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Observations from SFIG Vegas 2017 Conference

SFIG Vegas 2017, which took place last week at Aria Resort & Casino, was the largest capital markets conference in the world, according to the Structured Finance Industry Group. With over 6,300 registered attendees, and I suspect thousands more who came to Vegas to attend meetings without registering for the conference, it’s hard to imagine … Continue Reading

Zika Keeps Investors Away From ABS East, But Not From CLOs

Although registration was up this year for IMN’s 22nd Annual ABS East conference held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach earlier this month, attendance was lower than it’s been in previous years as many industry participants decided against attending due to concerns about the recent Zika outbreak in Miami. The CLO sector, however, continued to be … Continue Reading

CREFC Annual Conference 2016: Headwinds or Head First Into the Wall?

The slow start to 2016 did not dampen the enthusiasm at CREFC’s Annual Conference, held last week in New York City.  The conference saw record attendance, with standing-room-only crowds at virtually every panel.  As with the Industry Leaders Conference in January, the hot topics on people’s minds were risk retention (and the rest of the … Continue Reading

CREFC Commercial Real Estate Finance Summit (West) 2016

Earlier this month CREFC held its “Commercial Real Estate Finance Summit – West” in Santa Monica, CA, which – while not nearly as large as the annual conference in New York – was still very well attended (roughly 175 attendees, an increase over last year). Given the sentiment earlier this year in Miami, the fluctuation … Continue Reading

CREFC and MBA/CREF: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Alternate Universes

That whole alternate universe thing, the conceit of so many sci-fi novels, is clearly not merely the product of fevered minds.  It’s real.  Or, at least it seemed awfully real after having been at the CREFC meeting in Miami and the MBA/CREF meeting in Orlando during the past month.… Continue Reading

BDCs As Creditors of Distressed Companies: What You Need to Know

An increase of defaults and rising debts have Business Development Companies (BDCs) concerned as the trend may lead to a number of distressed credits within their portfolios. Specialists from Dechert and Houlihan Lokey will address these concerns and potential solutions which matter to BDCs during a webinar taking place on Wednesday, September 9. The webinar … Continue Reading

Risk and Rewards of CRE-CLO and CLO Securitizations: Navigating the Capital Markets

More than 100 senior executives participated in Dechert’s Risk and Rewards of CRE-CLO and CLO Securitizations: Navigating the Capital Markets seminar.  The half day event, supported by  CRE Finance Council (CREFC) and the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), focused on themes important to the CLO market and the CRE securitization market.  Panelists addressed market … Continue Reading

Current Marketplace Trends in Real Estate Crowdfunding

Today, there appears to be an ever-expanding number of sponsors and markets for crowdfunding.  Commercial real estate is no exception. At the recent IMN US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, Elizabeth Braman, Chief Production Officer of Realty Mogul, presented at a session focused on crowdfunding for real estate.  It was very well attended.  … Continue Reading

US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Funds Investing Forum Recap

The 16th Annual U.S. Real Estate Opportunity & Private Funds Investing Forum was held in New York City on June 15 and 16, bringing together private real estate fund sponsors, limited partners, and other industry participants. Over two packed days of panels, networking, and “shark tank”-style panel demonstrations, industry participants shared their views on the … Continue Reading

CREFC New York City (June 2015) Conference Recap

For all of us in the commercial real estate industry, June has become synonymous with summer CREFC, a mid-year industry check-in and opportunity to mingle with industry participants.  Like past conferences, this year’s conference, which was held earlier this week, was once again filled with informative industry updates and lively panel discussions. On Monday, much … Continue Reading

ABS Las Vegas 2015

A securitization community coming off of record issuances in 2014 has entered the new year with a mixture of nerves and optimism.  An estimated 6,500 finance professionals and attorneys converged for the 2015 ABS Las Vegas conference.  The new risk retention rules, and their impact on CLOs in particular, were on everyone’s lips – to … Continue Reading

Securitization in the Sand – ABS East Turns Twenty

By: Daniel Wohlberg and Sean Solis On Sunday, September 21st through Tuesday, September 23rd, almost 3,500 industry insiders descended upon Miami Beach for the 20th annual ABS East Conference at the acclaimed Fontainebleau Hotel. The enthusiasm and excitement was palpable considering the record setting year the market had so far, especially in the CLO space.  … Continue Reading

CREFC Annual Conference 2014 Preview

New York will again play host to CREFC’s annual conference, and over 800 of our colleagues are scheduled to attend. The conference begins next Monday with a slate of forums discussing current issues relating to high yield distressed real estate assets, portfolio lending, GSE multifamily lending, investment grade bonds, B-pieces, issuers and servicers.… Continue Reading

2014 CREFC Conference

It’s January and with that brings New Year’s resolutions, the NFL playoffs, college football bowl games (although the best game this season was watching Auburn beat Alabama with a 109 yard field goal return), and, of course, the annual CREFC conference in South Beach. This year’s line-up doesn’t disappoint, with panels titled "Best Investment Ideas: … Continue Reading

ABS East 2013 Conference

Dechert’s securitization team is looking forward to attending the ABS East 2013 (“ABS East”) conference, which kicks off on October 6, 2013 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, FL. The conference is expecting more than 3,600 participants so it will be an ideal opportunity to connect with clients and other key players in the securitization … Continue Reading

Dechert Ranked as Top Issuer and Underwriter Counsel for U.S. CLOs in First Half of 2013

After a large contingent of Dechert attorneys attended April’s IMN CLO and Leveraged Loan Conference, our CLO team returned home optimistic and eager to continue to play a significant role in the thriving CLO market. As the months quickly passed and the clock hit double zeros in the second quarter of 2013, the halftime statistics … Continue Reading

Stormy Skies Greet Sunny Outlook at CREFC 2013

This week, over a thousand industry participants made their way through a rain soaked Manhattan for the start of CREFC’s Annual Conference. The low hum of attendees taking conference calls in corners and tapping messages on iphones provided a constant auditory backdrop to the event and aptly conveyed the velocity of the CMBS industry in … Continue Reading
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