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Fund Finance 2019

Speaker(s): Aimee Means, Arlene Shaw, Christopher Desmond, Ian Fitzgerald, Jocelyn A. Hirsch, Joel Kress, Joseph D. Glatt, Laurie Lawler, Thad Bzomowski
Recorded on: Dec. 18, 2019
PLI Program #: 263271

Jocelyn A. Hirsch is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP whose practice focuses primarily on the representation of private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers in complex financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, cross border facilities, asset based facilities and sponsor capital call/subscription and NAV facilities. Her experience in private equity covers multiple sectors including real estate, energy, infrastructure, secondary and financial services funds with aggregate funds raised totaling tens of billions of dollars. Jocelyn's client list spans the globe and includes Warburg Pincus, Vista Equity Partners, Ares, Golub Capital, HGGC, LS Power, TPG, JPM Infrastructure, Summit Partners and GTCR, among others.

Jocelyn is nationally regarded as a leading voice in the fund facility market and represents many of the world’s preeminent private equity, debt and related investment funds in complex and bespoke fund financings. She is routinely called upon to speak on fund finance topics.

Thad Bzomowski provides legal coverage to the cross-asset financing desk at Société Générale in New York.  In that role, Mr. Bzomowski provides advice regarding structuring, documentation, negotiation, execution and post-execution maintenance of financing products secured by various asset classes that are provided to funds-of-funds, hedge funds, registered investment companies, insurance companies and family offices.

Prior to joining SG, Mr. Bzomowski was an associate in the corporate finance group at Seward & Kissel LLP in New York.  Mr. Bzomowski received a B.S.B.A. in finance and economics from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Arlene Shaw is a Managing Director and Treasury Officer at Brightwood Capital Advisors in New York.  Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC provides debt and equity capital solutions to US based companies with EBITDA of $5 million to $75 million.  Ms. Shaw joined Brightwood in February 2016.   Prior to Brightwood, Ms. Shaw was a Senior Associate at Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP.  Ms. Shaw has particular expertise in liquidity facilities and structured credits, including warehouse lines, leveraged finance vehicles, capital call facilities, CLOs and fund-of-fund loans.   Ms. Shaw holds a BA, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany and a JD, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School. Ms. Shaw is a member of the New York City Bar Association.

Joel Kress joined Pomona Capital as a Consultant in 2014 and assumed his current role as COO and Treasurer of Pomona Investment Fund in 2015. He has over 20 years of alternative investment, operations and legal experience, and has held senior level management positions in the asset management industry since 2005. In 2013, Mr. Kress founded Z to A Ventures, LLC, a strategic advisory and consulting business that primarily serves asset managers in the alternative investments industry. Previously, Mr. Kress was a Partner and Senior Managing Director at ICON Investments, a credit-oriented global investment platform that has invested over $4 billion of capital on behalf of its investors. Prior to ICON, he was a corporate attorney at Fried Frank LLP in London and New York.  Mr. Kress received a JD from Boston University and a BA from Connecticut College.  Mr. Kress is a Senior Advisor to Diamond Funds Ventures Management, LLC, an Advisor to EMM Investments, LLC, and a former Director of Precision Kidd Steel Company, Inc.

Laurie Lawler is currently a Managing Director at Société Générale acting as Head of Capital Call Financing and Deputy Head of Credit & Structured Finance Origination in the US. In her current role, Laurie focuses on the origination of transactions across SG’s credit & structured finance product offerings in addition to running a subscription finance practice servicing SG’s Financial Sponsor, Asset Manager and Insurance Company client base. She joined SG in October 2018 from HSBC where she held various positions from 2006 through 2018, including Head of US Conduit Financing, Head of US Capital Call Financing and most recently was the Head of Structured Finance in the Americas. Laurie has over 20 years of experience in the origination, structuring and execution of structured financings ranging from traditional conduit securitizations to more esoteric fund financing transactions. Prior to joining HSBC, she spent five years within Citi's Global Securitized Markets division executing conduit securitization transactions. Laurie graduated from Iona College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and was a Division I college athlete.

Aimee Means is a Managing Director at HPS Investment Partners.  Prior to joining HPS in 2016, Ms. Means was a Managing Director and Partner at GreensLedge Capital Markets, a boutique Investment Banking firm focused on the Global Structured Credit and Alternative Investment marketplace.  In that role, Ms. Means led the firm’s Liability Management business, providing advisory services to non-bank lenders and alternative credit providers with respect to structuring and optimizing leverage facilities.  Prior to joining GreensLedge in 2011, Ms. Means was a Managing Director at Natixis Capital Markets in the US Structured Credit and Conduits Group, where she was responsible for structuring and arranging CLOs and other structured product transactions.  Ms. Means began her career at Arthur Andersen in the Assurance and Business Advisory practice.  Ms. Means is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS from Rutgers College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Christopher Desmond has experience in a broad range of structured and leveraged finance transaction types, and primarily focuses on representing asset managers, sponsors and issuers in collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") transactions, as well as managers and borrowers in a variety of fund financing structures, including subscription credit facilities and asset-backed leveraged loan warehouses. He has represented issuers, originators, agent banks and underwriters in connection with asset-backed and residential mortgage securitizations and commercial paper conduits, as well as lenders and borrowers in cash-flow and asset-based loan facilities. He has also represented counterparties to numerous derivative transactions, including credit, currency and commodity derivatives.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Desmond worked as an associate in the finance and restructuring department of an international law firm.

Ian Fitzgerald is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel (Credit) in the Ares Legal Group, where he focuses on credit matters. Prior to joining Ares in 2010, Mr. Fitzgerald was an Associate in the Corporate Group at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where he focused on corporate finance and general corporate and securities laws matters. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Bucknell University and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joseph Glatt currently serves as General Counsel of Apollo Capital Management, L.P., a position he has held since his arrival to Apollo in 2007.  Since 2014, he has served as Chief Legal Officer of Apollo Investment Corporation. Since 2011, he has served as the Chief Legal Officer of Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc., and since 2013, he has served as the Chief Legal Officer of Apollo Tactical Income Fund Inc.  Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Glatt was associated with the law firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP from 1998 to 2003 and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP from 2003 to 2007, in each case, primarily focusing on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and capital markets activities. Since January 2015, Mr. Glatt has served as a director of MidCap FinCo Holdings Limited, a commercial finance firm that provides debt solutions to middle-market companies. Mr. Glatt serves as the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Coalition for Business Development, a trade association that supports small and middle-market firms as an advocate for their ability to grow the economy, create investment opportunities and employment. Mr. Glatt serves as the Chairman of the Credit Managers General Counsel Network, a group of select general counsels, whose mission is to provide a platform to establish a common understanding of credit industry dynamics and legal and organizational issues facing leading credit fund managers. Mr. Glatt is on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Alliance, a New York based community organization dedicated to eliminating economic opportunity gaps via high-quality educational experiences. Mr. Glatt received his JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College with a BA in Political Science, Psychology and Hebraic Studies.