Tagged: china

Brief: Chinese Platform KaiStart Adds to Series A Round

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Chinese crowdfunding platform KaiStart announced this week they had closed on a Series “A+” funding  round led by Matrix Partners and Vision Capital. At the end of 2015, KaiStart had revealed it had raised $5.2 million from a broad group of investors including; Incapital, Meridian… Read More

Details on Ezubao P2P Platform Shutdown are Out: Ponzi Scheme with 95% of Projects Labeled Fake

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As reported in December, the Chinese peer to peer lender Ezubao (Ezubo), launched by Yucheng in 2014,  was shuttered by authorities as employees were questioned and managers were arrested by police.  Now Xinhua and other news outlets are providing details that are shaking up the… Read More

Chinese Regulators Said to Launch Campaign to Regulate Internet Finance as Ezubao Fraud Pegged at 40 Billion Yuan

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Banking regulators are said to be establishing a “monitoring and warning system” against financial risk and fraud. This is a according to a report in China News that reported a statement that was released at a conference on political and legal work earlier this month…. Read More

Kickstarter Co-Founder Charles Adler: Build Up Sense of Public Mission in Crowdfunding

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By the end of 2015, Kickstarter had launched 274,900 projects, of which 98,500 had successfully reached their fundraising goal. The total contributions added up to $2.147 billion US dollars. 10,101,800 people have been contributors on the Kickstarter platform, of which 3,135,900 were repeat backers. Kickstarter projects… Read More

Moody’s: Securitization Provides Alternative Financial Solutions for Indian and Chinese Financial Systems

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Moody’s Investors Service avers that the development of domestic securitization markets will help India and China achieve their common goal of building inclusive financial systems that will ultimately bring affordable credit to the underprivileged segments of their societies and which are usually excluded from the conventional banking… Read More

ING Lead Investor in $160M in Series B Funding for Consumer Loan Provider WeLab: Aims to Improve Consumer Experience

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Fresh from its October 2015 investment in US marketplace lender Kabbage, Dutch bank ING has taken a stake in WeLab, a non-bank provider of consumer loans in China and Hong Kong. ING participated in a Series B $160 million (RMB1 billion) fundraising in the three-year old… Read More

Hong Kong Innovation Lab Takes Off Backed by Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Next Stop, London

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia today launched an Innovation Lab in Hong Kong and announced plans to launch an Innovation Lab in London later this year. This innovation network is a natural extension of the Bank’s successful Innovation Lab in Sydney and creates a global approach to… Read More

Completed: Chinese P2P Lender Lufax Raises $1.2B; Valued at $18.5 Billion

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Backed by Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd., Lufax, a Chinese peer-to-peer lender, has raised $1.2 billion from a group of investors, making it one of the world’s most valuable financial technology startups.  The capital raising values Lufax at $18.5 billion. The Shanghai-based Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co… Read More

Regulations Galore Part II: Peer to Peer Lending in China

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The China Banking Regulatory Commission (“CBRC”) issued the highly anticipated draft rules for online lending on December 28, 2015. Ever since the State Council guidelines (“the Guidelines”) for the Chinese internet finance industry were issued in July, rumors about the timing of the online lending… Read More

China – US Event to Focus on Future of Marketplace Lending

Ning Tang

Industry representatives from the two largest economies in the world, China and the United States, will gather in San Francisco later this month to discuss the future of P2P / marketplace lending.  The conference is organized by Sync US International (Chi Mei International) a bilateral “resource”… Read More

Suspended: Registration Of Internet Finances In Several Chinese Cities

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In Shanghai and Shenzhen, administrations for industry and commerce have suspended the registration of Internet finance platforms, according to the Beijing Business Today in ECNS.cn. The publication also notes that in Beijing, the Administration for Industry and Commerce also released a similar statement. However, this has not… Read More

Yirendai Appoints Chaomei Chen, Former Chief Risk Officer of LendingClub, As Member of Yirendai Advisory Committee

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Yirendai, an online consumer finance marketplace in China, on Thursday announced the appointment of Chaomei Chen, former chief risk officer of Lending Club, as a member of the company’s Advisory Committee, effective Jan. 7, 2016, according to a recent press release. Chen will provide strategic advice and insight to… Read More

China Investment in Israel May Hit $10 Billion in Just a Few Years, OurCrowd May Lead the Way (Video)

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Global investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd is perched in one the hottest startup markets in the world: Israel. Between a 1000 and 1500 new startups are launched every year in a country with a relatively small population. Some of these companies have gone on to become… Read More

Regulations Galore Part I: Online Payments in China

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A flurry of internet finance-related regulatory documents were issued in China last week just before the New Year. On December 28th, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued the final rules on online payments while the China Banking Regulatory Commission (“CBRC”) issued the draft rules… Read More

Brief: Chinese Peer-to-Peer Lender Weijinsuo Secures $46M During Series A Round Led By HNA Capital

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Weijinsuo, a Beijing-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform, announced on Thursday that it has raised $46 million (RMB300 million) during its series A lending round, which was led by HNA Capital. According to the China Money Network, Weijinsuo was founded in 2013 and currently has 700,000… Read More

China: “Up to 90% of the Platforms in the Industry Will Face Sweeping Changes”

Xu Hongwei

This is a pretty powerful statement coming out of China in response to the recently announced peer to peer lending rules.  Xu Hongwei, CEO of Shanghai-based Yingcan Group, a research company that tracks the myriad of P2P lenders in China.  As quoted in China News, Xu Hongwei… Read More

HengXinLi Launches Global Real Estate Platform Targeting China Investors

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In China, there is an estimated $21 trillion held in savings deposits.  This incredible sum was described in Bloomberg as one of the most significant financial opportunities that will take place as capital borders open in the most populous country in the world. HengXinLi, a… Read More