DEE DEE SKLAR

CO-CHAIR

Dee Dee Sklar is a Board and Advisor Candidate.  As a senior banking executive with global experience in banking and alternatives, she has managed global businesses providing financing and other solutions to private equity firms, portfolio companies, and asset managers across three international banks.  Dee Dee retired from her role as Vice Chair, Subscription Finance at Wells Fargo. She is the current Global Co-Chair of Women In Fund Finance and is a part of the Fund Finance Association’s business development initiatives.  She is a member of the Cerberus Operating and Advisory Company Competitiveness Council , 17Capital’s Strategic Advisory Board and Tealbook’s AI Supply Chain Technology’s Business Advisory Board.

MARY TOUCHSTONE

U.S. COMMITTEE

Mary is a Partner and Head of the Fund Finance Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Mary has helped to establish Simpson Thacher in the representation of financial sponsors in fund financings. She is widely acknowledged as a leading lawyer in the subscription credit facility market and represents many of the world’s preeminent sponsors of private equity, real estate, energy, infrastructure, debt and other investment funds on the largest and most complex fund facilities. Mary is Vice Chairman of the Fund Finance Association.

kate downey

europe COMMITTEE

Kate is a Corporate Partner resident in Fried Frank's London office, and head of the firm's European Private Equity Funds Practice. Kate advises fund sponsors and financial institutions across a broad range of asset classes, and counsels fund managers on carried interest, co-investment and other incentive arrangements, including leveraged co-investment arrangements. She also has considerable experience advising on a broad range of other international private equity transactions.

Fiona Cumming

asia COMMITTEE

Fiona is a Partner at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong. She advises on complex international cross-border finance transactions, particularly in the areas of fund finance, leveraged finance, corporate acquisition finance and equity finance. Her experience includes advising borrowers (including private equity funds and their portfolio companies) and creditors (including private credit funds) at all levels of the capital structure as well as insolvency practitioners on both contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency work. She is English and Hong Kong law qualified.

NICK MITRA

CO-CHAIR

Nick Mitra manages the Capital Call and Hybrid Facility business for Natixis for the Americas. Nick is also a co-founding member of the Fund Finance Association, an industry group dedicated to Fund Finance, where he serves on the Board of the Association as the First Vice Chairman.

Nick is also a co-founding member of the Women in Fund Finance, an industry association dedicated to supporting diversity and the participation of women in the alternative capital space, where is the Co-Chairperson of the Board.

Nick holds dual MBAs in Finance and Information from NYU and a BS in Finance from Lehigh University and is a CFA charter holder.

ann knox

U.S. COMMITTEE

Ann is a Partner in the Finance practice at Mayer Brown. She has over 20 years of experience financing private funds, sponsors and portfolio companies at every level of the capital stack and every phase of their existence. Ann represents major domestic and foreign banks on subscription credit facilities, net asset value facilities, and other fund financings - regularly acting on the largest and most complex facilities to the world’s preeminent sponsors. 

emma russell

europe COMMITTEE

Emma Russell is a Partner and Head of the Finance Practice Group in the London office of Haynes and Boone. Emma is an experienced loan finance lawyer with extensive knowledge in global fund finance, real estate finance transactions, and structured and specialty finance, as well as more general experience in acquisition, leverage, and general corporate finance. Her practice focuses on the full range of fund lending products across all fund sectors.

Fi Dinh

asia COMMITTEE

Fi is a Director of Investment Industry Finance and Insurance Sector Finance Asia-Pacific at ING, based in Singapore. Fi joined ING in 2018 to help expand ING’s fund financing business in Asia Pacific. Before ING, Fi spent nearly a decade at Barclays in London and Dubai, where she was Director, Financial Institutions Group and helped build a successful Private Equity coverage franchise supporting financial sponsors and alternative asset managers in EMEA and the US.

danielle roman

asia COMMITTEE

Danielle is a Partner in the Banking and Finance team in Hong Kong at Mourant. She advises on a broad spectrum of cross-border transactions, including asset finance, fund financing, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructurings, project finance, real estate finance, securitization, fintech and general corporate lending. Danielle has significant experience in helping major financial institutions, lessors and investors on the financing and leasing of commercial aircraft, corporate jets and other related assets. 

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