Niche areas that fintech is yet to exploit

The fintech revolution is here. The ultra-smart splicing of technology and finance in order to improve, automate and simplify such things as personal banking, accounting, lending and investing is now promising to reinvent not just the financial services sector, but our entire world. But as fintech sweeps through our lives, are there niches and corners this great 21st-century game-changer has yet to penetrate? For a technology that has advanced at a breathtaking pace over the past few years, it’s surprising to find some high-end industries still largely reliant on antiquated systems.

Niche areas that fintech is yet to exploit

May 24, 2019

The fintech revolution is here. The ultra-smart splicing of technology and finance in order to improve, automate and simplify such things as personal banking, accounting, lending and investing is now promising to reinvent not just the financial services sector, but our entire world. But as fintech sweeps through our lives, are there niches and corners this great 21st-century game-changer has yet to penetrate? For a technology that has advanced at a breathtaking pace over the past few years, it’s surprising to find some high-end industries still largely reliant on antiquated systems.

Nina Bell appointed first female chair of British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

The BVRLA has appointed Nina Bell as the first female chair of the association. She takes over from LeasePlan’s Matt Dyer, who stepped down at the BVRLA’s annual general meeting after completing his two-year term. Bell, who has worked for Avis Budget for seven years and has been UK managing director since 2015, joined the BVRLA’s management committee four years ago and was appointed to the position of vice-chair last year.

Nina Bell appointed first female chair of British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

May 23, 2019

The BVRLA has appointed Nina Bell as the first female chair of the association. She takes over from LeasePlan’s Matt Dyer, who stepped down at the BVRLA’s annual general meeting after completing his two-year term. Bell, who has worked for Avis Budget for seven years and has been UK managing director since 2015, joined the BVRLA’s management committee four years ago and was appointed to the position of vice-chair last year.

Tarun Mistry’s new advisory service offers asset lenders a refreshing new approach

Tarun Mistry’s newly established advisory practice, T. Mistry & Associates (t/a TMA), for the asset finance industry, is virtually unique in its wide diversity of specialisms. These range from equipment leasing, motor finance, invoice & trade finance, rental and contract hire to commercial loans and mortgages. Mistry told Asset Finance International that most aspects of the consumer and business lending industry are topics for expert advice from TMA including regulated and unregulated, secured and unsecured, prime, near-prime and sub-prime markets.

Tarun Mistry’s new advisory service offers asset lenders a refreshing new approach

May 22, 2019

Tarun Mistry’s newly established advisory practice, T. Mistry & Associates (t/a TMA), for the asset finance industry, is virtually unique in its wide diversity of specialisms. These range from equipment leasing, motor finance, invoice & trade finance, rental and contract hire to commercial loans and mortgages. Mistry told Asset Finance International that most aspects of the consumer and business lending industry are topics for expert advice from TMA including regulated and unregulated, secured and unsecured, prime, near-prime and sub-prime markets.

Thought Leaders

Panellists revealed ahead of next Leasing Foundation Innovation Initiative event

May 18, 2019

The line-up of expert speakers has been revealed for the next Leasing Foundation Innovation Initiative debate, which will take place this Wednesday, May 22, in London. Carl Davis, founder of Downswood will be joined by Conrad Ford, CEO, Funding Options, Marc Plato, senior new business development manager, The IDCo and Daniel Weaver, head of innovation, Equifax. The event, titled Data and Decisions, will be chaired by Tom Perkins, director of Charles & Dean.

Appointments

Hampshire Trust Bank appoints Paul Bartley as managing director of asset finance division

May 14, 2019

Hampshire Trust Bank has appointed Paul Bartley as managing director of its asset finance division, Specialist Business Finance. Bartley was a founder director and shareholder of Close Leasing between 2007 and 2017 and more recently founded and built a disruptive digital platform in the retail car sales and finance market, FairSquare.com. His appointment is effective immediately and he will join the bank’s executive committee, reporting directly to chief executive officer Matthew Wyles.

Leasing Professionals

Peter Thomas steps down from Leasing Foundation as new board confirmed

May 21, 2019

Peter Thomas has stepped down from his role as executive director of the Leasing Foundation. Thomas, a Leasing Foundation co-founder, will be concentrating on developing a new global network looking at the future of finance, as chief executive officer and founding partner of THEORICA, formerly the Future Finance Network. He will continue working with many former and current foundation colleagues on a range of issues beyond equipment and asset finance. His move comes as a new board line-up is announced focused on technology leadership, young people and diversity and inclusion.