Mark your calendars, log on and learn! LendIt, the world’s largest lending and fintech conference, is hosting two free webinars on January 11 and 18. LendIt Forums offer a series of free, intensive (and interactive) learning events for Asset Managers, Real Estate Investors, Financial Advisors, Commercial Bankers, Lending Innovators, Venture Capitalists and the Media.
Beginning at 2pm ET on 11 January, the first webinar will focus on marketplace lending and key considerations for risk retention in securitization. In association with Cadwalader and Lending Times, this forum will focus on key factors to consider in choosing the optimal risk retention structure and investors and other partners to assist in implementing that structure.
Forum topics will include:
- Commercial considerations related to sponsors, including brand and investor relationships
- Requirements to establish a majority owned-affiliate, including the amount of equity that must be retained by the sponsor versus an investor, and what constitutes a controlling financial interest
- Leverage, including market views on “the meaning of full recourse” and foreclosure risk, maturity and other issues arising in connection with lending facilities
- additional issues for marketplace lenders, investment banks, investors, credit enhancement companies, ratings agencies and other parties to consider when evaluating a risk retention structure, including timing, leverage, liquidity, returns and transaction costs and suitability for EU risk retention
Not sure what marketplace lending is or where to begin? 18 January’s 2pm ET forum entitled “Ask Us About…Marketplace Lending 101″ will prove informative. Participants may direct their questions about marketplace lending with experts LendIt Chairman & CEO Peter Renton and Crowdfund Insider Founder & CEO Andrew Dix.
“2017 will prove to be an important transitional year for marketplace lending as the market seeks stabilization, especially considering potential and anticipated industry consolidation, partnerships, tax reform and regulatory changes, transparency and expansion into ancillary secured asset classes,” commented Dix.
Additional topics up for discussion include:
- most important factors to consider before investing in marketplace lending
- where this new asset class fits in a diversified portfolio
- the birth and importance of marketplace lending
“This is a very interesting time for marketplace lending. The irrational exuberance of the past has gone and the focus is now on building sustainable businesses. 2017 will see a fascinating convergence of traditional banking and marketplace lending with many new and different partnerships forming,” added Renton. “We will see interesting developments on the regulatory front and artificial intelligence will become the new industry buzzword.”