Starting in 2007, Information Management Network's yearly ABS conferences will no longer be known as the ABS West or East conferences. Starting this spring, instead of the usual ABS West Conference typically held in Phoenix, IMN will stage the Spring ABS 2007 in South Beach at The Loews Miami Beach Hotel from April 29 to May 2. The IMN will also hold a similarly named gathering in the fall. "There have been quite a few requests for South Beach, Fla. as a venue," said event coordinator Jade Friedensohn. She also said the Miami would be an ideal place for networking opportunities and enjoying the nightlife. "The Loews Miami has the facilities to accommodate our programming needs where a critical mass of investors and issuers could potentially network and learn about the market," she said.

Najib S. Canaan, who was executive managing director and head of international fixed-income at Nomura Securities, resigned last Tuesday to pursue other interests, according to the bank. Canaan joined Nomura in December 2000, when the bank appointed him deputy head of debt markets. Before that, he was managing director of fixed income for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. About three years after recruiting Canaan, Nomura promoted Canaan to head of fixed income for its U.S. operations. Yutaka Nakajima, managing director of fixed income at the firm, stepped in as interim head of the division.

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