The American Securitization Forum is hosting a discussion this week on the role of the trustee in ABS transactions. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening at its New York headquarters. The next in the Sunset Seminar series of discussions will allow representatives from rating agencies Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings to defend their respective opinions on trustee activity, as well as giving trustees a first-time forum to defend their actions, or lack thereof, in the eyes of the market.

The panel will be moderated by Rich Wasserman of law firm Day, Berry & Howard, LLP, who has represented investor interests in the past. Also speaking will be Jim Callahan, executive director of Pentalpha Capital, an independent consultant and financial intermediary. Rob Frier of Deutsche Bank Trust and William (Doc) Walther of Wells Fargo Bank will represent trustees on the panel.

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