Benoit Vanpoperinghe joins Zorin

By James Buckley - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:39

Zorin Finance, the alternative property lending specialist, has made two senior hires as part of its ongoing market expansion.

Benoit Vanpoperinghe has been appointed as COO and Richard Gosden as associate director in the credit risk team. These appointments follow the recent news that that company had closed its largest loan to date for £36m.

Vanpoperinghe has over 19 years’ experience in commercial real estate finance, securitisation and capital markets, having previously held positions at Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Fitch Ratings. Throughout his career, he has held roles in real estate finance, including real estate loan origination and execution in UK/Europe, real estate loan underwriting and credit analysis.

Vanpoperinghe was previously trading real estate backed bonds at Barclays, as well as managing a portfolio of legacy bonds and structuring real estate fixed income securities.

Gosden has over 25 years’ experience within the banking industry, with a particular focus on real estate finance. Prior to joining Zorin, Gosden held positions at Barclays Bank, Bank Leumi, Israel Discount Bank and most recently a privately funded development lender.

Luke Townsend, CEO of Zorin Finance, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Benoit and Richard to the Zorin Finance team. Both have a wealth of experience and will be invaluable in supporting the next phase of our growth plans. I am delighted that since Zorin’s launch in 2011, we have continued to grow meteorically and attract the very best talent.”

Vanpoperinghe, Chief Operating Officer, said: “I am delighted to join a team of likeminded, talented individuals and help grow a company which has established itself as a leading alternative finance provider in the real estate sector.”

Richard Gosden, Associate Director, added: “This role at Zorin Finance is a fantastic opportunity to work with a forward thinking, ambitious market leading lending business which puts risk management at the forefront of everything it does. I’m very much looking forward to supporting the business as it continues to grow.”

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