The ABS market grieved last Thursday as Michael G. Baker, a managing director at Credit Suisse First Boston, lost his four-year battle with cancer. Baker, 42, is survived by his wife, Amy, and four children. A long-time ABS veteran, he was an innovator of tax structuring within securitization technology, particularly in the auto sector. The ASR editorial staff would like to extend its condolences to his family and all who knew and worked with him. The wake was slated for Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at William Dangler Funeral Home, (908-273-2323) located in 309 Springfield Ave. Summit, N.J. The funeral mass was scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Teresa's Church (908- 277-3700), located in 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, N.J.

Joshua Anderson has resigned from his position as vice president in Merrill Lynch's structured finance research strategy group, effective the end of this week, to accept a position with buyside firm Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO). At Merrill, Anderson reported to structured finance research head Dan Castro and covered CDOs and mortgage-related ABS. Merrill will begin seeking a replacement immediately.

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