Speaker Series: Karl Essig -- An Insider’s View of the History of Securitisation from the 1980s to Now

  • 17 Apr 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • AgFe Offices, 55 Baker Street, 3rd Floor South Block, London W1U 8EW


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Karl Essig 
Partner at AgFe
speaks on 
"An Insider’s View of the History of Securitisation from the 1980s to Now, Including Its Role in the Financial Crisis"


Thursday, 17 April 2014
6:30 to 8:00 PM
6:30 PM: drinks/networking
7:00 PM: talk by Karl Essig
Offices of AgFe
55 Baker Street
3rd Floor South Block
London  W1U 8EW


Junior Members: £5
Senior Members: £10
Walk-ins on the night (if available): £15


About the Speaker, Karl Essig, Partner at AgFe:

Karl graduated from the Yale School of Management in 1980 and joined Morgan Stanley where he worked for over 25 years, advising on and arranging financial transactions for major companies and governments from offices in London, New York and Tokyo. Beginning in 1986, he sequentially founded Morgan Stanley’s securitisation businesses in the U.S., Europe and Asia and from 1998 to 2002 served as co-head of the Firm’s Securitised Product Group, with responsibility for the origination, execution, trading and principal financing activity associated with this global business. In 2002 he was named one of the top 100 Euro-market personalities and one of the top 10 Structured Finance personalities in the previous 15 years by Euroweek magazine. Karl is currently a partner at AgFe, a London-based advisory and asset management firm focussed on the debt and loan collateral which underlie securitisation transactions. (http://www.agfe.com)


About the talk:

Securitisation developed in the 1980s as a technique to package and transfer individual residential mortgage loans from originating banks to insurance companies and pension funds, which were the more logical holders of such long-dated, fixed rate loans. Soon the methodology was adapted to encompass all loan types, including those backed by commercial real estate, autos, credit cards and corporate obligations. By the late 90s and early 2000s it had spread globally and been modified for use in corporate takeovers via an approach called “whole business” securitisation. Subsequently, the technique was used to package and sell globally US “sub-prime” mortgages, and riskier off-shoots, which were instrumental in fomenting the Financial Crisis of 2008-9. This presentation will (i) review that history, starting with the simple, useful features of the basic technique, and discuss ways in which it was adapted for different applications, (ii) analyze the deviations from basic principles that led to the financial crisis and (iii) discuss where we are today and whether the right lessons have been learned.

As evidenced by the securitisation participants who could be held responsible for the misapplication of the technique, a lack of background in sophisticated mathematics or finance might actually be helpful for understanding the content of this presentation.

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