Gordon Monson is striking out on his own after working a year as a managing director at PaineWebber Inc.

While at the Wall Street firm Mr. Monson established himself as a high- loan-to-value guru and guided several such lenders through their first securitizations.

Mr. Monson said at PaineWebber's high-LTV convention in Chicago that his new role as an independent consultant would enable him to work more closely with clients rather than focusing on Wall Street.

Mr. Monson said the challenges and rewards of working on the client side of this fast-growing business were appealing.

His goal will be to help smaller companies gain market share. "I'm going to bring companies to the next level," he said.

Mr. Monson said he expects to help companies arrange warehouse financing, guide them through the ratings process, and raise capital.

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