DBRS is a recognised, international rating agency, providing timely and comprehensive rating opinions to the world's capital markets. Privately owned and independent, DBRS offers in-depth credit analysis of corporate, financial institutions and government issues in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. DBRS' extensive coverage of structured finance and securitisation has solidified its standing as a leading provider of comprehensive, in-depth credit analysis. DBRS is headquartered in Toronto with offices in New York, Chicago and London, and covers entities worldwide.
Egan-Jones Ratings started providing ratings in 1995 for the purpose of issuing timely, accurate ratings. The firm rapidly gained credibility by flagging the failures of Enron and WorldCom, and has since established itself as a leading global provider of credit ratings. Egan-Jones is a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) and is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider. Egan-Jones is also certified by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Studies by the Federal Reserve and prestigious academic institutions confirm that over time, ratings from the largest NRSROs tend to converge toward the Egan-Jones Rating.
Kirkland & Ellis’s Debt Finance Practice Group brings to bear the largest dedicated group of debt finance practitioners in the marketplace with an unparalleled understanding of U.S. and international financing markets. With more than 230 debt finance attorneys practicing out of the U.S., Asia and Europe, Kirkland was named the “Finance Firm of the Year” at the 2018 Chambers USA Awards and recognized for its outstanding work and excellence in client service.
Kirkland’s market-leading debt finance practice is fully integrated with the Firm’s other practice platforms including M&A, capital markets, restructuring and tax. This multidisciplinary approach leverages the Firm’s broad experience to provide borrower and lender clients with strategic and focused representation adapted to their needs. The debt finance group serves a wide and varied client base ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to leading global private equity firms and their numerous portfolio companies.
With more than 450 private equity clients, Kirkland has a deep understanding of the national debt markets and has become a destination practice for private equity sponsors and their affiliates. According to Refinitiv and Debtwire, Kirkland’s debt finance practice consistently handles more transactions for borrowers annually than any other law firm in the U.S. This unmatched volume of transactions allows the team to provide creative and nimble counsel on today’s largest, multifaceted financing transactions, debt restructurings and workouts.
Piper Jaffray is a leading investment bank and asset management firm. It helps clients realize the power of partnership. Through a distinct combination of independent thinking, candid counsel, focused expertise and empowered employees, it delivers integrity, insight and impact to each and every relationship.
USBank Global Corporate Trust Services is a leading provider of corporate trustservices in the United States and Europe. With a network of more than 50domestic offices and two international locations, we have the resources,expertise and financial strength that few in the industry can match. Ourtenured teams provide expert guidance through our full array of services,including collateralized loan obligations, custodial services, bank loanadministration and loan closing, loan agency, middle and back office services,and trustee services.
Founded in 1997, Advantage Data provides access to a powerful, comprehensive and global fixed-income platform. Thousands of sell and buy-side fixed-income analysts, traders, portfolio managers and risk management professionals rely on Advantage Data’s workstation every day. Likewise, banks, brokers, mutual funds, hedge funds, asset managers and insurance companies utilize the Advantage Data feeds services for end of day valuation, research, and compliance functions.
At ClearStructure Financial Technology, we offer cloud-based systems for the buy-side market. Our Sentry solution, Sentry PM™, handles the complexity of CLO structures and provides CLO managers tools that are unmatched in functionality, versatility, and in overall management of CLOs.
Our portfolio management system, Sentry PM™, is a front-to-back office system which tracks loan investments from idea to trade to management and administration. Sentry PM™ has a rich rules-based compliance engine, dynamic projection of waterfall structures, hypothetical trade analysis (including max investment capabilities), and configurable custom workflows and dashboards. Sentry PM’s compliance and waterfall features bring unmatched transparency through industry leading drill down functionality, providing users the details behind every calculation.
In addition to loans, Sentry PM™ handles multiple asset types and fund structures including Hedge Funds, Direct Lending, and SMAs (in addition to CLOs). Sentry solutions are used by top financial institutions around the world for their investment management needs
Moody’s Analytics provides financial intelligence and analytical tools supporting our clients’ growth, efficiency and risk management objectives. The combination of our unparalleled expertise in risk, expansive information resources, and innovative application of technology, helps today’s business leaders confidently navigate an evolving marketplace. We are recognized for our industry-leading solutions, comprising research, data, software and professional services, assembled to deliver a seamless customer experience. Thousands of organizations worldwide have made us their trusted partner because of our uncompromising commitment to quality, client service, and integrity.
Moody's Analytics is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO). MCO reported revenue of $4.2 billion in 2017, employs approximately 11,900 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 41 countries. Further information about Moody’s Analytics is available at www.moodysanalytics.com.
Wells Fargo Corporate Trust Services provides a wide variety of trust and agency services in connection with debt securities issued by public and private corporations, government entities, and the banking and securities industries, including leveraged loan and securities financing facilities, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), insurance and collateral trusts, mortgage asset services, asset-backed, municipal, corporate/high yield securities, business escrow, and standalone custody. Through our client-centric service model, we fulfil the evolving needs of our clients by leveraging our industry expertise and the depth of Wells Fargo’s capabilities. For more information, visitwellsfargo.com/corporatetrust.
Churchill Asset Management is a leading credit asset management firm affiliated with Nuveen. Churchill focuses on providing traditional senior and unitranche debt financing to middle market companies, primarily those owned by leading private equity investment firms. As a highly experienced lender with a successful track record of investing over business cycles, the team has served as an agent on over $18 billion of senior credit facilities and invested over $10 billion in loans to over 575 middle market companies with over 180 private equity firms.
Cohen & Company was founded in 1999 as a private investment firm focused on small-cap financial institutions and has grown into a publicly traded (NYSE “COHN”) financial services company with an asset management division, a broker-dealer and a loan trading platform. Cohen & Company manages approximately $2.9 billion in fixed income assets through a variety of investment vehicles, including collateralized debt obligations, managed accounts, and investment funds.
Cohen & Company’s primary focus is originating (through its affiliated broker-dealer, J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC) and managing hard to source debt instruments issued by small and medium sized insurance and reinsurance companies located primarily in the U.S., Bermuda and Europe. Since 2003, Cohen & Company’s specialized knowledge of the financial industry generally and the insurance industry specifically has allowed it to successfully lend in the sector and provide over $4 billion of funding to more than 200 insurance companies. Cohen & Company has managed these assets through its SEC regulated Investment Adviser, Dekania Capital Management, LLC, in the U.S., and its FCA regulated entity, Cohen & Company Financial Limited, in Europe.
In addition, Cohen & Company’s asset management business focuses on managing investments in the equity and mezzanine debt of CLOs and the equity securities of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).
Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys in key financial centers around the world. We litigate cases and close transactions by bringing an understanding of the global legal issues our clients face in transactions, disputes, and regulatory/enforcement-related matters. We strive to provide our clients with creative solutions to their business problems—on time and on budget. We serve our communities and the public interest, promote diversity within our firm and throughout the legal profession, and maintain a culture of teamwork and collegiality.