CECL 2017

Understanding system requirements for full CECL implementation and impact on the business

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CECL 2017

Taking place at DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan, 569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA.

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Key Topics to be Addressed

Governance & Control Framework
– Implementing a governance and control environment under CECL
– Model risk management and validation
– Auditing the CECL framework

Product Structuring
– Managing adjustments and impact on profitability of product types
– Treatment of credit cards/revolvers
– Treatment of retail products

– Development of a CECL compliant reserving methodology
– Balance sheet managers with a seat at the credit table
– Meeting data requirements
– Modeling techniques and supporting documentation structure

– An introduction and overview of CECL
– Leveraging IFRS 9 infrastructure

Implementation Approach
– Developing a gap analysis for CECL to develop an implementation roadmap
– Synergies from stress testing that can be leveraged

End State Vision
– Reviewing the potential unintended consequences
– Understanding the end vision to prepare for implementation

Hear from more than 20 senior risk professionals, including:

Michael Fehrmann

Michael Fehrman

MD, Accounting Policy
Deutsche Bank

Michael Fadil

Michael Fadil

EVP, CECL Program Executive Sponsor
Citizens Bank

Jimmy Yang

Jimmy Yang

MD, Credit and Operational Risk Analysis
BMO Financial Group

Deniz Senturk

Deniz Senturk

Head of Model Risk Management
State Street

Natalya Schenck

Natalya Schenck

Financial Economist

Stevan Maglic

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SVP, Risk Analytics
Regions Bank

Day One | October 11 | New York City


09:00 CECL Introduction: Understanding and interpreting the new standard from an accounting perspective

  • Conceptual transition from incurred loss to expected loss
    • From loss emergence period to life of loan estimates
    • Implications from reviewing risks through forward-looking lens
    • Impact upon reserve levels
  • Forecasting requirements
  • Disclosure requirements

Michael Fehrman, MD, Accounting Policy, Deutsche Bank

09:50 CECL quantitative impact analysis: How would CECL have performed during the great recession?

  • Historical analysis of 10 large regional banks
  • A look at how CECL reserve would have changed with different assumptions for:
    • Reasonable and supportable time horizon
    • Length of time to revert to long-term loss rate
    • Long-term loss rate level
    • Expected life of portfolio

Michael Fadil, EVP, CECL Program Executive Sponsor, Citizens Bank

10:30 Morning refreshment break and networking

11:00 Reviewing the differences between IFRS 9 and CECL to leverage infrastructure

  • Treatment of receivables under IFRS 9 & CECL
  • Impact on global institutions
  • Leveraging IFRS 9 infrastructure
  • Compare and contrast
  • Divergence in results for FIS’s under both

Jimmy Yang, MD, Credit and Operational Risk Analytics, BMO Financial Group
Crystal Jeffrey-Alexander, Director, Consumer Credit, VW Credit, Inc.

Implementation Approach

11:50 Developing a gap analysis for CECL to develop an implementation roadmap

  • Required timeline for implementation
    • Develop roadmap and project plan for implementation
  • Review of capabilities in terms of systems and human resources
    • Who will own the process (CECL working group will likely be cross-functional)?
    • Evaluate the need for vendor support
    • Define roles within the institution with respect to CECL implementation
  • Review the institution’s control framework, particularly as it relates to financial reporting

Tae Kang, SVP, Lead CCAR Enterprise Review and Challenge, HSBC

12:30 Lunch break and networking

1:30 For CCAR/DFAST institutions, what current synergies from stress testing may be leveraged for CECL implementation?

  • Stress testing personnel will likely have a home in CECL
  • Similar model and database infrastructure recommended for CECL
  • Reliance upon models for stress testing may be problematic for business-as-usual analysis
    • Support via backtesting will likely be emphasized
    • Documentation will have to support all intended uses of the models

Stevan Maglic, SVP, Risk Analytics, Regions Bank


2:10 Development of a CECL-compliant reserving methodology

  • Evaluate prospects for a supportable “most likely” economic scenario that can be updated no less than quarterly
  • Model development / enhancement to coincide with economic forecasts
  • Reversion to historical loss experience
  • Evaluate the impact to any qualitative components of the reserve methodology (i.e., redundancy between economic forecasts and qualitative adjustments for economic conditions)

Brooks Brady, Director of Credit Analytics and ACL, Zions Bancorporation
Venkat Veeramani, SVP, Head of Risk Strategy and Risk Analytics, Wintrust Financial

3:30 Afternoon break and networking

4:00 Meeting data requirements under CECL and preparing infrastructure now ahead of full implementation

  • Leveraging internal data for model development
  • Consideration of vended data
  • Pros and cons of vintage analysis
    • Caveats noted for loans that typically renew and lines of credit
  • Identifying and assessing the appropriate credit quality indicators for the CECL disclosure requirements
    • Lack of comparability across peers for segmentation by risk rating bins

4:40 Modeling techniques for CECL requirements to accommodate changes

  • Point-in-time versus through-the-cycle credit loss estimation
  • Incorporating all aspects of future cash flows (i.e., maturities, prepayments, expected losses)
  • Reserving for long-term vs. short-term instruments
  • Measuring the life of loan and exposure at default for various product types (i.e., revolving lines of credit)

Deniz Senturk, Head of Model Risk Management, State Street
Imad Chahboun, Credit & Policy Analysis, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Brooks Brady, Director of Credit Analytics and ACL, Zions Bancorporation

5:30 Chairs Closing Remarks

5:40 End of day one and drinks reception

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Day Two | October 12, 2017 | New York City

09:00 Regulatory Insight: Methodology and modeling

  • Methodology
  • Preparedness
  • Governance
  • Interpretation

Natalya Schenck, Financial Economist, OCC

Governance & Control Framework

09:40 Implementing a governance and control environment under CECL

  • Role across the various lines of defense
    • Functional business units
    • Risk and compliance – enterprise risk management
    • Internal audit and loan review – process review, credit quality review
  • SOX-COSO framework
  • Assumptions support and documentation
  • Management and Board signoff

10:20 Morning refreshment break and networking

10:50 Frameworks for model risk management and validation of CECL methodology for effective review and challenge

  • Benchmarking with peers
  • Limitations
  • Independent review and challenge

Michael ‘Mike’ R. Guglielmo, Managing Director, Darling Consulting Group

11:30 Auditing the CECL Framework

  • Measure the CECL framework in the context of the institution’s size and complexity
  • Evaluate the completeness and accuracy of data and supporting files
  • Determine the effectiveness of the SOX-COSO framework
    • Test primary (key) controls during interim and year-end reporting periods
    • Review secondary controls in place for risk mitigation

12:10 Aligning teams for increased rigor of documentation requirements to regulators to demonstrate control over risk taking activities

  • Transparency
  • BCBS 239 framework of governance and data and management
  • Modelling and back testing models
  • Full documentation
  • Communicating and justifying decisions
  • Aligning all teams and documenting and justifying process and all decisions

12:50 Lunch break and networking

Product Structuring

1:50 Managing adjustments to product structuring to account for impact on profitability of product types

  • Mortgage servicing asset
  • Explaining volatility
  • Provisioning for product types
  • Impact on long vs short term maturity products
  • Making adjustments to product structuring, pricing and organisational strategy
  • Unconditionally cancellable commitments

2:40 Prepayments and its interaction with default modeling

  • Life of loan concept from a prepayment and model development perspective
  • Leveraging CCAR models for CECL
  • Horizon of estimation in CECL
  • What are the right components in a credit model to make it accurate throughout the life of a loan?
  • Risk factors in shorter term horizon and longer terms
  • What is the right mix in the model?

Soner Tunay, Head of Risk Analytics, Citizens Bank

3:20 Afternoon refreshment break and networking

3:50 Treatment of retail products under CECL and modeling requirements

  • Provision for prepayments
  • How other institutions are approaching this
    • Large vs mid-size approaches
  • Modeling based on assumptions of products

End State Vision

4:30 Reviewing the potential unintended consequences of CECL implementation

  • Forcing hand away from comparability
    • Reverting back to historical losses
  • Increased volatility
  • Adverse impacts
  • Product design and pricing for consumers
  • Impact on long dated maturity products
  • Initial over regulation
  • Capital impact
  • Communicating to investors

5:10 The CECL vision: Understanding the end vision to effectively prepare for implementation

  • Running at segment vs. individual loan level
  • System requirements and capabilities
  • Understanding quarter to quarter change
  • Road map for implementation
  • Initial increase in reserves
  • Estimating impact for initial shock

Tae Kang, SVP, Lead CCAR Enterprise Review and Challenge, HSBC
Venkat Veeramani, SVP, Head of Risk Strategy and Risk Analytics, Wintrust Financial

6:00 End of Congress

Brooks Brady

Brooks Brady, Director, Credit Analytics and ACL, Zions Bancorporation

Brooks Brady heads the Credit Risk Analytics group, at Zions Bancorporation. In this role, Brooks manages a team of quantitative analysts, report writers, and credit administrators who manage the quarterly ALLL process, build models and other tools to estimate credit losses, support sound lending decisions, and identify emerging trends across Zions’s wholesale and retail credit portfolios.

Brooks has 20 years of experience in credit risk management, having also worked for Standard & Poor’s, American Express, and KPMG. Brooks holds a master’s degree in Finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah.

Imad Chahboun

Imad Chahboun, Credit and Policy Analysis, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Imad is an experienced executive risk management professional and large and complex financial institution examiner at the Boston Fed. Prior joining the Fed, Imad was a quantitative risk developer and manager at several banks including State Street where he led the development and validation of a variety of risk models. Prior to State Street, Imad held several positions where he led the development and implementation of credit risk models for capital and risk management. Recently, Imad is focusing on counterparty credit risk measurement and modelling insurance companies’ liabilities. Imad holds a master’s in finance and a master’s in applied statistics and economics.

Michael Fadil

Michael Fadil, EVP, CECL Program Executive Sponsor, Citizens Bank

Michael has almost 30 years of experience primarily in commercial banking credit risk management but he has also worked in the security broker-dealer business, pension consulting, and risk consulting and investment advisory business. He joined the Commercial Credit Training program at Fleet Bank in 1989, before joining SunTrust Bank in Atlanta in 2006 where he spent 7 years overseeing the Risk Analytics team. Michael also worked as Senior Director of Business Development at Moody’s working on Stress Testing solutions for clients. He joined Citizens Bank in 2013 overseeing the Risk Architecture Group for 2 ½ years before moving into the role of overseeing the bank’s CECL program in June 2016.

Michael Fehrman

Michael Fehrman, MD, Accounting Policy, Deutsche Bank

Michael Fehrman will be presenting at CECL 2017


Michael Guglielmo, Managing Director , Darling Consulting Group

With nearly 30 years of experience in strategic risk management, Mike Guglielmo provides technical and strategic consulting to a diverse group of financial institutions in the United States and abroad. Mike is also a frequent author and top-rated speaker on a variety of financial and operational risk management topics. During his tenure at DCG, Mike has served in various capacities, including director of financial analytics. In addition, he is a technical resource for the ongoing development of many of DCG’s quantitative and strategic risk management products and services. Prior to joining DCG, Mike managed the ALCO and strategic planning processes for a regional bank in the northeast. Mike is a graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in economics.

Crystal Jeffrey-Alexander

Crystal Jeffrey-Alexander, Director, Consumer Credit and Fair Lending Officer, VW Credit

Crystal Jeffrey-Alexander will be presenting at CECL 2017


Tae Kang , SVP, Lead CCAR Enterprise Review and Challenge, HSBC

Tae Kang is a Senior Vice President in leads HSBC’s Review & Challenge for CCAR and PRA stress testing. He has over 20 years of risk and finance experience gained through major banks in US and Asia. He has a well-rounded regulatory experience specifically credit risk, Basel I/III, capital planning and risk policy. He had lead and developed overall CCAR review and challenge framework.


Stevan Maglic , SVP, Risk Analytics, Regions Bank

Steve is Senior Vice President and head of Quantitative Risk Analytics at Regions Bank, where his current responsibilities focus on quantitative aspects of forecasting and stress testing, risk ratings, valuation, reserve methodologies, economic capital, portfolio construction, credit strategy and credit portfolio management. Steve has 20 years of industry experience in quantitative modelling and risk management and has prior experience building portfolio management and analytics infrastructure at Merrill Lynch, Bank of Montreal and ABN AMRO. Steve has a Ph.D. in applied physics from Northwestern University, a B.S. in physics from University of Colorado in Boulder, and has held Series 7 and Series 63 certifications.

Natalya Schenck

Natalya Schenck, Financial Economist, OCC

Natalya Schenck will be presenting at CECL 2017

Deniz Senturk

Deniz Senturk, Head of Model Risk Management, State Street

Deniz Senturk will be presenting at CECL 2017

Soner Tunay

Soner Tunay, Head of Risk Analytics, Citizens Bank

Soner Tunay is currently an SVP and the H11ead of Risk Analytics in the Risk Architecture Department of Citizens Financial Group. He leads the efforts in the design, development and implementation of credit risk solutions for the Bank’s portfolios including CCAR models, Economic Capital and Risk Rating Models. His past work covered a broad range of asset classes, including commercial, retail products and structured credit instruments.

Prior to joining RBS Citizens, Soner held similar roles in leading financial institutions, managing quantitative teams working on various models and processes. He has been a participant in various industry events, as a presenter, round-table participant and as an organizer of full-day workshops.

Soner holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College.


Venkat Veeramani, SVP, Head of Risk Strategy and Risk Analytics, Wintrust Financial Corp

Venkat Veeramani will be presenting at CECL 2017

Jimmy Yang

Jimmy Yang, MD, Credit and Operational Risk Analytics , BMO Analytics

Jimmy Yang is currently Managing Director, Global head of Credit and Operational Risk Analytics at Bank of Montreal. He is in charge of the analytical decision center which covers all credit and operational risk related analytics for BMO globally.

Before Jimmy joined BMO, he is managing director at MUFG Union Bank. He is in charge of: Basel II/ III, Retail, Small Business, Wholesale, investment portfolios, PD/LGD/EAD scorecards, Loss forecasting, ALLL Reserve analytical support, Stress testing, Economic Capital, Acquired portfolio valuation, Limit Setting, Portfolio Optimization, Dynamic Dashboard reporting and Risk infrastructure (analytical data mart, wholesale spreading system, scorecard system and CRE property management system etc.).

Before that, he was Executive Vice President for First Horizon National Corporation. He was responsible for the center of Analytics and Strategy.

Before that he was with Wachovia bank in Charlotte, NC as Senior Vice President in charge of Basel II and credit risk analytics.

He also had prior experience managing Model validation, Operational risk and Enterprise risk management.

Jimmy was a Peking University graduate in computational mathematics and he also has a PhD in applied mathematics and an honor graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I present at CECL 2017 Conference?

Yes, the Center for Financial Professionals are happy to discuss speaking opportunities at CECL 2017. For further information on this please contact alice.kelly@cefpro.com or call us on +1 888 677 7007.

Are there any rules on the dress code?

Business attire is requested. The Congress is a formal opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and to gain knowledge from the industry’s finest risk management experts.

What is the cost and what is included in the registration fee?

We offer incentives for ‘early bird’ registrants of the Congress, as outlined on our pricing structure.

Registration includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunches, the cocktail reception at the end of the day, full access to the Congress sessions and exhibition area. Presentations from sessions are also available, subject to speaker approval.

Where can I find the Congress documentation and speaker presentations?

All registered attendees will receive an email with access to documentation and speaker presentations after the Congress*

We will work with our presenters to include as many presentations as possible on our Risk Insights App during the Congress.

*Please note that our speakers often have to gain permission from their relevant compliance departments to release their presentations. On rare occasions compliance may not allow presentations to be distributed.

Will breakfast, lunch and refreshment be provided?

Yes. As with all of our events the Center for Financial Professionals will be providing brilliant coffee, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and smaller bites during the networking breaks.

This will be provided on both days of the Congress.

Will there be opportunities to network with other attendees?

There are ample opportunities for networking and interaction throughout the Congress, such as

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Cocktail reception at the end of the day (Subject to confirmation)
  • Q&A, panel discussions and audience participation technology available through the Risk Insights App
I have several colleagues that would like to attend, is there a group discount?

Certainly! We are pleased to offer you a 50% discount on the third registration or provide a fifth registration for free.

If you would like to register more than five colleagues please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7164 6582

Please note:

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  • The lowest registration will be discounted
Are there opportunities to share my thought-leadership at CECL 2017?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities for the Center for Financial Professionals to share thought-leadership to the attendees of CECL 2017 and our wider risk professionals community.

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Are media partnerships available for CECL 2017?

Yes. As part of a media partnership we can offer a variety of options to increase the branding and awareness of your association, company, certificate, publication or media. We are flexible with what we can offer however we usually:

  • Provide a discounted rate to attend
  • Place your logo and profile on the Congress website
  • Place your logo on the Congress brochure
  • Place your logo on promotional content where applicable
  • Distribute your media/marketing at the Congress
  • Promote through social media channels

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Prerequisites: Knowledge of financial risk management Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation is required Program Level: Intermediate to advanced
Delivery Method: Group-live

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