ABS West 2022

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach, Dana Point, CA
December 7, 2022 - December 9, 2022

11 days left

Opal’s ABS West is an educational and networking forum designed for investors, issuers, platforms, investment banks, underwriters, rating agencies, broker dealers, lawyers, technology firms, service providers, accountants and more. At this conference, they can learn the newest techniques to maximize returns and reduce risk exposure, an in-depth review of recent regulatory changes, economic issues, opportunities and structural considerations to provide attendees with the tools necessary to stay one step ahead of their competitors. The conference will serve as an opportunity where a meaningful dialogue can be opened to address concerns regarding this dynamic segment of the market.

All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

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Current as of November 25, 2022

7:00 am

Golf Outing at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Golf Links

(Separate Registration is required)

11:00 am

Exhibit Set-Up / Registration

1:25 pm

Welcoming Remarks

1:30 pm

The Current State and Outlook of the Alternative Financing Market: Where is the Industry Headed?


Howard Schickler, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP


Jan Brzeski, Managing Director & CIO, Arixa Capital Advisors / Crosswind Financial

Noah Cooper, EVP, Chief Investment Officer, Cross River

Jian Hu, Managing Director, Moody's Investors Service

Nelson Chu, Founder & CEO, Percent

Brendan Carroll, Senior Partner and Co-Founder, Victory Park Capital Advisors

Rana Mookherjee, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Throttle Capital LLC

2:15 pm

The Search for Yield in ABS


Mark Fontanilla, Mark Fontanilla & Co., LLC


Frank Turner, Senior Managing Partner, Celeres Capital

Florence Chan, Principal, Securitized Products, PGIM

Damon Krytzer, Managing Director, Head of Credit, Probitas Partners

Gunes Kulaligil, Managing Director, Co-Lead Structured Finance, Stout

3:00 pm

Warehouse Lines:  Debt Finance Investments in Originations


Robert Enayati, Managing Attorney, Bel Air Law Firm, P.C.


Rob McGregor, Chief Investment Officer, Coromandel Capital

Nick Andreadis, Vice President, Investments, One William Street Capital

3:45 pm

Networking Refreshment Break

4:00 pm

The Role of Innovation, Technology & Data in ABS


Yael Tamar, CEO & Co-founder, SolidBlock


Katya Chupryna, Director, Citi

Faris Saah, Portfolio Manager, Exos Financial

Jeffrey Rogers, President & CEO, LiftForward, Inc.

Prath Reddy, President, Percent

Christian Kameir, Managing Partner, Sustany Capital

Jake Katz, Head of Non-Agency RMBS Research & Data Science, Yield Book, An LSEG Business

4:45 pm

Financial Inclusion – Serving the Underserved


Howard Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Family Office (SFO)


Frank Turner, Senior Managing Partner, Celeres Capital

Anthony Rose, CFO, Kapitus

Andrew Seiz, VP Capital Markets and IR, Kueski

Armen Meyer, Vice President, LendingClub

Duane Good, Co-founder & President, Tribal

Rodney Williams, Co-founder, SoLo Funds

Brian Elbogen, Head of Investments, Unlock

5:30 pm

Marketplace Lending in Turbulent Times

A fireside chat with

David Kimball, Chairman & CEO, Prosper Marketplace

Facilitated by

Brian Korn, Partner & Co-Head of Financial Services, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

6:00 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 am


8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:45 am

Portfolio Performance- post-pandemic and pre-recession: Hear from the Leaders in the space!


Larry Chiavaro, President, LPC Associates


Thomas Ervesun, CEO, Alphaeon Credit

Eric Johnson, Vice President of Business Development, Carmel Solutions

Matt Myers, President & CEO, Goal Solutions

Fred Wang, Managing Partner, Hudson Cove Capital Management

Eric Neglia, Senior Managing Director, Head of Commercial and Consumer ABS, KBRA

Brian Foley, Managing Director, SVB Financial Group

9:45 am

ESG Investments & Securitizations


Nathan Gabig, Partner, KPMG LLP


Kent David, Sr Leader, Analytics Consulting, CoreLogic

Stephanie Mah, Senior Vice President, Structured Finance Research, DBRS Morningstar

Malea Figgins, Assistant Vice President, Securitized Products, TCW

Nicholas Sapirie, VP, Capital Markets Analytics, Fannie Mae

10:30 am



Gunes Kulaligil, Managing Director, Co-Lead Structured Finance, Stout


Dong An, Vice President, Capital Markets (Head of Investment Operations and Portfolio Manager, Achieve

Dale Hoops, Chief Risk Officer, Fidem Financial

Daniel Williams, Partner, Kilgour Williams Capital

Brian Dunn, Senior Director, SitusAMC

11:15 am

Networking Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

11:30 am

Aviation Loans & Transportation Finance


Jian Hu, Managing Director, Moody's Investors Service


Hari Raghavan, Americas, Airborne Capital

Eric C. Blau, Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Head of Capital Markets, Aviation Capital Group

Christopher Miller, Managing Partner, Shearwater Global Capital

12:15 pm

Networking Luncheon on the Grand Lawn


Sponsored by:

1:15 pm

Opportunities in Real Estate


Jake Katz, Head of Non-Agency RMBS Research & Data Science, Yield Book, An LSEG Business


James Marshall, Director, Real Estate Analytics Products, Clear Capital

Natalia Sosnina, Vice President of Acquisitions, Crosby Capital

Jordan Fox, Head of Investor Operations, Point Digital Finance Inc.

Vesta Marks, Portfolio Manager, Semper Capital Management

2:00 pm

Investing in Art


Alan Snyder, Managing Partner, Shinnecock Partners L.P.


Michael Heumann, Art Attorney & Advisor

Sharon Squires, Senior Director, Post-War & Contemporary Art, Bonhams

2:45 pm

C-PACE Financing


Martin Gitlin, Attorney, Clean Energ Counsel, LLP


Rasool Alizadeh, Managing Principal, Coventry Advisors

Stephanie Mah, Senior Vice President, Structured Finance Research, DBRS Morningstar

Genevieve Sherman, Head of C-PACE Programs and New Products, Nuveen Green Capital, Nuveen Services LLC

Mansoor Ghori, Co-Founder, CEO and Board Member, Petros PACE Finance

3:30 pm

Networking Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 pm

Niche Investment Strategies in Private Credit / Evolution of Private Credit & Debt

Sean Egan, Co-Founder and CEO, Egan-Jones Ratings Co.


Brian Harwitt, Partner, CoVenture

Karan Chabba, Portfolio Manager, Eagle Point Credit Management

Steven Lee, Managing Director, Finitive

Jeremy Hill, Founder & President, JB Capital

Jason Bross, Chief Operating Officer, Latitude20 Capital Partners

CJ Wei, Vice President, Northleaf Capital

Prath Reddy, CFA, President, Percent

4:30 pm

Infrastructure & Project Finance ABS


Vivien de Gunzburg, President, Ceres Infrastructure Asset Management L.L.C.

Sonal Patel, Structured Finance/Capital Markets (Issuer Services), Citi

5:15 pm



Hidden Liabilities

Presented by

Mark Friedgan, CEO, CreditNinja

5:35 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:55 am

Co-Chair Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am

Solar Loans


Steve Levitan, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


Matt Myers, CEO, Goal Solutions

Jason MacRae, EVP, Sunpower

9:45 am

Auto ABS


Maxim Berger, Director, ABS Consumer, KBRA

10:30 am

Student Loans


Scott Pearson, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Jon Riber, Senior Vice President, ABS, DBRS Morningstar

Jeannie Tarkenton, Founder and CEO, Funding University

Tess Michaels, Founder & CEO, Stride Funding

11:15 am

Blockchain & the Role of Crypto


Mark Ruddock, Chief Executive Officer, Nuula


Pedro Cetina, Co - Founder & Managing Partner, Addem Capital

Eric Mitzel, Vice President, Intain Inc.

Quinn Thompson, Head of Growth, Maple Finance

Yael Tamar, CEO & Co-founder, SolidBlock

Kurt Watkins, Founder, Watkins Legal

12:00 pm

Conference Concludes

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach
1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629

Standard Rate
Investors* $795
Issuers/Platforms $1,295
Standard $1,995

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval.

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