Alison heads the London branch of Hamburg-based Varengold Bank, a leading financer of European FinTechs. She plays a critical role in developing the bank’s marketplace lending business across the UK, Ireland, France, and the Benelux countries. Hence, Alison is always on the lookout for new clients that challenge traditional lending models with bold and innovative ideas and provide customer-centric, products and services that add significant value. Owing to her extensive expertise, which she is always happy to share, she has lately become a popular interview partner, speaker and podcast guest. Alison holds an LLB in Law with Spanish Law from Nottingham University and is a charterholder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Association. Before joining Varengold in 2015, she had worked in structured finance at Barclays Capital and as a lawyer at Linklaters.
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.
4th February 2020 | Daniel Lanyon