Events Featured

Event: Bank and Non-Banks: Competition or Partnership

Lending Times Daily News analysis and data for p2p and marketplace lending


Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Manatt Phelps & Phillips
7 Times Sq ,22nd floor, New York, NY


Bank and Non-Banks: Competition or Partnership

Lending Times and Manatt Phelps & Phillips will host a 45 min panel discussion on the recent updates on the bank and non-bank competition or partnership topic and their impact for participants in the marketplace lending sector.

Topics will include examination of different partnership structures through examples, pros and cons of diverse partnership structures, strategic considerations for both sides and discussion of where this dynamic is likely to lead the sector in the next few years.


• 6pm – 6:30pm networking, light cocktail

• 6:30pm – 7:30pm panel and Q&A

• 7:30pm – 8pm networking, light cocktail



Brian Geary, Senior Director, Bank Partnership, OnDeck

Jeff Zin, Head of Capital Markets, ApplePie

Ram Ahluwalia, CEO and Founder, PeerIQ

Brian Korn, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

Further panelists to be announced among the top bank and non-bank institutions.


George Popescu , Editor In Chief and Founder, Lending Times


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.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


default image

"Your daily letter is great!" , Ram , Founder and CEO, PeerIQ

default image

"Hi George - just want to tell you that you are doing a great work with Lending Times;-) Brgds, Kasper" , Kasper, Partner and Co-founder at Dansk Faktura Børs A/S

default image

"I've been following your newsletter for some time now and have been very impressed with the content." Charlie,Co-Founder | Bolstr

default image

"Hey George, I must say I really enjoy your site. It has inspired me to do some changes at our platform and we are the biggest consumer lender in Sweden." , Ludwig, CEO @ Savelend Sweden AB

default image

"Your daily email is very useful. It gives quick update on what's going in the market. Thank you very much for all that info." Yann Murciano, Head of Base Metals Trading at Morgan Stanley

Our daily p2p news digest

Daily News Summary Digest Sent Daily To Your Inbox