Lending Club CEO Resigns

Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche, generally regarded as the face of marketplace/p2p lending has resigned his position at Lending Club.

The resignation is based on the discovery that $22 million worth of loans were knowingly sold to an investor when the loans did NOT meet that investors buying criteria. It's yet to be seen if additional executives or employees will be let go or not although the CNBC articles says 3 other senior managers were let go too.

It should be noted that the loans were repurchased by LC at par and then resold to investors whose criteria were met by the loans.

Some of the coverage of this ongoing story from:

Wall Street Journal

NY Times

CNBC

Fortune

While this is very bad news for LC and the industry as a whole (and LC's stock price is down 25% so far today), one very good sign is how seriously LC took this act and how quickly and decisively they have acted. Hopefully this is just an isolated incident.

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Stu Stu Lustman, the author of this post, is a Credit Analyst by trade trying to bring Commercial Credit Analysis techniques to the world of Peer to Peer Lending. Check me out on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

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