural types. Ms. Michalczuk holds an M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is based in New York.
Amir Vardi is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Asset Management Division, based in New York. Mr. Vardi is the Head of Structured Credit and a Portfolio Manager for the Credit Investments Group. His responsibilities includes managing portfolios of structured products as well as overseeing the CLO issuance activities for the group.
Mr. Vardi began his career in leveraged finance research - portfolio strategy at Credit Suisse First Boston, which he joined in 2004. 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.
Ms. Walsh joined Bain Capital Credit in 2007. She is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in Liquid and Structured Credit focused on US CLOs and is based in Bain Capital Credit’s Boston office. During 2014 through 2016, she was based in the London office. Prior to her current role, Ms. Walsh was an Industry Research team member responsible for investments in the Energy and Utility sectors. Previously, Ms. Walsh was an analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Bank Debt Portfolio Group. Ms. Walsh received a B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame.