Speaking Engagement


Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

Blank Rome Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulatory Compliance (“FILARC”) partners R. Andrew ArculinScott D. Samlin, and Scott E. Wortman will serve as panelists at LEND360, being held October 2 through 4, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia.

LEND360 is an annual summit for the leaders in online lending that explores fintech industry trends and new technologies impacting consumer lenders, small business lenders, service partners, investors, bank representatives, and more.


A Path Toward Financial Inclusion—Redefining Credit Assessment in SMB Lending

Tuesday, October 3
11:45a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Traditional loan underwriting criteria has disadvantaged small businesses, despite the central role they play in our economy. During this session, the panelists will address how we can fundamentally transform the way lenders evaluate risk and assess the credit worthiness of small and mid-sized businesses (“SMBs”). With new credit risk scoring models and advanced API technology, we can open doors for more SMBs, including minority, underbanked, and protected classes, expanding access to financing that meets their needs. Together, we can revolutionize small business lending, reduce bias in credit lending decisions with alternative data solutions, and improve financial inclusion for minority small business owners—impacting the lives of millions of families worldwide.


  • David Adams, Head of Commercial Product Marketing, Equifax Inc.
  • Andrew Arculin, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Brad Jones, Senior Vice President and Head of Lending for Global Business Solutions, Fiserv
  • Patrick Reily, Co-Founder, Uplinq Financial Technologies
  • Jorge Sun, CEO, LendingFront

How AI Is Changing the Financial Services Landscape

Tuesday, October 3
3:45–4:45 p.m.

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning are creating opportunities and challenges in financial services. Our panel will discuss new ways that these ever-growing technologies are changing business practices and bringing digital innovations, new business models, and ecosystem partnerships that are helping companies become nimble and responsive to evolving customer demands.


  • Daniel Chu, CEO, Tricolor Holdings
  • Shantanu Gangal, CEO and Co-Founder, Prodigal
  • Chris Goodmacher, Co-Founder, Uprise
  • Michele Tucci, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director in North and Latin America, CredoLab
  • Scott Wortman, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Fred Wang, Co-Founder/Partner, Hudson Cove Capital Management

Payments Innovation—Visible or Invisible Impact, What Matters Most

Tuesday, October 3
3:45–4:45 p.m.

Should payments be invisible in the consumer and business experience? For example, when you take an Uber. You’re not taking out a card, are you? Why is it different for your utility bill or your medical bills? We know that consumers today prefer not only invisibility but automation. If we know that, then why aren’t more bills paid this way? In this session the panel will discuss why payments should seamlessly occur, just as they do in the purchase experience today. And with consumers’ finances pinched on all sides and delinquencies on the rise, learn how the combination of automation of the user experience (“UX”) and anonymization in the customer experience (“CX”) creates the win-win of timely payment for the consumer and lender.


  • Asif Ahmed, Senior Leader and Head of Global Product Strategy, Discover Global Network
  • Nick Babinsky, Chief Product Officer, Solutions by Text
  • Ranjan Dharmaraja, CEO, Quantrax Corporation Inc.
  • Matt Frye, Chief Product Officer, Dash Solutions
  • Scott Samlin, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.