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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Lawrence Wintermeyer

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 201628. Lawrence WintermeyerChief Executive OfficerInnovate FinanceLast year: 34

Innovate Finance, an association launched two years ago by then–chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, City of London Corp., and Canary Wharf Group, may not be the only reason “the U.K. is now recognized as the leading global fintech hub,” as Lawrence Wintermeyer boasts. But with more than 250 members, ranging from raw start-ups to large-valuation “unicorns” to leading financial institutions, Innovate Finance is undeniably one of the focal points for a world-class technological ecosystem on par with the City’s stature as a global financial center. The Brexit vote in June caused barely a blip in London’s fintech development and funding momentum — it was “more of an emotional shock than anything else,” according to Wintermeyer, who adds, “New York is really our sister hub.” It’s a friendly rivalry. Partnership Fund for New York City chief executive Maria Gotsch (No. 12) gave a keynote speech on September 7 when Innovate Finance formally launched its East Coast Program, promoting what Wintermeyer calls “a collaborative environment for our members and influencers.” Two weeks before that Innovate Finance joined in an announcement with SWIFT’s Innotribe innovation arm (see Fabian Vandenreydt, No. 24) that unveiled the Global FinTech Hubs Federation. The idea is to “connect entrepreneurs and investors, report on the landscapes and get some degree of consistency on where the money is going, what’s hot and what’s not, and what’s going on on the regulatory side of things,” says Wintermeyer, 51, a longtime digital strategy adviser who joined Innovate Finance as CEO in March 2015. Also on a global scale, at the United Nations ID2020 summit in May the London organization announced an initiative supporting the U.N. sustainable development goal of providing legal proof of identity to some 1.8 billion people who currently lack it. “Identity is really the first requirement to get access to bank accounts or liquidity,” Wintermeyer says. “We’re keen that this is one step in helping to solve not just financial inclusion but also the heinous things that happen to people who don’t have a legal identity.”


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund