SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingClub ( NYSE: LC) announced today that it has entered into settlements with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
"We are pleased to have resolution and closure," said LendingClub Chairman Hans Morris. "Following an internal review in 2016, LendingClub's Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Renaud Laplanche as Chairman and CEO of the Company. The Board's decision was not made lightly but the violation of the Company's business practices, along with a lack of full disclosure by Mr. Laplanche during the review, was unacceptable. The allegations made by the DOJ and the findings of the SEC further support the Board's decision to take swift and decisive action. We have full confidence in our new management team and we are a better company today."
In its press release announcing the settlement, the SEC concluded, "The SEC's Enforcement Division determined not to recommend charges against LendingClub Corporation, which promptly self-reported its executives' misconduct following a review initiated by its board of directors, thoroughly remediated, and provided extraordinary cooperation with the agency's investigation."
The DOJ and SEC investigations began in May 2016 as a result of company disclosures. This concludes both investigations for the company and will not have a material impact on LendingClub's operations. As part of the settlement agreement with the DOJ, the company will continue to cooperate fully with the United States' DOJ investigation of individuals and entities not released. Details about the DOJ investigation can be found here. Details about the SEC investigation can be found here.
LendingClub was founded to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. Today, LendingClub's online credit marketplace connects borrowers and investors to deliver more efficient and affordable access to credit. Through its technology platform, LendingClub is able to create cost efficiencies and passes those savings onto borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of risk-adjusted returns. LendingClub is based in San Francisco, California. Currently, residents of the following states may invest in LendingClub notes: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY. All loans are made by federally regulated issuing bank partners. More information is available at https://www.lendingclub.com.
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