With the recent hiring of Jim Regan to head its U.S. ABS secondary trading desk, the ABS puzzle is just about complete for ABN Amro. Since May, the Dutch underwriter has been quietly filling senior roles in its management team, poaching experienced ABS pros from various street firms one at a time, rather than an entire group in one fell swoop.

Meanwhile, the engine is already running, as evidenced by ABN's two lead mandates last week - the first such assignments ABN has scored since hiring former JPMorgan Securities banker Bill Haley to run its term origination team in July (see ASR 7/28).

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