In this interview, Richard Hopkin, managing director in AFME's securitisation division, explains some of the challenges facing the asset-backed securities market in Europe. "Issuance levels are trailing off so sharply, and some of our members are worried that investors are beginning to ask how much longer can they keep staffing a team and maintain the necessary expertise," Hopkin said. He also noted some of the major topics expected to be discussed at the Global ABS conference, which is being held in Brussels.

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