IMN, SFA cancel upcoming conferences due to coronavirus concerns

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Asset-backed industry organizations have begun canceling some of their upcoming trade conferences over concerns of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Information Management Network has called off its 2nd annual CRE CLO investors conference scheduled this week at the Marriott New York Downtown, according to the firm’s website.

Meanwhile, the Structured Finance Association on Monday canceled its Canadian industry conference scheduled for May, due to worries of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

“Out of abundance of care for our members, conference attendees, and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel SFCanada2020 in light of the continued uncertainties about the cornonavirus,” said SFA chief executive officer Michael Bright, in a statement.

SFA held its annual capital markets conference in Las Vegas in February, drawing more than 8,200 attendees for that four-day event.

IMN is slated to host more than a dozen other conferences in the U.S. and in London through the end of April, and was still accepting registrations for those gatherings as of Monday. The organization, however, states it will continue to assess the coronavirus situation, and is asking attendees to self-certify that they have not traveled to regions such as Mainland China, Iran, South Korea or Italy in the 14 days prior to the event, or been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.

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