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Navigating the leveraged finance tightrope - Power steering credit governance to be future-ready
The outlook for the leveraged finance market remains uncertain as we enter 2023, after a c.70% fall in issuance levels in 2022 on the back of tightening credit markets, global recessionary pressures, and an uncertain inflation trajectory. Lenders are diligently monitoring leveraged portfolios, as they expect speculative-grade default rates to surpass the long-term average of 4.1%.
How will the leveraged finance market perform in 2023, and what role will robust credit governance play in improving bank margins and navigating uncertainty?
Acuity Knowledge Partners is delighted to bring together a number of experts from the leveraged finance sector to discuss the key themes in the sector. Join us as the panellists discuss what their key priorities are for 2023 and how they plan to minimize the impact of the impending rise in default rates and lower loan volumes in 2023.

Feb 23, 2023 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Martens
Managing Director and Head of US Portfolio Management @Natixis Bank
David joined Natixis as Head of Portfolio Management, Americas in August 2021 coming from 2 years with Morgan Stanley, Risk. Prior to that, David spent 5 years heading the Americas Portfolio for HSBC. David started his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, then to Westpac, in Project Finance and Work out and subsequently spent 15 years at ABN AMRO in various first- and second-line positions, including Chief Credit Officer for LATAM (based in Sao Paulo) and in Work Out (based in Amsterdam). Extensive experience in Project Finance, Telecom, C&I as well as investing in controlling positions in distressed loan situations.
Jeff Kalinowski
Senior Vice President, Leveraged Finance Portfolio Management @KeyBanc Capital Markets
Jeff Kalinowski joined the Leveraged Lending team at KeyBank in 2012 as a Senior Portfolio Manager and was promoted to Team Leader in 2021. In this role, he is responsible for leading a team of portfolio managers that underwrite and manage all leveraged transactions across the bank. The team also does all underwriting for the bank’s unitranche/direct lending platform. Mr. Kalinowski has been employed with Key since 1996. Prior to his role with Leveraged Loans, Mr. Kalinowski held positions with Corporate Loan Syndications as a Senior Syndicator; as Team Leader in Private Loan Management, responsible for a team of underwriters covering KeyBank’s National Commercial Bank and Diversified groups; and as Senior Portfolio Manager in the Technology Group. Mr. Kalinowski graduated cum laude from Miami University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1992 and holds a Juris Doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Manfred Affenzeller
Co-Head of U.S. Leveraged Finance, @Deutsche Bank Securities
Manfred is the Co-head of U.S. Leveraged Finance at Deutsche Bank. In his role, he also oversees the DB Analytics group. He spends most of his time covering Private Equity clients, and clients in Media, Business Services, and Software. He has been at DB and in Leveraged Finance since 2005 when he joined as an Associate out of Columbia Business School.