Meet the Speakers
Mr. Ubiñas joined UBS in 1989, as Managing Director of its Investment Banking Group. He is currently President and Chairman of UBS Financial Services, Inc. of Puerto Rico and UBS Trust Company, and Head of Investment Banking and Asset Management. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Ubiñas was Executive Vice President of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico and Executive Director of AFICA. In his role at GDB, he was responsible for all the capital market activities of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, in addition to the capital markets and lending activities of the Bank. Before accepting his appointment at the GDB, Mr. Ubiñas was a corporate, tax and securities attorney at O’Neill & Borges.
Mr. Ubiñas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
Carolyn Walsh helps financial services firms communicate with Congress and federal regulatory and banking agencies about novel public policy, regulatory and enforcement challenges. She utilizes an insightful understanding of financial products, participants, markets, and regulations to develop effective strategies for clients who seek to advocate for policy or regulatory change. Financial services firms call on Carolyn to help navigate capital markets policy and regulation, with a particular focus on trends and issues relating to the municipal security and fixed income markets. She also advises clients with respect to issues involving the Puerto Rico crisis, regulation of innovative investment and trading products and platforms, the designation of globally significant financial institutions and market utilities, credit rating agency reform, and compliance, governance, and risk management issues facing banks and other financial market participants.
With nearly 14 years of experience in senior positions at two leading securities and banking industry associations and at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), Carolyn has multifaceted, relevant insight and the ability to resolve many of her clients’ most pressing issues. She represents clients before Congress, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Treasury Department, and other regulatory agencies that implement financial reform regulation, such as the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Carolyn received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and her B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Mr. Dillon is the co-portfolio manager of Mariner’s Concordia Municipal Market Opportunities Funds. Prior to joining Mariner in 2013, he was a portfolio manager, principal and member of the Investment Committee for Concordia Advisors, having joined in 2003 to co-manage Municipal Market Opportunities mandates with James Wise. Prior to joining Concordia in 2003, he was co-head of JP Morgan’s tax-exempt Structured Product Group from 1998, having been a Municipal Bond market strategist since 1991. Mr. Dillon holds a B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Masters of Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
Dominic Frederico is President and Chief Executive Officer of Assured Guaranty Ltd., a position he has held since December 2003. During his tenure, Assured Guaranty became the leading provider of municipal bond insurance and financial guarantees. Assured Guaranty completed its initial public offering in 2004 under his leadership, and, in 2009, acquired the financial guaranty insurance company now named Assured Guaranty Municipal, thereby merging the only two monoline insurers to continue writing policies before, during and after the Great Recession.
Mr. Frederico has supervised the operations of Assured Guaranty since its acquisition in 1999 by ACE Limited, where he was Vice Chairman, and also served as Chairman of ACE Financial Services, ACE INA and ACE USA. He worked at ACE for nine years prior to his post at Assured Guaranty, progressing to increasingly senior positions, including: President & CEO, ACE Bermuda; Chairman, President & CEO, ACE INA Holdings; and President & Chief Operating Officer, ACE Limited. He oversaw the successful acquisition and integration of the domestic and international property casualty operations acquired by ACE from CIGNA Corporation in July 1999 and the acquisition of Capital Re Corp., the predecessor company to Assured Guaranty, in December 1999.
Prior to joining ACE, Mr. Frederico spent 13 years working for various subsidiaries of the American International Group.
Mr. Frederico holds an M.B.A. in Finance and a B.S. from Drexel University, as well as a Certified Public Accountant’s designation in the State of Pennsylvania. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Gregory Clark is Debtwire’s Head of Municipal Research. In that role he publishes research on a variety of municipal market issues and topics and supports Debtwire’s journalists. Greg began his career in 1980 at Moody’s Investors Service and his other experience includes bond insurers and a hedge fund. At his own consulting firm, his clients included venture capital funds and a Big Four firm. Greg is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is a past chairman of both the Municipal Analysts Group of New York and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.
Kenneth Rivera-Robles is the president elect of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and will be its next president on July 1st, 2018. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber for 4 years and has been its treasurer (2016-2017). Kenneth is also a Partner in the Tax Practice of FPV & Galindez LLC, one of the 10 biggest accounting firms in Puerto Rico. He has a BBA (in accounting and computer science) and a JD from the University of Puerto Rico. He also holds a Certificate in Comparative Tax Policy and Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Kenneth is a CPA, a licensed attorney, a certified valuation analysts (CVA), a Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA), and a Global Chartered Management Accountant (CGMA). He was President of the Puerto Rico CPA Society (2012-2013) and member of its board for 5 years. He was also President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewer Authority (2013-2017) and member of the Board of the AICPA, the Puerto Rico CPA Foundation, and the Puerto Rico Coalition of the Private Sector.
He is a widely recognized expert in tax related matters and has served as consultant for the Government of Puerto Rico (including the Puerto Rico Treasury Department, the Senate of Puerto Rico, and the PR House of Representatives), Fortune 500 companies, non-for-profit organizations (including business leagues, churches and universities), public-private partnerships and companies engaged in telecommunications, manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution, bio-technology, financial services, construction and real estate development. Since 1997 Kenneth has been a frequent teacher of taxation in the Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (Business School and Law School) and Becker’s CPA Review. Also, he is a regular speaker of tax related matters including individual, corporate and international taxation (Puerto Rico and Federal), consumption taxes (excise, sales and use tax, and value added tax), mergers & acquisitions, tax case law, taxation in the digital era, choice of legal entity, exempt operations, ethics in tax practice and municipal taxation.
Matt Rodrigue is a Managing Director at Miller Buckfire and the lead financial advisor to the Cofina Senior Bondholders Coalition, which holds approximately $4 billion of sales tax-backed debt. Mr. Rodrigue is a financial expert in the area of corporate and municipal restructurings, with a track record of successfully advising both debtors and creditors on deals, refinancing strategies and solutions to complex problems. His thought leadership on key market issues has appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page as well as in Forbes and other leading business publications.
Since joining Miller Buckfire, Mr. Rodrigue’s company-side experience has included representing General Growth Properties, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, Mervyns Department Stores, UniTek Global Services and Wolverine Advanced Materials, among others. His creditor and committee experience includes representing constituents of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Coldwater Creek, FairPoint Communications, Tidewater, Bonanza Creek, and Real Alloy, among others.
Prior to joining Miller Buckfire, Mr. Rodrigue earned his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Maine. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine.
Paul Greaves brings more than 16 years of experience in the realm of public finance to his current position of Managing Editor of the team of municipal bond reporters. Having held positions in the rating agency, letter of credit bank and municipal bond insurance arenas, Paul has performed detailed analyses of a variety of sectors, including tax-backed, transportation, not-for-profits and healthcare. Additionally, he has worked on underwriting, credit remediation, municipal swaps and portfolio surveillance issues. He is a current member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and a Fellow with the State Academy for Public Administration.
Seth Brumby assisted in the development and launch of Debtwire Municipals in 2011 and is currently its Deputy Editor. He has over ten years of experience writing about business and finance, including restructuring and debt capital markets. Prior to his time at Debtwire, Seth was an investigator conducting background checks on asset managers for a corporate due diligence firm. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.
Director of Finance Tom Sanzillo has 30 years of experience in public and private finance, including as a first deputy comptroller of New York State, where he held oversight over a $156 billion pension fund and $200 billion in municipal bond programs.
Ms. Waleska Rivera is the President of Danosa Caribbean, Inc., the region’s leading waterproofing membranes manufacturer. She was Chairwoman of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA) from 2013 to 2015, she currently serves as President of the Association’s Internationalization Committee leading a number of initiatives as part of PRMA’s Strategic Hemispheric Agenda. Ms. Rivera holds a BA with honors in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and an MBA in Industrial Management from Inter American University. Ms. Rivera has received a number of awards and recognitions including being named a Top 10 Business Leaders of Puerto Rico by Caribbean Business for the last three consecutive years. She is currently Secretary of the Board of the ICSSE-PR.