Kensington Blake Capital and KB Capital Advisors Sign 13th Contract in Fourteen Weeks; Advises on TALF, PPIP and Structured Products

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The global credit crisis and financial market turmoil have created opportunities and challenges for financial market participants. Kensington Blake Capital has helped a number of clients navigate this difficult period and will continue to guide them through the daily machinations of the structured products market and the US Government's role in it.

Since January 2009, Kensington Blake Capital (KBC) and KB Capital Advisors have signed thirteen consulting and valuation contracts with structured products clients, and KBC continues to build a strong pipeline of new business. "The need for unbiased, expert advice in the structured products and derivatives space is strong and growing, and KBC has been able to fill that gap," said Sherif Elias, Managing Director at Kensington Blake Capital.

In addition to the more general capabilities of Investment Structuring/Restructuring, Valuation, and Market Strategy that KBC provides, it has also advised and educated clients on the ever changing government involvement in structured finance. "The Term Asset-Backed Loan Facility (TALF) and Public Private Investment Program (PPIP) initiatives will have profound effects on the industry," said Ricardo Diaz, Managing Director at Kensington Blake Capital. KBC has assisted clients in understanding and acting on these new developments. These programs are expansive and affect the values of many types of investments (equity, debt, ABS, CMBS, RMBS, CDOs, etc.) in multiple industries (financials, autos, lenders, consumers). "Any fund manager or investor who does not have a firm grasp on the programs is missing an important element impacting the current investing environment", said Michael Bilello, Managing Director at Kensington Blake Capital.

To complement its existing expertise, KBC has added unparalleled capabilities in the valuation and risk assessment of non-agency residential mortgage backed securities and ABS CDOs. Analytical resources are also available for a broader range of assets including CLOs, TRUPS CDOs, and corporate CDS and Synthetic CDOs. To the extent that FAS 157 accounting rule changes will require cash flow analysis in order to get mark to market relief, these types of resources are a necessity. This analytical horsepower is also a valuable tool to investors in the now expanded PPIP and TALF eligible securities.

More about Kensington Blake Capital
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.

More about KB Capital Advisors
KB Capital Advisors was established in February 2009 as an investment management firm targeting opportunities in the structured products market. KB Capital Advisors is a separately owned company from KBC that utilizes KBC principals as contractors to supplement its dedicated staff.

Sherif Elias, Managing Director
Kensington Blake Capital
Phone: 914.494.6415
Email: selias (at)


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