NEW YORK-With hip-hop pulsing in its stylishly dim lobby and a bar known more for fashionistas than financiers, W New York - The Court seemed an unusual venue at first for the Institute for International Research-sponsored Synthetic Lease Structures & Credit Tenant Leases conference.

However, in light of the looming Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) decisions that one panelist described as having paralyzed the market, speakers and delegates at the event held at the hotel last week were as determined to see and be seen as the SoHo types downstairs.

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