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DEE DEE SKLAR

CO-CHAIR

Dee Dee is Vice Chair of Subscription Finance at Wells Fargo Securities in New York. Before that, she was Wells Fargo's Global Head of Subscription Finance. Since 2004, her teams at Wells Fargo and before that at WestLB have provided over $350 billion of financing to funds managed by financial sponsors. Prior to WestLB, she worked in securitization at Rothschild Inc. Dee Dee is widely known in the banking and alternative investments market as an innovator and one of the originators of subscription financing.

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.

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. 

NICK MITRA

CO-CHAIR

Nick is a Managing Director at Natixis where he manages the capital call business in the Americas and is the global coordinator for the capital call product. Prior to joining the Global Structured Credit & Solutions Group at Natixis, Nick worked in the Credit Group at Natixis covering financial institutions and insurance companies. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs and Accenture. Nick is a co-founding member and First Vice Chairman of the Fund Finance Association. 

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.

makiko harunari

asia COMMITTEE

Makiko Harunari is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office and the Head of the Firm’s Asia Banking and Credit Practice. Makiko regularly represents financial sponsors, corporate borrowers and financial institutions in complex cross-border financing transactions throughout the Asia Pacific region, including acquisition finance, real estate finance, back-leverage transactions, fund finance, project finance and other innovative financing products. Makiko has represented institutional clients such as KKR, Blackstone and JPMorgan.