Forum Spotlight: High Yield Debt Investment Forum Update

CRE Finance World, Summer 2012

Forum Spotlight: High Yield Debt And Investment Forum Update PartnerWilliam M. O’Connor Thompson & Knight LLP T mezzanine buyers/lenders to bridge loan lenders. We are the West Coast region. The May conference was led by a programOn May 8–9, 2012, the Forum sponsored a High Yield DebtInvestment Conference in Santa Monica, Calif. The focus of theconference expanded into commercial and regional balance sheetlender issues, while addressing specific market factors pertinent tohe High Yield Debt and Investment Forum has swelledto over 200 CREFC Members. The Forum is attractingMembers from the entire spectrum of high yield debtplayers from work-out specialist, servicers, note buyers, actively involved in establishing an annual calendar of events to committee chaired by Nik Chillar of Berkadia Capital, Tim Pine provide relevant content to our members which includes Forum of Assured Lender Services and Jason Hull of Trigild. The event roundtable meetings in our January and June conferences. attracted many CRE industry leaders speaking candidly about opportunities in the current market. We recently organized and presented a highly successful Distressed Debt Summit in Manhattan at the New York Athletic Club on The Forum is planning an educational summit which intends to be March 13–15, 2012. The two-and-a-half day Summit included an annual training session and roundtable for asset managers and major speakers from across the CRE industry. The Summit was workout officers, to take place in Dallas in September 2012. This an excellent opportunity for competitors to exchange information event is being led by Mark Weibel of Thompson & Knight, Debra and to make their opinions known in an open and frank format and Morgan of C-III, Christine Patterson of Trimont and Jan Sternin encourage more direct communication in the future. The CREFC of Situs. It is intended for this summit to become a training session Distressed Debt Summit received strong praise from the rating to instill best practices among Special Servicers and qualified agencies and members of the press. In all, over 200 persons asset officers. attended the event. CRE Finance World Summer 2012 68


CRE Finance World, Summer 2012
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