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Greg Medcraft

Greg Medcraft is an Australian with a long history working across global securitisation markets. His most recent role before joining the Australian Securisation Forum (ASF) was as Managing Director and Global Head of Securitization at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking. In this role he led a global team of 110 professionals located in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. The group was active in the origination, structuring, distribution, and investment in securities backed by commercial assets (e.g. commercial mortgages, trade receivables, equipment leases, corporate and small business loans) and consumer assets (e.g. residential mortgages, auto loans, credit card receivables, and student loans). When Greg left Société Générale to return to Australia, the group was managing US $35 billion of asset backed investments for SG and third parties.

Prior to going to the US in 1999, Greg was based in Sydney and headed the Société Générale Australian/Asian Securitisation Group, which he established in 1990 and which pioneered a number of firsts in the securitisation markets. In 1989, while based with Société Générale in Paris, he launched the first European non-mortgage asset backed deal in Europe. Prior to joining Société Générale in l980, he worked with KPMG in Melbourne, Australia.

Greg is the co-founder of the American Securitization Forum and was its Chairman from 2005 until his recent return to Australia. In January Greg was appointed Chairman Emeritus of the American Forum and remains a member of that board and management committee. The American Forum is an industry group representing some 350 member institutions comprising all major stakeholders in the US$1 trillion US securitisation market. The American Forum has played a key role during the current credit crisis having worked with US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on a rescue package for troubled homeowners in the United States.

Greg has a strong interest in community activities having served as mayor of two cities in Australia, Box Hill in Victoria and Woollahra in New South Wales. A Chartered Accountant, Greg received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University.

Author's website: Australian Securitisation Forum

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