The Operating Trust Advisor: Here Today, Here Tomorrow


A new kid showed up on the CMBS block in 2010: the operating trust advisor, sometimes also referred to as, among other things, the senior trust advisor (the “OTA”). During the great recession and credit interregnum, investors dreamt of an independent third party who would represent the interests of investment-grade investors to protect them from the conflicted and potentially nefarious behavior of special servicers who were considered by some to be in bed with the B-piece buyer and to facilitate an improved flow of information on a real-time basis. Someone who would somehow be there for bondholders when pools began to wobble. When the New York Fed was rooting around for a structure for TALF that would not only execute well but would also provide a learning opportunity for the market, they listened to the IG bondholders, and the OTA was born.

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