LendingCrowd announces new hire

Michael Lloyd

June 20, 2019

Scottish fintech lending platform LendingCrowd has appointed Robbie McKenzie (pictured) to the newly created role of general counsel and chief risk & compliance officer.

A dual-qualified lawyer holding practising certificates in both Scotland and England, McKenzie will lead LendingCrowd’s legal, risk and compliance function and act as anti-money laundering officer.

Stuart Lunn, founder and chief executive of LendingCrowd, said: “Few organisations of our size employ an in-house general counsel.

“However, LendingCrowd is committed to being a leader in regulation and compliance, rather than simply meeting our statutory obligations.

“We were one of the first fintech lenders to receive full FCA authorisation and our robust credit decisioning is supported by our cutting-edge proprietary technology and the experts in our credit team.

“I am delighted to welcome Robbie to the team and look forward to him playing a leading role in ensuring we meet the highest regulatory standards as we continue on our ambitious growth strategy.”

McKenzie added: “These are exciting times for LendingCrowd and it is a real privilege to be joining them as we embark upon the next phase of our growth story. Stuart and the team have had a remarkable first five years and I’m confident that the next five will be even better.”

A particular focus will be ensuring LendingCrowd adheres fully with the Financial Conduct Authority’s new rules for peer-to-peer platforms, which will come into effect in December.

McKenzie joins LendingCrowd from London-based private equity fund manager Pollen Street Capital, where he was chief risk and compliance officer.

He has also held senior legal, risk and compliance roles at Avant, Dollar Financial Group, Bank of Scotland and RBS.

He is experienced in providing legal advice and driving regulatory change, having led several businesses through FCA authorisation processes and managing the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation and the FCA Senior Managers and Certification Regime in previous roles.

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