Bank Special Assets (Midwest)
Chicago, IL
September 12 - 13, 2019


IMN’s 9th Annual Bank Special Assets & Credit Officer's Forum (Midwest) returns to Chicago, IL on September 12-13, 2019. The forum continues to be the only place where special assets and credit workout professionals, special servicers, turnaround advisors, receivers, auctioneers and law firms can meet to discuss the latest on C&I, SBA Loans, Real Estate, Equipment, Oil & Gas and more.
As volatility creeps into the economy and as deals slowly but surely come to surface, now is the time to join our senior delegation of distressed debt professionals for 1.5 days of deal making, relationship building and thought leadership. 

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See you on September 12-13!

Who Should Attend
  • Bankers (Special Assets/Credit Professionals)
  • Law/Accounting Professionals
  • Turnaround Advisory Firms
  • Buyers of Notes, C&I, and SBA Loans
  • REO Brokers
  • Receivers
  • Auctioneers

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    Thursday, September 12th, 2019

      8:00 AM
      Registration & Breakfast for All Conference Attendees

      8:40 AM
      IMN's Opening Remarks

      8:45 AM
      Macroeconomic Trends & Bank Special Assets Sector Outlook

        • How have you adjusted your business strategy in response to slowing economic growth, peak asset values and intense competition for credit?
        • What is the economic and employment forecast for the Midwest region? Which growth opportunities are unique to the Midwest? What does the taxi medalion lending market look like in the Chicago area?
        • What risks are you observing in the real estate sector, and how are they affecting how you underwrite loans, manage your portfolios and expand your clientele? What are your predictions for deal flow and default rates for the remainder of 2019 and early 2020? How are banks addressing risk associated with distressed commercial property loans? Which capital sourcing are stepping in to fund distressed loans?
        • What’s your outlook for household debt and credit? What trends are you observing around subprime originations, and do you see any risks around growth in that space?           
        • What do debt documentation trends indicate about where are we in the credit cycle? To what extent are credit markets becoming overheated? Will excess liquidity continue to drive increased issuance of covenant-lite loans, or is this activity likely to decline soon? How have managers adapted their underwriting of these loans?

        • Scott McCloud , Director, Multifamily Loss Mitigation (Fannie Mae)
        • Joel Minamide , Senior Vice President (U.S. Bank)

      9:30 AM
      Chief Credit Officers Roundtable

        • What underwriting risks have emerged this year, and how will they impact your bank in 2020?
        • How do you prioritize processes as part of your overall credit risk management strategy?
        • What tools do you use to understand your exposure to credit risk? What controls have you added to manage risk?
        • How are you addressing cyber risk, fraud and other external threats to your bank?
        • Which processes used by FinTech firms and non-traditional lenders are applicable within your bank?

        • David Morrison , Senior VP & Team Leader, Special Assets (City National Bank)

      10:15 AM
      The Next Phase in Workouts: What to Expect in 2020

        • Which asset classes are most susceptible to workouts as the economic cycle matures?
        • When does it make sense to retain a turnaround expert for your workout? How do you evaluate potential turnaround managers? What opportunities exist for turnaround managers in the current market?
        • How long does it typically take to complete a workout? Which markets are seeing the most growth in workouts? What’s your outlook for workouts for the rest of the year and in 2020?
        • What are the unique attributes and challenges of SBA loan workouts? How do these differ across larger 504, 7-A, and credit-scored loans?
        • What have you learned from recent successful and not-so-successful workouts?

        • Bill J Serritella Jr., Partner (Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP)
        • Randy Schwarzman , SVP, Special Assets (Fifth Third Bank)
        • Timothy Yentsch , Vice President (Independence Bank)

      11:00 AM
      Networking Break

      11:30 AM
      Case Studies in Receivership & Bankruptcy

        • What do you consider to be best practices in receivership at this stage in the cycle? By contrast, what lessons have you learned from not-so-successful receivership processes?
        • What’s your decision-making process for using a receiver? In which situations would you opt against using a receiver? How do you vet receiver candidates, as well as quantify their costs and benefits?
        • When does it make more sense to explore ABCs vs. Bankruptcies vs. Article 9? What opportunities are being created by the recent rise in Chapter 12 filings for family farm bankruptcies, particularly in the Midwest?
        • In the Chicago area, what are some of the most recent deals in which assets were put into receivership? What asset types are experiencing the highest rate of receivership deals, and what might that indicate about the outlook for receivers in the city and the Midwest? What are the key differences in the receiver’s role by state?

        • Ben H. Harris, III , Partner (Jones Walker LLP)
        • Douglas J. Groebner , VP (First National Bank of Omaha)
        • John A. Rothschild, Jr. , Director, Management Services, Receivership/Special Assets Group (Newmark Knight Frank)
        • Mary Jo Heston , Judge (Us Bankruptcy Court)
        • Kristine Kolky , Attorney (Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP)
        • Eric Weber , Principal (33 Realty & Cubed Construction)

      12:15 PM
      What’s Driving Growth in SBA and C&I Loans?

        • What’s driving the uptick in SBA loan approvals, and which banks are leading the charge?  What are the expectations of today’s small business borrowers impacting your origination process?
        • How have banks changed their standards for C&I loans, and what does this mean for small and midsize firms? What trends are contributing to the uptick non-conforming conventional C&I term loans? What criteria do you use to evaluate middle-market and startup businesses as candidates for loans? How does this checklist vary by size and reach of the bank?
        • How are relationship lending practices affecting the growth of C&I originations by smaller banks? How does this differ for large banks?
        • How are you integrating technology to better serve middle-market borrowers?

        • Joseph M. Arie , Exec VP & Managing Director (CIBM Bank)
        • Michael Grad , Managing Director, Corporate Finance (Chartwell Financial Advisory)
        • Tina Lucas , Senior VP & Manager (Banner Bank)

      1:00 PM

      2:00 PM
      The Hunt for Deals: Buyers & Sellers Weigh In

        • What’s the outlook for the debt-buying market for the rest of 2019 and beyond? What types of assets are you buying right now? What sectors present the best opportunities for long-term growth, and which are you avoiding?
        • How do you source and evaluate deals? What kind of banks are the top sources of deal flow?
        • How do you approach deals with banks of varying size and reach? Are you partnering with non-bank lenders? What unique challenges and opportunities does each type present? How do you handle negotiations?
        • What are some recent successful deals you’ve been involved in, and what have you learned from ones that didn’t go as well?

        • Cam Childs , SVP (Directed Capital)
        • Benjamin Sabraw , Managing Director (SMS Financial)

      2:45 PM
      Preparing for Litigation

        • Before litigation becomes necessary, how can you most accurately predict how much it will cost and how long it will take?
        • What are the best and worst-case scenarios for litigation? How can you evaluate your potential litigator?
        • When does it make sense to explore non-litigious alternatives, and what are the options?
        • When is it better to settle?

        • Edward S. Weil , Member (Dykema)
        • Todd Baldi , Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management (Bank Financial)
        • Peter Hebert , Senior VP & Lead Litigation Counsel (City National Bank)
        • Thomas Le , SVP (Heartland Bank and Trust Company)
        • Timothy Yentsch , Vice President (Independence Bank)
        • Leslie Reuter , Manager of Special Assets (Pacific Premier Bank)

      3:15 PM
      Networking Break

      3:45 PM
      Auctions: Options & Obstacles

        • When do auctions make sense? How do you select the right auctioneer, auction process and auction format to maximize profit?
        • What obstacles have you encountered in realizing going concern value for operating borrowers, and how did you overcome them? What do you consider to be the most severe risks of auctions?
        • How do you decide between a live vs. online auction? Which assets are better suited for each type of auction? When does it make sense to hire a receiver instead of holding an auction?

        • David Levi , Senior Director (Ten-X)
        • Bruce Nelson , Special Credits Administration Manager (Banner Bank )

      4:30 PM
      The Evolving Roles of Relationship Managers

        • How are the roles of bank relationship managers and credit officers evolving as special assets desk become relics?
        • What loan issuance trends are you observing in your organization? Are you implementing any new standards or systems?
        • What are the key elements of the training process for in-house relationship officers? How do you measure performance?
        • What roles are relationship managers playing in impacting community relations?

        • Nick Dizonno , President & CEO (Millennium Bank)

      5:15 PM
      Networking Reception

      6:15 PM
      Day One Concludes

    Friday, September 13th, 2019

      8:15 AM
      Registration & Breakfast for Conference Attendees

      9:00 AM
      Regulatory Review & Restructuring Global Outlook

        • What regulatory trends are you following most closely, and how do their effects differ for local, regional and national banks, and across various bank functions?
        • What impact could the Fed have on your ability to attract new partners and investors? What aspects of the Fed’s changing policy framework are most concerning to you? What opportunities could arise from the Fed’s revisions to regulatory control rules? 
        • What do you expect to be the impact of CECL?
        • How do insolvency and restructuring regulations differ across global markets? Which jurisdictions are more borrower- vs. creditor-friendly? How are regulators approaching deleveraging, and what benchmarks are they using to set those targets?
        • Which sectors are likely to see more restructuring opportunities as a result of tariffs and trade tensions?
        • How are creditors and borrowers approaching emerging markets?

      9:45 AM
      Carving A Niche: Community Banks, Credit Unions, & Regional Banks

        • What trends are having the most significant impact on the debt collection industry?
        • What technologies are collections officers using to increase operational efficiency?
        • What are community banks, credit unions and regional banks doing to stay competitive throughout the Midwest?
        • What strategies are credit unions using to attract younger customers? What marketing tactics have been effective at appealing to Millennials?
        • As a community bank, how do you control costs, define your niche and leverage technology?
        • How do regional banks ward off acquisition while growing their own books of business? Can we expect to see more JVs between regional banks and non-bank platforms? What are the regulatory hurdles associated with these vehicles?

        • Leslie Reuter , Manager of Special Assets (Pacific Premier Bank)
        • Bruce Nelson , Special Credits Administration Manager (Banner Bank )

      10:30 AM
      Networking Break

      11:00 AM
      The Evolving Roles of Chief Risk Officers

        • How does the role of a Chief Risk Officer differ at large, national banks, as compared to smaller regional and community banks and credit unions?
        • What skills and credentials should credit risk officers have, and how are their roles changing?
        • What are banks doing to address diversity and inclusion among chief and other senior-level risk officers?
        • What loan issuance trends are you observing in your organization? Are you implementing any new standards or systems?
        • What are the key elements of the training process for in-house credit risk officers? How do you measure performance?

      11:45 AM
      Revisiting the Liquidation Model

        • How often are you finding that customers have the ability to stay afloat despite any action the bank takes?
        • To what extent are banks overlooking sources of liquidity, and does this carry the potential to materially affect how they execute right of offset and direct notification to a business’ customers?
        • How do you assess the reliability of the financial statements you receive?
        • What methods are you using to track a borrower or guarantor’s cash reserves? What should your executive board be looking for to achieve a successful right of offset?

        • Todd Baldi , Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management (Bank Financial)
        • Tina Lucas , Senior VP & Manager (Banner Bank)

      12:30 PM
      Bank Special Assets & Credit Officer's Forum (Midwest) Concludes



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    16 W. Adams Street
    Chicago, IL, 60603
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