IFLR Bank Capital Seminar - Speakers

February 26, 2014 - America Square Conference Centre, London

Antoine Loudenot

Managing Director, Head of Capital Structuring Group
Société Générale 

Gerald Podobnik

Head of Capital Solutions
Deutsche Bank

As head of capital solutions, Gerald Podobnik is responsible for regulatory and rating agency optimised capital measures for banks, insurance companies and corporates. Key products are all forms of hybrid capital securities and regulatory capital advice in the changing environment of Basel III and Solvency II.
He has been involved in more than 200 capital transactions in his career and joined Deutsche Bank in 2003 from HypoVereinsbank, where his last role was co-head of asset, liability & capital advisory. He holds a doctorate degree in law and a masters degree in business administration from Graz University, Austria.

Avisha Sookhee

Assistant General Counsel, CIB Legal

Jan Putnis

Partner, Head of Financial Regulation Group
Slaughter and May 

Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya

Slaughter and May

Sanjev advises on a broad range of capital markets, derivatives, restructuring, securitisation and structured finance matters.

He has acted for leading financial institutions and investment funds, as well as a number of corporates. The relevant transactions have included:

  • capital markets issues (including regulatory capital issues)
  • securitisations
  • derivatives (OTC and Exchange-Traded)
  • leveraged financings and restructurings
  • structured finance

His bank clients include Deutsche Bank and Nordea.

He is listed as a leading individual in the 'Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives' section of both Chambers UK, 2014 and Chambers Global, 2013 ; and also in the 'Securitisation' section of The Legal 500, 2013.

Sanjev is a member of various working groups established by ICMA, ISDA, FMLC and AFME.

Jeremy Jennings-Mares

Morrison & Foerster 

Anna Pinedo

Morrison & Foerster 

Anna Pinedo has concentrated her practice on securities and derivatives. She represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries, and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products.

In the derivatives area, Ms. Pinedo counsels a number of major financial institutions acting as dealers and participants in the commodities and derivatives markets. Ms. Pinedo advises on structuring issues, as well as on regulatory issues, including those arising under the Dodd-Frank Act. Her work focuses on foreign exchange, equity and credit derivatives products, and structured derivatives transactions. Ms. Pinedo has experience with a wide range of transactions and structures, including collars, swaps, forward and accelerated repurchases, forward sales, hybrid preferred stock, and off-balance sheet structures. Ms. Pinedo also has advised derivatives dealers regarding their Internet sites and other Internet and electronic signature/delivery issues, as well as on compliance matters.

Ms. Pinedo regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products. She has been included in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, IFLR1000 Guide to Leading Lawyers, Euromoney's Expert Guide for Capital Markets and Expert Guide for Women in Business Law, Super Lawyers, Crain's New York Business "Forty Under 40" and in Investment Dealer's Digest "Forty Under 40" and Hispanic Business's "100 Most Influential Hispanics." Ms. Pinedo was a recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement in 2007, 2009 and 2011 which honors excellence in legal writing. Ms. Pinedo was also a winner of the 2013 Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards in the category of Structured Finance.


Georgetown University (BSFS, 1990) University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1993)

Sarah Crouch


Sarah Crouch is a capital markets specialist, whose primary focus is on supporting Barclays Treasury in relation to a range of corporate and capital markets issues, including: debt and equity capital raisings; senior secured and unsecured debt issuance; Basel III advisory; disclosure; and strategic projects. Crouch trained at Allen & Overy and worked in its corporate trustee and securitisation practices, prior to joining Barclays in 2006. At the bank she has enjoyed a range of non-legal roles in finance regulatory policy, treasury and investor relations, before joining Barclays group general counsel’s office in 2012.

Jonathan Blondeau

Crédit Agricole

Jonathan Blondeau is director in the DCM Solutions team at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, focusing on capital structure optimisation including liability management, hybrid capital solutions and credit rating impact studies for financial institution and corporate clients on a global basis. Previously, Blondeau has gained an over 10 year experience in investment banking working in leverage and project Finance.

He graduated in economics and finance from Sciences in Paris and holds a masters degree in finance from ICADE Madrid.

William Watson

Slaughter and May

William Watson has been a partner in the tax department of Slaughter and May since 2004. His practice covers all UK taxes relevant to corporate, financing and real estate transactions; besides corporation tax, this includes VAT, the various stamp duties and other direct taxes.

Watson is listed as a leading individual in the 'Tax' section of both Chambers UK, 2014 and Chambers Global, 2013 and he is the Contributing Editor to the Global Legal Group's annual International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Tax publication. In the past two years he has written a number of articles on the tax treatment of regulatory capital, after advising on a Tier 1 issue in Spring 2012 which required special structuring because of an entirely unexpected objection from HMRC.

Laurie Mayers

Associate Managing Director

Laurie Mayers is an Associate Managing Director in Moody’s European Banking team. Laurie has responsibility for the analytical teams covering financial institutions in the UK and Ireland as well as the large European investment banks. Leveraging off her risk and regulatory background, Laurie also provides leadership within the Financial Institutions business unit on the cross jurisdictional implications for banks of the implementation of Basel III as well as other regulatory developments. She joined Moody’s in 2012.

Prior to Moody’s, Laurie’s most recent role was Manager of the Capital Management Team at the UK Financial Services Authority (now the Prudential Regulation Authority), where she had responsibility for Pillar 2 current capital assessments and for the modelling of firm-wide stressed capital equirements for the largest UK banks and building societies.

Laurie’s previous employers in the UK include Barclays, Ernst & Young, NatWest/RBS, ING and Morgan Stanley where she held senior roles with responsibilities ranging from group wide Basel 2 implementation, Counterparty Credit Risk Management to Group Internal Audit. Laurie began her career at the New York Mercantile Exchange where she was a staff economist, and subsequently worked as a lending officer in the Commodity Finance Division at Chase Manhattan Bank following completion of their credit analyst training programme. She moved to the UK from New York in 1990 to assume responsibility for EMEA Credit Risk Management for Morgan Stanley International.

Laurie holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (with a specialisation in International Economics) from Columbia University SIPA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Tony Geffin

Managing Associate
Simmons & Simmons

Tony Geffin is based in Simmons & Simmons’ London office and is a Managing Associate in the Capital Markets group which forms part of Simmons & Simmons’ Financial Markets department. Tony has significant experience in international capital markets work advising issuers and underwriters on a wide range of debt and equity transactions including straight bonds, convertible and exchangeable bonds, hybrid securities, regulatory capital issuances, EMTN programmes and liability management transactions. Tony joined Simmons & Simmons from Group Legal at Barclays Bank PLC in January 2013 where he primarily advised the Treasury function on its capital issuance and funding. He was previously with a Magic Circle law firm where he gained over six years’ experience working in their London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Moscow offices.

Philippe Bodereau

Managing Director

Philippe Bodereau is a managing director in the London office and head of pan-European credit research. He is also the lead analyst for global financial institutions. Prior to joining Pimco in 2004, he was a senior banking analyst at Société Générale in London and Paris. Bodereau started his career at JP Morgan in 1996, where he held various positions in the private banking and global markets divisions in Brussels and London. He has 18 years of investment experience and holds a master's degree in finance from French business school EDHEC.


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