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NextGen Network

Next Gen’s mission is to establish a forum for the exclusive benefit of junior, working professionals in the fund finance industry ranging from entry level positions to Vice Presidents and Senior Associates. This collective of bankers, private market professionals, lawyers and others related to the fund finance industry, will gather to share market insights and benefit from educational, networking, and mentorship opportunities in an engaging atmosphere. Next Gen, established in 2018, will continue to host events in London and New York City. Events will include educational seminars, networking socials, and industry panels, which will be collectively aimed at achieving Next Gen’s goal of developing the junior professionals to be future leaders of the industry.

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2022 NextGen Member of the Year Award Recipient
Shen Mei Bolton
Shen Mei, Senior Associate, Ashurst LLP has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the NextGen Member of the Year Award. Shen Mei has been actively engaged in key industry bodies that shape the development of fund finance in the APAC region. As a member of the APAC NextGen committee, she has moderated an educational panel session on legal due diligence and enforcement issues relevant to subscription line facilities for the FFA. As Chair of the APLMA Young Leaders committee in Singapore since 2016, Shen Mei recently moderated the APLMA Singapore Young Leaders Series on Term Loan B agreements, structure, and recent trends in the market. She was also featured in a short APLMA video where she shared some thoughts on career development for those in the early stages of their finance and legal career. Shen Mei is an active pro bono and CSR advocate. She regularly volunteers for different initiatives in the community, as well as acting as the Pro Bono Champion for the Ashurst Singapore office. Shen Mei's contributions to the fund finance industry and to the legal industry make her an excellent recipient of the NexGen Member of the Year Award.

US Committee

Bolton, Shen Mei (Sidley Austin LLP)
Shen Mei Bolton
Managing Associate

Sidley Austin LLP

Casey, Sara (Hark Capital)
Sara Casey

Hark Capital

Grafal, Jorge (Goldman Sachs Asset Management)
Jorge Grafal
Vice President

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Kwei, Annabella (Stifel Bank)
Annabella Kwei
Vice President

Stifel Bank

Pullinger, Georgina (Appleby)
Georgina Pullinger


EMEA Committee

Buckett, Joel (Deutsche Bank Wealth Management)
Joel Buckett
Vice President | EMEA Fund Finance

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Fuller, Emily (Haynes Boone)
Emily Fuller

Haynes Boone

Lai, Jessica (Blackstone)
Jessica Lai


Malik, Billal (Citibank)
Billal Malik


APAC Committee

Basu, Somdatta (ING)
Somdatta Basu
Director, Fund Finance APAC, Financial Institutions


Carter, Natalie (Walkers)
Natalie Carter
Senior Associate


Chow, Karen  (East West Bank)
Karen Chow Chow

East West Bank

Eriksson, Victoria (Allen & Overy LLP)
Victoria Eriksson
Senior Associate

Allen & Overy LLP

Miao, Lily (Mourant)
Lily Miao