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Alternative Lending: How this Fintech Industry is Changing Access to Capital
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Alternative Lending: How this Fintech Industry is Changing Access to Capital

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm
Where: The Conference Center
130 East 59th Street
Room 710
New York, New York  10022
United States
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Alternative Lending: How this Fintech Industry is Changing Access to Capital

Alternative lending platforms use machine learning and digital tools to extend credit quickly, particularly to those that have been underserved by banks. Originally for consumer borrowers, small business lending is now an important part of this growing Fintech industry. Alternative lenders are now partnering with banks -- a trend that can propel growth of this fledgling industry that aspires to disrupt the lending status quo. A panel of experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges for investors and lenders, and borrowers, including the trends, the players, and recent regulatory developments.


Robert Lawsky, senior executive ShopKeep

Einat Steklov, CBS '04, founder and senior executive Kashable

Jay Levy, co-founder Zelkova Ventures

Michael Moretti, managing director Silicon Valley Bank

• Lori Anne Czepiel, partner Warshaw Burstein

• Ben Walsh, reporter Barron’s (moderator)

DATE:   Tuesday, February 27, 2018
TIME:   6:00–8:00pm (networking opportunity before and after panel presentation which begins promptly at 6:30)
LOCATION:   The Conference Center, 130 E. 59th St. (bet. Park and Lexington Aves.)
TICKETS:   $35 for CBSACNY members, $45 for non-members

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Robert Lawsky, senior executive at ShopKeep. ShopKeep provides point of sale, payments and cash advance solutions to 25,000 SMBs. He is a member of ShopKeep’s Capital Committee, which runs its Merchant Cash Advance program. Prior to joining ShopKeep, Robert served in a number of senior executive positions at Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, Macquarie Bank’s Private Equity Funds Group and AT&T.

Einat Steklov, CBS '04, co-founder and a senior executive at Kashable, an online platform for employer-sponsored benefit programs providing access to low cost credit with automatic repayment through payroll. Kashable changes the credit profile of applicants by incorporating employer attributes and employment data into the underwriting process in addition to the individual applicant’s credit data. By going through the employer, Kashable transforms the way consumers access credit.

Jay Levy, co-founder of Zelkova Ventures. Zelkova has invested in over 60 early stage companies such as LendKey Technologies. LendKey is a provider of “Lending-as-a-Service” (LAAS) solutions for financial institutions through white label platforms for loan origination, underwriting and digital servicing. Jay was named one of Crain’s top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch in NY and received the Westchester County 40 under 40 Award.

Michael Moretti, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank and Head of Corporate Finance for SVB’s tri-state NY region, leads a team of tech bankers providing debt, investment management, treasury, and payment solutions. SVB has invested in alternative lenders such as BlueVine (SMB invoice factoring and credit) as well as many other companies in the fintech space. Prior to joining SVB in 2003, Michael founded fintech startup, LCconnect Inc. and had been involved in the international, corporate and investment banking markets since 1982.

Lori Anne Czepiel, Partner at Warshaw Burstein, advises companies, startups, investors and entrepreneurs in financial services and asset management on finance, investment, corporate, securities, IPOs, risk management, regulatory, dispute resolution, IP and exec comp matters.

(Moderator) Ben Walsh, reporter at Barron’s. Ben covers banking and fintech. Previously he was the chief business reporter at HuffPost, and before that an online editor and business writer at Reuters. Ben began his journalism career at Business Insider after working for five years at Goldman Sachs.

A special thank you to Warshaw Burstein for organizing and underwriting this event, and in particular to Lori-Anne Czepiel of Warshaw Burstein for securing speakers. Additional thanks to Debbie Schwartz, CBSACNY Board member, for initiating the panel.

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