In a move that will make its Spring ABS 2007 have more of an international focus, Information Management Network will be working closely with the International Finance Corp. (IFC) to create a full day of emerging markets coverage at IMN's Miami conference to be held on April 29 to May 2.

The partnership is geared towards exposing conference participants to recent securitization developments in emerging markets - a task that partnering with the IFC would facilitate. Senior-level officials from the IFC will be serving as panelists for a number of the emerging markets sessions. With the IFC's involvement in Latin America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East, attendees would not only be able to meet the key players in these local markets but also learn about the ins and outs of structuring and investing in structured transactions in these regions.

Panelists from the IFC include Lee Meddin, deputy treasurer and global head of structured finance for the organization. Meddin will begin the full day of emerging market coverage at Spring ABS as a panelist on the session about assessing investment opportunities in emerging global markets. Other IFC panelists attending the conference are Peter Cashion, who will serve as session facilitator for the panel on investing in the Latin ABS Market, and Laila Nordine, a principal financial officer in the structured finance group, who will participate in the session on Central and Easter Europe. Kevin Kime and Oliver Stier will be part of panels on Russian and the Brazilian ABS markets, respectively.

"I would like to emphasize how pleased we are to have the support of the IFC whose efforts help fund the development in some of the world's most promising economies," said Jade Friedensohn, Spring ABS event coordinator. Friedensohn added that by hosting local issuers that the IFC has invited to the conference, the IMN is introducing them "to new potential sources of capital that will ultimately help fund critical infrastructure and promote the growth of enterprise in these emerging economies."

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