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NextGen Network

Next Gen’s mission is to establish a forum for the exclusive benefit of junior, working professionals in the fund finance industry ranging from entry level positions to Vice Presidents and Senior Associates. This collective of bankers, private market professionals, lawyers and others related to the fund finance industry, will gather to share market insights and benefit from educational, networking, and mentorship opportunities in an engaging atmosphere. Next Gen, established in 2018, will continue to host events in London and New York City. Events will include educational seminars, networking socials, and industry panels, which will be collectively aimed at achieving Next Gen’s goal of developing the junior professionals to be future leaders of the industry.

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2024 NextGen Member of the Year Award Recipient
Annabella Kwei - Stifel Bank
nnabella Kwei, Vice President at Stifel Bank, has been selected as this years Fund Finance Association’s NextGen member of the year! Annabella is an emerging leader and mentor who is deeply dedicated to the fund finance industry. She is actively involved in the Fund Finance Association as part of the US leadership team for our NextGen group and contributes significantly to WFF initiatives and events. Renowned for her collaborative spirit and caring nature, Annabella is responsive to both clients and colleagues. She was elected to ACG New York Women's and Forward Committees, furthering her commitment to empowerment and growth within the industry. Additionally, Annabella is a member of Gaingels, embodying her dedication to diversity and inclusion. With her trajectory and commitment, Annabella's career is one to watch as she continues to make strides in the industry. Congratulations Annabella!

US Committee

Bolton, Shen Mei (Sidley Austin LLP)
Shen Mei Bolton
Managing Associate

Sidley Austin LLP

Casey, Sara (AB Private Credit Investors)
Sara Casey

AB Private Credit Investors

Kwei, Annabella (Stifel Bank)
Annabella Kwei
Vice President

Stifel Bank

McLelland, Ashlea (TPG)
Ashlea McLelland
Senior Manager


Severo, Jordan (EverBank)
Jordan Severro
Fund Finance Analyst


EMEA Committee

Akad, Gul (Simmons-Simmons)
Gül Akad
Supervising Associate

Simmons and Simmons

Andrews, Greg (ANZ)
Greg Andrews
Associate Director


Buckett, Joel (Deutsche Bank Wealth Management)
Joel Buckett
Vice President

Deutsche Bank

Fuller, Emily (Haynes Boone)
Emily Fuller

Haynes Boone

Lai, Jessica (Blackstone)
Jessica Lai


Malik, Billal (Citibank)
Billal Malik


Wilding, Ross (Walkers)
Ross Wilding
Senior Associate


Quantin, Pierre-Henry (Corinthia)
Pierre-Henry Quantin

Corinthia Global Management Limited

Cotter, Ed (NLC)
Ed Cotter
Senior Associate


Dang, Phuong (Avardi Partners)
Phuong Dang

Avadri Partners

Fildes, Matthew (RB)
Matthew Fildes
Vice President

Raiffeisen Bank Intl.

Popova, Iuliia (Glas Agency)
Iuliia Popova
Business Development Associate

Glas Agency

APAC Committee

Carter, Natalie (Walkers)
Natalie Carter
Co-Chair APAC


Adrian Chiang
Adrian Chiang
Co-Chair APAC

Allen & Overy

Eriksson, Victoria (Ashurst)
Victoria Eriksson
Co-Chair APAC


Basu, Somdatta (ING)
Somdatta Basu
Director, Fund Finance APAC, Financial Institutions


Chow, Karen  (East West Bank)
Karen Chow
First Vice President, Private Equity

East West Bank

Pui Yee Lai
Pui Yee Lai
Lawyer, Banking and Finance


Tsoi, Emily (Jones Day)
Emily Tsoi

Jones Day

Shutian Xu
Shutian Xu
Manager, Financial Institutions Department

Bank of China