By Roger Baird on Thursday 20 June 2019
The Scottish small business peer-to-peer lender ‘is committed to being a leader in regulation and compliance’.
LendingCrowd has hired a head risk officer who will be tasked with making sure the platform falls into line with tougher regulator rules imposed on peer-to-peer lenders.
The Edinburgh-based firm has appointed Robbie McKenzie (pictured) to the newly-created post of general counsel and chief risk & compliance officer.
The business said McKenzie, a lawyer who is qualified to practice in both England and Scotland, will have a “particular focus” on making sure it complies with stricter governance and operational rules announced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) earlier this month.
He has previously held senior legal and compliance roles at a number of firms including Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland.
The platform added that McKenzie is “experienced in providing legal advice and driving regulatory change, having led several businesses through FCA authorisation processes”.
Earlier this month, the financial regulator imposed a 10 per cent limit on the peer-to-peer investments ordinary investors can hold in their portfolio, among a number of rule changes.
The FCA’s new rules will come into full effect in December.
LendingCrowd founder and chief executive Stuart Lunn said: “Few organisations of our size employ an in-house general counsel. However, LendingCrowd is committed to being a leader in regulation and compliance, rather than simply meeting our statutory obligations.”
The platform, founded in 2014, employs 40 staff, and has originated over 690 loans to small firms across the UK, totalling more than £60m since its launch.