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Chatham Financial wins Hedging Adviser of the Year at the Risk Awards

May 22, 2020


On November 26, Chatham Financial accepted the inaugural Hedging Adviser of the Year award at the 2020 Risk Awards. This new award recognizes excellence in providing independent advice to derivatives users.

Jackie Bowie, Co-Head of Europe and former CEO of JCRA Group, and Jénane Gazal, Director of Global Real Estate, accepted the award on Chatham's behalf at an awards gala at the Brewery, London. With the recent announcement of Chatham's acquisition of London-based JCRA Group, the event served as a celebration of the combined organizations to create a global powerhouse in financial risk management solutions.

In supporting Chatham's candidacy for the award, Amol Dhargalkar, Managing Director of Global Corporates, and Drew Thornfeldt, Head of Real Estate Investment Banking, demonstrated Chatham's impact on the marketplace, sharing detailed case studies from clients who gained measurable advantages from our advisory and technology solutions. also spoke directly to clients, learning how Chatham exceeds expectations in delivering financial risk management solutions for real estate, corporate, private equity, and financial institution clients. Strong feedback from client Freddie Mac helped secure the win. "We had an aggressive timeline to implement hedge accounting, but Chatham helped us meet it by acting as true business partners. They understood our needs and timelines and responded accordingly. Chatham has deep hedge accounting expertise, and we were able to leverage it to meet our timelines," said Hassan Thalji, Investments and Capital Markets Chief Financial Officer at Freddie Mac.

"We had an aggressive timeline to implement hedge accounting, but Chatham helped us meet it by acting as true business partners. They understood our needs and timelines and responded accordingly."

Hassan Thalji, Investments and Capital Markets Chief Financial Officer, Freddie Mac’s editors and journalists made the final decisions, weighing factors including risk management, creativity and innovation, liquidity provision, quality of service and customer satisfaction, and engagement with regulatory issues.

“We are so honored to be recognized for our work on behalf of our clients,” said Clark Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of Chatham Financial. “Providing better results drives our innovative approach to advisory and technology solutions. As Chatham combines our business with JCRA, we will continue to deliver best-in-class trade execution and transaction management while helping clients navigate rapidly evolving markets.”


Chatham Hedging Advisors, LLC (CHA) is a subsidiary of Chatham Financial Corp. and provides hedge advisory, accounting and execution services related to swap transactions in the United States. CHA is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a commodity trading advisor and is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA); however, neither the CFTC nor the NFA have passed upon the merits of participating in any advisory services offered by CHA. For further information, please visit

Transactions in over-the-counter derivatives (or “swaps”) have significant risks, including, but not limited to, substantial risk of loss. You should consult your own business, legal, tax and accounting advisers with respect to proposed swap transaction and you should refrain from entering into any swap transaction unless you have fully understood the terms and risks of the transaction, including the extent of your potential risk of loss. This material has been prepared by a sales or trading employee or agent of Chatham Hedging Advisors and could be deemed a solicitation for entering into a derivatives transaction. This material is not a research report prepared by Chatham Hedging Advisors. If you are not an experienced user of the derivatives markets, capable of making independent trading decisions, then you should not rely solely on this communication in making trading decisions. All rights reserved.