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Michael Sonnenfeld

Michael Sonnenfeld

Managing Director Residential Loans & Real Estate at WMD Asset Management, LLC

Baltimore, Maryland Area
Financial Services
  1. Casa Fund Manager, LLC,
  2. Fieldstone Mortgage Company,
  3. Nomura Securities International
  1. University of Michigan Law School

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University of Michigan Law School

University of Michigan Law School


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In my career I have been responsible for, and have participated directly in, the following key areas:
• developing an initial strategic plan for the business and structuring its initial capitalization
• building the business and its operations, including
o building a management team,
o building a nationwide network of operations centers and production branches
o design and implementation of integrated information systems to manage production efficiency and quality, control inventory, measure cost center profitability and assure compliance with operating guidelines
o design and implementation of systems and quality control procedures to assure complete compliance with complex state-specific regulations regarding the licensing of the business, its locations and personnel relative to mortgage originations and investment
o product pricing and profitability analysis,
o implementing a culture based on customer service, operating efficiency and process improvement,
o detailed planning and forecasting, and
o design and implementation of performance-driven management incentives
• arranging working capital lines of credit and long term asset financing through capital markets securitizations and financings
• managing a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio, including use of complex cash flow forecasts, layered risk analysis and multivariate analyses of cash flows and returns on investment
• raising significant equity in the capital markets, including preparation of offering and marketing materials and meeting with institutional investors
• managing a publicly-traded company, including the design and implementation of processes and controls to comply with S-Ox and meeting the oversight responsibilities of the board of directors
• business valuations, including evaluating operating franchises, negotiating purchase agreements and selling a publicly traded company, including preparation of offering materials

Specialties:Executive Management, Risk Management, Portfolio Management, Trading and Hedging, Finance, Legal


Managing Director Residential Loans & Real Estate

WMD Asset Management, LLC
– Present (7 months)Santa Barbara, California Area

Managing Member

Casa Fund Manager, LLC
(5 years 7 months)

capital markets and residential mortgage portfolio modeling and analytics: recent clients have included:
o a government sponsored enterprise (credit risk transfer securitization) and
o a private equity investor (cash flow analysis and transaction support for purchases and sales of mortgages, non performing mortgages and real estate owned properties)


Fieldstone Mortgage Company
(13 years 1 month)

I founded Fieldstone Mortgage Company with private equity investors in 1995, built it as a private residential mortgage origination business for eight years, recapitalized it in 2003 and the resulting company became a publicly traded mortgage origination and portfolio investment business until 2007, when it was sold in an all-cash, shareholder-approved acquisition.


Nomura Securities International
(1 year 1 month)

Director of the non-conforming residential mortgage conduit


Saxon Mortgage Funding Corporation
(6 years 1 month)

I was the first President of Saxon Mortgage Funding Corporation, and joined the business at the time of its founding by Ryland Mortgage Company.


The Johns Hopkins University

B.A. and M.A., Psychology

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