"Way Too Big to Fail is an essential book on the mortgage crisis. The book is invaluable for understanding not just what made the bubble, but everything that transpired after it burst. It should be required reading for anyone thinking about how to rebuild U.S. housing finance."
Adam J. Levitin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
From the Author
WILLIAM A. FREY began his career on Wall Street in 1981 in the then nascent field of securitization. After nearly fifteen years in major firms including Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, and Bear Stearns, Bill founded Greenwich Financial Services (GFS) in 1995, where he serves as principal and CEO today. Under Frey's leadership, GFS has structured and sold billions of dollars of mortgage backed securities. In 2003, recognizing that the U.S. MBS market was fueled by loans that were unlikely to be repaid, Frey decided to look for opportunities in other countries. GFS completed the first Russian securitization transaction with auto loans in 2005 and followed in 2006 with the first MBS for Russian mortgage certificates. Each of these deals won a "Deal of the Year" award from industry groups. More importantly, neither has suffered any credit losses during the recent worldwide financial turmoil. Recently Frey has emerged as the most vocal advocate for bondholder rights in the wake of the Mortgage Crisis. The central theme of Frey's advocacy is that the solutions proposed by federal and state governments will do more harm than good. The proposed changes usually ignore the contracts that govern mortgage securities, massively increasing losses to bondholders who are typically pension and retirement funds. Furthermore, the U.S. forced abrogation of trillions of dollars of investor contracts will stop the flow of private capital to the United States, thereby choking off the eventual recovery of the housing market and, indeed, the entire U.S. economy. Frey's advocacy for contract integrity and his visionary solutions that work for all market participants are recognized as key components in the eventual recovery of the mortgage capital markets.