What Marketplace Lenders Need to Know Right Now

Lending Times’ April Meetup took place yesterday Thursday, April 8th and was sponsored by Manatt, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, a progressive and entrepreneurial law firm with offices across the US, representing a sophisticated client base in various industries.

The topic of focus was:

Latest updates on p2p and marketplace lending

My full presentation titled  “Latest updates on p2p and marketplace lending ” can be downloaded here : Latest updates on p2p and marketplace lending

Here were the main topics in my presentation:

  1. Slight increase in default rate, mostly in the sub-prime layers and only in some asset classes
  2. Which attracted attention to a potential downturn. What will happen in a downturn?
  3. The Capital Markets already reacted to these concerns which led to a few surprises
  4. And it also affected originators increasing the difficulty in raising capital
  5. In the meantime what is going on with the regulators ?
  6. And the latest Lending Club changes on regulation and capital sources.
  7. During this time, some market segments are doing well: New entrants and Real Estate Crowdfunding
  8. And to wrap up 2 theoretical thoughts on underwriting and rate increase theory


The presentations and the Q&A session with the panel with the following participants : 

• Matt Burton, CEO @ Orchard Platform

• Michael Finkelstein, Founder, and CEO @ The Credit Junction

• Christian Lawless, Founder, and Managing Partner @ Conversion Capital

• George Popescu, Editor-in-Chief @ Lending Times, “The latest trends in Marketplace Lending”

• Brian Korn, Partner @ Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, “First-hand experience working with startups in p2p and marketplace lending”

• Ram Ahluwalia, Founder, and CEO @ PeerIQ


Author : George Popescu

About the author

George Popescu

Serial entrepreneur.

George sold and exited his most successful company, Boston Technologies (BT) group, in 2014. BT was a technology, market maker, high-frequency trading and inter-broker broker-dealer in the FX Spot, precious metals and CFDs space company. George was the Founder and CEO and he boot-strapped from $0 to a $20+ million in revenue without any equity investment. BT has been #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011 according to the Boston Business Journal and the only company being in top 10 fastest in 2012-13 as it was #5 in 2012. BT has been on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for 4 years in a row ( #143, #373, #897 and #1270). After the company sale in July 2014 until February 2015 George was Head-of-Strategy for Currency Mountain ( ), a USD 100 million+ holding company focused on retail and medium institutional currencies, precious metals, stocks, fixed income and commodities businesses.

• Over the last 10 years, George founded 10 companies in online lending, craft beer brewery, exotic sports car rental space, hedge funds, peer-reviewed scientific journal ( Journal of Cellular and Molecular medicine…) and more. George advised 30+ early stage start-ups in different fields. George was also a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services and Techstar Fintech in NY.

• Previously George obtained 3 Master's Degrees: a Master's of Science from MIT working on 3D printing, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec, France and a Master's in Nanosciences from Paris XI University. Previously he worked as a visiting scientist at MIT in Bio-engineering for 2 years. George had 3 undergrad majors: Maths, Physics and Chemistry. His scientific career led to about 10 publications and patents.

• On the business side, Boston Business Journal has named me in the top 40 under 40 in 2012 in recognition of his business achievements.

• George is originally from Romania and grew up in Paris, France.

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