Our Team

Mahesh K. Kotecha, C.F.A., President

Mahesh K. KotechaMr. Kotecha is President and founder of Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC). For ten years prior to forming SCIC, he was a Managing Director of MBIA Insurance Corporation, CapMAC and CapMAC Asia and an Alternate Director of ASIA Ltd. (Singapore), which he helped found. Prior to focusing on Asia, Mr. Kotecha's responsibilities at MBIA included US deal origination and deal execution, involving such underlying collateral as student loans, home equity loans, trade receivables and other corporate and consumer assets and such financing instruments as Asset Backed Commercial Paper, Term Debt, and Collateralized Debt Obligations. Before joining CapMAC, Mr. Kotecha was a Senior Vice President and Director for Market Analysis and Product Development in the Asset Finance Department at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Mr. Kotecha led Kidder into the UK mortgage backed securities markets, structured the first public Collateralized Bond Obligation, advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its first credit ratings and co-managed a $1.1 billion financing for Turkey.

Until 1987, Mr. Kotecha worked for Standard & Poor's Corporation (S&P), where he founded and headed the international public sector credit ratings practice, with responsibility for all credit ratings on non-US municipalities, sovereign governments, supranational borrowers as well as European and Japanese financial institutions and industrial companies owned or largely controlled by national or regional governments. In Africa, he led the team that did the first ratings of African Development Bank and in Latin America, he led the initiative to provide the first ratings of Mexico, including Nafinsa. He also founded and headed S&P's international structured finance group to provide ratings for structured products originating outside the US. Prior to joining S&P, Mr. Kotecha worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he introduced the concept of loan sampling in the supervision process, helped implement the shared national credit program and helped foreign central banks invest their dollar reserves in the US capital markets. Previously he worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for three years.

Mr. Kotecha holds a Master's degree in management (1974) from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and a Bachelor's degree in physics and engineering (1970) from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont California. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (1985), has been listed in Who's Who in America and is a member of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations, where he was an Adjunct Senior Fellow (1999 - 2002) and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors' Advisory Committee on Africa. He served on the Corporate Council on Africa's Commission on Capital Flows (2002-2003) and is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the East African Development Bank and the Bretton Woods Committee. Mr. Kotecha is a partner and a former Board member of BRC Investor Services (a Colombian rating agency) and currently serves on its Rating Committee.

Sharon Ryan, Senior Financial Advisor

Sharon RyanMs. Ryan is a former investment banker with broad experience in debt and equity financings for US and non-US clients, both in developed and developing markets. At Lehman Brothers and HSBC, she structured asset securitizations and other debt capital markets transactions and provided credit ratings advice in connection with such financings, notably the first time securitizations of utility receivables and commercial vehicle receivables. In the developing markets, she structured a pre-export financing vehicle for a Latin American supranational and an export receivables securitization for a Mexican auto parts manufacturer. In equity capital markets at HSBC, she structured and placed Rule 144A US tranches of global equity issues for companies in India, Hungary, Ghana, Thailand, and Mexico.

Ms. Ryan's experience also includes work at: Capital Re Management Corporation, a financial guarantee reinsurance company, where she developed underwriting guidelines for reinsurance of securitized transactions; Standard & Poor's, where she was instrumental in developing the criteria and due diligence methodologies for rating the first US non-mortgage asset backed securities (e.g., securities backed by equipment finance and automobile loan receivables), the first commercial paper funded conduits, as well as bank supported ratings and credit enhanced preferred stock; and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she was an Examiner in the Bank Holding Company area of the Supervision and Regulation Department specializing in the analysis of the non-banking operations of money center bank holding companies.

Ms. Ryan holds an MBA from Pace University, an MA in social sciences from Columbia University and BS in social psychology from Cornell University. She is also a member of the Rating Committee of BRC Investor Services (a Colombian rating agency).

Roy P. Weinberger, Senior Financial Advisor

Roy P. WeinbergerRoy P. Weinberger focuses on credit risk and ratings, advising both institutional investors and issuers of debt securities. Mr. Weinberger is also a partner and a member of the Rating Committee of BRC Investor Services S.A., a credit rating agency based in Bogota, Colombia, and a director of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Palladium Consulting Sdn Bhd. As a Senior Advisor to SCIC, he has worked on a number of credit advisory assignments since the firm’s founding in 1999. Mr. Weinberger has held senior positions with two international rating organizations. As Director of International Business Development at Thomson Financial BankWatch, he contributed significantly to the formation of new rating agencies in the emerging markets of Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe, and provided ongoing technical support and training, including participation on rating committees. Previously, as Managing Director - Corporate Ratings with Standard & Poor's Corporation, he conceived and initiated the now common concepts of "CreditWatch" and "Credit Outlooks," prepared the first guide to rating agency practices ever published, and developed the first platform for electronic delivery of ratings and analyses. In earlier assignments with S&P, he managed the firm's industrial, utility and financial institutions rating activities and its entry into new rating areas, including international and structured finance. Mr. Weinberger was intimately involved in the formation and organization of S&P’s first international ratings joint venture in partnership with the Stockholm School of Economics. Mr. Weinberger is a past president and director of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc. and is a member of The New York Society of Security Analysts. On NYSSA’s behalf, he developed a course on Corporate Credit Analysis – Concepts and Techniques. He holds a Master degree in Business Policy from Columbia University, New York.

Roger P. Nye, Ph.D., Senior Financial Advisor

Roger P. NyeDr. Nye is a former rating agency analyst from Moody's Investors Service's public sector unit where he specialized in sovereign and municipal ratings. Previously he headed the international evaluation department at Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles and was responsible for evaluating foreign investment projects from the standpoint of country risk. Mr. Nye has spent thirty years assessing the economic and political factors that affect growth, stability and financial health of governments and financial institutions around the world. In recent years he has advised central banks in Egypt, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Moldova, and Tanzania on regulatory matters. He has published more than three dozen articles and books on investment related topics and addressed numerous public and private forums on sovereign and municipal finance. His degrees include a Ph.D. in international relations from Washington University and a B.A. in political science from Williams College.

Donna M. Davis, Senior Financial Advisor

Donna M. DavisMs. Davis has been an independent consultant for the past five years advising investment banking boutiques, mortgage brokerage firms, overseas real estate developers, and bond insurers on emerging market securitizations and structured financings. Her expertise includes CLOs, transactions backed by overseas workers' remittances, export-backed loans, future flows, IFC "B" loans, synthetic products, and international trade receivables. Previously, she worked for two years each at Banco Santander Investment Securities Inc. on Latin American securitizations and at Asset Guaranty Insurance Company, where she executed one of the first overseas workers' check remittances securitizations. Prior to Banco Santander, Ms.Davis worked at McGraw Hill / Standard & Poor's, where over ten years her responsibilities broadened to include the areas of bank credit ratings for Scandinavia, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, and Spain as well as emerging market structured finance ratings. Ms. Davis holds as B.B.A. in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has advanced Spanish language proficiency.

Senior International Advisors

Mr. Jannik Lindbaek, Former Chairman (Non-Executive) of Den norske Bank and former Executive Vice President of International Finance Corporation and former Chairman of Statoil.

Mr. John B. Caouette, Former Vice Chairman of MBIA Insurance Corp., a New York based, triple-A rated financial guarantee company.

Mr. Alex Lam, a former Managing Director, Center Solutions, a former Managing Director of ASIA Ltd. and CFO of CapMAC.

Mr. Andre Cappon, President of CBM Group, an international strategic planning and risk management advisory firm based in New York.

Mr. David Meachin, Chairman and CEO of Cross Border Enterprises, L.L.C., a New York-based international merchant bank providing private equity, advisory and investment management services.

Mr. S. Melvin Rines, a former Managing Director of Kidder Peabody & Co., where he specialized in US public finance as well as international financial institutions and sovereign governments.
Mission Statement

Private sector and government-owned financial institutions and corporations currently face enormous challenges in gaining access to global capital markets...read more