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AltFi Europe Summit 2017
     HIGHLIGHTS    |   SPEAKERS    |   SCHEDULE    |   SPONSORS   
 

ALTFI EUROPE SUMMIT 2017

HOSTED AT THE BREWERY, LONDON

THURSDAY, 30TH MARCH 2017

 

Speakers

 

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Samir Desai (CBE)

Samir Desai (CBE)
Funding Circle

Jaidev Janardana

Jaidev Janardana
Zopa

Anne Boden

Anne Boden
Starling Bank

Rhydian Lewis

Rhydian Lewis
RateSetter

Samir Desai (CBE)

CEO and co-founder

Funding Circle

Samir is responsible for driving the company’s strategy, managing the company’s finances and overseeing Funding Circle globally. Funding Circle is the world’s leading direct lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent $3 billion to 25,000 businesses across the UK, US and Europe (Oct 2016). In the UK, lending through Funding Circle has contributed £2.7 billion to the economy and supported the creation of 50,000 new jobs. Funding Circle loans are funded by a diverse array of investors including more than 60,000 individuals, local and national government, financial institutions, and the first single platform direct lending fund - Funding Circle SME Income Fund (FCIF). 12% of lending now comes from national and supra-national government following partnerships with the British Business Bank, KfW, the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund. Before founding Funding Circle, Samir was an Executive at Olivant and a management consultant at BCG advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency. Funding Circle is one of the best capitalised platforms globally, having raised ~$380 million from some of the world’s largest investors.

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Jaidev Janardana

CEO

Zopa

Jaidev Janardana is CEO of Zopa having joined the world’s first peer-to-peer lending service as its COO in 2014. Previously, Jaidev was the CMO and Vice President at Capital One (Europe). Jaidev joined Capital One during 2002 in its US office in McLean, Virginia. After 5 years working in the US Credit Card business, he transitioned to the UK in December 2007 as Chief Credit Officer for the UK business. Since then he held a number of roles in the business, from heading up its Risk Operations function to leading its New Customer Acquisition and Business Development efforts. Jaidev has an MBA from The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a B.Tech. from Gujarat University. 

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Anne Boden

CEO and Founder

Starling Bank

Anne Boden is CEO and founder of Starling Bank.

 

Prior to Starling, she was Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO.

 

She has more than 30 years experience in banking, having begun her career at Lloyds Bank, before moving on to Standard Chartered Bank and then UBS in Zurich.

 

She was recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech.

 

She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.

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Rhydian Lewis

CEO and co-founder

RateSetter

Rhydian founded RateSetter in 2010 having witnessed the continued failure of the financial system to act in the interests of customers.  He saw an opportunity to narrow the spread between what investors earn and what creditworthy borrowers pay, and deliver greater value in a simple way.  In the RateSetter market the rates are set by investors and borrowers, not by committees or banks. 

 

Rhydian has pioneered many ‘firsts’ in marketplace lending, such as the Provision Fund concept. RateSetter’s Provision Fund has ensured that after lending more than £1.5bn over six years, every individual investor has received the returns they expected without losing a penny – a unique feat amongst major peer-to-peer lending platforms.

 

Rhydian graduated from Bristol University with a double first in Modern Languages. Prior to founding RateSetter, Rhydian spent six years at investment management firm Lazard.

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Craig Donaldson

Craig Donaldson
Metro Bank

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos
SyndicateRoom

James Meekings

James Meekings
Funding Circle

Anil Stocker

Anil Stocker
Market Invoice

Craig Donaldson

Chief Executive Officer

Metro Bank

As CEO of Metro Bank, Craig Donaldson is responsible for providing executive leadership to the bank’s rapidly expanding business.

 

He is chartered with guiding the bank’s evolution from fresh, new entrant in retail banking to trusted financial services partner to millions of UK customers.

 

From helping define Metro Bank’s brand values, to hiring its inaugural employees and ensuring that the bank’s staff deliver daily customer delight; Craig has been instrumental to Metro Bank from day one. 

 

Craig has prior experience in roles including Managing Director of Retail Products & Direct Channels at RBS, as well as senior roles with Barclays and HBOS. He has a degree in Technology and Management from the University of Bradford. 

 

Craig is a keen supporter of Sunderland AFC and is lucky enough to have a young family to enjoy.

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos

Co-founder and CEO

SyndicateRoom

Gonçalo is the CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom and a contributor for Forbes and has been considered one of the Top 40 most influential people in fintech in Europe. He pioneered the investor-led™ model in the UK, opening up access to exclusive deals that professionals are investing in. His leadership is driven by his vision for fair and transparent access to investments by all investors – big and small, institutional and private investors.
 
Gonçalo is an alumni of Imperial College London (awarded distinction) and has an MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge where he was awarded several awards for academic and professional achievements.
 
Gonçalo is also a contributor for Forbes, writing regularly about fintech, entrepreneurship, corporate finance and early stage investments and speaks regularly at public events on the same themes.
 
In his spare time Gonçalo cycles long distances, plays tennis and, when in warmer climates, sails with his wife whenever there is half a chance.

 

James Meekings

UK Managing Director and Co-Founder

Funding Circle

James is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction, commercial activities and operations of Funding Circle in the UK. Funding Circle is the world’s leading direct lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent $3 billion to 25,000 businesses across the UK, US and Europe (Oct 2016). In the UK, lending through Funding Circle has contributed £2.7 billion to the economy and supported the creation of 50,000 new jobs. Funding Circle loans are funded by a diverse array of investors including more than 60,000 individuals, local and national government and financial institutions. 10% of lending now comes from national and supra-national government following partnerships with the British Business Bank, KfW, the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund. Before founding Funding Circle James was at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he advised leading multi-national and national companies on strategy, new products and efficiency programmes. Funding Circle is one of the best capitalised platforms globally, having raised ~$380 million from some of the world’s largest investors

 

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Anil Stocker

CEO and co-founder

Market Invoice

Anil is the CEO and co-founder of MarketInvoice. He founded the business in 2011 with fellow Cambridge graduates Ilya Kondrashov and Charles Delingpole; and has presided over rapid growth as CEO ever since. He was listed as one of Forbes Magazine's '30 under 30' and has won numerous awards for entrepreneurship and innovation. Anil is on the UK government backed UK FinTech Delivery Panel to drive policy recommendations.
 
He is a respected media commentator on fintech, banking, small business, business finance, and economics. Prior to founding MarketInvoice, Anil worked for Lehman Brothers Private Equity from 2006 before joining Greenhill Cogent Partners in 2008. Anil read Economics at Cambridge University in 2006. He is a passionate globetrotter and a fitness fanatic.
 

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Gabriella Kindert

Gabriella Kindert
NN IP

Nikolay Storonsky

Nikolay Storonsky
Revolut

Tom Blomfield

Tom Blomfield
Monzo

Simon Champ

Simon Champ
MW Eaglewood Europe LLP

Gabriella Kindert

Head of Alternative Credit

NN IP

Gabriella Kindert (MA, MBA, PhD candidate) is a senior banking and investment professional with over 20 years of international experience gained at leading financial institutions in banking, asset management and private equity. 

She is the Head of Alternative Credit at NN IP including several illiquid fixed income strategies including residential real estate, corporate private debt, ECA loan, project finance and commercial real estate loans. This includes expanding the existing activities towards a broader range of clients through offering new products and entering new lending activities of value to NN IP clients. The Alternative Credit Boutique currently has € 17 billion of assets under management.

She started her career in banking in 1998 in MeesPierson Corporate and Investment Banking where she gained insight in various asset classes (asset based finance, project finance, leveraged finance) in different geographies. She held various managerial positions with financial institutions including Fortis Bank, Fortis Investments, BNP Paribas IP the latter as Global Head of Loans. She gained extensive experience in structuring and managing investment solutions (CLO, listed fund etc.) and took part of the management team of Global Credits. Since 2011, Gabriella has taken on various investment initiatives in the field of Private Debt, Real Estate and Private Equity as well as board level advisory projects for larger financial Dutch institutions.  

She has an M.A. in History; M.A. in Economics, and an MBA with distinction in Accounting and Finance. She completed the Advanced Management Program at IESE and several executive courses at INSEAD, IMD, Harvard Business School and at Nyenrode Business University. Since 2015 is also undertaking Ph.D. studies at ISM.

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Nikolay Storonsky

Founder and CEO

Revolut

Nikolay Storonsky joined Lehman Brothers’ emerging markets trading desk in 2006. Following that, Nikolay spent five years as an equity derivatives trader at Credit Suisse. As a frequent traveler, he began to notice he was wasting hundreds of pounds in exchange rate markups and fees. It no longer felt right and he knew there had to be a better way. Nikolay quit to start Revolut: A 21st century banking alternative designed for your global lifestyle. 

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Tom Blomfield

CEO

Monzo

Tom previously founded GoCardless, a fintech startup that has gone on to raise $25m. In 2013, he was nominated as one of the Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by the European Commission. He gives talks regularly about the future of banking and fintech.

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Simon Champ

Chief Executive Officer; Global Head of Business Development

MW Eaglewood Europe LLP

Simon was a founding partner of P2P Capital Solutions LLP (now known as MW Eaglewood Europe LLP). As Head of Business Development, Simon is responsible for instigating and maintaining relationships with investors and with European platforms. In addition, as CEO of MW Eaglewood Europe LLP, Simon is responsible for managing the European business. Prior to joining the firm, Simon was a Director of Equity Sales and Equity Capital Markets at Dresdner Kleinwort, J.P. Morgan Cazenove and most recently Liberum. As a founder and former board Director of Liberum, Simon was part of a number of transactions in the equity space and has advised many new technology companies in equity and debt raisings. Simon has been involved in the U.K. marketplace lending industry as both an investor and advisor and has built extensive relationships with many of the leading marketplace lending platforms. Simon holds a B.Com from Birmingham University

 


Kadhim Shubber

Kadhim Shubber
FT Alphaville

Michaël Elalouf

Michaël Elalouf
iwoca

Raffael Johnen

Raffael Johnen
auxmoney

Daniel Gandesha

Daniel Gandesha
Property Partner

Kadhim Shubber

Reporter

FT Alphaville

I'm a reporter at FT Alphaville, the finance blog of the Financial Times. I write about technology, markets and finance. 

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Michaël Elalouf

CFO

iwoca

Michaël joined iwoca as the Chief Financial Officer in January 2015.  Prior to this, he started his career at Barclays Capital, advising European clients on M&A Transactions.  He also worked in the TMT team at Private equity firm HgCapital.  Since joining iwoca, he has successfully helped close two equity funding rounds, which have been instrumental to iwoca’s fast growth.  In the recently closed Series C funding round, the company has raised £21 million equity and secured a £25 million debt facility.  

Raffael Johnen

Co-Founder and CEO

auxmoney

Raffael is the co-founder & CEO of auxmoney, the leading marketplace for consumer credit in the Eurozone. He also co-founded Excellion Capital, a London-based merchant banking boutique specialised in corporate finance advisory and principal investments, leveraging technology. Prior to founding his own businesses, Raffael was a Vice President at Rothschild Investment Bank in Frankfurt.

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Daniel Gandesha

Founder and CEO

Property Partner

Daniel's career has been dedicated to financial services and investment. He qualified as a chartered accountant while working at KPMG and is an FCA approved person. Prior to founding Property Partner, he served as Head of Commercial Development and Startup Investments at BSkyB, responsible for equity investments in, and commercial deals with, technology startup companies.

Property Partner is a stock exchange for residential property, allowing anyone to invest in individual residential properties, with as much or as little as they like. Investors will own a share, receive rental income, and realise capital gains if property prices rise. They can also trade their holdings on a secondary exchange. The letting and management of the properties is carried out on behalf of investors.

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Richard Wazacz

Richard Wazacz
Octopus Choice

Rupert Taylor

Rupert Taylor
AltFi Data

Julia Groves

Julia Groves
Downing

Craig Iley

Craig Iley
Atom Bank

Richard Wazacz

Head of Octopus Choice

Octopus Choice

Richard co-founded Octopus Labs in 2015. Octopus Labs is the innovation and product development arm of Octopus – the award-winning investment company managing over £6 billion of assets. Octopus Labs combines established financial services expertise with cutting edge technology to create easy-to-use fintech products that are fit for the mainstream.

Working with a unique network of thousands of financial advisers, and with a deep understanding of financial services, Octopus Labs builds the new ideas, platforms and solutions that can improve the financial lives of our customers.

The first of these, Octopus Choice, launched in early 2016. Octopus Choice brings together the existing strengths of Octopus Investments in both distribution and loan origination, and couples it with a newly developed fintech capability, to create a new, adviser-friendly take on peer-to-peer lending.

Before joining Octopus in late 2014, Richard filled a number of senior strategy and operations roles at both Prudential and Lloyds Banking Group. Richard  holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from Columbia Business School.  He is also a Fulbright Scholar and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

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Rupert Taylor

CEO and Co-Founder

AltFi Data

Rupert spent 13 years working in investment banking and gained a broad experience of financial markets. From a start in equity sales at Cazenove he moved into cross-asset sales at Lehman and finally into principal trading at Nomura. This career path gives Rupert a perspective from both buy and sell-side and an understanding of a range of asset classes and financial data. Rupert holds a BSc from the University of Durham.

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Julia Groves

Partner, Head of Crowdfunding

Downing

Since launching britishairways.com in 1994, Julia has led a series of start ups in the digital and environmental sectors, and invested a combination of her time and money in a portfolio of sustainable businesses.

Julia co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2012, was CEO of a p2b lending platform for four years and is now a partner at Downing LLP, leading the crowdfunding business www.downingcrowd.co.uk, offering asset-backed bonds to retail investors.

She has been instrumental in reforming regulation for crowd investors, and in the creation of the new Innovative Finance ISA. She is a member of Innovate 50 in the UK, recently completed a two year Non Executive Director role at Move Your Money and is a senior fellow of the Finance Lab.

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Craig Iley

MD Business Banking & Founder

Atom Bank

Craig has worked in commercial banking for over 30 years across the UK and in Europe. He has a broad range of experience gained from working with TSB, Lloyds, A&L and Santander. He is currently the MD of Business Banking and one of the founders of Atom bank and in December 2016 published his first book, From the Boro to Bilbao.
 

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Matthew Ford

Matthew Ford
Pariti

Nick Harding

Nick Harding
Lending Works

Harriet Green

Harriet Green
City AM

Rod Lockhart

Rod Lockhart
LendInvest Capital

Matthew Ford

Founder and CEO

Pariti

Matthew Ford is the Founder and CEO of Pariti. He set up the business in 2014

whilst studying at Cambridge University Judge Business School.

Matthew began his career in strategy consulting, advising corporate and private

equity clients across the financial services, technology and media sectors. He later

joined DMG Media’s Strategy & New Ventures team from which OnTrees, a personal

finance app, was born.

Matthew led all customer acquisition activities and in just one year, helped grow

OnTrees to become one of the most downloaded finance apps in the UK, resulting in

its acquisition by MoneySuperMarket in 2014.

Career History

  • Pariti, Founder & CEO
  • OnTrees, Head of Acquisitions
  • DMG Media, Strategy Manager
  • Deloitte Consulting, Senior Consultant
  • Capgemini Consulting, Consultant

Education History:

  • Cambridge University, Judge Business School
  • Durham University

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Nick Harding

Founder and CEO

Lending Works

Nick co-founded and is CEO of Lending Works, the third largest and one of the fastest growing peer-to-peer lending platforms in the UK. Lending Works’ ultimate goal is to create the UK’s leading consumer credit business, providing a range of innovative consumer credit products, all with game-changing customer experience.

 

While working in the financial services industry, Nick recognised that the mindset adopted by most financial services companies was simply wrong. Nick and the team at Lending Works set out to solve some of these problems by putting fairness, innovation, quality and trust at the heart of everything they do.

 

Lending Works operates in two main acquisition channels: direct to consumer personal loans and personal loans originated through partnerships and other B2B2C arrangements. The company has both consumer lenders and institutional lenders funding loans on the platform.

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Harriet Green

Deputy business features editor

City AM

Harriet is a business journalist with a particular interest in alternative finance. She looks after the entrepreneur coverage at City AM, in addition to editing financial, economic and political opinion pieces. Two years ago, she launched the paper's highly successful crowdfunding and P2P page. She is also a contributor to Money, the investment magazine. When she’s not doing her day job, she works as a casting consultant, and also appears on national TV and radio, often to discuss alternative finance. Prior to joining City A.M., Harriet ran a social enterprise, which she set up after graduating. She has a degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University.

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Rod Lockhart

Managing Director

LendInvest Capital

Rod Lockhart is Managing Director of LendInvest Capital, the funds management and advisory arm of LendInvest, the online mortgage lender created to bring technology to the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market. LendInvest Capital was originally established as Montello in 2008 in response to the retrenchment of bank lending in the UK real estate market. Today LendInvest manages almost £400 million of client money and offers secured lending strategies that yield attractive and stable returns for its investors, with significant downside protection. Before joining LendInvest in spring 2015, Rod was a Senior Director at CBRE in the capital advisory business. 

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Rob Young

Rob Young
OnDeck

Andrew Holgate

Andrew Holgate
Assetz Capital

Ceri Williams

Ceri Williams
RateSetter

Niels Turfboer

Niels Turfboer
Spotcap

Rob Young

Senior Vice President International

OnDeck

Rob Young is the Senior Vice President of International at OnDeck where he oversees all aspects of the company’s expansion to markets outside of the United States, including Canada and Australia. Prior to joining OnDeck, Rob was VP of Corporate Development & New Ventures at Wonga.com, a pioneer online consumer lender based in the UK, where he helped to scale the company to over $300M in annual revenues across a number of international markets. With an extensive background in technology and finance, Rob’s previous roles include leading the European operations of Orix Ventures, a venture finance and lending subsidiary of ORIX Corp (NYSE: IX), and serving as Chief Financial Officer at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s most renowned early-stage technology venture capital firms. Rob holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Masters in Computer Science from the Queen’s University of Belfast.

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Andrew Holgate

Co-Founder and Chief Credit Officer

Assetz Capital

Andrew started his career at GE Capital before moving to NatWest, Allianz and RBS Group. He has spent 15 years in the SME finance industry holding positions in Asset Finance, Relationship Management, Credit Insurance and International Trade Finance. Andrew has many years experience in insolvency and turnaround for SMEs, helping businesses manage their debt and improve profitability. Andrew is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Ceri Williams

Investor Operations

RateSetter

Ceri works in the investor operations department at RateSetter. His responsibilities include the relationship with investment platforms and IFAs, and is also responsible for RateSetter’s retirement products such as SIPPs and SSASs​

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Niels Turfboer

MD Benelux & The United Kingdom

Spotcap

Spotcap MD Niels Turfboer has almost 20 years of experience in European banking and business finance, holding senior posts in multiple banks. After time at ABN AMRO, ING, he joined MarketInvoice as Head of Investor Development. Today, in addition to leading the revolution in fintech with Spotcap, he is on the advisory board of Fiduciam and Alterest Investment Technologies.

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John Stepek

John Stepek
MoneyWeek

Brian Norton

Brian Norton
Future Finance

Ravi Takhar

Ravi Takhar
Orchard Lending Club

James Levy

James Levy
Clearwater Private Investment

John Stepek

Editor

MoneyWeek

John Stepek is the executive editor of MoneyWeek magazine, Britain’s best-selling weekly investment magazine, and writes MoneyWeek’s daily email newsletter, Money Morning. He has been writing about financial markets and investment for well over a decade. His work has also appeared in The Sunday Times and The Spectator and you can find him tweeting at @John_Stepek.

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Brian Norton

Co-Founder and CEO

Future Finance

Brian Norton is co-founder and CEO of Future Finance, Europe’s biggest provider of private-market student loans. The Dublin-based fintech business is now in its third year and has enjoyed phenomenal success. 

So far, more than £40m has been loaned to over 6,000 students from 150 UK universities. Future Finance recently launched in Germany too and has big plans for further European expansion. 

A serial entrepreneur, Brian set up his first business from a dorm room in Harvard with a buggy MacBook and some basic HTML. Originally from Chicago, he received an MBA from UCLA and an AB from Harvard.

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Ravi Takhar

CEO

Orchard Lending Club

  • Founder and CEO of Orchard Lending Club.
  • Founder and CEO of Orchard Funding Group PLC, a finance company listed on London Stock Exchange.
  • Director of Honeycomb Investments PLC, a listed debt fund on London Stock Exchange.
  • Chairman and shareholder of Urban Exposure LLP, a private debt fund providing finance to residential property developers. 
  • Ravi has held senior positions in several mortgage companies and was a founding member of Nikko Principal Finance and former Head of Mortgage Principal Finance at Investec, where he led Investec’s advance into the UK and international mortgage markets in 2005. 
  • Ravi is an Oxford educated banking lawyer, specializing in property finance and qualified at Clifford Chance, where he helped to structure the first mortgage backed securitisations in the UK. He has worked in London, Chicago and Singapore.

 

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James Levy

Founder

Clearwater Private Investment

James Levy is an international investment advisor with over twenty-five years of experience both as a Senior Vice President in Merrill Lynch International Private Bank and the founder of Clearwater Private Investment, a boutique investment consulting firm.  James is also Senior Advisor for Business Development of the Luxembourg-based Synthesis Sicav-Sif, the investment managers of Europe’s first regulated Peer-to-Peer Lending Fund, as well as a speaker and writer on Alternative Finance and Market-based Lending. James is a strong advocate for the urgent need for Investment Advisors to embrace alternative finance and market lending for the benefit of their clients, who now face the daunting challenge of saving for retirement in a near-zero interest rate world. 

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Josh Matthews

Josh Matthews
Maseco Private Wealth

Jack Percival

Jack Percival
Zopa

Vanessa Cowling

Vanessa Cowling
Venture Founders

Robert Stafler

Robert Stafler
Fintex Capital

Josh Matthews

Managing Partner

Maseco Private Wealth

Josh is a Managing Partner and co-founder of MASECO Private Wealth.  He began his financial career at Salomon Smith Barney in New York as a Financial Advisor and moved with them to London in 2001 where he started the US Ex-pat Team with James Sellon.  In 2008, he co-founded MASECO Private Wealth in the UK, followed in subsequent years by MASECO Switzerland and MASECO Asia in Hong Kong.  Josh is also a seasoned expert in Alternative Credit and is the architect of the MASECO Asset Management multi-strategy Alternative Credit Fund.

Over the course of his career, Josh was awarded the International Private Bank Outstanding Young Private Banker Award and has been a City Wealth Leader for many years.  He is an internationally recognised speaker and has spoken at notable conferences in New York, Singapore and London.  Josh also contributes regularly as a subject matter expert to wealth management forums and roundtable discussions and is regularly featured in industry magazines and newspapers, in addition to writing industry columns himself.  Josh believes companies play an important part in our society and spearheaded MASECO’s efforts to become the first B Corporation in the UK in financial services and is a UK Founding Member of B Corp.

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Jack Percival

Partnerships Lead

Zopa

Jack looks after the partnerships business as Zopa, developing and implementing technology that enables 3rd parties to offer financing and loans through their platforms. Prior to this, he held a number of positions at Barclays across the retail and corporate business, including in mobile.
 
Zopa was the world’s first and Europe’s largest peer to peer lending business having lent over £1.8bn to people across the country. Founded in 2011, the company has a  goal of delivering a best in class customer experience through making money simple and fair. Having partnered with the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Metro Bank and Unshackled.com this side of the business continues to expand – offering the award winning Zopa product to customers of numerous businesses as well as direct to consumers.

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Vanessa Cowling

General Counsel

Venture Founders

Vanessa has over 10 years’ experience in multiple roles advising regulated financial institutions on matters relating to legal and compliance issues.

 

Vanessa joined the VentureFounders team to be a part of bringing carefully curated deals to a wider audience and supporting the next-generation of British entrepreneurs. As General Counsel, Vanessa is responsible for running VentureFounders’ legal, compliance and governance matters, advising the VentureFounders board and managing the company’s relationship with regulators. Prior to joining VentureFounders, Vanessa worked at Canada Life, Dechert LLP and Clifford Chance LLP.

 

Vanessa was included in The Lawyer magazine's “Hot 100” list for 2017.

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Robert Stafler

Founder and CEO

Fintex Capital

Fintex was successfully launched in 2016, when Fintex Capital issued its first Euro-denominated Bonds backed by marketplace loans, to large institutional investors. Today, Fintex manages several portfolios of marketplace loans worth c. €60 million. Fintex' initial focus is on platforms in UK and Continental Europe.

 

Rob is a sector veteran in marketplace lending. His sector involvement began in 2007, when he invested in a German start-up called auxmoney and became part of its strategy team. At the time, auxmoney had 3 founders, 2 spreadsheets and 1 big idea.

 

Following his degree in German Law, Robert worked for 9 years at JPMorgan in Investment Banking where his focus was M&A and Capital Markets. He then co-founded Excellion Capital, a successful London-based merchant banking boutique combining advisory with principal investments. Excellion Capital has also invested in a variety of marketplace lending opportunities since 2007.  

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Jane Dumeresque

Jane Dumeresque
Folk2Folk

David Stevenson

David Stevenson
AltFi

Jeremiah Silkowski

Jeremiah Silkowski
SQN Capital

Hugh Halford-Thompson

Hugh Halford-Thompson
BTL Group LTD

Jane Dumeresque

Chief Executive Officer

Folk2Folk

Jane has significant experience and an extensive track record in financial services. She is a qualified chartered accountant with an MBA from the London Business School and has more than 25 years of financial services experience and over 10 years at Board level both as an executive and non executive director. Before becoming Folk2Folk CEO, Jane’s previous role was Director and Company Secretary of AIM quoted AFC Energy plc.

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David Stevenson

Executive Director

AltFi

David Stevenson, Editor in Chief of AltFinanceNews, is a columnist for the Financial Times (the Adventurous Investor), Investment Week and Money Week. He’s an experienced media entrepreneur (he’s set up a number of online media companies focused on online TV and viral videos) and knowledgeable investment expert. He was also one of the very first journalists to write about the sector in the main nationals.

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Jeremiah Silkowski

Founder and CEO

SQN Capital

Jeremiah Silkowski is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SQN Capital Management and its group of companies. Jeremiah has recently been named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Asset Finance” by Leasing Life and was the recipient of the 2015 External Investment Award given for SQN Capital Management’s success in introducing asset finance and equipment leasing as a viable investment vehicle for a broad range of non-traditional investors in the space. Jeremiah lives in New York City with his wife and son and is also the Associate Publisher of Society and Diplomatic Review, a magazine originally intended to be exclusively distributed within United Nation community but has grown to promote business and commerce across the member nations.

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Hugh Halford-Thompson

Chief Innovation Officer

BTL Group LTD

With 5 year’s experience in blockchain technology, Hugh is co-founder of BTL Group LTD. A founding member of the UKDCA, Hugh previously co-founded Quickbitcoin in 2013 which became the UK's biggest bitcoin brokerage and operated the first bitcoin ATM in London. Hugh works out of BTL Group LTD's London office where he is responsible for all technical aspects of the company.

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Dr. Tim Thabe

Dr. Tim Thabe
creditshelf GmbH

Patrick de Nonneville

Patrick de Nonneville
Lendix

Peter Renton

Peter Renton
Lend Academy

Jake Wombwell-Povey

Jake Wombwell-Povey
Goji

Dr. Tim Thabe

Co-Founder and CEO

creditshelf GmbH

Tim Thabe is Co-Founder and CEO of creditshelf, the marketplace for SME loans. creditshelf facilitates loans by bringing professional and experienced investors together with SME borrowers. Investors generate attractive returns whilst borrowers receive flexible and quick funding. creditshelf was founded in 2015 by a group of senior banking professionals. Since market launch the business is growing fast and was recognized with the 2016 Frankfurt founders award recently. At creditshelf Tim is in charge of operations, strategy and HR.

Tim has 15 years of experience in the banking industry on an international level. Before joining creditshelf he was with a leading global bank as COO of the international corporate and institutional clients business based in Zurich. Previously he worked as Credit Officer for a leading global investment bank in London. 

Tim holds a Ph.D. in finance (University of Mannheim) as well as  degrees as Diplom-Kaufmann from University of Mannheim, and EMBA from Kellogg-WHU, and he is a CFA Charterholder.

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Patrick de Nonneville

Chief Operating Officer

Lendix

Patrick is Chief Operating Officer of Lendix, one of the leading SME loans platform in Continental Europe. He is in charge of the development and the day-to-day operations of the platform. As a Partner at Goldman Sachs in London until 2014, Patrick was co-head of the European rates business and member of the Global Operating Committee for Rates. He began his career at JPMorgan in Paris and London as a « market-maker » on Treasuries, before joining Deutsche Bank where he led the complex products trading activities and Inflation products.

 

Patrick is a board member of FX tech company Kantox and a member of the advisory board of the literacy charity Room To Read. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique.

 

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Peter Renton

Founder

Lend Academy

Peter Renton is the founder of Lend Academy, the leading educational resource for the P2P/marketplace lending industry. His blog is the most widely read website about marketplace lending and through his writing, podcast and videos he has helped tens of thousands of people understand this new asset class. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on marketplace lending and speaks regularly on the topic at industry conferences.

 

He is the co-founder of the LendIt Conference, the world’s first and largest conference series dedicated to the online lending and Fintech industries.  LendIt conducts three conferences a year: in the USA, Europe and China. He is also a co-founder at NSR Invest, an investment and analytics platform that provides access to P2P marketplaces for financial advisors, institutional investors, and individuals.

 

Peter Renton has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times and dozens of finance blogs and smaller publications. 

 

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Jake Wombwell-Povey

CEO and Co-founder

Goji

Jake is the CEO and Cofounder of Goji where he is responsible for driving Goji's strategy and managing Goji's relationships with its lending and investment partners.  Prior to stepping up to launch Goji, Jake advised some of the UK’s largest P2P lending platforms whilst at a global advisory firm where is was also responsible for capital raising for finance intermediaries. His experience includes both public and private market Corporate Finance as well as strategic and regulatory reviews for major UK Financial Services business. Jake is the Chairman of TISA’s Alternative Finance Steering Committee.

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Ed Dartley

Ed Dartley
K&L Gates LLP

Joseph Lazaris

Joseph Lazaris
Enterprise Incubator & Consultancy

Martin Cook

Martin Cook
Funding Circle

Simon Pearse

Simon Pearse
RateSetter

Ed Dartley

Partner

K&L Gates LLP

Ed Dartley is a partner in the firm’s New York office where he is a member of the Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments practice group. Mr. Dartley concentrates his practice on all facets of the asset management industry, with particular focuses on the alternative investment asset classes, private equity, and venture capital funds, and managed accounts, as well as regulatory, compliance and operational matters, compliance audits, and internal governance. He advises numerous emerging and middle market private equity clients and other alternative asset managers on a wide range of issues facing the industry today.

 

Mr. Dartley also focuses his practice on advising energy-focused alternative asset managers and companies on a wide variety of matters, and has worked with industry players in both the traditional and alternative energy industries. In addition, he has extensive experience advising clients in the fintech and marketplace lending (peer to-peer) industries.

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Joseph Lazaris

Partner

Enterprise Incubator & Consultancy

Joe is one of the founding partners of Enterprise Incubator & Consultancy LLP (EIC), a fledgling regulatory consultancy dedicated to providing SMEs in the financial services sector with commercially focused, user friendly compliance solutions.

 

Joe has worked with a wide variety of firms and has extensive experience in the crowdfunding and alternative finance space, supporting corporate finance houses, the managers of PE/VC funds as well as P2P and equity crowdfunding platforms.

 

In addition to advising firms already regulated by the FCA, Joe also works with a number of appointed representatives, helping them meet their day-to-day compliance obligations and get to a position where they can be directly authorised in their own right.

 

EIC is the sister company of Enterprise Investment Partners LLP, a regulated corporate finance and fund management company operating in the SEIS/EIS tax efficient investments space.

Martin Cook

General Counsel UK

Funding Circle

Martin Cook is General Counsel at Funding Circle UK. Funding Circle is the world’s leading direct lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent £2.5 billion to 28,000 businesses across the UK, US and Europe (Feb 2017). In the UK, lending through Funding Circle has contributed £2.7 billion to the economy and supported the creation of 50,000 new jobs. Funding Circle loans are funded by a diverse array of investors including more than 50,000 individuals, local and national government, financial institutions, and the first single platform direct lending fund - Funding Circle SME Income Fund (FCIF). In addition to his UK business leadership role, Martin is responsible for legal and regulatory matters and is heavily involved in governmental affairs activity. Prior to Funding Circle, Martin focused on corporate, commercial and IP work in the technology, telecoms and financial services sectors at the law firms Slaughter and May (in London, Hong Kong and Brussels) and Travers Smith, as well as in house roles focused on innovation and FinTech. Martin is a member of the FinTech Delivery Panel, an industry body appointed by HM Treasury and working with TechCityUK on driving the growth of the UK's FinTech scene.

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Simon Pearse

Head of Compliance

RateSetter

Simon is responsible for ensuring that RateSetter complies with UK regulations. He has 13 years’ experience in risk, compliance and regulatory affairs. Simon led the development of the regulatory risk framework for ‘challenger bank’ OneSavings Bank plc and spent eight years as a senior manager at the FSA/FCA.

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Andrew Tyrtania

Andrew Tyrtania
Compliancy Services

Sergey Chetverikov

Sergey Chetverikov
Starttrack

Rohin Modasia

Rohin Modasia
Global Alternatives

Brian Korn

Brian Korn
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Andrew Tyrtania

Client Projects Director

Compliancy Services

Andrew joined Compliancy Services in 2013.  Compliancy Services are a specialist compliance consultant to firms that provide services which are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. 
As the Platforms and Asset Management Practice Leader, he advises many companies in the alternative finance, equity and P2P crowdfunding and fintech sectors through the Financial Services Authority authorisation process and continues to provide advice and consultancy to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance.  
Before moving into the financial services sector in 1990, Andrew trained and worked as a mechanical engineer in the guided weapons area and as a product manager for start-up technology companies on the Cambridge Science Park.  
His financial services career began as an investment advisor, before moving into investment management where he managed a team of investment managers and analysts.  This period of his career culminated in the appointment to lead the turnaround of the portfolio of Duncan Lawrie’s UK Smaller Companies Fund following the collapse of the ‘dot com’ bubble.  
In 2003 Andrew took his first regulatory compliance post before becoming a consultant in 2008.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in many different regulated sectors and under every regulatory body the UK has formed since the ‘big bang’.  
In his free time, he is studying as a beer sommelier with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and as well as providing compliance consultancy is a qualified expert witness and in this role has acted as an expert witness in a high profile enforcement action at the Upper Tribunal, providing expert opinion on investment compliance matters.

 

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Sergey Chetverikov

Investment Director

Starttrack

Sergey looks after all investors communications within StartTrack. Prior to this, he held a number of managing positions at Russian broker BCS Financial Group and Bank Otkritie (Top-10 list in Russia).

StartTrack is leading Russian investment crowdfunding platform, which allows people to invest alongside professional investors in early stage and growth businesses through equity and debt investment options.

Since the company's foundation 2 years ago, 35 projects from various industries have attracted more than 710 million rubles on StartTrack, and the the number of accredited investors exceeded 1352 people. StartTrack also organizes educational courses and conferences for investors, business founders and CEO.

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Rohin Modasia

CEO & Founder

Global Alternatives

Rohin Modasia is CEO & Founder of Global Alternatives, an independent owner and operator of cross-border marketplace platforms. He has a strong global markets trading background and has been an active investor in UK property since 1999. His experience derives from time spent at Goldman Sachs and IV Capital, a best-in-class statistical arbitrage hedge fund, where he was head of trading in London and New York. Since 2008, and as a founding principal of Moenia Partners, he has participated in and arranged several private investments, with a particular focus on real estate. Rohin is a CFA Charterholder.

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Brian Korn

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Brian S. Korn is Head of Digital Finance and Marketplace Lending in the Capital Markets practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and is resident in the firm’s New York office. He counsels over 100 clients in the Marketplace Lending space, including platforms, investors and service providers. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start up venture financings, and mature corporate and high-yield debt finance. He also advises clients on SEC compliance, broker-dealer compliance and corporate swap transactions. Mr. Korn has made multiple appearances on Fox Business Television, Bloomberg, CCTV America and National Public Radio commenting on the JOBS Act, including its impact on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, IPOs and market trading dynamics.

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Thorsten Seeger

Thorsten Seeger
Funding Circle

George Georgakopoulos

George Georgakopoulos
4finance

Karteek Patel

Karteek Patel
Crowdstacker

Martins Sulte

Martins Sulte
Mintos

Thorsten Seeger

Managing Director Germany

Funding Circle

Thorsten is Managing Director of Funding Circle Germany, the world's leading lending platform focused exclusively on small business finance. He is in charge of the platform's growth and strategy in Europe's largest economy. Before joining Funding Circle, Thorsten was the Head of Financial Markets for SME at Lloyds Banking Group in London, where he was responsible for driving and delivering access to financial markets for small businesses across all interest rate products, currencies and commodities. He began his career in banking at Barclays where he spent more than eight years in a number of positions focused on small and medium-sized businesses.

Since launching in 2010, investors at Funding Circle – including 60,000 individuals, financial institutions, the listed Funding Circle SME Income Fund and Government – have lent more than £2.5 billion ($3 billion) to 25,000 businesses globally. Approximately 10% of investor money now comes from Government sources, including the British Business Bank, European Investment Bank, KfW, the German government-owned development bank, and local councils across the UK. Funding Circle is the world's leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses and one of the best capitalized platforms globally, having raised ~$300 million from some of the world’s largest investors. The lender was the first lending platform to announce a formal referral partnership with Santander, one of the UK’s leading high street banks, and has since announced a similar partnership with RBS. 

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George Georgakopoulos

CEO

4finance

George has over 20 years of banking experience and was most recently CEO of Bancpost, the retail focused Romanian bank, and Group Country CEO for Eurobank, with responsibility for over EUR 3.5 billion of assets. Prior to the CEO role, George, as Executive VP directly managed over EUR 2 billion of personal lending portfolios and the bank’s retail operations. Before joining Eurobank in 2008, he spent 13 years at Barclays Bank and Barclaycard with senior roles including head of strategy for new business opportunities in IT/tech. From 1997 to 2000, he was seconded to EBA Clearing to establish the pan-European clearing system, working extensively with major banks across Europe and the European Central Bank. George studied law at Athens Law School and has an MBA from Glasgow University.

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Karteek Patel

CEO and Co-Founder

Crowdstacker

Karteek began his career over 14 years ago in finance and over this time he built a futures and options business, managed a independent UCITS platform and acted as fund manager for a global resources focused fund.

Karteek's experience includes launching multiple hedge funds, developing new financial products, project management, due diligence, strategy and implementation.

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Martins Sulte

Co-Founder and CEO

Mintos

Martins Sulte is Co-Founder and CEO of Mintos, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace where investors go to invest in loans originated by non-bank lenders. Prior to founding Mintos in 2014, Martins worked for 6 years in the investment banking industry at SEB advising some of the largest M&A and Equity Capital Market deals in the Northern Europe. Martins holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France and is a CFA charterholder.

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Adam French

Adam French
Scalable Capital

Nick Stainthorpe

Nick Stainthorpe
Reed Smith LLP

Rob Straathof

Rob Straathof
Liberis

Jonathan Segal

Jonathan Segal
Fox Williams

Adam French

Co-Founder and CEO

Scalable Capital

Adam is Co-Founder and Managing Director of digital investment manager Scalable Capital. Prior to this, he spent the last 7 years working in London in the financial services industry at Goldman Sachs. As Executive Director of Commodities Trading, he was responsible for the commodity structured products franchise including risk management and developing client solutions. Prior to this, he worked in Derivatives Trading where he was responsible for electronic trading for private clients in fixed income, currency and commodity products. Adam studied Business Mathematics and Statistics at the London School of Economics.

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Nick Stainthorpe

Partner

Reed Smith LLP

Nick is a partner at Reed Smith LLP and a leading practitioner in the alternative finance sector.  His clients include fintech start ups, alternative finance platforms, lenders to adtech businesses, fund investors and banks. He also writes articles for the press and speaks frequently at conferences on alternative credit.  Reed Smith regularly advise industry participants on business formation, investment, securitisation, regulation, tax, intellectual property and IT among other areas.  The Reed Smith network includes offices with key fintech and alternative finance practices from Silicon Valley to Singapore.

Rob Straathof

CEO

Liberis

Rob joined Liberis as CEO in 2015 and has a wealth of experience within the financial sector. Rob has spent the last few years building online lending businesses including the UK's first Digital SME lender, Everline. Before that, Rob spent 6 years at J.P. Morgan in the technology investment banking team in London and San Francisco. Rob started his career in the Netherlands as founder of one of Rotterdam's first online B2B lunch caterers and holds a Master of Science in Economics from Erasmus University.

 

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Jonathan Segal

Partner

Fox Williams

Jonathan is a partner in the FinTech and Alternative Finance team at City law firm Fox Williams. He advises clients across the FinTech and Alternative Finance spectrum, from start-ups disrupting existing markets with innovative technology to financial institutions looking to invest in new technology. He has particular expertise in peer-to-peer platforms, drawing on his extensive experience in the banking and finance sector gained both in-house at major financial institutions and in private practice. His experience spans a variety of financial products, including loans (both corporate and consumer), real estate and development finance, asset-based lending, receivables financing, asset finance, trade finance, capital markets, derivatives and repos.

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Simon Potter

Simon Potter
Seedrs

Sachin Patel

Sachin Patel
Funding Circle

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen
The Money Platform

Andrew Hodson

Andrew Hodson
Growthdeck

Simon Potter

Investment Manager

Seedrs

Simon is the Investment Manager at Seedrs, responsible for oversight of the Investment Team which works with entrepreneurs to run campaigns on the platform. As a whole, the team is responsible for preparing the campaign to go live, completing documentation when the campaign reaches its target, and managing the portfolio of funded businesses.

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Sachin Patel

Chief Capital Officer

Funding Circle

Sachin is responsible for institutional funding and product structuring, execution and distribution in Europe at Funding Circle. Funding Circle is the world’s leading direct lending platform for small business finance. Set up in 2010, investors have lent £2.5 billion to 28,000 businesses across the UK, US and Europe (Jan 2017). In the UK, lending through Funding Circle has contributed £2.7 billion to the economy and supported the creation of 50,000 new jobs. Funding Circle loans are funded by a diverse array of investors including 60,000 individuals, hedge funds, investment banks, family offices and endowment funds, asset managers, credit funds, pension funds and the first single platform direct lending fund - Funding Circle SME Income Fund (FCIF). Funding Circle loans were the first loans originated through a direct lending platform to be securitised in Europe (SBOLT 2016-1). Prior to Funding Circle, Sachin held a number of roles within the structured products, fixed income & credit solutions businesses at JPMorgan and Barclays.

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Kevin Allen

Chief Risk Officer

The Money Platform

Expert in the business optimisation of consumer credit and fraud risk lending with over 24 years experience. Previously RateSetter.com’s first Chief Risk Officer and now hoping to emulate that success for The Money Platform. 

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Andrew Hodson

Head of Business Development

Growthdeck

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience working in accountancy and financial services with companies such as Coopers & Lybrand, BZW and Warburgs, before moving into private banking, where he took on senior roles at some of the world’s top private banks, including HSBC Private Bank, Citi, and Barclays Wealth & Investment Management. 

 

It was during his time in wealth management advising business owners that he developed an interest in working with entrepreneurs and angel investors to address the funding gap for small growth businesses. 

 

Andrew has now been investing in start-ups on a personal basis for over 10 years, particularly in innovative technology companies, with two successful exits, and sits on the board of a number of companies.

 

Andrew enjoys travelling, having lived in the Far East, Africa and the Middle East, and turns his hand to gardening when he has the time.

 

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Ryan Weeks

Ryan Weeks
AltFi

Ravi Anand

Ravi Anand
ESF Capital

Jonathan Wade

Jonathan Wade
RSM

Iain Niblock

Iain Niblock
Orca Money

Ryan Weeks

Editor

AltFi

Ryan is the editor of AltFi News, the go-to news and analysis service for alternative finance. He is also the founder and host of the Millennial Money Matters podcast, and author of the soon-to-launch book Pimple. 

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Ravi Anand

Managing Director

ESF Capital

Ravi has 25 years of financial services experience. He has created businesses and led more than 80 transactions in asset management, particularly in alternatives. These included fund raisings exceeding $12bn for both public and private fund vehicles and M&A transactions. Most recently, he was head of corporate finance at Dexion Capital. Prior to that, Ravi was head of corporate finance and co-head of alternatives at New Star Asset Management. Other roles include director of equity capital markets at HSBC Investment Bank and business development at Flemings (now JPMorgan). He is a qualified accountant and studied Management and Administration at Aston University.

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Jonathan Wade

Corporate Finance Partner

RSM

Jonathan is a partner in RSM’s corporate finance team with 20 years due diligence experience. RSM is one of the leading international accounting firms focused on the middle market.

 

Jonathan has been closely involved in alternative finance since its formative years, leading more than a dozen completed projects for investors such as Victory Park Capital, ESF Capital and GLI Finance. More recently, Jonathan and the RSM team have seen renewed interest from traditional private equity in specialty lending, acting for Spring Ventures and Mobeus PE on their investments in receivables lenders IGF and Factor 21.

 

Jonathan plays a leading role in RSM’s award-winning AltFi sector team, advising businesses and making introductions to other specialists within RSM, including regulation, standby services, tax and business services.

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Iain Niblock

CEO and Co-founder

Orca Money

Iain has been involved in Alternative Investments for three years. Before Orca, he founded an investment company which raised and lent capital through a listed retail bond. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavours, Iain worked as an Economist and Analyst at Centrica PLC.

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Will White

Will White
Loot

Robert Lawther

Robert Lawther
Hiscox

Daniel Lanyon

Daniel Lanyon
Altfi

Aloysius Fekete

Aloysius Fekete
AltFi Data

Will White

Operations Director

Loot

Will is responsible to the operations at Loot app, the mobile banking experience built for millenials. His focus is to ensure operations scale as Loot grows -  managing key supplier relationships, helping build an industry leading customer support team, and meeting all compliance, regulation and financial crime requirements. Will is a Chartered Accountant and brings 12 years of experience to the role. This includes debt restructuring and refinancing, including as a negotiator on the Lehman Brothers administration, whilst at pwc, and senior operations roles in the P2P lending and mobile banking sectors. He's also a cycle touring nut, if you fancy a boring conversation about panieers and bike frame strength.

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Robert Lawther

Head of Financial Institutions

Hiscox

Robert Lawther is Head of Financial Institutions at Hiscox and is a member of the team developing specialist insurance cover for the fintech sector.

 

He has held numerous senior roles over the last 30 years both as a broker and as an underwriter focusing on insurance for financial institutions, worldwide – professional indemnity, directors & officers liability and crime.

 

Hiscox was an early innovator of both specialist cover for the tech industry and cyber cover, dating back some 20 years and remains a leading insurer in both of these areas, continually developing its products to ensure they remain relevant to today’s exposures.

 

Hiscox have combined our experience of financial institutions, tech and cyber to pioneer cover for the fintech sector engaging with the industry to address its exposures to theft and corporate / personal liabilities.     

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Daniel Lanyon

Editor

Altfi

Daniel is the Editor of AltFi, focusing on coverage of professional investment in the Alternative Credit space. He was formerly a senior and award winning journalist at FE Trustnet covering the world of financial markets and asset management. Having attained a degree in economics, he went on to work as a journalist at several of the world’s leading media organisations including The Times, BBC and Reuters covering economics, business and politics. Before this he worked as an economics and business correspondent for Hurriyet Daily News in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Aloysius Fekete

Chief Product Officer

AltFi Data

Aloysius has over 20 years experience as an engineer and finance professional. His career started on the west coast of Canada as consulting civil engineer specialising in materials testing and high performance concrete research. He then joined a high-tech startup as part of the core research team developing state-of-the-art opto-electronics for measuring electric power. He subsequently did on MBA at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. During his MBA he did an 8-month secondment in Mexico City at Scotia Inverlat Capital Markets where he developed an expertise in structured finance.

On completing his MBA, Aloysius moved to London where he has worked in financial services. He quickly established himself as an expert in securitisation developing analytics for cash flow modeling, credit rating surveillance platforms and pricing methodologies. He has worked across the spectrum of market participants from data vendors to rating agencies to banks.  Aloysius was an early fintech pioneer launching MaxBips, an online platform for term deposits.

 

 
 

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Rob Haslingden

Rob Haslingden
Experian UK&I

John Pellew

John Pellew
Othera

Rob Haslingden

ead of Product Marketing & Propositions, Credit Services

Experian UK&I


Rob Haslingden is the UK Head of Product Marketing & Propositions for Experian’s Credit Services division. His focus is to demonstrate how financial services organisations can maximise the benefits Experian’s consumer and business information to minimise risk, improve customer management and mitigate fraud. In addition to working with customers, he also liaises with government, industry regulators and consumer groups demonstrating the benefits provided by Experian’s insight. His latest projects include co-ordinating the implementation of a new insolvency score to monitor the financial health of UK pension providers, and establishing a real-timed a data sharing network for UK banks. The latter has included involvement in the Open Banking Standards (OBS) project to look at how transactional data can be used provide a better measure of affordability for consumers and businesses. 

Rob has spent most of his working life associated with the commercial use of consumer and business information helping organisations understand more about their customers to optimise their engagement. Prior to his current role he was Head of Marketing for Experian’s Marketing Information Services division where he was responsible for the marketing of the renowned Mosaic consumer classification.
     
To find out more about Experian services http://experian.co.uk/business-services/credit-risk-management.html

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John Pellew

Founder and CEO

Othera

John has 20+ years experience in business and banking and has worked in industry, business and international trade finance in Australia and the U.K. He also has years of startup experience, having established and exited a number of successful startups in the UK.

 

John is the founder and CEO of Othera, a financial technology group that provides blockchain technology to help loan originators, investors and businesses with credit risk, debt and asset management.


Othera’s newest patent pending product is a revolutionary blockchain platform that facilitates liquidity, transparency and management of loan book risk by digitising all types of loans and logging them on the blockchain. The platform enables securitisation or syndication of loans and the creation of a new class of digital asset that can be profitably traded on an exchange.

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