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The Tides They Are A’–Changin’

By the Olden Lane Team, 7/11/22

The combination of IRS administered stimulus checks (issued in April 2020, December 2020, and March 2021) and historically low interest rates meant credit unions were flush with shares. Moreover, accommodative Federal Reserve policies ensured that anomalously low interest payments were required for credit unions to maintain these shares. Credit unions of all sizes enjoyed abnormally high share growth following the stimulus payments. In fact, the six quarters from Q2 2020 to Q3 2021 represented each of the top six quarters of share growth for the average credit union since the start of data in 1998. Leaving no doubt as to causation, the industry’s initial uptick corresponds directly to the issuance of the first stimulus check, and the peak in 2021 Q1 corresponds to when the deposits of the latter two stimulus checks were likely processed.

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To Dividend or Not to Dividend

By Mike Macchiarola, CEO of Olden Lane and V. Eric Pointer, President and CEO of the Credit Union of Texas, 3/11/22

As the books closed on 2021, the industry was treated to the traditional flurry of credit union special dividend awards announcements. Against this backdrop, we asked a fundamental question: what should motivate a credit union’s special dividend policy?

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Reflections on our time at CUNA GAC 2022

By Mike Macchiarola, CEO 3/04/22

My team and I had the great pleasure of attending CUNA GAC 2022 this year. It was wonderful to be able to reconnect with friends and associates whom I hadn’t had a chance to see since the global pandemic scattered us and forced our connections to become digital. The conference also provided a time to reflect and take stock of the industry I spend every day immersed in. Below are my key takeaways from CUNA GAC.

1. The Credit Union Business is a People Business – The return of an in-person CUNA GAC was a welcomed development on so many levels. Chief among them, however, was the good feeling that comes from being in the presence of other industry leaders and their ideas, collegiality and personality. One cannot help but imagine that a similar human interaction is taking place at the 5,000 credit unions across the country. It was inspiring to see so many credit union people being well and doing well.

2. The Credit Union Business is Not Getting Easier – Competition is coming fast and furious. Aside from the traditional channels, credit unions are being called upon to manage the complexity that comes from dynamic fintech developments. The pandemic has also changed the habits and expectations of members. And, credit unions have to remain as vigilant as ever to remain responsive to these needs. The choices that credit unions are making today will dictate their level of success for the foreseeable future.

3. Regulation is Not Lightening Up – As we move on from the pandemic, the primary regulator will be taking stock of how each credit union fared. The return to in-person exams will be an adjustment for the regulator and credit unions alike. In addition, the CFPB is also waiting in the wings to bring its version of proper oversight.

4. Interest Rates Will Be Moving – It is clear that there will be interest rate volatility for the foreseeable future. This means that credit unions need to be prepared to understand, manage and hedge those risks. While the NCUA has encouraged credit unions to pay greater attention, we are fearful that too few are prepared.

While the times are not easy, and do not look to be getting any easier, I look forward with optimism to the path and growth of the credit union movement. My team and I cannot wait to play our role in the coming years.

-MM

The Treasury’s emergency capital investment plan is a real boost to 85 credit unions

By Mike Macchiarola, CEO and Eli Krahn, Associate, 1/10/22

In December 2020, as part of its COVID relief package, Congress created the Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP) to encourage low- and moderate-income (LMI) community financial institutions to augment their efforts to support small businesses and consumers in their communities. The program is limited to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs). Treasury formally launched the ECIP in March 2021…

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Credit unions gird for M&A, piling up 69% more secondary capital YOY

By Lauren Seay and Zuhaib Gull, 8/23/21

U.S. credit unions are building a war chest for more M&A in what is already shaping up to be a banner year for deal-making.

Total outstanding uninsured secondary capital for U.S. credit unions surged roughly 69% in the second quarter to $533.8 million, up from $315.7 million in the year-ago period. Secondary capital consists of uninsured loans — from banks, other credit unions or socially conscious investment pools including foundations and endowments — that credit unions can assume and classify as net worth on their balance sheets with regulatory approval.

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Armed with secondary capital, more credit unions aim to buy banks

By Lauren Seay, 8/1/21

Credit unions remain on the hunt for bank acquisitions, and a bank with $500 million to $1 billion in total assets could trade as early as this week, one deal adviser said.

A growing number of credit unions are using secondary capital to expand their deal capacity. One such institution, Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Alabama CU, said Aug. 5 that it plans to acquire Jasper, Ala.-based Security Federal Savings Bank in an all-cash deal. The tie-up marks the sixth credit union acquisition of a bank announced this year…

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Eli Krahn, Associate

The most recent member of the Olden Lane team, Eli has significant input on the design and refinement of our financial models. He previously interned in various roles within the private equity and investment banking space.

Eli received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University where he graduated with honors with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and a minor in Finance. He holds the Series 79 license.

Larry Rascio, Head of Fixed Income Trading

Larry is the Head of Fixed Income Trading at Olden Lane. Before joining Olden Lane, Larry was the Head of Trading at Arq Advisors, a boutique brokerage firm offering advisory, investment banking, capital raising, and securities trading services to institutional clients. Larry joined Arq from XP Investments, where he served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of the US Fixed Income and Asset Management Divisions.

​Prior to his tenure at XP, Larry was a Co-Founding Principal and Portfolio Manager for STRM Capital Management, LLC, a commodity trading advisor. There, he served as Head of Trading and Lead Developer overseeing all front-office functions including execution, portfolio construction, platform optimization, and model design for a systematic managed futures fund. During his time at STRM Capital, Larry developed and executed a clear, disciplined, and sustainable investment process for the firm’s short-term multi-model systemic and blended portfolios. Between 2013-2018, his process produced returns of 109%.

​Larry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, with a special focus on genome mapping, from Syracuse University in 1994. He holds the Series 7, 63, and 3 designations.

David Greenberg, Head of Advisory Solutions

David Greenberg is the Head of Advisory Services at Olden Lane. Before joining Olden Lane, David spearheaded the funding solutions practice at Lucid Management and Capital, an RIA providing short-term investment products and solutions to institutional clients. David joined Lucid from EA Markets, an independent investment bank, where he advised multiple clients on derivatives and risk management.

Prior to his tenure at EA, David was the founder and President of C-Suite Associates, a derivative and investment consulting firm. There, he provided hedging and related advisory services to specialty finance companies, major investment banks, and other institutions. David’s experience also includes senior roles at Pacific Global Advisors, Deutsche Bank Securities, JP Morgan and Barclays.

David received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. David holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

John McHugh, Lead Financial Analyst

John manages the Firm’s financial analysis and modeling to support Olden Lane’s client services. Prior to joining Olden Lane, John worked at Goldman Sachs Group for over 20 years where he held various accounting and operations roles. Most recently, John acted in CFO/COO roles for various mortgage and credit related businesses at Goldman. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, John was an audit manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the firm’s Investment Management Services group. John holds the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Fairfield University.

Peter Marquardt, Partner

Peter is a Partner of Olden Lane and has served as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer since its inception. One of Olden Lane’s early investors is The LeoGroup, LLC, where Peter previously served as the Chief Operating Officer. Peter brings over 30 years of broad-based financial services experience managing many business aspects of both investment advisory and broker dealer firms. As CCO, Peter provides guidance to ensure proper operational and regulatory controls for the firm.

Prior to joining Olden Lane, Peter was the Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer for FCG Advisors, LLC and FCG Wealth Management, LLC. Peter also enjoyed 25 years managing multiple business lines for firms including Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab and Spear, Leads & Kellogg.

​Peter received a B.A. from Lehigh University and a Masters Certificate in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. He also holds the Certified Securities Compliance Professional (CSCP) designation from the National Society of Compliance Professionals and the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. Peter holds Series 4, 7, 63, 24, 79 and 99 licenses.

Dan Prezioso, Partner

Dan’s advice and counsel is sought after by many of the country’s leading credit unions. Dan is a transactional attorney with significant experience on a wide range of financial products and investment vehicles. He is deeply involved in Olden Lane’s subordinated debt efforts, overseeing the preparation of regulatory submissions for the Firm’s credit union clients. Dan manages many of the Firm’s external relationships and interactions with regulators. He is also responsible for several of Olden Lane’s new ventures, including ongoing efforts to provide credit unions with highly customized assets and selective Fintech solutions.

Prior to joining Olden Lane, Dan was the Associate General Counsel at the Equinox Financial Group in Princeton, New Jersey, where he provided the primary legal coverage for the firm’s registered investment adviser and affiliated broker dealer and oversaw the legal and compliance needs of mutual funds and commodity pools with assets over $1.7 billion.

Prior to joining Equinox, Dan was an associate in the world-renowned Structured Products and Derivatives Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he worked extensively with bank issuers of structured notes and drafted a wide variety of trading and financing related documentation.

Dan received his J.D. magna cum laude from Seton Hall Law School and his B.A. cum laude from the University of Maryland. He holds the Series 3 and 7 licenses.

Michael Kochmann, Partner and COO

Mike is a Partner of Olden Lane Inc. He oversees the firm’s operations, its financial models, and its Unit Investment Trust platform. Mike’s expertise is sought after by credit unions on issues ranging from balance sheet and funding strategies to risk-based capital, merger, and acquisition financing, and CFDI and LICU designation. His analysis and collaboration with credit unions has been foundational to some of the most significant funding and merger and acquisition activities in the credit union industry over the past several years.

Prior to founding Olden Lane, Mike was a Director at BlackRock, where he oversaw the establishment and maintenance of proprietary portfolios. He also served as Managing Director and Head of Unit Investment Trusts for Citigroup/Citi Smith Barney for more than ten years. In this role, he led strategic planning, operations, sales, marketing, investment management, and risk management for the organization’s Unit Investment Trust Department. Mike also coordinated UIT distribution through a global broker/dealer network. He was responsible for the underwriting and SEC registration of all UITs in compliance with the 1940 Act. Mike spent twenty years with Merrill Lynch, ultimately serving as Director and Head of Sales and Secondary Market, where he led the strategic planning, development, marketing, and sales throughout Merrill Lynch. Mike attended the State University of New York at Plattsburg, where he was an Economics major.

Eli Krahn, Associate

The most recent member of the Olden Lane team, Eli has significant input on the design and refinement of our financial models. He previously interned in various roles within the private equity and investment banking space.

 

Eli received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and a minor in Finance. He holds the Series 79 license.

Michael Macchiarola, CEO

A trusted advisor to credit unions across the country, Mike is a seasoned transactional attorney and financial product structurer with significant experience in law and academia. As the CEO of Olden Lane Inc., Mike oversees the activities of the Firm’s broker dealer and registered investment advisor. Mike also coordinates the distribution efforts of Olden Lane’s subordinated debt transactions, having managed some of the industry’s largest and most complex deals over the last several years.

Prior to joining Olden Lane, Mike was a Managing Director for Product Development at Equinox Financial Solutions, where he designed and structured several first-of-their-kind products. Mike also served as a Distinguished Lecturer at City University of New York, with responsibilities at both the CUNY Law School and Queens College. Prior to his time as a professor, he was a Special Counsel at Cadwalader, representing broker-dealers, banks and large hedge funds and managing the registered shelf offerings of several large banks. Mike began his financial services career as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he traded equities, derivatives, and synthetics.

Mike earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and his A.B. from College of The Holy Cross. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School and St. Francis College, where he previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees. Mike speaks at credit union conferences and is a regular contributor to credit union trade journals. In addition, his academic writings have been published in some of the country’s leading legal and business journals, including the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Virginia Law and Business Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation. Mike holds Series 3, 4, 7, 24, 52, 53 and 63 licenses.