9th edition
NPL Europe
LONDON, 7-8 of March 2019

Attended by more than 400 delegates and 50+ Sponsors from 200+ of the most active companies operating in Europe’s booming €688 bn NPL market, this event proved to be a huge success. On behalf of the whole SmithNovak team, we would like to thank in particular, all the Sponsors, Speakers, Panelists and Moderators for their efforts to create highly professional, topical and engaging content.

Speakers & Panellist

A great opportunity to promote our group and our services on a European level at such an important event. We had the opportunity to establish relationships with various senior players in the NPL market.

Davide Campani, Business Development Manager, B2Holding, IT


Main Partner

EY’s  European Loan Portfolio Solutions network provides unrivalled access to jurisdictional knowledge and skills across pan-European markets, comprised of commercial and regulatory market leaders in the field.

Our network provides an offering to meet client’s needs, intensely focused on bringing stability and confidence to the European loan sale market.

Participants Included

Brad Palmer
Bain Capital

Brad Palmer, Managing Director, Bain Capital

Mr. Palmer joined Bain Capital Credit in 2013. He is a Managing Director and Head of the European based Portfolio Group responsible for driving operating improvement initiatives across Bain Capital Credit’s investments. Previously, Mr. Palmer held a number of roles as a Senior Executive in private equity backed businesses. Specific experience includes FMCG manufacturing management, as well as Finance Director roles.

Mr. Palmer received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal.

Andrea Clamer
Illimity Bank

Andrea Clamer, Head of NPL Investment & Servicing Division, Illimity Bank

Andrea graduated from the Faculty of Economy and Commerce at Pavia University and completed an MBA at the SDA Bocconi School of Management.

After carrying out consulting activities in Deloitte Consulting, he has been appointed the Head of New Markets at Toscana Finanza and, then, the Head of NPL Division at Banca Ifis.

From January 2018, he has started a new professional project aimed at the set-up of a new bank active in the Italian SME market, Illimity Bank, in which he has been appointed the Head of NPL Investment and Servicing Division.

Pablo Crespo
Apollo Global Management

Pablo Crespo, Managing Director, Apollo Global Management

Mr Crespo has over 20 years of experience in Distressed/NPLs investing, Principal Finance and structured credit trading for AnaCap Financial Partners, BofAML and Deutsche Bank in London and management consulting and private equity in Latin America. Mr. Crespo worked for KKR/Pillarstone as a Partner heading the Business Development practice. He was responsible for leading the expansion of the franchise both in existing as well as new jurisdictions.

Prior to that, Mr. Crespo worked for AnaCap Financial Partners were he was an Investment Director in AnaCap’s Credit Opportunities Fund. He was responsible for deal origination and execution with a particular focus on Southern Europe (Italy, Spain and Portugal); successfully acquiring over €3.0bn of distressed assets.

Prior to that, Mr. Crespo worked as a Director in the Illiquid Structured Credit Trading team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he led a number of significant transactions in the European illiquid credit markets. Mr. Crespo has also worked in the Global Markets Principal Finance Credit team at Deutsche Bank. Before relocating to the UK, Mr. Crespo spent 4 years at Hermes Management Consulting advising LATAM’s largest buyout group on acquisition and business restructuring in projects in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador.

Mr. Crespo started his career at Siemens AG in Argentina. Mr. Crespo earned an MBA from London Business School and a BA in business administration from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina.

Ajay Rawal

Ajay Rawal, Partner, EY

With over 19 years of experience in financial services consulting, Ajay advises governments, European and national authorities and banks on reshaping banking systems, the restructuring of banks, strategically repositioning non-core assets and the sale of non-performing loans.

He leads the European Loan Portfolio Solutions Group, which brings together EY knowledge in loan sales and broader loan portfolio services.

Ajay is also the Financial Services Leader for Transaction Advisory Services in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia, one of the largest and most diverse regions.

Luigi Caruso

Luigi Caruso, Principal, Blackstone

Luigi Caruso is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2017, Mr. Caruso has been involved in analyzing real estate investment opportunities across various property types in Europe.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Caruso was a Principal at Rhône Group in the Private Equity Fund in London and New York; previously, Mr. Caruso worked at Goldman Sachs International’s real estate private equity group focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe.

Mr. Caruso received an MSc in Economics from Bocconi University.

Pablo Fraga
King Street Capital Management
James Sackett
CarVal Investors

James Sackett, Principal, CarVal Investors

Mr. Sackett is a principal for CarVal Investors, responsible for managing investments in European loan portfolios. Prior to joining CarVal in 2009, Mr. Sackett was a managing director at Saxon Consultancy in the U.K. Prior to that, Mr. Sackett spent 12 years at Barclays Capital, most recently as a director within the structured finance and asset-backed securitization team.

Mr. Sackett received his B.A. in economics from Heriot-Watt University.

Miguel Alonso Capelo
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Giacinto Renta
Deutsche Bank
Arjen Harmens
Lone Star
Konstantin Karchinov
Reuben Gates
Cabot Financial
George Christopoulos
Piraeus Bank

George Christopoulos, Senior Advisor-CEO's office, Piraeus Bank

Mr Christopoulos is an experienced banker and structured finance expert with extensive international exposure and senior management expertise acquired through a broad range of demanding roles in investment banking.

Mr Christopoulos has served as Managing Director in Fixed Income at Nomura International, Global Head of Emerging Markets Structuring at Dresdner Kleinwort, Global Head of Emerging Markets at Rabobank International and CEO of Emporiki Investment bank. Mr Christopoulos holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University (PA, USA).

George Christopoulos serves as senior advisor to the CEO, working closely with the Recovery Banking Unit and other divisions of the Bank developing the framework and coordinating balance sheet optimization transactions.

Iván Fernández-Valdés
HAYA Real Estate

Iván Fernández-Valdés, Head of Valuation and Advisory Services, HAYA Real Estate

Mr. Fernández-Valdés is member of the executive committee at Haya Real Estate and acts as Director for the Advisory & Institutional Investment business. Before joining the group, Mr. Fernández-Valdés was Senior Manager in Corporate Finance FIG & Real Estate for KPMG España from 2012 to 2015 and a Real Estate Surveyor with Aguirre Newman in Madrid and London from 2006 to 2012.

He has actively participated in the reorganization of the securities environment within the Spanish financial system and has been involved in the acquisition and divestment of several NPA servicing platform and portfolio transactions.

Robert Cohen
MJ Group

Robert Cohen, Managing Director Europe, MJ Group

Robert has worked in the real estate industry for 18 years, starting his career in London where he worked in the High-End Residential market for nearly 18 years. He was awarded a position at CB Richard Ellis heading up and building the International valuation and consultancy department, which gave him large exposure to the Spanish, Portuguese and Gibraltarian markets.

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