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AltFi Europe Summit 2016
     HIGHLIGHTS    |   SPEAKERS    |   SCHEDULE    |   SPONSORS    |   VENUE   










Session Type


08:00 Registration
09:00 The big picture Looking ahead: The challenges and opportunities for marketplace lending Keynote Samir Desai (Funding Circle)
09:30   Regulating Europe: Implementing a framework for growth Keynote Niall Bohan (European Commission)
10:00   "Marketplace lenders do not need to take balance sheet risk" - Agree or Disagree? Debate Rhydian Lewis (RateSetter) vs. Rob Young (OnDeck)
10:30 Coffee and networking
11:00 Institutional focus Can institutional investors still generate alpha in the peer-to-peer lending space? Panel Simon Champ (Eaglewood Europe), Madelyn Puente (MarketInvoice), Jean-Benoit Gambet (Eiffel eCapital), Christian Faes (LendInvest), Stuart Law (Assetz Capital)
11:30   The advent of securitisation in European marketplace lending Panel Sachin Patel (Funding Circle), Partel Tomberg (Bondora), Andreas Wilgen (Fitch Ratings)
12:00   The mechanics of M&A Panel Matthias Knecht (Funding Circle EU), Ravi Anand (ESF Capital)
12:30 Lunch and networking / Showcase sessions
13:30 Modes of access "The Innovative Finance ISA will be a boon to retail investors" - Agree or Disagree? Debate Andrew Lawson (Zopa) vs. Jake Wombwell-Povey (Goji)
14:00   Do fund structures offer higher net returns than direct peer-to-peer investment? Keynote Rupert Taylor (AltFi Data)
14:30   Opening up access to offline loanbooks


Guest moderator: Stephan Wilcke (Rozes Invest), Paul Mildenstein (Liberis), David Goldin (Capify), Christoph Rieche (Iwoca)
15:00   Product innovation spotlight Panel Christian Faes (LendInvest), David Hanf (Smava), Robert Stafler (Fintex Capital), Rory McHugh (RBS)
15:30 Coffee and networking
16:00 The evolution of equity crowdfunding "Early stage equity is not an appropriate asset class for retail investment" - Agree or Disagree? Debate Julia Groves (UKCFA) vs. Gadi Mazor (OurCrowd)
16:30   Price discovery in equity crowdfunding Panel Guest moderator: Rupert Taylor (AltFi Data), Darren Westlake (Crowdcube), Goncalo de Vasconcelos (SyndicateRoom), James Codling (VentureFounders)
17:00 The future of alternative finance New horizons: Benchmarking, data repositories and beyond Panel Anil Stocker (MarketInvoice), Daniel Gandesha (Property Partner), Rupert Taylor (AltFi Data), Cormac Leech (Liberum)
17:30 Drinks reception, sponsored by Salesforce


Session type Moderator

Talking points


Credit processes
Roundtable discussion Ryan Weeks (AltFi) Network lending: Leveraging transaction-based networks to power credit decisions Rob Straathof (Liberis), Cedric Teissier (Finexkap)
        Methods of navigating higher risk lending Martin Kissinger (Lendable), Martins Sulte (Mintos), James Cranmer (advancr)
        Are online lenders transitioning from "big data" to "smart data"? John Davies (Just Cash Flow PLC), Justin Staines (Creamfinance)
        Data churn: Understanding the evolution of credit processes Roy Armitage (LendInvest), Amit Kahana (MarketInvoice)

Investment strategies

Roundtable discussion Rupert Taylor (AltFi Data) The importance of standardised data  

Tim Slesinger (LendingWell)

Rezaah Ahmad (wiseAlpha)

        Active selection: Identifying favourable loan characteristics Stephen Findlay (BondMason), Andrew Whelan (GLI Finance), Simon Champ (Eaglewood Europe)
        The future of investor protection: Will provision funds last? Ceri Williams (RateSetter), Julian Cork (Landbay), Ashwin Parameswaran (Unbolted), Nick Harding (Lending Works)
12:30 Lunch and networking / Showcase sessions

Marketing 101

Roundtable discussion Ryan Weeks (AltFi) The real returns on mainstream marketing Bruce Davis (Abundance Investment), Mario Lupori (RateSetter)
        Taking over point-of-sale channels Christoph Rieche (Iwoca)
        EU vs. UK: The hard numbers on mobile activity Emma van Dijkum (Funding Circle)
        Technology's role in the customer acquisition process Louise Beaumont (GLI Finance), Anthony Sexton (LendInvest), Auke Veenstra (Cloud Lending Solutions), Ezechi Briton (Neyber)


Roundtable discussion Cormac Leech (Liberum) Will European peer-to-peer lending catch up to UK volumes Daniel Bartsch (CreditShelf), Maurizio Sella (Smartika), James Buckland (LoanBook)
        The science of cross border lending Martins Sulte (Mintos), Partel Tomberg (Bondora), Jevgenijs Kazanins (TWINO)
15:30 Coffee and networking

Regulatory focus

Roundtable discussion Ed Dartley (K&L Gates)  Are equity crowdfunding entrepreneurs at risk? Richard Goold (Gowling WLG), Gillian Roche-Saunders (Bovill), Karen Kerrigan (Seedrs)
        How long can "light touch" regulation last? Brian Korn (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips), James Sherwin-Smith (Growth Street), Simon Pearse (RateSetter)
        US versus European regulatory considerations - understanding the differences Jacob Ghanty (K&L Gates)

Getting "investment ready"

Roundtable discussion Jonathan Wade (RSM) What happens when a platform fails?  Marsili Hale (LCN Legal), Rob Evans (Target Group), Jonathan Willder (Catalyst Finance)
        The complexities of client money Amarjit Singh (EY), Patrick de Nonneville (Lendix)
        Stress testing spotlight Mike Baliman (London Fintech Podcast)
        Ethical hack: Are online lenders at risk of cyber attack? Jan Hagen (Berkeley Research Group)
17:30 Drinks reception, sponsored by Salesforce


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