5 Hottest Lendit Europe 2019 Topics For Banks And Fintechs

“Lending and banking are converging.” Lendit Fintech Europe 2019 returns to London as the definitive event for fintech leaders to connect and reimagine the future of finance. Here are the five hottest Lendit topics for banks and lenders that has out team excited!

1. Building a New Paradigm for SME Lending

Ayan Mitra, Code Investing;Stephane Blanchoz, BNP Paribas, Moderator:Therese Torris, Crowdfund Insider
Friday, Sept. 27 at 3:10 PM, Auditorium (20min)

“A massive 99.9% of the 5.7 million businesses in the UK are small or medium-size businesses (SMEs)”. Yet despite being a crucial contributor to the UK's economy, business owners still face considerable obstacles when it comes to financing, including higher risks associated with smaller-scale activities, sizeable transaction costs, a lack of collateral and information asymmetry between investors and entrepreneurs. 

Ayan Mitra, Founder and CEO of CODE Investing, one of the UK’s leading alternative debt finance marketplaces for SME business loans will be discussing the building of a new paradigm for SME lending with Stéphane Blanchoz, the Head of SME Alternative Financing at BNP Paribas Asset Management, as part of the “Lending Innovations” theme cycle. Moderated by Therese Torris, Senior Contributing Editor at Crowdfund Insider.

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2. Big Banks are Searching for their Treezor – a True Open Banking Love Story

Claire Calmejane, Société Générale;Eric Lassus, Treezor
Friday, Sept. 27 at 9:40 AM, Auditorium (25min)

Treezor started out as an open banking powered fintech - a core banking platform that facilitates payment management for traders, collaborative platforms and banks as well as credit institutions and neo-banks. In 2019 the company was acquired by the Société Générale Group, with Treezor's founder Eric Lassus remaining on as the Managing Director. 

This is indeed a classic open banking love story - a bank and fintech meet, both see value in potential collaboration and decide to merge. Partnerships like these set a clear example of the mutual benefits of such a union. But what about the challenges? The ups and downs of not only working, but also prospering together?  
Société Générale's Claire Calmejane and Treezor's Eric Lassus will take the stage to hopefully share a full account of their collaboration, learnings as well as a common vision moving forwards.

3. When it Comes to Fraud, Stay Ahead of the Digital Wave…don’t Drown in it

Kedar Samant, Simility (PayPal);John Erick Setsaas, Signicat;Daan van den Eshof, Rabobank; Moderator:Nicolo Petrone, MEDICI
Thursday, Sept 26 at 4:05 PM, Room A (40min)

The ECB reports that the total value of fraudulent transactions in the EU amount to €1.8 Billion annually, which can have a significant impact on consumer lending. Not only does lending fraud increase risks and raises interest rates for all borrowers, it also negatively impacts consumer credit history. 

In their panel, Kedar Samant - CTO and senior director of Simility (acquired by PayPal) and John Erik Setsaas, the VP of identity and innovation at Signicat will be joined by Rabobank's Rabo eBusiness product manager Daan van den Eshof. With combined experiences on innovation, security and business development, this panel is sure to deliver valuable insights on why companies wishing to succeed need to stay ahead of the digital wave. Moderated by Nicolo Petrone, European head of MEDICI.

4. Point of Sale Lending: The Big Opportunity for Banks and Fintechs

Christer Holloman, Divido;Kristina Salemyr, Nordea Bank; Moderator:Tony McLaughlin, Citi
Friday, Sept. 27 at 3:10 PM, Room A (20min)

“The global market for POS terminals reached $62.34 billion in 2018,” and experts further predict it to “grow at a CAGR of 7.8% from 2019 to 2025,” according to Grand View Research. The rise of open banking powered income analytics can further expedite the process of point-of-sale lending.  

However are banks and fintechs capitalising on this opportunity? Reporting on JPMorgan Chase moving into the point-of-sale financing market in March, Forbes contributor Ron Shevlinwrote that “many banks and credit unions missed the shift in consumer behaviour” and that “JPMorgan Chase's move [...] should be a wake-up call for the rest of the industry.”

The fireside chat will feature Christer Holloman, CEO of Divido - a point-of-sale finance platform, Kristina Salemyr, Head of Retail Finance at Nordea Finance, moderated by Tony McLaughlin, Emerging Payments and Business Development at Citi. 

5. Updating the Lending Experience with a Data-centric Approach

Keith Grose, Plaid; Moderator:Oliver Smith, AltFi
Friday, Sept. 27 at 2 PM, Room A (20min)

The worldwide revenue for big data and business analytics solutions is expected to reach $260 billion by 2022. In this session, Plaid’s international lead will discuss how fintechs can create a lending lifecycle that’s faster, easier for applicants to navigate, and improves decisioning. 

Open banking has powered fintechs to leverage account data to help banks, lenders and challengers offer their consumers better financial services. But raw data alone is insufficient. By turning raw account data into valuable insights, data analytics companies can help financial institutions improve the speed and accuracy of their lending decisions. 

For this fireside chat, Plaid's Keith Grose will share the stage with the editor of AltFi News Oliver Smith. 

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