Future of Financial Services

Marketplace Lending: The Challenges and Opportunities Posed by Alternative Lenders

London | 16 June 2016


Our report from this forum provides details about the research that informed our discussion as well as the results of the scenario analysis conducted on the role of alternative lenders and their impact on traditional lenders. As a result, we offer new perspectives on the challenges and opportunities posed by alternative lenders.

Read a report summary from the forum.

Read our full report from this forum.


In a group comprised of senior bankers, leaders of newly established ‘disrupter’ firms, academics, and other thought leaders, we shared new research related to the growth and prevalence of peer-to-peer lending in the UK and other areas of the world. This research informed our discussion around which new business models and strategies in alternative finance are working in the UK and what we can learn from trends and new initiatives outside of the UK.


Chicago Booth Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.  Hosted by Chicago Booth Executive Education, London Campus. 


Randall Krosner

Randall S. Kroszner

Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth and Ex-Governor of the US Federal Reserve System

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Robert Wardrop

Robert Wardrop

Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Stephen Barter

Stephen Barter

Moderator, Chairman Real Estate Advisory KPMG in the UK

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