awbury leadership

Alex Dubitsky (alex.dubitsky@awbury.com) has been with the company since its inception in 2010. He is responsible for Awbury’s strategic direction and core relationships, and leads the company’s key expansion initiatives. Alex also serves on the board of Awbury and its group companies. Prior to joining Awbury, Alex was a Managing Director at both Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, where he built a number of successful ventures, including insurance businesses in both the credit and life and longevity areas. Mr. Dubitsky led and served on the boards of multiple financial services and insurance companies in the US, Ireland and Bermuda. Prior to his experiences in the insurance space, Alex was a member of the emerging markets group at Credit Suisse, and practiced law for several years at the Washington DC offices of Hogan Lovells. Mr. Dubitsky holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School and an MBA from University of Chicago.

David Ensor (david.ensor@awbury.com) is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of Awbury Insurance Ltd.’s operations, supported by Awbury’s key advisors and service providers, including policy issuance, management accounting, governance and regulatory compliance. He also chairs the Underwriting and Binding Committee.

Prior to joining Awbury, David held the position of global Chief Credit Officer for Chartis (AIG). In that role, he was responsible for the control, approval and management of all credit risk assumed by any Chartis business units in over 130 countries, including captives, political risk, reinsurance, surety and trade credit. David was also the global “Risk Expert” for credit risk within the firm’s Enterprise Risk Management Group and managed a portfolio of credit risk exposures totaling c.$200BN. Before assuming his role at Chartis in 2009, David was responsible for all credit risk taken by AIG in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and a member of its 10 person global sovereign-rating committee.

David read Law at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and has a MA from the University of Cambridge. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London, and has over 35 years of broad international experience in the financial services industry.

David Goldman (david.goldman@awbury.com) is responsible for Awbury’s new product development, implementation and execution.

Prior to joining the firm Mr. Goldman spent 11 years at Credit Suisse where he built a career designing solutions for clients in the insurance and reinsurance markets, as well as asset managers with a focus on structured credit and longevity risk. David’s years of experience in structuring, risk analysis, and relationship management, together with his intimate knowledge of the drivers of value in both the banking and insurance sectors, allow Awbury to design products that meet the needs of insureds while ensuring strict alignment of interests between all parties. David has served on the boards of multiple regulated insurance financing entities, and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, including the establishment of offshore debt issuance vehicles and the launch of several international specialized investment funds.

Mr. Goldman graduated cum laude with a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Kaplan (andrew.kaplan@awbury.com) is Awbury’s Chief Risk Officer, overseeing all of the firm’s underwriting functions and risk decisions.

Mr. Kaplan has been actively managing risk and building financial services businesses since 1990. His experience in trading and risk management extends across both credit (structured and illiquid) and insurance products. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Kaplan was a Managing Director at JPMorgan. During his tenure at the firm, he was responsible for the successful development and implementation of risk management and operational systems, which were held to the standards and satisfaction of both the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and the FSA. Among other things, Mr. Kaplan served on the board of a leading industry trade association. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Andrew co-founded the longevity trading business at Credit Suisse. Previous experience includes 10 years of trading and managing illiquid fixed income derivatives risk within the emerging markets units of Credit Suisse and JPMorgan.

Mr. Kaplan received his MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickenson University and his B.S. in engineering from Cornell University.

Koby Feingold (koby.feingold@awbury.com) has been General Counsel for Awbury Group since 2012, and is responsible for the firm’s legal, compliance and regulatory functions. Koby serves on AIL’s Underwriting and Binding Committee. Mr. Feingold joined Awbury after working at Dewey & LeBoeuf’s insurance group, where he focused on corporate transactions and regulatory matters involving insurance companies. Koby has significant experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance transactions, complex restructurings and structured finance transactions. Prior to joining Dewey & LeBoeuf and its predecessor firm, Koby served as a law intern for The Honorable T.S. Ellis III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Feingold received his J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Nick Meynell (nick.meynell@awbury.com) is the Managing Director of Awbury UK Limited.

Nick is responsible for Awbury’s outward reinsurance program and originating clients for the insurer’s European-related business. He joined Awbury UK Limited in 2015 from Marsh Ltd, where he focused on structuring and placing Awbury Insurance Ltd’s reinsurance facilities as well as facultative placements.

Nick has more than 25 years of experience working with insurers and banks. Prior to his service at Marsh Ltd, he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International where he was responsible for hedging all longevity risk emanating from their buy in/buy out pension business. From 2007 – 2010, Nick, working through his own US based company, focused on structuring insurance and reinsurance protection for the life and longevity businesses at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and J P Morgan. Prior to that, Nick worked for Willis in the US and UK structuring and placing Political Risk and Credit insurance protection for major US and European banks.

Nick is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Joseph Curran (joseph.curran@awbury.com) is Awbury’s Chief Operating Officer.

Joseph Curran has over 20 years of experience in technology and finance, and serves as Awbury’s Chief Operating Officer. Joe’s prior experience includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer or Chief Technology Officer for numerous firms within the alternative investment space, including Sivik Global Healthcare, Traxis Partners and Wexford Capital.

Joe has led major business integration and transformation projects and has first-hand experience providing solutions to the operational and technological challenges faced by financial organizations. He has expertise in risk management, budgeting, cost controls, business continuity, security and financial modeling.

Joe has a B.S. in Mathematics from New York University, a B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union and a M.S. in Engineering from Binghamton University.

John Mawe (john.mawe@awbury.com) is responsible for transaction structuring, execution and new product development.

John has over 25 years of financial markets experience, primarily focused on structured finance. Prior to joining Awbury, John was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in charge of origination, structuring, and distribution of structured debt obligations. His past roles have included similar positions with Prudential Securities and Citicorp Mortgage Securities. Mr. Mawe began his career as a licensed CPA with Coopers & Lybrand, auditing broker dealers and mortgage companies, and was a founding member of the firm’s securitization practice.

Mr. Mawe is a CFA charter holder and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and earned a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jay Cahill (jay.cahill@awbury.com) focuses on the underwriting and ceded buying functions at Awbury.

Prior to joining Awbury, Jay was SVP Underwriting and Global Head of Credit & Financial Lines at Renaissance Reinsurance in Bermuda. In over a decade of business unit leadership at RenRe, Jay built up a financial risk portfolio from $20M to $400M in premium and earned a market leadership position, especially in mortgage and specialty credit. Jay was also the lead ceded buyer for the Casualty & Specialty segment, including programs specific to trade credit, surety bond, political risk, mortgages, financial guaranty, and bank capital solutions. Prior to graduate school, Jay was a private equity associate at TA Associates in Menlo Park, CA. Jay started his career in the investment banking analyst program at UBS Warburg Dillion Read in San Francisco, CA.

Jay holds a master’s degree with thesis distinction from Haas UC-Berkeley in financial engineering, and a BA degree magna cum laude from Boston College in computer science.

Jeff Huffman (jeff.huffman@awbury.com) is a member of Awbury’s transaction structuring, execution and new product development team, based in Greenwich, CT.

Jeff was previously at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director and responsible for Credit Structuring across Goldman’s credit trading businesses. Earlier he headed Goldman’s Correlation and Credit structuring group where he originated, structured, priced and marketed single tranche and full capital structure CDO transactions for global insurance, re-insurance, pension and hedge fund investors. Prior to this Jeff held a variety of senior positions in the credit and derivative businesses at both Goldman and JP Morgan in London and New York with a focus on derivatives along with structured and securitized credit offerings and new product development. Mr. Huffman also worked with Nephila Advisors focusing on climate and renewable energy opportunities.

Mr. Huffman graduated magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a BBA in accounting and economics.

Emil Petrov (emil.petrov@awbury.com) is a Managing Director of Awbury UK Limited responsible for origination and structuring in Awbury’s London office.

Emil joined Awbury from Nomura where, as Head of Capital Solutions EMEA, he was responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of non-dilutive capital transactions such as bank Additional Tier 1 and Tier 2 as well as loss-absorbing MREL/TLAC-compliant debt, strategic liability management and FIG rating advisory. Prior to that, Emil was part of Lehman Brothers’ capital solutions team which introduced the tax-deductible Tier 1 product in Europe. Emil started his banking career as a risk management analyst and junior trader at the interest rates derivatives desk of ING Bank in Amsterdam.

Emil holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a BA (Hons.) from the European Business School, Regent’s University London and a Corporate Finance Qualification from The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Gunnar Hoest (gunnar.hoest@awbury.com) is responsible for managing Awbury’s business in the Asia Pacific region, and business involving natural resources and commodities globally. Gunnar has 22 years of financial markets experience across credit derivatives, commodities, structured finance, and emerging markets. Prior to joining Awbury, he was the Managing Director of GX Resources Pte. Ltd, a structured commodity finance business in Singapore focused on the petroleum, industrial metals, and dry bulk sectors. He previously held positions as Managing Director, Head of Commodities (Asia Pacific) at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas, and before that was Head of Structured Credit Derivatives (Asia Pacific) at Credit Suisse.  Early in his career, Gunnar was a credit derivatives trader in Credit Suisse’s Emerging Markets Group in New York and London.

Gunnar has been based in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore) since 2003, and has developed a broad regional network across banks, corporates, asset managers and institutional investors. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science and a M.Eng. in Computer Science from MIT.

B. Schuyler Edwards (schuyler.edwards@awbury.com) has been with the company since its inception in 2010. Schuyler spent five years with Credit Suisse in its Longevity Markets Group, focusing on asset origination and portfolio management. Schuyler was responsible for pricing, execution and maintenance of a $10 billion portfolio of complex insurance assets. He also played a key role in establishing best in class control processes for origination, servicing and claims management for the group.

Prior to his front office experience, Mr. Edwards was a member of Credit Suisse’s Legal and Compliance Department supporting fixed income businesses. Schuyler has extensive international experience having spent two years in Chennai, India managing a 150 person outsourced servicing team and 1.5 years in Beijing, China as part of the legal team at Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency Ltd.

Mr. Edwards attended Michigan State University.

Sokha Au-Ferris (sokha.auferris@awbury.com) is responsible for Awbury’s accounting, controls, and treasury functions, including financial and regulatory reporting, compliance, forecasting and planning, and premium and expense management.

Prior to joining Awbury, Mrs. Au-Ferris was a VP, FP&A with Torus Insurance, where she developed the financial and business planning activities for the group’s US operations, and managed special projects including the SOX and ERM implementation for Torus Americas segment. Sokha has previously worked for Endurance Reinsurance, where she managed the annual SOX attestation, and focused on development of process improvements and best practices, as well as risk management. Before focusing on (re)insurance, Mrs. Au-Ferris started her finance career at Deloitte LLP in the United Kingdom. Sokha is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a member of ISACA and the AFP.

Mrs. Au-Ferris graduated cum laude with distinction with a B.A. in psychology from Yale University.