Aperio Associates’ professional workforce development program for commercial
finance professionals offers a unique combination of practical instruction,
designed to maximize the skill level of workshop participants, with
coaching, designed to improve the ability of workshop participants to
incorporate the content of the workshops into the policies and procedures of
their organizations. Examples of recent workshops, described
below, show how cutting edge content, combined with coaching, work in
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Loan officers are the public face of a finance company. They are
responsible for selling transactions to potential customers, and they
act as the “eyes & ears” for the finance company. The program is
designed to assist loan officers in improving their ability to explain
and sell transactions, evaluate the credit of a potential customer,
and help them spot potential problems with existing customers.
Covers the elements of lending and leasing risks and how to mitigate
them. Includes in-depth instructions in financial statement analysis
and interpretation as well as elements of portfolio risk and
risk-sharing (especially important in transactions that must be
compliant with Sharia Law). This is a critical subject in
understanding and recognizing the many risks in commercial and Islamic
lending and leasing.
The focus is on the use of present value and the use of financial
calculators and specialty software programs to price commercial loan
transactions in ways to maximize the lender's profit. Using
"real-world" examples and problems, participants will develop skills
to apply the borrower's credit information into pricing structures
designed to maximize profits while mitigating credit risks. This class
can include the application of lending mathematics to transactions
that must be compliant with Sharia Law.
The focus of this program is how to use principles of accounting to
manage the continuing activities of the company, including developing
a complete chart of accounts that is used to prepare financial
statements required by investors, lenders and regulators. In addition
there is an extensive treatment of management accounting, which
measures the on-going activities of the company on a real-time basis.
Loan documents cover all the elements of the transaction, and they
protect both the lender and the borrower. The program helps financial
institutions develop loan documents that reflect the loan products
they offer, as well as cover critical subjects such as perfection of
collateral, the use of guarantors, payment requirements and conditions
of default, all of which must be explicitly included in the documents.
The program can include both conventional transactions as well as
documents designed to comply with Shariah Law.
How commercial finance companies obtain funding, and on what basis, is
a major determinate of their success, as is the decision on how to
fund individual transactions. The management of a company’s loan
portfolio is a critical factor in whether or not a company is
profitable, but is also a major factor in determining a company’s
ability to expand its business. Use of Sukuk bonds, in the case of
companies that must operate in compliance with Sharia Law, may also be
Specialty markets can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Industry-specific such as the Food & Beverage Industry
- Commercial real estate
- Project finance
This program offers an integrated overview of the financing of agriculture from the global, regional and local perspectives. Participants receive an understanding of the various issues involved with sub segments of agriculture production and products, processing, logistics, regulations and legislation as well as specialized training on loan risk mitigation including proper loan underwriting, risk acceptance criteria, lending policies and procedures, as well as insurance. Training can be customized to meet the needs of particular institutions and can also be offered on an executive level basis for senior management, credit committee members and boards of directors.
The program is designed to provide regulators and supervisors, whose responsibilities include overseeing the safety of commercial lending in their jurisdictions, the basics of commercial lending, including development and evaluation of lending products, prudent credit standards and knowledge of documentation. As with all other courses offered by Aperio, principles of commercial lending that are compliant with the 4 Schools of Thought under Sharia Law can form an integral part of this program.
Coaching sessions, either for individuals or groups, can include all the topics covered in our seminars and training sessions, and can be delivered either in person or on-line. If, for example, an individual or small group wants to improve their pricing skills, one of our experts can devise consultations tailored to their individual needs. Because Aperio's Principals have spent years working inside financial instututions we are also able to share our experiences through individual coaching sessions.