ABN Amro is said to be beefing up its capital markets effort in the U.S., and will likely announce a few significant hires over the next few weeks. On the structured finance side, ABN Amro is close to placing a key piece in its re-vamped asset-backed group with the hiring of a veteran ABS syndicate professional to head its New York-based desk. With experience at a top-10 underwriter, this person is scheduled to start Monday. Interested parties asked that the name not be disclosed just yet, but further information will be available shortly at www.asreport.com
CDO guru Laurence Isaacson has joined McKee Nelson, completing what the firm coins its "initial building efforts," which has included a rough 50-man ramp-up over the last year or so. See p. 17 for more coverage.