WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc. ("SFIG"), a new, member-based trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market, today announced that it has retained the advisory firms of Kristi Leo and Armando Falcon to build upon the group's momentum in membership growth and legislative efforts.
Ms. Leo and her firm will work alongside SFIG's leadership to serve as a resource for all member groups, particularly investors, focusing on assisting members with education and advocacy efforts, a core value proposition for SFIG. Since its founding, SFIG has been focused on representing the full diversity of opinions within the industry. Ms. Leo's position will add to the group's ability to maintain an active dialogue with members, especially those who do not have existing resources dedicated to advocacy or educational initiatives.
Over her career Ms. Leo has developed extensive relationships with a plethora of investors, issuers, servicers, banks and other market participants. Most recently Ms. Leo was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank, and co-managed U.S. origination and banking for their structured finance business.
Mr. Falcon and his firm will work on SFIG's regulatory efforts in Washington, D.C. with a particular focus on mortgage-related issues. He brings over 25 years of experience with national financial legislative issues having previously served as the Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight and General Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Financial Services.
"We are very excited to welcome Kristi and Armando to SFIG," said Richard Johns, Executive Director, SFIG. "They will both be critical in helping our organization continue to grow and engage as an important voice in all matters related to structured finance, securitization and the capital markets. Our efforts on behalf of the structured finance industry are most effective when we can present the full spectrum of views from all industry participants and I am confident today's announcement will only help strengthen that fundamental proposition."
About Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc.
Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc. ("SFIG") is a member-based, trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market. SFIG provides an inclusive network for securitization professionals to collaborate and, as industry leaders, drive necessary changes, be an advocate for the securitization community, share best practices and innovative ideas, and educate industry members through conferences and other programs. Members of SFIG represent all sectors of the securitization market including issuers, investors, financial intermediaries, law firms, accounting firms, technology firms, rating agencies, servicers, and trustees. Further information can be found at www.sfindustry.org
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