Financial Institutions Group Global Head Ruth Porat to Keynote Wharton School Finance Conference 2009

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 11, 2009

Ruth Porat, Global Head, Financial Institutions Group, Morgan Stanley will join the tenth annual Wharton Finance Conference as a Keynote Speaker. The conference, organized by students of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will be held at the Park Hyatt at Bellevue in Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 2009. Throughout the current financial crisis, Ms. Porat has been responsible for the Firm’s coverage of financial institutions and governments globally.

The Wharton Finance Conference, whose theme is “Looking Forward: Finance in a New Horizon.” will include panel discussions on such issues in Corporate Social Responsibility vs. Government Regulation, the Increased Competitiveness of Services Firms, International Opportunities, Infrastructure Finance, Financing Growth, Financial Innovation in the 21st Century: Sales & Trading Perspective, Careers in Finance: Recruiting in a Tough Economic Environment. Participants can look forward to a conglomeration of the best minds in business and meeting with intellectual and experienced experts.

Keynote speakers at the Wharton Finance Conference 2009 include:

— Ms. Ruth Porat Global Head, Financial Institutions Group, Morgan Stanley, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking Division

— Mr. Tony Ehinger, Managing Director of Credit Suisse,

Co-Head, Global Securities, Investment Banking Division

Other scheduled conference participants include:

— James R. Tanenbaum , Partner, Morrison & Foerster and Chair of the firms Global Capital Markets practice

— Andrew Ross Sorkin, Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter and Columnist, The New York Times

— Rodolfo L. Molina, Managing Director, Head of Southern Latin America, UBS Investment Bank

— Rob Collins, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Banking for the Americas, Greenhill & Co.

— Vikram Pant, Managing Director, IDFC Project Equity

— Jonathan Turnbull, Head of Infrastructure Investment Banking, Citigroup

— Ed Rubin, Head of Cross Rate and Securitized Product Sales (Deutsche Bank)

— Devin O’Reilly, Principal, Bain Capital

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,700 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 10,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of more than 85,000 graduates.

Further information on the conference can be found at:

Members of the media are invited to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Media inquiries:

Peter Winicov (Wharton Communications Office)

Telephone: 1-215-746-6471


General inquiries:

Haoying Sun (Finance Conference student team)

Telephone: 1-215-485-1831


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The Collingwood Group to Conduct First Mortgage Industry Conference Call

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 26, 2012

The Collingwood Group (Collingwood) is pleased to introduce its new offering — a series of industry conference calls — which will begin with a February 9, 2012 call entitled FHA Enforcement: Myths, Misconceptions and Facts. This call series comes as a result of Collingwoods launch of its new Risk Management and Compliance Division, established with its January 1, 2012 acquisition of GWN Consulting, LLC (GWN), a firm specializing in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Ginnie Mae risk management and quality control.

Collingwoods Risk Management and Compliance Division staff brings to the organization extensive FHA and Ginnie Mae knowledge and experience, and plans to share information on an ongoing basis with Collingwood clients and other industry colleagues. As part of this effort, the team will launch a series of educational conference calls, beginning with the first call FHA Enforcement: Myths, Misconceptions and Facts focusing on FHA Enforcement, Quality Assurance and Inspector General reviews and the Mortgagee Review Board. The call, offered at no cost to participants, will be held on February 9, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The call will be led by Collingwood Group Chairman and former FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery, who will moderate a discussion between Karen Garner, Collingwood Group Managing Director and former HUD compliance manager and GWN Principal, and David Hintz, former Secretary to the HUD Mortgagee Review Board. It will also serve as an introduction to the services that the Risk Management and Compliance Division will offer.

Additional calls will be held moving forward, covering potential topics such as FHA Loss Mitigation tools, Ginnie Mae compliance reviews, and compliant and effective quality control plans.

This is a critical time for lenders and servicers struggling with compliance, litigation and claims management issues related to their FHA and Ginnie Mae operations, said Montgomery. The experience, insight, and relationships of our new Risk Management and Compliance Division staff can provide substantial information that will be helpful to these organizations in developing proactive, preventative activities in their compliance efforts.

The expansion of Collingwoods offerings and this call could not be more timely, given the issuance of the press release by Acting FHA Commissioner Carol Galante announcing changes to FHA authority for the lender insurance program and standards for indemnification requests. (Follow this link to the press release issued by HUD:

With FHA toughening its standards, rules and penalties, and with volume that has grown to historically high levels, lenders and issuers can reasonably expect corresponding increases in the level of FHA audit, enforcement actions, and penalties. The goal of Collingwoods Risk Management and Compliance Division is to assist its clients with capabilities that now include FHA and Ginnie Mae lender/issuer applications and re-certifications, preparation and responses to audits or reviews, origination or servicing compliance and best practices, claims management and recoveries, program manuals and operating guides, and development of written and program training.

Garner is proud of the new divisions capabilities, saying, With our upcoming conference call series and new services, we are confident that we can provide substantial assistance to lenders and servicers as they focus on quality control activities that will enable them to proactively monitor performance and mitigate risk.

About The Collingwood Group

The Collingwood Group ( is a Washington, DC-based business advisory firm focused on growing clients businesses, promoting revenue growth and increasing investment returns. The firm is led by Chairman Brian Montgomery, former Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, and Vice Chairman Joe Murin, former President and CEO of Ginnie Mae. Both played major roles in the federal governments efforts to address the nations financial crisis and restore stability and liquidity to financial markets. The firms expertise spans all aspects of Agency, non-Agency and FHA/VA housing financing programs; Ginnie Mae securitization activities; domestic and international secondary market activities and issues; primary and special servicing; full asset lifecycle vendor and talent management; and all elements of portfolio due diligence, acquisition, property management and asset disposition.

Visit for additional information on The Collingwood Groups February 9, 2012 conference call FHA Enforcement: Myths, Misconceptions and Facts or to register for the call.


The Collingwood Group Announces Home loan Sector Conference Contact On the Topic of FHA Assert Submitting

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 12, 2012

The Collingwood Group (Collingwood) is delighted to announce its 3rd in a series of business convention calls — Maximizing FHA Claim Submitting (Component A and B), becoming held at 2pm EST on Thursday, July 26, 2012.


The dialogue will concentrate on the FHA claims procedure and pitfalls. Exclusively, the panelists will supply insight into FHAs maximum priorities during a claims overview and go over some of the most common violations they uncover. Moreover, Collingwoods team of FHA authorities will talk about how significantly problems price as effectively as the most widespread way servicers depart cash on the desk that they could be professing.


The FHA statements filing process is inherently challenging, and if the servicer is not effectively versed in all the complexities, it can create dual exposurepotential enforcement motion by HUD for non-compliance and significant financial losses owing to incomplete, inaccurate, or untimely submitting, mentioned Brian Montgomery, Collingwood Team Chairman and former FHA Commissioner. He added, How servicers and lenders can successfully manage this approach will be the major emphasis of this sector contact, with a purpose of supplying information that is timely and insightful.


The call, presented at no price to members, will be led by Brian Montgomery. He will be joined by Karen Garner, Collingwood Group Controlling Director and Heidi Schranz, Collingwood Team Senior Specialist, who possesses over 10 years of knowledge in FHA claim processing, filing and auditing.


FHA conducts compliance reviews of servicers filing promises on a schedule foundation from the greatest servicers to people that file only a handful of statements a calendar year. It is imperative that servicers realize the connection in between how their client services and reduction mitigation associates service a mortgage and the filing of the mortgage loan insurance claim, stated Garner With improved emphasis on servicing compliance by FHA, the CFPB, OCC and other regulators, now is the time to ensure that you know what to expect and have procedures and procedures in place to decrease the chance to your firm and optimize your house loan insurance coverage declare restoration.


Collingwoods Chance Management and Compliance Division is sharing info on an ongoing foundation with Collingwood clientele and other sector colleagues. Its first phone FHA Enforcement: Myths, Misconceptions and Specifics, centered on FHA Enforcement, Good quality Assurance and Inspector Common reviews, and the Mortgagee Evaluation Board. The 2nd contact targeted on FHA Servicing Compliance with emphasis on FHAs reduction mitigation program. A summary of every get in touch with is available on Collingwoods website at


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