Japan Rating and Investment Information has recently hired Manabu Watanabe as a senior analyst in its structured finance rating department. Previously, he was at Warburg Dillon Read and the Japan Structured Finance Institute of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He will focus on transactions backed by consumer and MITI Law assets.

Chase Securities and Daewoo Securities are co-sponsoring a conference on "Securitisation in Korea," which will focus on the emerging domestic ABS market. The conference will be held on Thursday, September 30 at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Seoul. Interested parties should contact Ruth Wilkinson, Conference Director, Webster Communications, at 44-167-251-8120.

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