Vassos Vassiliou

Vassos N. Vassiliou

Vice President, Essent Guaranty Strategic Investments

Vassos has served as Vice President Strategic Investments for Essent Guaranty since 2012 and is responsible for investing in residential mortgage structured products and related asset classes.  Essent Guaranty is an insurance company approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Vassos has 25 years of experience in global mortgage structured credit and debt capital markets.  Prior to Essent, Vassos was a senior advisor and team leader for the U.S. Department of Justice, FHFA, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the U.S. Federal RMBS Working Group) advising on issues related to housing finance. Prior to that, Vassos was a Vice President for Radian Guaranty’s Capital Markets’ group responsible for hedging, reinsuring, and trading $6.5 billion legacy CDS and RMBS exposures. Prior to Radian, Vassos worked for Lehman Brothers’ principal finance group in London where he was responsible for deal origination and execution in multiple European jurisdictions including Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.  He worked on a variety of assets including prime and sub-prime mortgages, non-performing consumer loans, equipment leases, and charged-off credit cards.  Before Lehman Brothers, Vassos worked for UBS’ securitization and principal finance group in London focusing on term as well as ABCP conduit transactions. Vassos was one of the founding members of Nomura’s Principal Finance Group (now an independent $5 billion fund called Terra Firma) during the early- to mid-1990s.  Vassos holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Vassos N. Vassiliou
VP, Strategic Investments
Essent US Holdings

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