Alison is Head of the London branch of Varengold Bank, a Hamburg headquartered investment bank. She plays a critical role in developing the bank’s marketplace banking business, providing funding to the marketplace and platform lending industry. Before joining Varengold in 2015 she worked in structured finance at Barclays Capital and as a lawyer at Linklaters. She holds an LLB in Law with Spanish Law from Nottingham University and is a charterholder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Association.
Mark asserted that the talent pool in property lending is now ‘in the alternative space’. He also said of platforms that get pricing and risk wrong: “The speed at which they came is the speed at which they’ll go.”
Uma said that alternative property lenders have to adapt their position in the market based on where we are in the property cycle.
James said that the interest rate cycle ‘is not going back to the way it was’ and that this opens up opportunities for alternative lenders to attract investment.
Marek said that EstateGuru’s main value proposition is that it allows investors to build a property portfolio that is diversified by geography.