Date: May 30, 2018

Interest Rate Risk: Changing the Game (A)(F)

Session Description

Interest rate hedging has a number of new twists. Companies are revisiting interest rate risk for the first time post-crisis after a more sustained climate of Fed rate hikes. LIBOR replacement is being solidified, impacting loans and hedges alike. New opportunities from changes in accounting standards have also played a role in the economic financial risk management strategies being employed. This session will focus on how companies have been navigating the current landscape of interest rate hedging, and the key factors to consider now.


This session will cover the following learning objectives:


  • Understand how changes in the market landscape affect risk management (LIBOR replacement, current rate environment, M&A activity) 
  • Understand how changes to hedge accounting standards are impacting risk management strategies
  • Evaluate common challenges in managing interest rate risk (resources, pricing, counterparty relationship management).


Speaker Information

Amanda Breslin leads Chatham’s Corporate Treasury Advisory group, advising corporate clients on risk management strategy, analysis, and execution with respect to interest rate, currency exchange rate, and commodities exposures. During her tenure at Chatham, Amanda has developed broad hedging experience advising corporate clients on complex FX hedging strategies, and advising real estate clients on issues pertaining to REIT structures and in navigating the process of collateral substitutions. Prior to joining Chatham, Amanda was an officer in the Army serving in both Germany and Afghanistan. 


Amanda received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She also holds a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has earned the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).


Brian Hockenberry joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2008 as an Associate to develop a Corporate Treasury team to support the newly formed company resulting from the spin-off of the commercial business.  In his current role as Assistant Treasurer & Director of the Global Treasury and Insurance Risk Management functions, his area of experience and focus includes: capital structure strategy and compliance, global cash management, internal controls over treasury operations, interest rate and foreign exchange risk mitigation, share repurchase activity and equity transaction support and stock compensation disbursement in addition to all insurance related activity including: cyber, professional liability, directors & officers, fiduciary and property & casualty. 

Brain started his career in retail banking as Branch Manager with First Virginia Bank.  Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, he held similar treasury roles with American Management Systems, ManTech International and Deltek Systems, where he led treasury and risk management functions.   

Brian holds a BS in Business Management and Economics from Shepherd University, is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals and has over 17 years of experience.  

Ryan Ross joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2016 as a Lead Associate with a specialized focus on Capital Markets while also overseeing Treasury Operations. In his current role as Senior Associate, much of his efforts are focused on capital structure, interest rate and FX risk management, compliance (Credit Agreement), forecasting, and global cash management.


Ryan has 13 years of experience within Treasury. He started his career on the Fed Funds desk at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh managing reserve requirements. Prior to coming to Booz Allen Hamilton, he’s been Assistant Treasurer at two private DC companies- LivingSocial and Blackboard-building out those treasury functions from both an operational and capital markets perspective.


Ryan holds a BS in Finance from Penn State University and a CTP designation from the Association for Financial Professionals. 

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