Seyfarth Shaw Announces Establishment of Covered Bonds Team : Specialized Attorneys Help Clients Understand and Capitalize on Emerging Investment Opportunity in the United States

NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 6, 2008

The Covered Bonds Team will work under the direction of Shirley Curfman, partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Nanette Heide, partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s New York office. Curfman, who recently joined the firm’s Los Angeles office, has provided legal advice in the structured finance market for over 10 years and served as legal counsel to the mortgage bond indenture trustee in one of only two covered bond transactions in which U.S. financial institutions issued bonds. Heide’s practice focuses on corporate and financing transactions, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and commercial transactions. Curfman and Heide are joined by other attorneys in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, including Peter Korda and Andrew Pearlstein.

“Seyfarth Shaw is well-positioned to help clients understand and initiate covered bonds offerings,” Heide said. “Drawing on experience in structured finance, as well as Shirley’s insights into the structure of covered bonds, we are ready to meet the needs of our clients in this expanding market.”

Covered bonds are debt securities backed by cash flows from mortgages or public sector loans. In many ways, they are similar to asset-backed securities created in securitization, but covered bond assets remain on the issuer’s consolidated balance sheet. Covered bonds have been the main source of mortgage funding in Europe since the 18th century, but to date, only two U.S. depository institutions have issued covered bonds. The U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have been promoting a covered bond market strategy as an attractive source for funding residential mortgage loans. As a complement to the policy statement previously issued by the FDIC, the Treasury Department recently issued a best practices guide to specifically address covered bonds backed by pools of eligible residential mortgages.

“I’m pleased that covered bonds, long utilized in Europe, are making their way into the U.S. market as an additional funding source for mortgage loans,” Curfman added. “We have the resources, skills, and experience with covered bonds to work with lenders to effectively structure these financing vehicles.”

Seyfarth Shaw is a full-service law firm with over 750 attorneys located in nine offices throughout the United States including Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as Brussels, Belgium. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of real estate, labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation and business services. Seyfarth Shaw’s practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country’s business and social fabric. Clients include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines and railroads. The firm also represents a number of federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. For more information, please visit

New FDIC Plan Will Help Clients of The Loan Modification Center

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 12, 2009

Sheila Bair, who was named chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2006, has reiterated her view that the best approach to resolving the current housing crisis is to encourage lenders to renegotiate mortgages with homeowners.

Bair’s proposal calls for a loan modification program so that payments are reduced to 31% of homeowners’ gross income (Sasseen & Francis, 2008). The federal government would guarantee to cover part of the losses if the homeowners re-default despite this assistance. Bair claims that this approach would save 1.5 million homeowners and would cost the federal government approximately $ 24.4 billion (Sasseen & Francis, 2008).

The proposed approach has faced a barrage of criticisms and doubts. Some have claimed that the renegotiation of millions of mortgage loans will take too long to have a practical effect (Wallison & Pinto, 2008). Others have pointed out that it will be difficult to renegotiate certain types of loans, particularly those that have been securitized, or sold to investors (Sasseen & Francis, 2008). Critics have also argued that previous efforts to renegotiate mortgages have not been particularly successful. Specifically, there is evidence that more than half of the mortgages renegotiated during 2008 are already at least 30 days past due (Sasseen & Francis, 2008). Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson argues that Bair’s plan is problematic because it increases government expenditures and it rewards banks when homeowners default (Sasseen & Francis, 2008).

Alternative solutions have been proposed for the housing mess, but these too have perceived flaws. For example, bailing out the major mortgage companies might simply encourage further risky practices in the future (Murphy, 2008). Treasury Secretary Paulson claims that the best approach is to reduce mortgage rates, in order to encourage more home purchases. However, this approach has been criticized because it won’t help borrowers who are already in trouble (Sasseen & Francis, 2008). Martin Feldstein, a Harvard economist, has suggested that the federal government should make loans to troubled homeowners to cover 20% of their mortgages (Feldstein, 2008). However, this raises the risk of borrowers, in turn, defaulting on their debts to the government (Murphy, 2008). There is, additionally, widespread sentiment that helping companies or borrowers who got themselves into trouble is unfair to those who made more reasonable financial decisions.

The housing crisis came about because trillions of dollars of mortgage loans were made to borrowers who were not really able to repay the loans. Many of the loans were based on adjustable rates that greatly increased the size of homeowner payments after a certain period of time (Murphy, 2008). The situation led to a growing number of defaults and a substantial decline in housing values. The proposed solutions to the problem are based on the question of whether it is better to assist mortgage companies or borrowers. There seems to be a partisan divide on this issue, since many Democrat politicians, such as Bair, are in favor of helping borrowers, while Republican leaders, like Paulson, are in favor of helping the big companies. In spite of this controversy, there is widespread agreement among policymakers that the most important step is to strengthen regulation of the housing market and the mortgage industry (Murphy, 2008).


Feldstein, M. (2008). How to help people whose home values are underwater. Wall Street Journal (November 18), A21.

Murphy, R. P. (2008). Can the Feds save the housing market? Freeman 58(5), 8.

Sasseen, J., & Francis, T. (2008). A standoff over housing relief. Business Week (December 22), 30.

Wallison, P. J., & Pinto, E. (2008). Let’s use Fannie to clean up the mess it made. Wall Street Journal (October 25), A13.

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iServiceGlobe and Sky Technologies Announce Partnership to Deliver Mobile Solutions to SAP Clients throughout the Globe

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2009

iServiceGlobe, an SAP business solutions provider, and Sky Technologies, an industry leader in enterprise mobility, and integration for SAP, announced today their partnership to sell Sky’s mobile solutions.

The two companies have already engaged one of iServiceGlobe’s existing clients; Canada based information security company, Securit. In the process of developing the ideal solution for Securit’s CRM implementation, the iServiceGlobe consulting team found Sky’s existing platform had the capabilities to meet their client’s mobility needs. Sky Technologies software will provide the backbone for communication between Securit SAP CRM Services system and the Motorola Symbol

Thetica Systems Adds Clients, Enhances Bond Analytics Product Line

(PRWEB) February 27, 2012

Thetica Systems, provider of a fast and flexible data integration/bond analytics platform for the structured finance market, announced it has recently added relationships with a major international bank, an independent investment firm, and a private equity firm.

“We are very gratified by this growth, and will continue to do our best to provide our clients with custom-fitted solutions to their needs,” said CEO Ariel Yankilevich. “This expansion shows how the ABS Trader Tools system is uniquely customizable for a diverse range of structured finance market participants.”

ABS Trader Tools offers flexibility, efficiency and speed in performing bond analysis and pricing. Its ‘smart scenario language’ allows traders to quickly run complex scenarios on multiple bonds, with ready access to cashflow and price/yield results in customized reports. Recent enhancements enable ABS traders and analysts to:

Run the full universe of CLOs in a few minutes using complex asset level scenarios, including using automatic rules for asset reinvestment.

Run the full universe of CMBS at asset level forecasts.

Use the results of these runs to feed tear-sheets, viewers, screeners, etc.

Easily search the universe of securities based on various criteria including results from bond analytics calculations (e.g., WAL, First-Pay, Second-Pay, Back Pay, Never Pay, etc.).

Create a customized reverse look-up to see all re-leverage points for an existing bond.

Quickly utilize complex Price/Yield matrices and custom pricing algorithms.

Those interested in a live demonstration of ABS Trader Tools may contact the company by phone at 727-724-4182 or email Sales(at)Thetica(dot)com.

Thetica from the Greek letter theta which means Thought, Life Force and Reason and the word etica which means Ethics. Thought, reason and ethics are essential elements of any successful business and commitment to this concept is embedded in the companys name.

About Thetica Systems: As Wall Street securitization pioneers, Thetica Systems understands the needs of ABS market participants. Its clients include investment banks, hedge funds, capital management, brokers, dealers and others that invest in or monitor structured finance securities, with users from traders and trading desks, research and product controllers to risk managers, regulatory reporting and IT.