ApplePie Capital Names Geoff Thompson as General Counsel
San Francisco, April 5, 2016 -- ApplePie Capital, the first marketplace lender solely dedicated to the franchise industry, today announced the appointment of Geoff Thompson as General Counsel. Thompson comes to ApplePie Capital from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a leading international law firm, where he advised clients on a broad range of corporate legal matters.
“Geoff will be instrumental in helping us meet our aggressive growth targets,” said Denise Thomas, ApplePie Capital’s CEO and Co-Founder. “His unusually broad legal practice, which covers the full spectrum of financial markets matters, will be invaluable to the company as we scale.”
As General Counsel, Thompson will be responsible for overseeing all of ApplePie Capital’s legal affairs, including advising on capital markets transactions, structured finance matters, equity fundraising, credit transactions and regulatory compliance, in addition to providing legal guidance to the board of directors and senior management. Thompson brings more than a decade of experience in corporate and financial law to ApplePie Capital.
At Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Thompson focused on private equity, capital markets, credit and restructurings. Two of the transactions that he led in 2015, a US$5.5 billion follow-on equity offering and a €500 million “green bond” offering paired with a liability management transaction, won “deal of the year” awards. Prior to that, he spent four years as an associate at White & Case, specializing in cross-border capital markets, structured finance and credit transactions. He began his legal career as an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he advised international investment banks on structured finance and project finance matters. His work there included representing the FDIC on a securitization of real estate assets acquired from failed financial institutions, which was named “Structured Finance Deal of the Year” by a Financial Times publication.
Prior to attending law school, Thompson worked as an associate at McKinsey & Company. Thompson obtained his undergraduate degree from The American University of Paris, holds a master’s degree in international economics from SDA Bocconi in Milan, and earned a Juris Doctor and LL.M from the Duke University School of Law.
About ApplePie Capital
Headquartered in San Francisco, ApplePie Capital is a marketplace lender that provides a fresh new approach to franchise financing. The firm’s franchise loan marketplace enables entrepreneurs to efficiently obtain financing to start or expand their franchise business. ApplePie Capital enables investors to earn attractive fixed-income returns with established high-quality franchise brands. For more information, visit www.applepiecapital.com.