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Conor French

Conor French

Funding Circle
General Counsel
San Francisco, CA, USA

Conor leads US legal, regulatory and government affairs for Funding Circle, the world’s leading marketplace for business financing. Funding Circle helps investors lend money to great small businesses looking for fast and affordable financing to grow, create new jobs and ultimately accelerate economic growth. Since 2010, Funding Circle has helped 60,000 investors lend more than $3.5 billion to over 25,000 small businesses globally.

Before joining Funding Circle, Conor served as CEO of Indego Africa – an award-winning social enterprise and lifestyle brand that supports artisan women through economic empowerment and education. He began his career practicing law at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he represented public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and investors in a wide range of corporate and finance transactions.

Conor helped found the Marketplace Lending Association (a trade association supporting responsible financial innovation) and the Responsible Business Lending Coalition (which authored the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights), and serves on the governing board of each. He is a Truman Security Fellow, chairs the advisory board of Indego Africa and serves on the financial institutions committee of the CA bar. Conor was recently named 2017 Bay Area Corporate Counsel of the Year.

Conor received his JD from NYU Law and his BA from Georgetown. He is admitted to the CA, DC, MA and NY bars.


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