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Elliot Ganz

General Counsel and Chief of Staff

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Elliot Ganz is the LSTA’s General Counsel and Chief of Staff. Since 2005 he has managed all legal issues and co-headed its government policy and advocacy efforts. In 2018 Elliot was appointed to the additional role of Chief of Staff, responsible for managing the LSTA’s staff and leading its strategic initiatives. He is a 1980 graduate of New York University School of Law and a 1977 graduate of Queens College, City University of New York. Before joining the LSTA Mr. Ganz worked for three years at a Wall Street law firm followed by 22 years in senior legal positions at four major US and international banks. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and served as a member of the Committee on Financing Chapter 11 of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. Mr. Ganz has supervised the filing of over 20 amicus briefs on important loan and bankruptcy-related cases, including three briefs supporting successful appeals to each of the New York Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the United States. He most recently supervised a successful lawsuit under the Administrative Procedure Act against the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve Board on the critical issue of risk retention under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

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LSTA Newsletter – September 20, 2019

This week we explain the big SOFR jump, share Lee Shaiman’s and David Lerner’s Morning Consult op-ed, highlight some LIBOR coverage, and discuss the ESG lending panel at the Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference.

LSTA Meets With Rep. Andy Barr

This week LSTA members and staff met with Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06). Barr, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has led bipartisan efforts to pass legislation that would have revised the Volcker Rule in a way that would have permitted banks to hold the debt securities of legacy CLOs and to revise the risk retention rule to allow managers to more easily comply. More recently, Barr was a key participant at a hearing of a subcommittee of the HFSC explaining that neither leveraged loans nor CLOs presented systemic risk.

What is ESG-Linked Lending and Why Do We Care?

That is the question answered by the sustainable finance panel at the 25th Annual Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference. Moderated by Maria Dikeos (Refinitiv LPC), the panel explored the recent growth of sustainability-linked loans (or ESG loans) in the U.S. Panelists included Sean Colvin (Louis Dreyfus), Gary Herzog (Credit Agricole), Carolyn Kee (Citiggroup), Claire O’Connor (Barclays Capital), Cara Younger (BBVA) and Tess Virmani (LSTA). The speakers outlined the benefits that these loans can have for the right borrower and also flagged some of the important considerations to be mindful of in structuring these loans.

LIBOR Trending Too…

While the daily SOFR spike grabbed the headlines this week, other LIBOR coverage should be noted as well. First, LIBOR’s end is trending. In an American Banker Bankshot podcast, the LSTA’s Meredith Coffey discussed exactly why LIBOR is going away, what the replacement rate likely would be, and why this is important to bankers and borrowers (and students and homeowners!).

SOFR Above Tuesday?

For those that missed it – which, based on our email traffic, was no one – the published overnight SOFR rate jumped from 243 bps on Tuesday to 525 bps on Wednesday and then back to 255 bps on Thursday. So what happened to SOFR on Wednesday? We discuss below (and the ARRC explains in this helpful missive as well).