For the past two years, the industry's two winter conference events, Information Management Network's ABS West, and the American Securitization Forum's annual ABS conference have gone toe to toe, with IMN proving the significantly larger draw. The two events have been held as close as one week apart, and many firms, issuers and investors are now choosing to only attend one. For the past two years, the ASF's conference has played second fiddle, luring roughly one-third the audience. This year, however, there appears to be a growing swell of support for ASF 2006.
According to the latest numbers, there are 420 investors, 188 issuers and 66 corporate sponsors scheduled to attend ABS West, to be held at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. from Feb. 7 - 10. According to the ASF, 500 investors, 150 issuers and 70 sponsors were registered as of Thursday, with the total number of registrants at 1,366, when all representatives from the issuers and sponsors were factored in.