Christian Faes
CEO & Co-FounderLendInvest
Christian is co-founder and CEO of LendInvest, the world's largest marketplace lender for real estate. LendInvest is bringing technology to the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market - an entirely offline market. LendInvest spun out of Montello, an offline short-term mortgage lender, in 2013, to allow retail investors the opportunity to invest in a mortgage. Today LendInvest investors have lent over £640 million against over 2,300 properties making LendInvest one of the fastest-growing (and most profitable) marketplace platforms in the world. The company also has significant institutional backing; in 2015, LendInvest closed UK Fintech's then-largest Series A investment (£22m / $34m) from listed Chinese technology business Beijing Kunlun. In March 2016, LendInvest secured a £17m ($25m) Series B investment from Atomico, the VC fund led by Skype founder, Niklas Zennstrom. Christian is a qualified lawyer with corporate finance and real estate experience. He was previously a securitization lawyer at Clifford Chance, and in-house legal counsel for Deutsche Bank; and was involved in a mortgage lending business in Australia. Christian is also an active supporter of the FinTech and PropTech sectors, and an investor in start-ups such as Seedrs and Plentific.