Kensington Blake Capital Launches New Structured Products Consulting Business

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The global credit crisis and financial market turmoil have created a difficult environment for firms involved in the structured products market. Kensington Blake Capital has created a new financial services consulting firm to assist clients to navigate this complex world.

Kensington Blake Capital (KBC) has assembled a world-class team of structured products and derivatives professionals. KBC offers unparalleled expertise and analysis to companies with exposure to the structured products and derivatives markets.

KBC is a consulting firm in the structured products and derivatives markets with a core team of eight professionals that bring over 125 years of combined experience to each assignment. The team is comprised of individuals that held senior management roles at global banks in structured products, credit derivatives, interest rates and foreign exchange. The partners at KBC include: Michael Bilello, Ricardo Diaz, Peter Dwyer, Sherif Elias, Michael Hargadon, Kevin Kane, Bruce Lohman and Brian Zwerner. KBC maintains an Advisory Board composed of seasoned markets veterans that bring an additional 100 years of experience, knowledge and relationships. For more information on KBC partners and services, please visit:

KBC was established in March 2008 as a financial consulting firm targeting opportunities in the structured finance and derivatives markets. They have dedicated professionals in Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Charlotte. In addition to consulting work, KBC is also an active trading firm in the alternative asset market. The insights gained by trading directly in the structured products and derivative markets provide a distinct advantage to their clients over pure consulting firms.

Kensington Blake Capital's team brings a wealth of structured products, derivatives and capital markets experience to a wide range of consulting projects. While each project is unique, KBC's offerings are focused in three areas:
Investment Structuring/Restructuring: KBC can assist clients evaluating investment opportunities in the structured products market, restructuring existing portfolios or exiting positions and disposing of assets.

Valuation/Risk Management: KBC can supply independent, third-party valuations for all major derivatives and structured securities and provide value-added risk management solutions.

Market Strategy/Product Education: KBC offers extensive product education for a wide audience from senior management to operational support partners. In addition, we frequently publish market primers and white papers for our clients.

"The capital market dislocations of 2008 will provide informed market participants with tremendous opportunities in 2009. We created this firm to assist market participants in capturing these opportunities," said Brian Zwerner, Partner at Kensington Blake Capital. "KBC offers consulting services in all aspects of structured products and derivatives acquisition, disposal, valuation, risk management and monitoring."

"The changes in the landscape of the financial markets have created a void for customers in need of support," said Ricardo Diaz, Partner at Kensington Blake Capital. "Our firm offers unbiased assistance to clients to help them best succeed in today's complex markets."
"The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a major counterparty in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, has brought derivatives counterparty risk to the forefront for tens of thousands of counterparties," said Pete Dwyer, Partner at Kensington Blake Capital. "KBC brings unparalleled experience in helping clients evaluate systems, processes, procedures, ISDA protocols and exchange trading proposals for managing counterparty risk."


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