As founder and chief executive of First Sustainable, Dr. Sidell focuses largely on conceiving and implementing solutions to impose proven ABS specialty finance tools, within the context of sustainable and social impact transactions. He works with numerous financial institutions with whom he has developed relationships over the years, to secure the credit and underwriting commitments necessary to successfully pursue this framework. He simultaneously concentrates on assembling all the necessary enhancements and structures to successfully exploit such transactions. Prior to founding First Sustainable, he spent 20 years as a quantitative, institutional debt arbitrage trader and the following seven as Chief Executive of a specialty finance company that he started at Millennium Partners. Dr. Sidell was instrumental in arranging the sale of the company at the end of 2006. He has been involved in the sale of three companies, including the sale in 1997 to a publicly traded company of a non-toxic clothes cleaner he organized and financed. Dr. Sidell has worked in fixed income arbitrage for several large institutions including Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank, Societe Generale, Greenwich Capital Markets (now RBS) and Millennium Partners. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Cornell University, and BA from Boston College. He attended Harvard University as an Exchange Scholar in the Department of Economics. He is the author of several books and academic articles related to global finance.
At First Sustainable, Mr. Turner provides legal and transaction advice and support in connection with company asset securitizations and related asset acquisition and project financings, as well as legal services in connection with all corporate financings, contracts and internal organizational matters. Mr. Turner has over 30 years of experience as a capital markets transactions lawyer, with extensive asset securitization transaction expertise over a broad array of underlying asset classes, including mortgage loans, consumer/auto loans, credit card and trade receivables, government leases and government-supported export loans. Mr. Turner complements his ABS experience with extensive legal practice in securities offerings & corporate finance, derivatives & energy products/carbon emissions trading markets, and commercial bank loan origination and secondary trading. Mr. Turner previously worked as senior internal counsel and as legal consultant to major U.S. and European financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, UBS and Lehman Brothers, prior to which Mr. Turner was an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he advised on several of the earliest multi-class mortgage and auto securitization deals. Mr. Turner received his J.D. in 1982 from Harvard Law School and his B.Sc from City College of New York.