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iGlobal Forum 10th Specialty Finance Summit

Speakers: Gregory J. Nowak and Scott R. Saks

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
iGlobal Forum 10th Specialty Finance Summit

Pepper Hamilton is a sponsor of iGlobal Forum’s 10th Specialty Finance Summit. The economy is still improving, but as competition and subsequent valuations reach new heights, lender protections are loosening, and skepticism on the longevity of the current credit cycle is starting to build. Regulatory uncertainty is also creating a volatile environment in both the core specialty finance asset classes as well as alternatives. Investors are closely watching rising interest rates, movement in the CFPB, new equipment financing regulations and the brand new risks brought on by ICOs. Speakers will share their best hedging practices in this risky market, and discuss diversification strategies to new asset classes and growth markets.

Gregory J. Nowak, a partner and practice leader for hedge funds in Pepper’s Funds Services Practice Group, will moderate the 11:30 AM–12:45 PM panel titled "Marketplace Lending as a Core Component of Specialty Finance." The panel will discuss:

  • The impact mainstream marketplace lending has had on underwriting efficiencies, loan decision timelines and relationships with consumers
  • New product offerings available now through fintechs and online lenders
  • Defining the role of marketplace lenders as a staple in the market
  • Leveling off of unsecured subprime vs. prime originations and charge-off rates
  • Positive industry shift toward strong underwriting standards and high borrower credit quality in established online lending companies

Scott R. Saks, a partner in the Financial Services Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, will host the 2:30–3:15 PM roundtable discussion on "Risks and Opportunities for Specialty Finance Lenders in the Current Economic Cycle." The roundtable will discuss:

  • The impact of increasing competition on the specialty finance industry and how specialty finance lenders do business
  • The impact of increasing interest rates on specialty finance lenders
  • How increasing deregulation will impact the specialty finance industry
  • The impact that the continued loosening of loan covenants is having on the specialty lending industry and how specialty finance lenders operate
  • Whether specialty finance lenders are prepared to weather a downturn in the economy

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