United Capital Markets has secured 1970's funk party band Earth Wind & Fire as the entertainment for IMN's ABS West 2005 conference scheduled for Feb. 7-10 in Phoenix Arizona. EW&F will perform Tuesday Feb. 8.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association announced that Jonathan Moulds was elected as chairman of the ISDA. Moulds, head of cross-product strategic trading at Banc of America Securities, replaces Keith Bailey of Merrill Lynch Capital Services, who had served as ISDA chairman since March 2000. Bailey resigned as chairman to meet the demands of his new position as chief operating officer of Merrill Lynch's Houston-based energy trading operation. In addition to the election of Moulds last week, Michele Faissola, global head of rates at Deutsche Bank Securities, was elected vice chairman. Faissola replaces Henning Bruttel of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, who had served as ISDA vice chairman since April 2002.

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