Alison Harwood

Head of London Branch Varengold Bank

Alison heads the London branch of Hamburg-based Varengold Bank, a leading financier of European fintechs, and is responsible for developing its fintech lending business across Western Europe. Widely connected within the European fintech ecosystem and the market for fintech financing, she is always on the lookout for bold and innovative new clients with customer-centric products or services that add significant value. Alison is an expert on the nuts & bolts of setting up and maintaining successful bank-fintech financing relationships and a regular speaker on podcasts and at industry events. Prior to joining Varengold in 2015, Alison worked in structured finance at Barclays Capital and as a tax / financial services regulation lawyer with Linklaters. Alison holds an LLB in Law and Spanish Law from the University of Nottingham and an LPC from the University of Law. She has passed with distinction both levels of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association’s charterholder programme.

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