TSL Feature Articles

  • TSL0123_WorkoutArt Three Keys to a Successful Workout
    Given the relatively low levels of outstanding loan balances and the macro-economic environment over the past couple of years, the number of borrowers/loans that have ended up going into ‘workout’ have been few and far between. PKF Clear Thinking executives provide details on what is needed for a workout to succeed for both lender and borrower
  • SethBenefield_150 Interview with Bank of America’s Seth Benefield
    In this installment of our series of executive interviews, Charlie Perer sits with Seth Benefield, head of Bank of America Business Capital and Asset-Based Financing, to hear his perspective on the state of the ABL market, challenges of running one of the biggest ABL groups, ABL as a product or business, leadership and competition, among other things.
  • CaseyJohnson_Hylant_150 Trade Credit Insurance – More than Insurance
    Dec 1, 2022

    The global trade credit market continues to grow with increased international business opportunities and carriers making trade credit more accessible to the market. You may be asking – what is trade credit insurance? Trade credit insurance (TCI) insures your accounts receivables against losses due to bankruptcy, unforeseen insolvency, or protracted default. But, trade credit insurance is more than just insurance. Once your A/R is insured, it is a secured asset, and can be used to leverage many ROIs.

    Why do companies acquire a trade credit insurance policy? Trade credit can help build a healthy pipeline of new revenue, increase access to capital, prevent a catastrophic loss, and strengthen an organization’s balance sheet. Here are the top four motivating factors for trade credit Insurance.

  • Workout Workshop: A Guide to Navigating Problem Loans
    Nov 28, 2022

    Many ABL professionals have little to no workout or bankruptcy experience thanks to the past ten years of relative calm. This article details the anatomy of an ABL workout and serves as a primer for many readers and a refresher course for more experienced lenders.

  • The Single Group Facility: Simplifying Cross-Border Receivables Finance
    Nov 21, 2022
    In November of 2021, SFNet announced its first Cross-Border Finance Essay Contest, sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd. Members of SFNet’s International Finance and Development Committee judged the essay submissions on content, originality, clarity, structure and overall contribution to furthering and expanding understanding and discourse within the field of cross-border finance. This essay is the first-place essay.

    The authors of the winning essays have been invited to participate on a panel at SFNet’s 78th Annual Convention in Austin, TX, Nov. 9-11. The third place essays were published in the September issue of TSL and the second place winner was published in the October issue. 
  • Michele Ocejo Nonbank Regional Asset-Based Lenders Provide an Overview of their Market
    TSL’s editor-in-chief gathered the heads of several nonbank regional asset-based lenders to discuss the industry from their point of view, including the challenges and opportunities, effects of COVID and their predictions for the upcoming year. 

    The executives interviewed are Tom Cleveland, managing partner, Access Business Finance; Michael Fussell, president, Aegis Business Credit; J. Brad Leach, president & CEO, Lighthouse Financial Corp.; Rhett Rowe, CEO, Great Lakes Business Credit; and Patrick Trammell, founding member and president, Southeastern Commercial Finance.
  • SFNet's 2022 Hall of Fame Profiles
    Nov 10, 2022
    On the following pages, we honor the industry icons who have been inducted into the 2022 SFNet Hall of Fame. We all owe a debt of gratitude to these leaders. Although they represent the industry during various periods of time, they have all made  critical contributions to secured finance and deserve our appreciation for making the industry and our association what it is today.
  • Charlie Perer Interview with Michael Scolaro, BMO Commercial Bank ABL
    Nov 3, 2022
    As part of our series of executive interviews, Charlie Perer sits with Michael Scolaro, managing director and asset based group head for BMO Commercial Bank ABL, to hear his perspective on the state of the BL market, bank vs. non-bank competition, the future of ABL, executive development and competition, among other things.
  • Talk of Wave of Borrower Defaults Overblown
    Nov 1, 2022
    Will the long-predicted wave of defaults come to fruition? Key players in the industry provide their perspectives.
  • Rachel Hersh Factoring 101

    Factoring is an age-old form of financing providing companies with much-needed cash.

    It takes money to make money, as any business owner knows. But many small businesses also know what it’s like to be turned down by a bank for a loan or line of credit, not get as much as they need, or simply not get the cash quickly enough to take advantage of an opportunity.

  • Asset-Based Lending: A Primer
    Oct 11, 2022
    Simply put, asset-based lending (ABL) is a way of lending money to companies. Such loans are made by commercial banks and by specialty finance companies, and loan sizes can range from several hundred thousand to many hundreds of millions of dollars. These loan proceeds are used to assist companies in high-growth, distressed, or sometimes even in start-up situations.
  • Tammen-Jan Field Exam in Changing Times: Fundamentals and Best Practices
    Oct 7, 2022

    Jan Tammen of PNC Business Credit discusses some of the lasting changes to the field exam industry brought on by the pandemic.

  • Michele Ocejo Field Examinations in 2022 and Beyond
    Oct 5, 2022
    TSL’s editor-in-chief interviewed several field exam professionals as well as lenders to get an overview of what lenders should look for, the current challenges and the effects of the pandemic.
  • PNC Business Credit’s DEI Initiatives
    Sep 28, 2022
    After gathering information from various PNC program managers, Eileen Kowalski discusses the DEI initiatives of PNC Bank N.A. and more specifically those of PNC Business Credit.
  • TSL0922_Andréa Sanfilippo_Headshot_150 The Impact of Civil Law on the Growth and Debt Capital Accessibility of Southern European Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    Sep 26, 2022

    In November of 2021, SFNet announced its first Cross-Border Finance Essay Contest, sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd. Members of SFNet’s International Finance and Development Committee judged the essay submissions on content, originality, clarity, structure and overall contribution to furthering and expanding understanding and discourse within the field of cross-border finance. This essay tied for third place.

    The authors of the winning essays have been invited to participate on a panel at SFNet’s 78th Annual Convention in Austin, TX, Nov. 9-11. The second place and first place winners will be published in the October and November issues of The Secured Lender, respectively.

  • Rob Meyers photo Rob Meyers of Republic Business Credit Discusses the Company’s DEI Initiatives
    Sep 15, 2022
    Republic Business Credit is a nationally recognized commercial finance company supporting the working capital requirements of companies nationwide, including private equity and entrepreneurial businesses. Republic provides asset-based lending, ledgered lines of credit, traditional factoring, direct-to-consumer loans, and Fast AR Funding. Republic partners with its clients to provide up to $15 million in senior credit facilities to rapidly growing businesses, start-ups and companies experiencing recoverable distress. Republic was one of two companies that were highly aligned with their employees in the replies to SFNet’s DEI Survey.
  • TSL0922_DIEDERIK VON KÖNIGSLÖW_150 Bed, Bath, and Back to the Supplier: A Supplier’s Right to Reclaim Ownership of Inventory in the Netherlands
    Sep 12, 2022
    In November of 2021, SFNet announced its first Cross-Border Finance Essay Contest, sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd. Members of SFNet’s International Finance and Development Committee judged the essay submissions on content, originality, clarity, structure and overall contribution to furthering and expanding understanding and discourse within the field of cross-border finance. This essay tied for third place.
  • Michele Ocejo Results of SFNet’s Groundbreaking DEI Survey
    SFNet’s DEI Committee, in conjunction with Rutgers University and underwritten by the Secured Finance Foundation and Wells Fargo, released the results of the first-ever DEI Survey, which provides a comprehensive perspective on the current state of diversity, equity and inclusiveness among SFNet member companies.
  • LeeHaskin_Crossroads_Headshot_150 Fighting Misinformation: Don’t believe Everything You Read on the Internet

    Borrowers face an uphill battle when conducting an internet search for capital. Lee Haskin of Crossroads Financial discusses the misinformation out there and offers clarifications concerning certain types of finance products.

  • RichardPaulOrmond Chronic Problems in Cannabis Lending Navigating the Patchwork of Laws, Rulings and Regulations
    The only constant in the cannabis industry is change. This article provides an overview of the latest developments and points out that lenders need a deep understanding of the inconsistent patchwork of laws and regulations and the continuing conflict of law between the states and the federal government before entering this space.

Click on the link below to meet some of the “difference makers” in the secured finance community. This issue of The Secured Lender celebrates those who are having a profound impact on both their communities and their organizations. 

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Previous TSL Articles

  • SFNet’s Emerging Leaders Summit, Mid-Year Roundtables to Offer More Networking Opportunities
    May 1, 2023
    SFNet’s Emerging Leaders Summit (formerly YoPro Leadership Summit) will be held in Florida for the first time since its inception in 2018. This year, SFNet is adding Mid-Year Member Roundtables, a CEO Roundtable (invitation only), and a Chapter Presidents meeting held in conjunction with the Summit, May 22-23, 2023 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL.

    “Our younger members have told us they want to build relationships with cohorts at all levels of experience and influence as well as with their peers,” said Rich Gumbrecht, CEO, SFNet. “So, we tried something new this year by coupling our Mid-Year Member Roundtables and Chapter Presidents meeting with the Emerging Leader Summit. We programmed lots of interconnectivity through social events and shared programming to create a contact-rich environment.”
  • Eileen Wubbe 150x150 SFNet's International Lending Conference to Address Restructuring, Insolvency, M&A Market Review, Private Debt, and More in London
    Apr 17, 2023

    SFNet's International Lending Conference (ILC) brings together some of the most interesting players on the international lending scene for discussions and insights into what lies ahead. This year’s Conference will be held at DLA Piper Offices, May 9-11, 2023.

    “War, energy crisis, high inflation, synchronized interest rate hikes and stagnation in China, should have pushed the European economy in a deep recession,” said economist and journalist, Dr. Mathijs Bouman, who will kick off the Conference. “But, the old continent is more resilient than many feared and the downturn could turn out to be shallow and short-lived. But new challenges lay ahead for European industries: the structurally tight labor market, trade and investment wars and fragmentation of the world economy and the rising costs of climate policy.” 

  • Gen Merritt-Parikh What’s in Fashion for Factoring, 2023
    Apr 10, 2023

    Last year was not the type of “cascade” we thought it would be – at all – as 2022 turned out to be more characterized by a surge of rising rate hikes and new concerns, versus a wave of new deals. Undeterred, we’re back this year to so see what could be infashion for factoring in 2023.

    First on our list, the hot new color for this year – Viva Magenta!

  • “Know Your Borrower” Now Has a New Lens
    Mar 17, 2023
    Longstanding guidance to “know your borrower” is respected for good reason. The recent and unexpected upheaval in the banking and lending sector is triggering a renewed focus on financial risk management relating to borrowers and potential borrowers.

    Banks and lenders need a clear understanding of the treasury-management function and risk-mitigation strategies employed by their borrowers and potential borrowers. As in previous challenging economic environments, the current uncertainty is an unpleasant, but beneficial, reminder to evaluate – or re-evaluate – these important functions and strategies. The Treasury Management Gap Analysis is an essential way to achieve this goal.
  • Abby Parsonnet - 2019 Headshot Catching up with Abby Parsonnet, Head of Asset Based Lending at Webster Bank
    Mar 13, 2023

    Last Fall, Webster Bank announced that Abby Parsonnet was named executive managing director, head of Asset Based Lending (ABL) for Webster Bank. In her role, she oversees the nationwide Asset-Based Lending and Commercial Services teams at Webster, which also includes staffing solutions and factoring. She reports to Chris Motl, president of Commercial Banking.

    As head of ABL, Parsonnet is responsible for continuing Webster’s strong tradition of excellence in delivering customized working capital solutions to middle- market clients and sponsors.  She will lead a team of bankers based in strategic markets nationwide.

    Here, Abby discusses her career, goals in her new role, how the merger with Sterling National Bank helped to expand Webster’s offerings, particularly in ABL and factoring, and more.

  • TSLExpress_Jeff Cunningham_150 The Rise of Seller Financing
    Mar 8, 2023

    In the coming months, be on the lookout for an increase in seller-financed mergers and acquisitions activity. 

    For the last several years, the small and midsized business segment was experiencing increasing purchase price multiples fueled by low interest rates and the available credit made possible by banks’ confidence in a robust economy. Owners of solid businesses – motivated by a desire to close deals before anticipated possible changes in the current tax code – staged auctions and entertained multiple competing all-cash offers. Buyers took advantage of easy credit and low rates to deploy a combination of debt and equity, with debt on the portion of a deal supported by commercial real estate often exceeding 70%. 

  • Burniston Tim image 2023 Wolters Kluwer_150 Wolters Kluwer’s Regulatory & Risk Management Indicator Survey Outlook
    Feb 16, 2023

    TSL Express’ senior editor sat down with Tim Burniston, senior advisor, Regulatory Strategy for Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions to discuss the results of Wolters Kluwer’s Regulatory & Risk Management Indicator Survey. Burniston advises the Wolters Kluwer Governance, Risk, and Compliance executive leadership team and clients on emerging issues, legislative and regulatory developments, and regulatory strategy.

    Now in its tenth year, the Indicator “takes the pulse” of the U.S. banking industry and is based on 10 different factors: compliance, regulatory environmental and risk management factors.  The Regulatory & Risk Management Indicator Survey was conducted between July 27-September 9, 2022, and received 328 responses. Survey respondents are primarily from smaller banks, savings and loan institutions and credit unions. Keeping pace with the volume, scope and breadth of regulatory changes topped the list of key concerns facing U.S. banks, credit unions, and other lenders. To learn more about the survey, click here.


  • Dave Kucera, Capital One Review and Forecast with Capital One's Dave Kucera
    Feb 1, 2023

    As a leading authority and 25-year veteran of the investment and commercial banking sectors, Dave Kucera, head of Capital One’s Financial Institutions Group, sat with TSL Express’ senior editor to discuss best practices for managing market cycles. Including the commercial banking trends to watch out for in 2023 and key steps financial institutions can take to better navigate the current economic landscape. 

  • Eileen Wubbe 150x150 SFNet’s Asset-Based Capital Conference: Attendees Gear Up for “The Great Reboot”
    Jan 9, 2023

    Conference Aims to Set New Strategies for the New World

    Now three years since the onset of the global pandemic, the asset-based capital market, like so many others, finds itself at a new beginning. While the economy and environment continue to shift, the asset-based capital community has taken uncertainty into account for its business plans as it marches into a new year. SFNet’s ABCC theme, “The Great Reboot,” is about setting new strategies for a new world.

    “We’ve been able to bring together some of the best minds in the space to help us put these changes in context and offer practical implications for our business plans going forward,” Rich Gumbrecht, SFNet CEO, said.  I don’t know if we’ve ever had a more august set of speakers.  You’ll want to take good notes.”

  • SFNet Reports Confidence in Asset-Based Lending Market
    Dec 19, 2022

    The third quarter saw continued confidence in the asset-based lending market, according to data released by the Secured Finance Network, and that was welcome news as the country wrestles with inflation, rising interest rates and a slowed economy.

    SFNet surveyed bank and non-bank asset-based lenders (ABLs) on key indicators for its quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index and SFNet Confidence Index.