By: Mikhel Schecter of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
The Development Committee is tasked with engaging the membership, assessing and addressing membership needs and interests, and planning some of the interactive events at the April Conferences and October Meetings. In connection with the upcoming October Annual Meeting, the Development Committee will be focused on assisting the Co-chairs in making the ACIC’s first ever virtual conference an engaging and interactive event in light of our current “new normal”.
Any questions can be directed to Tina Smith, Renée Dailey or Maureen Cronin.
The Communications Committee is responsible for communications among the College’s members and for communications between the College and the investment community at large. The Committee is responsible for preparing and publishing the College’s monthly newsletter, Private Notes. Among other items of interest to the College’s members, the monthly Private Notes includes summaries of recent judicial decisions, information about job openings, and CLE announcements.
The current co-chairs of the Communications Committee are Lisa Conmy (Foley & Lardner) and Danielle Maksimow (Norton Rose Fulbright Canada). The current co-editors of the College’s monthly newsletter are Charles Calloway, Jr. (Chapman & Cutler LLP) and Josephine Vashi (AIG Investments). If any Fellow of the College is interested in joining the Communications Committee, please reach out to any of the co-chairs of the Committee. We are always looking for new volunteers, and the Committee is a great way to get introduced and provide pertinent information to the College and its Fellows!
The primary responsibility of the Membership Committee is to consider applications for ACIC membership and to recommend those applicants meeting the membership criteria of the College to the Board of Trustees for a membership vote. In discharging this responsibility, the committee considers the totality of a candidate’s responses in his/her application, with particular emphasis given to (i) the portion of the applicant’s practice which is devoted to representing institutional investors, (ii) indicative transactions or other legal representations on behalf of institutional investors demonstrating the applicant’s representation of institutional investors, (iii) participation by the applicant in the activities of the College (e.g. Forums and educational meetings), and (iv) other factors, which the Board of Trustees has determined to be relevant to the College. The committee also reviews, and refers to the Board, applications for Emeritus status from long-time members who are retiring but want to remain connected with the College. Finally, the committee seeks to implement various initiatives to improve the onboarding experience of new members in the College and to encourage active engagement in the College among the membership generally.
Website and Social Media Committee
The Website and Social Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining the College’s website and social media accounts. We create and maintain content, as well as provide a forum for the sharing of information and resources relating to our business. The website was recently redesigned, and now features a “Covid-19 Resources” tab on the home page to directly bring you content related to the unique challenges our businesses face in these interesting times.
The Education Committee planned three one-hour CLE programs this year and is contemplating a fourth. The Education Committee would love to receive ideas from College members about your favorite CLE topics. The Education Committee is also helping design the panels and panelists for the first-ever virtual Fall Forum. If you are interested in joining the Education Committee, please email one of the Co-Chairs of the Education Committee.
Transaction Process Management Committee
The Transaction Process Management Committee (TPMC) is responsible for the continued development of the Model Form Note Purchase Agreements. Over the last few years the TPMC has been responsible for (i) updating both the domestic and cross-border Model Form Note Purchase Agreements, (ii) updating the Model Form Make-Whole and Swap Indemnity Language for Swapped Notes as well as the Model Form Swap Indemnity Letter and (iii) providing for a maintenance of rating covenant (pertaining to private letter ratings) incorporating the necessary requirements of the TPMC in order for a private placement issuance to qualify for Filing Exempt with the SVO.
The current projects that the TPMC are undertaking include (a) addressing ongoing market comments to the Model Forms, (b) providing for a standard LIBOR sunset provision for floating rate Notes in the PP market (in conjunction with the other market groups also addressing this, including the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) and the Loan Syndications and Trading Association)), (c) institute procedures in an effort to mitigate fraud in the funding process and (d) considering “global” Model Form NPAs taking into account the growing global investor base beyond just US insurance companies, which would affect (among others) the economic sanctions and tax withholding provisions.
The current members of the TPMC include:
Bryan Cho, Co-Chair – MetLife
Charles J. Kolin, Co-Chair – Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Daniel J. Favero, Co-Chair – Mayer Brown LLP
Brian A. Bates – Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
Andrew Bobenski – John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Joshua Deason – Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Matthew J. DelRosso – New York Life Investment Management LLC
Matthew E. Gabrys – The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Edward Holmes – Berger Legal LLC / Holmes Legal PLLC
Jaya McClure – Prudential Financial Inc.
Christopher E. Lawrence – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Nicolette Lopez – MetLife
Brendan Olin – Unum Group
Daniel Papermaster – Morgan Lewis
Noelle Sproul – Nuveen
Mark A. Sternberg – Schiff Hardin LLP
Clayton T. Hufft – AIG Investments
Anthony D. Yager – Chapman and Cutler LLP