CLO Summit 2023

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach, Dana Point, CA
December 3, 2023 - December 5, 2023

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Opal Group is proud to present our CLO Summit. The CLO Summit is an educational forum designed for investors, issuers, underwriters, rating agencies, lawyers and accountants. At this conference, they can learn the newest techniques to maximize returns and reduce risk exposure in this growing area of Asset-Backed Finance. An in-depth review of recent regulatory changes in addition to rating agency methodology, legal, tax and structural considerations will 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. This event promises to be the "must attend" CLO event of 2023.

Current as of November 29, 2023

10:00 am

Exhibit Set-Up & Registration Opens

1:00 pm

Welcoming Remarks

1:15 pm

Launching a New CLO Platform


Alex Cormas, SVP, Head of CLO Product & Sales, UMB


TJ Unterbrink, Managing Director CLO Structuring Portfolio Manager, Barrow Hanely Global Investors

Dave Darr, Associate, Dechert LLP

Carlo Ingato, Associate, DLA Piper

Wesley Boles, Managing Director, EY

Michael Moriarty, Executive Director, Natixis

Neil Leshinsky, Director, PwC

David Marshak, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management

2:15 pm

Leverage Financing in the Private Credit Space


  • What are the risks and opportunities in the private debt space?
  • Why do managers consider BDCs as a vehicle to finance middle market loans?
  • How managers handle funds with multiple leverage providers?
  • What are the pitfalls to avoid in adding leverage facilities?
  • How to streamline access to borrower financials in private credit?
  • How to approach systems and address operational challenges

Sean Egan, Managing Director, Egan Jones Ratings Co


Peter Sweeney, Managing Director, Capital One

Macey Levington, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Chris Padgett, Associate MD of Corporate Finance Group, Moody's Investors Service

Nick Robinson, Partner, Paul Hastings

Michael Pusateri, CEO, Siepe

Brent Edgecumbe, Managing Director, Western Alliance Bank

3:15 pm

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 pm

Developments in CLO Technology: Innovation & Integration


Paul Livanos, Vice President, Sales, Siepe


Alex Lambiotte, Senior Credit Specialist - Head of Portfolio Optimizer Product, Allvue

Adam Roston, Senior Director, Senior Product Leader, BNY

Sameer Hussain, Director of Operations, HalseyPoint Asset Management

Anthony Schexnayder, Head of Business Development, KopenTech

Pavel Antonov, Senior Vice President, US Bank

Richard Britt Jr., Senior Vice President and CLO Product Leader, Wilmington Trust

4:30 pm

The Current State and Outlook for the CLO Market


Aleksandr Lobanov, Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP


Lawrence Berkovich, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Sergei Markov, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Rishad Ahluwalia, Managing Director Head of CLO Research, JP Morgan

Reggie Fernandez, Executive Director, Natixis

Belinda Ghetti, Managing Director - Co-Head US Structured Credit CLO, S&P Global Ratings

Matthew Clarkin, Senior Vice President – Product Manager, US Bank

5:30 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 am

Track A: Co-Chair Welcoming Remarks

Presented by

Navneet Agarwal, Managing Director Americas Structured Finance, Moody’s Investors Service

8:15 am

Track A: CLO Investor Roundtable


Anusha Joly, ED, Head of US CLO Syndicate, JP Morgan


Matt Natcharian, Managing Director, GreensLedge Asset Management LLC

Michael Herald, VP, Portfolio Manager - CLO, Loomis, Sayles & Company

Chris Saltaformaggio, Senior Director, New York Life Investors

Paul Nikodem, Head of US Fixed Income Research, Nomura

Michael Phillips, Head of Credit Special Opportunities, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Matt Shepard, Senior Vice President, Shenkman Capital Management INC

Track B: How to Construct a CLO


  • Building a Portfolio and Negotiating Documents
  • Documentation Trends

Daniel McBride, Director, KPMG


John McGill Jr., Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Robert A. Villani, Partner, Clifford Chance

Jack Traynor, Associate, Jefferies LLC

Glenn G. Kunkes, Partner, Mayer Brown

Mimi Eng, VP, Senior Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

Soumen Bose, Executive Director Fixed Income Division CLO Banking, Morgan Stanley

Daman Pope, Director Structured Finance Group, SMBC

9:15 am

Track A: ESG: Data Integration & Considerations for Managers & Investors


Julia Tsybina, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP


Peter Matousek, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings

Ian Gilbertson, Portfolio Manager, Invesco

Steve Hasnain, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Pinebridge Investments

Track B: Opportunities in Middle Market CLOs, Private Credit & Direct Lending


Kylie Duff, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley


Alexandra Middleton, Managing Director- Head of CLO Structuring & Warehousing, BNP Paribas

Alexander Dennis, Managing Director, Capital One

Patrick B Quill, Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP

Kelli C. Marti, Senior Managing Director, Head of CLO Management, Churchill Asset Management

Sean Malone, Senior Director Structured Credit, KBRA

Mark David, Managing Director, GreensLedge

Sean M. Solis, Partner, Milbank LLP

Ramki Muthukrishnan, Managing Director & Head of US Leveraged Finance, S&P Global Ratings

10:15 am

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 am

Track A: Four Seasons in CLO land – Fall/Winter Edition

Facilitated by

Thomas Majewski, Managing Partner, Eagle Point Credit Management LLC


Debdeep Maji, Managing Director, Head of Structured Credit, Irradiant Partners, LP

Serhan Secmen, Partner, Napier Park Global Capital

Kashyap Arora, Managing Director Co-Chief Investment Officer, Vibrant Capital Partners

Track B: Applied Technology in CLO Investment Decision Making


  • AI & Machine Learning

Aani Nerlekar, Senior Director Solutions Management & Solutions Consulting, SS&C


David Nabwangu, Founder and CEO, Ai SPARK

Alex Lambiotte, Senior Credit Specialist - Head of Portfolio Optimizer Product, Allvue

John Partenza, Product Manager, Broadridge

Phong Lam, Global Head CLO Product Strategy, Deutsche Bank

Peter Jasko, CEO, Semeris

Sean Kelley, Head of CLO Data Analytics & Research, US Bank

11:30 am

Track A: CLO Manager Roundtable


Amit Roy, Head of Global CLO New Issue, Goldman Sachs


Justin Driscoll, Chairman, Aquarian Credit Partners

Meriç Topbas, Head of Structuring, Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC, part of Credit Suisse AG, a UBS Group Company

Hans Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Founder, MJX Asset Management

Jason Duko, Executive Vice President Portfolio Manager, PIMCO

Steve Hasnain, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Pinebridge Investments

Craig Stein, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Josh Eisenberger, Managing Director Head of US CLOs, Sculptor Capital Management

Track B: Navigating the Legal & Regulatory Environment


David Crawford, Director, PwC


Andrew Keller, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rebecca O'Brien, Partner, Clifford Chance

Peter Williams, Partner, Linklaters LLP

Arthur Rublin, Partner, Mayer Brown

Brett Stone, Special Counsel, Milbank LLP

Eddie Seferi, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Jacob B. Wentworth, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, PGIM Fixed Income

12:30 pm

Networking Luncheon on the Grand Lawn

1:30 pm

Track A: Secondary CLO Market


Connor Buttner, Managing Director Head of Client Success, KANERAI


Adam Plantinga, Head of US CLO Trading, BNP Paribas

Jake Caldwell, Head of US Secondary CLO and CMBS Trading, Goldman Sachs

Brian Mickle, ED, JP Morgan

Rob Shrekgast, Director of Distribution, KopenTech

Hong Zhao, Head of CLO Trading, Societe Generale

Craig Wagner, Director of Business Development, SOLVE

Daniel Hu, Director Structured Credit, S&P Global Ratings

Track B: Manager Selection: Screening, Evaluation & Comparison


Jennifer Press, Managing Director, Lincoln International


Pratik Gupta, Head of CLO & RMBS Research, BofA Securities

Tejs Broberg, Global Head of Data, Reorg

Alina Pak, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings

Sean Gibson, Structured Products Specialist, Moody’s Analytics

Steven Abrahams, Senior Managing Director, Santander US Capital Markets

2:30 pm

Track A: Under Pressure: How Will Widely Held CLO Sectors Perform in 2024?


  • What are the outlooks for software, healthcare, and consumer product companies?
  • Which corporate sectors are most vulnerable to downgrades and defaults?
  • What CLO portfolio strategies will perform best if corporate downgrades increase?

Minesh Patel, Sector Lead – U.S. Leveraged Finance, S&P Global Ratings


David Tsui, Sector Lead - Technology, S&P Global Ratings

Arthur Wong, Sector Lead- Healthcare, S&P Global Ratings

Sarah Wyeth, Sector Lead – Consumer Products, Retail & Restaurants, S&P Global Ratings

Sophie-Aurore Venon, Portfolio Manager, LCM Asset Management

Track B: The Futurist’s Guide to CLOs: Leveling up the market with emerging technology


Serhan Secmen, Partner, Napier Park Global Capital


Tim Maloney, Head of Loan Portfolio Trading & CLO Optimization, Citi

Bhargav Jani, Senior Director, Moody’s Analytics

Brian Bejile, Chief Executive Officer, Octaura

3:30 pm

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:45 pm

Track A: CLO Equity


Asif Khan, Head of Structured Capital Markets, Natixis


Hetal Patel, Managing Director Americas Leveraged Finance, CPPIB America, Inc.

Shiloh Bates, Chief Investment Officer, Flat Rock Global, LLC

TBA, Goldman Sachs

Mussie Tizazu, ED, Head of US BSL Structuring, JP Morgan

Omid Abrishamchian, CLO Trading, Morgan Stanley

Olive Bian, Lead CLO Research Analyst, Nomura

Neil Delap, Analyst, Wellington Management

Track B: Japanese Investor Considerations


  • Hedging strategies
  • Structuring
  • How to approach your pipeline
  • Documentation
  • How to market
  • Due Diligence

Nate Weber, Managing Director, Mizuho Securities USA


Pratik Gupta, Head of CLO & RMBS Research, BofA Securities

Martin Brennan, Special Counsel, Milbank LLP

Konstantin Kulev, Director, MUFG

Stephen Anderberg, Sector Lead – U.S. CLOs, S&P Global Ratings

4:45 pm

Track A: The Art of the Deal: Deal Restructuring & Work Outs


John Murphy, Partner, DLA Piper


Nathan Spanheimer, Partner, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP

Justin Forlenza, Managing Director and Senior Covenant Analyst, Covenant Review / CreditSights / Fitch Solutions

Jared Axelrod, Partner, Milbank LLP

Jeffrey Burton, Director Structured Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Track B: CLO Mezz Tranches


Paul Nikodem, Head of US Fixed Income Research, Nomura


Christian Pellegrino, Principal and Head of CLOs, III Capital Management

Ed Trampolsky, Trader, Marathon Asset Management

David Ham, VP/Senior Credit Officer, Moody's Investors Service

Timothy Wickstrom, Managing Director, Panagram Structured Asset Management

Rob McMullen, Executive Director CLO Trading, Santander US Capital Markets

Joseph Walsh, Vice President, Vibrant Capital Partners

5:30 pm

Day 2 Sessions Conclude

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am

Opportunities in the Global CLO Market


Eric Hudson, Senior Managing Director Structured Credit, KBRA


Tyler Wallace, Managing Director Portfolio Manager, Fair Oaks Capital Ltd

Komal Shahzad, Vice President, CLO Tranche, Leveraged Finance, PineBridge Investments

Joe Guzzi, Head of CLO Trading, Scotiabank

9:30 am

Bespoke CLOs / Alternative CLO Structures


Tammy Bliek, Senior Vice President, Western Alliance Trust Company


Chris Duerden, Partner, Dechert LLP

Alex Lass, Director, GreensLedge

Peter Connolly, Director, Structured Credit, KBRA

Mahesh Assomull, Director, MUFG

Michael P. McAdams, Chief Executive Officer, Pasadena Private Lending, LLC

Dan Oshinsky, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

10:30 am

Middle Market, Private Credit, BSL: A Question of Categories


Neil Weidner, Partner, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP


Mak Pitke, SVP, Antares Capital

Arlene Payne Shaw, Head of Treasury, Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC

Kevin S. McLeod, Senior Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Jian Hu, Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service

Christopher Gilbert, Managing Director, Natixis

11:30 am

Crystal Balling the CLO Market – what lies ahead?


Amanda Lazier, Partner, Maples Group


Luke Maiman, Associate, Allen & Overy LLP

Justin Pauley, Partner Head CLO Capital Markets, Brigade Capital Management

Sam DeRosa-Farag, Partner, Centennial3

Francis Teo, Director, Mizuho Securities USA

Gavin Zhu, Head of US CLO Research, Morgan Stanley

12:00 pm

Golf Outing at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Golf Links
Separate Registration is required


Sponsored by: Antares Capital

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


The room block is currently sold out.

Please contact Maria Rojas to be put on the waitlist ( A list of recommended hotels* may be found below:


*Opal does not have a group rate or contracted block of rooms at these hotels.  Please contact the properties direct for reservations.


The Ranch at Laguna Beach

31106 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 888.316.0959


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach 

34402 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 949.661.1100


Blue Lantern Inn

34343 St of the Blue Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 949-661-1304


Casa Loma Beach Hotel

211 N Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-497-9722


Hotel Joaquin

985 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494-5294


Laguna Beach House

475 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-497-6645


Pacific Edge Hotel

647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494-8566


Best Western Capistrano Inn

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Phone: 949-493-5661

Registration Pricing

Standard Rate
Investors* $995
Issuers* $1,495
Standard $2,495

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval.

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Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities
  • Investor Roundtable
  • Evaluating Leveraged Loan Market Performance and Direction
  • Issuer Roundtable
  • How to Analyze Structural Features of a CLO
  • Relative Value in the CLO Market
  • CLO Managers Roundtable – State of the Art
  • CLOS 2.0
  • Best Practices-Operational Issues for Maintaining a CLO
  • Opportunities and Obstacles in the European CLO Market
  • CLO Hedges & Alternative Structures
  • Researcher’s Roundtable
  • The Current State and Outlook for the CLO Market
  • How to Construct a CLO: Building a Portfolio and Negotiating Documents
  • CLO Equity
  • CLO Markets in a Regulated Environment
  • CLO Mezz Tranches / Opportunities and Relative Value
  • Secondary CLO Market
  • Launching a CLO Platform
  • Manager Screening and Evaluation
  • Successful CLO Management
  • Accounting and Tax
  • Middle Market
  • And more!
  • Investment Banks
    • Trustee, Administrators
    • Law Firms
    • Rating Agencies
    • Family Offices
    • Consultants
    • Attorneys
    • Accounting Firms
    • Hedge Funds
    • Issuers
    • Service Providers
    • Pension Plans
    • Institutional Investors
    • Insurance Companies
    • Investment Managers