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

ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank to Host Leadership Panel: What Makes Intellectual Property an Attractive Investment

Chicago, IL (Vocus) February 19, 2010

ICAP Ocean Tomo, the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP plc (IAP.L), today announced one of four program tracks for the upcoming IP Think Tank event on March 24-25, 2010, in San Francisco, California. The tracks are focused on exploring the next generation of intellectual property (IP) development.

IP-based investing is now widespread, states Dean Becker of ICAP Ocean Tomo. This track aims to provide an update on the new investment opportunities that are gaining traction in todays recovering economy.

The Investment in IP track will follow ICAP Ocean Tomos recently-developed IP Think Tank conference model, beginning with panelist presentations on subject matter, including mark-to-market valuation, royalty securitization, and hedging IP-based investing. The program then continues with a collaborative panel and audience discussion, wrapping up on day two with a presentation of the session by the track moderator.

Moderating the Investment in IP track is Bruce Berman, CEO of Brody Berman Associates, and editor of From Assets to Profits Competing for IP Value & Return. ICAP Ocean Tomo has gathered an excellent group of thought leaders for this tracks panel, states Berman. The level of discourse for this track is going to be very high.

Other IP Think Tank program track topics include: The Growing Intangible Asset Marketplace; Developing a National Intellectual Property Economic Infrastructure; and IP Nation Economic Development through IP.

To register to attend the ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank & Auction, please visit, The ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Think Tank Conference is not affiliated with the blog IP Think Tank managed by the IP Strategy firm, Duncan Bucknell Company.

About ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC

ICAP Ocean Tomo is the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP.

About ICAP

ICAP is the world’s premier interdealer broker and provider of post trade services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, foreign exchange, emerging markets, equities and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. ICAP is also the source of global market information and research for professionals in the international financial markets. ICAP plc was added to the FTSE 100 Index on 30 June 2006. For more information go to


1st Associates Mortgage Servicing CEO, David Johnson, to Speak at Photo voltaic Power Finance & Investment Summit

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013

David Johnson, CEO of 1st Associates Financial loan Servicing, will converse at the Photo voltaic Electricity Finance and Expense Summit in San Diego, California on Monday, March 18th. Johnson will examine the crucial roles that servicers and back-up servicers perform in photo voltaic securitizations.


As CEO of 1st Associates Mortgage Servicing, Johnson has spearheaded the advancement of new and modern approaches in the sector that have drastically enhanced the price of serviced portfolios even though quickly escalating customer fulfillment costs. As a result, the organization has turn into the nations speediest growing financial loan servicer with a multi-billion dollar portfolio below administration.


This is an interesting time in the photo voltaic finance industry, said David Johnson. The business is functioning jointly to develop the financial standards and processes that will speed up the already fast progress of solar electricity in the United States. Initial Associates has turn into a key strategic partner in the area by providing an unbeatable mixture of innovation, support, and engineering. New offerings like our integrated Financial and Functions &amp Upkeep services have created us the swiftest increasing servicer in the client marketplace.


The Photo voltaic Electricity Finance &amp Expenditure Summit is acknowledged as the major gathering location for the industrys offer makers, mentioned Gretchen Luchsinger, President of Infocast. Had been pleased to have Mr. Johnson be part of us this 12 months. He brings a unique and valuable standpoint to the market that we are keen to listen to.


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