Ben Barbanel is the Head of Debt Finance at OakNorth where he leads a team that, since its launch in September 2015, has transacted almost £4bn of loans across hundreds of transactions. Together, the team have won multiple awards, including Estate Gazette's Financier of the Year (2018), PROPS Financier of the Year (2018), Property Week RESI Awards Residential Financier of the Year (2017), and City A.M.'s Bank of the Year (2017). Ben was also a personal recipient of Norwood Property’s Financier of the Year award (2019). Prior to joining OakNorth, Ben spent almost six years at Santander Corporate Bank, where in his most recent role, he was the Divisional Head of Business Development for London and the South East. Prior to Santander, he was at Clydesdale Bank where he focused on real estate finance. He also spent time working in a privately-owned real estate business helping to source, arrange, and manage debt. Previously, he worked as a Manager in the commercial banking division of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He started his banking career at Mizrahi Bank in London.
21 August 2019 | 39 mins 42 secs
OakNorth bank is one of the UK’s leading challenger banks. It’s the UK’s first in-the-cloud bank and, arguably, the UK’s most valuable fintech company. In this episode, we talk to Ben Wulwick, Head of Legal and Transaction Management, about how running a legal department in a challenger bank differs from running a legal department in a traditional bank, and to Ben Barbanel, Head of Debt Finance, about how OakNorth’s approach to lending differs to that of traditional banks and to that of most fintech companies.