Structured Finance Industry Group Hires Directors of MBS and ABS Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September [25], 2013— The Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc. (“SFIG”), a member-based trade industry group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market, today announced that it has hired Sonny Abbasi as Director focused on mortgage backed securities policy issues and Sairah Burki as Director focused on asset backed securities policy issues. Both Mr. Abbasi and Ms. Burki will report directly to SFIG’s Executive Director, Richard Johns.

“We are excited to add these talented senior executives to the SFIG team, each of whom brings an impressive depth of industry knowledge and current policy experience to the organization,” said Mr. Johns. “Given the diversity and complexity of regulatory proposals being considered and their potential impact the securitization industry, it was clear to us that SFIG’s membership would be best served by adding expertise related directly to housing reform as well as broader capital market efforts. With Sonny and Sairah, we are confident SFIG can holistically approach these important policy issues.”

In his role, Mr. Abbasi will work with a specific focus on the residential mortgage market, including GSE reform and efforts to support a robust and sustainable return of private capital to the private label RMBS market. Prior to joining SFIG, Mr. Abbasi served as Director of MBS Policy at Fannie Mae, where he assessed compliance with Fannie Mae’s MBS policies and determined eligibility of products for securitization. Before Fannie Mae, he worked at McKee Nelson LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutfliffe LLLP, where he specialized in structured finance. Mr. Abbasi has a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from American University.

Ms. Burki will focus on the current plethora of proposed and anticipated rules that have broad impact across all ABS asset classes. Her agenda will include such areas as Basel III, Risk Retention, Money Market Reform, Reg AB II and Credit Rating Agency Reform. Ms. Burki joins SFIG from Capital One, where she was most recently the Director of Treasury Policy Affairs, leading the company’s response to policy initiatives with significant capital markets and corporate finance implications. She previously held positions with Xerox, UBS and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Ms. Burki holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

About Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc.
Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc. (“SFIG”) is a member-based, trade industry group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market. SFIG provides an inclusive network for securitization professionals to collaborate and, as industry leaders, drive necessary changes, be an advocate for the securitization community, share best practices and innovative ideas, and educate industry members through conferences and other programs. Members of SFIG represent all sectors of the securitization market including issuers, investors, financial intermediaries, law firms, accounting firms, technology firms, rating agencies, servicers, and trustees. Further information can be found at

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