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CORNELL TECH STARTUP LAW SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES #3: Debt for Fintechs: Structures, Advantages and Pain Points

Friday, August 07 1:00 PM EST to 2:00 PM EST

Zoom Video Conference

The scale and speed of digital financial transactions is a critical feature of today’s financial landscape. Companies of all shapes and sizes have now expanded credit access reached underserved communities by relying more intelligently on big data analytics, engineering, and predictive modeling. What business models make this possible? What legal structures and debt/finance solutions are needed for fintech companies to succeed? Join Rich Davis and Irina Marinescu of Paul Hastings and their host Chukwuma Okoroafor (Cornell LLM ’20) as they discuss this rapidly growing field. If you are working at, starting, or investing in the fintech space, or just want to learn more about this exciting area, we hope you’ll join us. 


• Richard Davis is a partner in the Structured Credit practice at Paul Hastings and leads the firm’s fintech footprint (both borrower and lender side), though his experience and practice span beyond the fintech space to traditional leveraged finance, asset-based facilities and bespoke structures. In the fintech space, he’s helped a breadth of companies scale - including consumer and small business loan providers, merchant cash advance originators, and trade receivables providers.

• Irina Marinescu is a senior associate in the Finance and Restructuring and Structured Credit practices of Paul Hastings and spends much of her time helping fintech clients scale through non-dilutive debt transactions.  She is also an adjunct professor at Cornell Tech and writes on Blockchain and the law.

• Host: Chukwuma Okoroafor has experience counseling companies across industries and geographies who are using technology to scale; including VC backed tech (Fintech, Healthtech, Edutech) companies. He has helped fintech companies on securitization options available to them for the purposes of driving growth. Chukwuma is a 2020 graduate of Cornell Law School’s LLM program in Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech.

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