European CLO Summit 2020

October 13, 2020 - October 14, 2020

23 days left

Following travel guidance from the CDC, and the continued growth of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world and in the United States, Opal’s European CLO Summit will be hosted virtually this Fall.

Our in person event in London must be rescheduled to new dates in 2021. We will update you as this information becomes available.

The event postponement is the prudent course as the health and safety of the community are of the utmost importance to Opal.

The European CLO Summit is an educational and networking forum designed for investors, issuers, 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 in this 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.

With the changing landscape among numerous industries due to COVID-19, the need to meet is more relevant than ever. Each Opal agenda contains a comprehensive list of seasoned speakers and leaders who are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 and its relation to industry trends. Opal is eager to keep education and networking a priority amongst this community.
Virtual conferences are playing a crucial role in this time of remote work and digital business by allowing organizations to adapt in a world going through new challenges. These changes are not only altering the way we do business now but will alter the way we do business in the future.

At Opal Group, our goal is to become a valued partner to the structured finance world by providing options for companies and individuals to connect with one another in their efforts to share information, deal flow, and foster relationships that fuel your efforts to reach your target market. Today, Opal Group is proud to offer customized live virtual conferences that combine market timely ideas and industry specific topics – produced to connect like-minded individuals and companies. This new digital offering can help expand your brand’s reach, position speakers as thought leaders, and connect with potential prospects amidst the world’s current climate.

Opal is proud to launch our Virtual European CLO Summit. This event will address what has happened in the current CLO marketplace since the outbreak of COVID-19 and forecasts for the future of the industry.
We look forward to hosting you soon virtually or at the live event in 2021. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Lauren Bautista at (212) 532-9898 ext 258 or email

To request the full 2019 agenda and participant list

Current as of September 17, 2020


Exhibit Set-Up & Pre-Registration


Exhibit Set-Up


Continental Breakfast Opens


Registration Desk Opens


Welcoming Remarks from Conference Chairperson

Chris Porter, Head of Private Equity, Loan and CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings




Chris Porter, Head of Private Equity, Loan and CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings


David Snyder, Head of Euro Performing Credit, Bardin Hill Investment Partners LP

David Frey, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, HPS Investment Partners, LLC

Ratul Roy, Head of CLO and Euro ABS Research, Citigroup Inc.

Steve Baker, Executive Director, European Primary CLOs, J.P. Morgan Securities plc

David Thatch, Partner, White & Case LLP

Aleem Akhtar , VP, CLO Structuring, BNP Paribas




Rebecca Mun, Director & Lead Analyst, EMEA Structured Finance, S&P Global Ratings


Sergio Morales, Executive Director, Active Credit Portfolio Management, Santander GCB

Matthew Layton, Partner, Pearl Diver Capital

Michael Schewitz, Credit Investment, Investec Bank (UK) Limited

David Hale, Chief Privacy Officer & Deputy General Counsel, TD Ameritrade

Neil Servis, Chief Executive Officer, Serone Capital Management LLP

Ronnie Jaber, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, The Carlyle Group




David Gillmor, Head of Leverage and Mid Market Analytics, European Corporate Ratings, S&P Global Ratings


Frédéric Maire, Partner, DELFF Management Ltd.

Maximilien Fare, Senior Director, Mount Street Portfolio Advisers GmbH

Thierry de Vergnes, Head of Acquisition Debt Funds, Amundi Asset Management

Todd Rothman, Managing Director, High Yield and Leveraged Loan Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan

John Murphy, Managing Director, EQT Partners UK Advisors LLP


Networking Refreshment Break


Jana Zupikova, Senior Associate, Dechert LLP


Desiree Fixler, Managing Director- Impacting Investing, ZAIS Group, LLC

Chris McGarry, Partner, White & Case LLP

Jarrad Linzie, Head of Index Research Product Development, J.P.Morgan

Tyler Wallace, Portfolio Manager, Fair Oaks Capital Ltd

Parul Gupta, Head of Business Development, Arabesque S‐Ray GmbH


Eric Hudson, Managing Director, Structured Credit, Kroll Bond Rating Agency


Stephan Plagemann, CFA, Managing Director, Head of MSPA, Mount Street Portfolio Advisers GmbH

Ganesh Rajendra, Managing Partner, Integer Advisors LLP

Mehdi Kashani, Head of ABS & CLO Trading, BNP Paribas

Conor O'Toole, Director, Head of European Asset Backed Research, Deutsche Bank

Barry Povey, CLO Secondary TraderGoldman Sachs


Julien Devaux, Director, Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking


Milan Kecman, Structured Credit Analyst, Alcentra

Matthew Carpenter, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan

Philippe Jodin, Partner, Alegra Capital LTD

Sharif Anbar-Colas, Portfolio Manager for Structured Credit, Kartesia


Sean Renfer, Associate, Sidley Austin LLP


Abhijit Pawar, Director, EMEA Structured Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Javier Hevia Portocarrero, Vice President-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service Espana

Brendan Condon, Vice President, CLO Origination, Deutsche Bank

Cameron Saylor, Partner, Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP


Networking Luncheon in Exhibit Hall


Rishad Ahluwalia, Managing Director, Head of CLO Research, J.P. Morgan Securities plc


Adrian Duffy, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited

Gauthier Reymondier, Managing Director, European Portfolio Manager, Bain Capital Credit

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

Justin Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Managers, Gallatin Loan Management

Michael Curtis, CIO, MeDirect Strategy

Alex Leonard, Senior Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, BlackStone GSO Capital


Assia Damianova, Special Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


Neil Wilson, Senior Originator, Chorus Capital

Andrew Scourse, Executive Director, Santander

Markus Schaber, Managing Partner, Integer Advisors LLP

Dennis Heuer, Partner, White & Case LLP

Thea Gausel, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance


Anatoly Sorin, Senior Vice President, US Bank


Tom Falkus, Partner, Capital Markets, White & Case LLP

Cameron Saylor, Partner, Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Claire Puddicombe, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Christopher Desmond, Partner, Dechert

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers

Julia Tsybina, Counsel, Clifford Chance LLP


Sandeep Chana, Director, EMEA Structured Finance, S&P Global Ratings


Matthias Neugebauer, Managing Director, Head of European Structured Credit, Fitch Ratings

Tanguy Hespel, Structured Finance - AVP – Analyst, Moody's Investors

Ed Watson, Primary CLOs, JP Morgan

Nikunj Gupta, Head of European New Issue CLOs, Deutsche Bank

Brian Nolan, Associate, PGIM


Networking Refreshment Break




Kevin Butler, Managing Director, TMF Group


Justin Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Managers, Gallatin Loan Management

Vanessa Cecillon, Associate Director – Commercial Credit, EMEA Structured Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Tim Houghton, Head of Debt & Capital Markets, Cortland Part of Alter Domus Group

Nuno Caetano, Director & Portfolio Manager, Invesco Senior Secured Management Inc.

  • What are some of the unique risks associated with Middle Market loan assets and how do Middle Market assets differ from Broadly Syndicated Loans?
  • What opportunities do Middle Market loan assets create versus Broadly Syndicated Loans and what are the challenges? How does pricing differ?
  • Comparison of European landscape vs US landscape (including prospects for a MM CLO in Europe)
  • How do middle-market asset financings in Europe usually work and how are they structured in comparison to US MM CLOs etc. and what are some of the challenges (regulatory, legal etc.) with these “levered sleeves” / loan-on-loan structures?

Rupert Wall, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP


Marc Bajer, CEO, Hadrian’s Wall Capital Ltd

Oliver Fochler, Managing Partner, CEO, Stone Mountain Capital LTD

Nick Shiren, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickerhasam & Taft, LLP

Michael Schewitz, Credit Investment, Investec Bank (UK) Limited

Sean Solis, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Luke Millar, European Managing Editor, LCD

Sergio Grasso, Fund Manager, Iason LTD


Alan Packman, Director, Moody's Analytics


Vedanta Bagchi, Director, Investment Office, Commerzbank AG

Vincent Ingato, Managing Director, Leveraged Finance, Zais Group, LLC

Rachit Prasad, Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank

Geoffrey Horton, CLO and Loan Strategist, Research, Barclays


Networking Cocktail Reception

London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
London W1K 6JP United Kingdom

Room Rate
Deluxe Room £349 GBP
*Inclusive of VAT (currently 20%). All invoices will be billed in US Currency.

Should you require earlier dates than listed, please contact Austin Riffe at for rates and availability.

• Rooms are available only to those participants who are registered conference attendees.
• Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.
• Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
• The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.


Registration Pricing

Standard Rate
Investor Complimentary*
Issuer Complimentary*
Standard $295

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities 212.532.9898
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  • The Current State And Outlook For The Global CLO Market
  • CLO Equity
  • CLOS, a Tool to Fund the Real Economy
  • How to Analyse Structural Features of a CLO
  • CLO Managers Roundtable – State of the Art
  • CLO 2.0’s Evolution Not Revolution – Market Backdrop & Themes
  • Manager Screening & Evaluation
  • Issuer Roundtable
  • Securitisation and Market Place Lending (P2P)
  • CLO Markets in a Regulated Environment/ Risk Retention
  • Evaluating Leveraged Loan Market Performance and Direction
  • Relative Value in the CLO Market
  • Launching a New CLO
  • Middle Market
  • AAA Investor Roundtable
  • How to Construct a CLO
  • Successful CLO Management Strategies and Structures in the Current Environment
  • Live and on demand video panels

  • Exhibit Hall with branded interactive booths and analytics

  • Ability to connect via instant message chat, video chat, direct message

  • Live Chatting Options in sessions, private 1:1 communication & lounge area for group networking

  • And more!