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Meet the Newest Members of Our Fund Finance Association Board

Published June 13, 2023
We are pleased to announce changes within the Fund Finance Association (“FFA”) Board of Directors and organizational changes to the FFA, as we continue to grow and succeed in the market for Fund Finance. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors and the wider fund finance community, which has been critical to our success.

We are excited to announce additional FFA Board members as we strive to evolve with our ever-changing market. We are expanding the FFA Board to include our first-ever Fund General Partner, Joe Rocco from Blackstone. We are also adding Sammy Asoli and Jill Wilson from the global lender community to continue our mission.

Joseph Rocco is a Managing Director and Head of Treasury Capital Markets at Blackstone based in the US. He manages risk, liquidity, and funding for Blackstone’s corporate balance sheet as well as leading Fund Finance and Risk Solutions initiatives across the Blackstone platform. Sammy Asoli is Managing Director & General Manager, Global Head of Fund Finance Solutions at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Sammy is also based in the US. Jill Wilson is a Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Sponsors  at Lloyds Bank Corporate and Institutional Banking based in London, with the Lloyds business operating across both European and US markets. Each new board member is a senior leader in their organization, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, and each has supported the fund finance industry and the FFA over many years in their respective jurisdictions within both the lending and manager space. We are confident they will each be a great asset to the Board and are excited about all future endeavors.

As part of the normal FFA Board rotation process, Jeff Maier and Nick Mitra have decided to step off the FFA Board at the end of their current terms and will be joining the FFA Advisory Committee as of the end of June 2023. Both Board members have been instrumental over the last decade, and we would like to thank Jeff and Nick for their strong leadership and dedicated service on the FFA Board. We are the exceptional global association we are today because of their hard work, dedication, and contribution.

We look forward to their continued participation in the FFA through the Advisory Committees.

We are cognizant that we have many incredibly talented individuals in the fund finance industry that would like to be more heavily involved with and further support the FFA. With this in mind, we are delighted to confirm that we will set up small executive sub-committees to support the Board in different areas, including fundraising, sponsorship, nominations, and governance.

The new executive team structure is intended to encourage further involvement in the management and leadership of the FFA, creating opportunities for board and committee succession as part of the FFA board member rotations. Further details on this will be published in due course.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new board members. The knowledge, experience, and fresh perspectives they bring will contribute significantly to the continued growth of the FFA.


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