This article was published by Matthew T. Clark and Stewart McQueen.

For 150 attendees, Day 1 of the 2010 CREFC Annual Convention ended with dinner hosted by Dechert at Shelly’s Trattoria in Midtown.  We thought the turnout was exceptional, and it was great to be able to socialize and dine with so many of our clients and friends.

The sessions continued this morning.  The Investment-Grade Bondholders Forum included a spirited debate about best practices for a CMBS restart, including risk retention and streamlined information flow.  Another panel, entitled Color of Money: Raising Capital in the Current Environment – Challenges and Opportunities, was very well attended as panelists discussed the hurdles to successful fund raising in this market.