Robbin Conner has more than 20 years of experience with ABS asset classes, including flow asset classes such as credit cards, auto loans and leases, CDOs, small ticket equipment leasing and student loans; a wide variety of esoteric securitizations such as solar leases, time share receivables, servicer advances, peer-to-peer lending, single family rental, and small box single-property CMBS; and most transportation classes (aircraft, rail and container leasing). His background encompasses leadership and analytic roles on the buy side, sell side and with the rating agencies, and he has led teams both domestically and abroad. Most recently Robbin was engaged as an independent contractor for Goldman Sachs, providing legal advice to and assisting in negotiating transaction documents for securitization teams involved in aircraft securitizations, CLOs, consumer ABS and esoteric transactions, including stranded cost securitization, solar and franchise loan ABS. Prior to that he was an MD at Credit Suisse where he ran asset selection and risk assessment for the bank’s $19B ABCP conduit.Previously he was the COO and head of office for a Bermuda fund specializing in synthetic structured risk and prior to that an MD at Moody’s in NY and London. He has extensive experience in the risk measurement of ABS tranches, model development, portfolio management, compliance, and foreign bank capital regulations relating to structured funds.Robbin began his ABS career as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where he practiced for more than 5 years. Robbin received his J.D. from Northwestern University and a B.A. in economics from Carleton College.
Mark Froeba has 16 years of experience in structured finance, most recently as senior vice president and CLO team leader with Moody’s Derivatives Group. He is best known for his work on the development of Moody’s CLO rating criteria, including the PDR-LGD initiative. Mark started his career in structured finance at Skadden, Arps Slate, Meager & Flom LLP as a tax lawyer analyzing issues in structured finance transactions, with a primary focus on credit card securitizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from St John’s University in Minnesota, and a law degree, cum laude from Harvard University. Mark is a member of the bar in both New York and Illinois. The trial judge in MBIA Insurance Corporation v. Patriarch Partners VIII, LLC, in rendering his opinion, remarked that Mark “was the most qualified and credible of the experts” and “the most authoritative … with respect to the issue of the rating process and the ratability of the [notes].”
Brian Macnish is a Senior Strategist at PF2, consulting on specialist assignments involving complex financial and securities matters. He is also responsible for overseeing the development and operations of PF2’s affiliated business in Australia. Brian has over 30 years of experience in the legal and financial services industry. He is also a managing principal of Craven Capital LLC, an investment advisory and money management firm located in New York City. Brian was formerly a Director at Deutsche Bank Securities and prior thereto, a Managing Director at Wilmington Trust, where he represented high net worth individuals, families and foundations. Brian began his career in financial services in 1997 with Merrill Lynch before joining Atlantic Trust Company as a Senior Vice President in 2003. Brian holds an LLB from the University of Queensland and practiced law in both the US and Australia prior to embarking on his career in private banking and investment management.
Rick Michalek is a consultant to PF2. He has worked in structured finance since graduating from Columbia University with a joint graduate degree in law (honors) and business (JD/MBA) in 1993. Rick began as a structured finance associate in the New York office of the law firm Skadden Arps, after which he consulted for the pre-eminent New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp. Returning to the U.S. in 1999, Rick worked until December 2007 in Moody's Derivatives Group, where as a Senior Credit Officer his responsibilities included analyzing novel legal risks associated with new products and developing a methodology for rating collateral managers. Since leaving Moody's he has provided legal and financing services primarily through RJM Consulting.