General Counsel


Robert Irwin is general counsel and leads the international legal department at Tala, a mobile technology and data science company that is opening up financial access for underserved people globally. Tala offers an accessible consumer credit product, instantly underwriting and then disbursing loans to people who have never had a formal credit history, all through a smartphone app. Irwin enables this mission by establishing the company’s legal structure and compliance in disparate countries. He also partners with the company’s leadership to lead fundraising efforts and to ensure Tala best serves its customers as it expands.

As Tala grows, its geographic diversity and technological innovation requires creative legal solutions. Irwin and his nimble team pioneer legal services to ensure that Tala’s innovative business model to provide loans and financial services via smartphone fits within laws in emerging markets that were written for traditional brick-and-mortar banking.

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