Alison heads the London branch of Hamburg-based Varengold Bank, a leading financier of European fintechs, and is responsible for developing its fintech lending business across Western Europe. Widely connected within the European fintech ecosystem and the market for fintech financing, she is always on the lookout for bold and innovative new clients with customer-centric products or services that add significant value. Alison is an expert on the nuts & bolts of setting up and maintaining successful bank-fintech financing relationships and a regular speaker on podcasts and at industry events. Prior to joining Varengold in 2015, Alison worked in structured finance at Barclays Capital and as a tax / financial services regulation lawyer with Linklaters. Alison holds an LLB in Law and Spanish Law from the University of Nottingham and an LPC from the University of Law. She has passed with distinction both levels of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association’s charterholder programme.
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