Tagged: giles andrews

Zopa Finally Receives Full FCA Authorisation for Peer to Peer Lending

The first peer to peer lender to launch in the UK back in 2005 has finally received full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Zopa, a trailblazer in the global online lending sector, announced that it has been granted full authorisation for peer-to-peer lending… Read More

UK P2P Platform MarketInvoice Appoints Giles Andrews As New Chairman

Peer-to-peer invoice finance platform, MarketInvoice, announced on Monday it has appointed Zopa’s co-founder, Giles Andrews, as a new chairman. The company confirmed that Andrews will be working directly with co-founders Anil Stocker and Ilya Kondrashov to drive scale in the business as well as chairing and managing… Read More

Brief: Zopa’s Giles Andrews Named One of Digital Banking Club’s Power 50

Peer-to-peer lending platform Zopa recently announced its co-founder Giles Andrew was named one of Digital Banking Club’s Power 50. The list notably features the most innovative and influential people in European digital financial services. Zopa revealed that the list was selected by members of the Digital Banking… Read More

Brief: Luke Lang & Giles Andrews Among the “40 Coolest People in UK Fintech” List

This week, Business Insider announced its 40 Coolest People in UK Fintech list. This list features entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, regulators, hackers, and investors. The media outlet declared: “We looked at who’s done cool and interesting things in the past year, including companies that have raised money or… Read More

Nesta Schedules Event to Launch Alternative Finance Industry Report

Nesta, in partnership with Cambridge University and KPMG, has scheduled a gathering to launch the UK Alternative Finance Industry Report. The event, which is open to the public, is an opportunity to discuss key trends in the UK crowdfunding and peer to peer lending (marketplace… Read More

Brief: EY + Innovate Finance = FinTech Talent Secondment Program With Innovate Finance

EY and Innovate Finance have just announced the launch of a FinTech secondment program, according to a recent press release. As the only Big Four member of Innovate Finance, one of the world’s largest membership association for FinTech, EY will second members of staff into Innovate… Read More

Bloomberg Names Crowdcube One of UK’s Most Innovative Businesses

On Tuesday, Crowdcube announced it was named of UK’s most innovative businesses by Bloomberg in its inaugural Business Innovators List. The equity crowdfunding platform declared in its blog: “Bloomberg unveiled its inaugural Bloomberg Business Innovators list, naming Crowdcube as one of the breakthrough businesses disrupting the… Read More

UK Fintech Stars Giles Andrews & Samir Desai Receive Recognition from the Queen’s New Year Honours List

In a sign that Fintech has entered the realm of the establishment two leading entrepreneurs have been recognized by the Queen of England in the annual Honours List which was published yesterday. Samir Desai, co-founder and CEO of Funding Circle, has been honoured as a… Read More

Report: Zopa Raising £70 Million at £500 Million Valuation

Zopa, the largest peer to peer lending platform in the UK, is reportedly working with JP Morgan to raise £70 million giving the company a £500 million valuation. Zopa was the first P2P lender in the UK and pioneered the concept that has been embraced… Read More

Quotes From #LenditEurope: About China’s 2,000 Lending Platforms & More

Part II: Seen & Heard at Lendit Europe If you missed attending Lendit Europe, you missed a great event. You can catch up on a selection of presentations on Lendit . For short skimming, we’ve selected a few thought-provoking quotes from day 2. You may also… Read More

Co-Founder of Capital One, Nigel Morris, Joins Zopa Board

Zopa, the UK’s largest peer to peer lender, has announced the appointment of Nigel Morris as non-executive Board Member. Morris, currently the Managing Partner at QED Investors, is the co-founder of Capital One. QED has invested in well known Fintech companies, including, Credit Karma, Avant Credit,… Read More

Giles Andrews Out as Zopa CEO. Replaced by Jaidev Janardana

Leading peer to peer lending platform Zopa has announced an executive shake-up that has removed Giles Andrews as CEO. Effective immediately, Jaidev Janardana is the new CEO of Zopa. Andrews, a Zopa co-founder, will now be Executive Chairman of the fast growing direct lender. Janardana… Read More

Zopa Tops £1 Billion in Loans, A UK First for Peer to Peer Lending

Zopa has become the first UK peer to peer lender to surpass £1 billion (about $1.564 billion) in lending as direct lender states P2P lending has now become mainstream. The P2P lender has already matched more loans in 2015 than it did in the whole of… Read More

Does it Matter Who Does the Lending on Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms?

This is a question I get asked a lot. And the usual line of thinking of those asking the question is that it does matter.  The common assumption is that the increased activity of “institutional” funds is crowding out the core retail investors that platforms… Read More

Leaders of Innovative Finance Respond to UK Budget Policy, Embrace ISA Approach

  The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s summer budget was said to put economic security first and was a plan for “working people”. But incorporated in the policy statement was also aspects that should benefit disruptive financial firms on both the debt and equity side of… Read More

Zopa Chimes in: No Shadows in Peer to Peer Lending

Zopa co-founder and CEO Giles Andrew has joined a growing chorus of industry leaders disputing the description of peer to peer, or marketplace lending, as “Shadow Banking“.  Of course this could be just a natural reaction from traditional banking.  As the banking model is challenged,… Read More

Metro Bank Partners with Zopa to Lend Funds: UK Finance Disruptors Join Forces

Peer-to-peer lending pioneer Zopa today announced a partnership with leading challenger bank, Metro Bank, to lend funds through Zopa’s online marketplace.This innovative deal is the first of its kind in the UK and a clear signal that some parts of the UK banking sector are embracing… Read More

UBER & Zopa Hook Up to Help Drivers Purchase Cars

Zopa, the first peer to peer lender in the UK, has partnered up with another innovative firm UBER. The now (almost) ubiquitous ridesharing / cab replacement company is entering into a new service.  UBER and Zopa have created a new marketplace that will assist UBER drivers… Read More

Peer to Peer Lenders Encouraged by Osborne Speech & Tax Break Policy

Earlier this week George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, took his story up to Parliament to share his view of the UK economy and his strategic vision going forward.  The speech was broadly well-received, and as politicians typically do, there was something for everyone including a… Read More

Also Sprach Zopa: A Decade of Reflection, Current Research Findings & a Slick Video

2005: A Zopa Odyssey In these weeks, Zopa has celebrated a decade as a innovative and disruptive alternative financial leader.  Led by CEO Giles Andrews,  Zopa has lent over £750 million and predicts it will top £1 billion within the next couple of months.  To recap, in… Read More