Tagged: europe

Japan Based CrowdCredit Opens Up Hub in Estonia for European Push

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CrowdCredit, a cross border focused peer to peer lender, has established an office in Estonia according to a company report. CrowdCredit is based in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.  The platform was founded by Tomoyuki Sugiyama, a former Lloyds Bank bond trader. CrowdCredit Estonia expects to issue… Read More

European Peer to Peer Lending: Has it Gone Mainstream or is the Opportunity Still There?

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Earlier this year the Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, in co-operation with professional services firm E&Y, released a pan-European study of the alternative finance market. The study, titled “Moving Mainstream”, can be considered the most comprehensive study on the subject released to… Read More

Smart Lenders / Direct Lending Investments Delivers 1st European Dollar Denominated Note Backed by P2P Loans

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Luxembourg based Direct Lending Investment, advised by Smart Lenders, has created the first US Dollar denominated security that is backed by peer to peer, or marketplace, funded loans.  As part of the process, Direct Lending Investment is using  Orchard’s analytics technology, according to information received… Read More

Crowdfunding Guide: European Commission Explains Crowdfunding for SMEs

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The European Commission has been pushing forward with a diverse array of initiatives to improve economic growth and foster an innovation economy. This is not an easy task but improving the environment for SME’s is clearly the path forward. Last year the Commission issued a… Read More

European Banking Authority Opinion on Debt Based Crowdfunding

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The European Banking Authority (EBA) has been engaged with internet finance for some time recognizing the importance of crowdfunding to their industry. The EBA is an independent EU authority that strives to ensure effective regulation across Europe – a bit of a tall task.  Across… Read More

Alibaba Partners with British Lenders as it Expands Financial Platform Reach

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Alibaba, the Chinese internet conglomerate, has formed another strategic alliance to provide loans to businesses. Earlier this month Alibaba inked an agreement with Lending Club to facilitate loans to US businesses seeking to purchase goods from China manufacturers. Now Alibaba has created a similar arrangement with… Read More

Investiere Publishes List of Top 5 European Investment Crowdfunding Platforms

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Switzerland based Investiere has published as list of the top 5 investment crowdfunding platforms based on total funding volume.  The rankings were released earlier this month.  Investiere only included platforms that publicly publish data on their site so platforms like Seedrs and SyndicateRoom, two leading… Read More

Symbid & Gruppo Banca Sella Partner on Italian Investment Platform

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Netherlands based Symbid has formed a partnership with Italian bank Gruppo Banca Sella to create an italian investment platform called Symbid Italia. Marco Bicocchi Pichi, Italian Business Angel of the Year 2014, has been appointed  to lead the new firm as Managing Director.  Symbid explains the… Read More

Lendico Receives Institutional Investment of “100s of Millions” for Loans

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Lendico, a peer to peer lender that has not let national barriers get in the way of expansion, has announced that two German banks, along with “international hedge funds” will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Lendico.  The names of the funding… Read More

Boston Consulting Group: Yes Europe Needs a Capital Markets Union

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Crowdfund Insider reported last week on the push within the EU to further capital markets integration in light of the daunting challenges of a fragmented regulatory regime and cross border idiosyncrasies.  The European Commission was envisioned as a seamless market facilitating continent wide economic amalgamation…. Read More

Europe Wants a Capital Markets Union. Crowdfunding Can Be A Catalyst.

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The European Union published a “green paper” on Building a Capital Markets Union for the broader European community.  The ambitious goals are laudable but the challenge is high. While in the United States, and other countries around the globe, SME’s are the engine of growth…. Read More

Brief: Linked Finance Hires Former Symantec Director As New Chief Operating Officer

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On Tuesday (February 17th), peer-to-peer lender, Linked Finance, announced it has hired Lloyd Nolan as its new chief operating officer. According to The Independent, Nolan joins Linked Finance from computer software company Symantec, where he was senior operations director of the customer management center for… Read More

Crowdfund Success Tipalti Set to Enhance European Payment Capabilities

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Tipalti, provider of the leading global payments management automation platform, has debuted new functionality in its platform for European VAT and tax number support and identification document management. Tipalti customers can now request VAT ID numbers from their payees during the setup process, and can control the… Read More

One Month into 2015: Die, Survive or Thrive? What Platforms Will Be The Winners of 2015?

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One month into 2015 and we’ve seen a lot of predictions being made.  But what is much harder to predict than exponential growth, is a selection of crowdfunding platforms that will be the winners of 2015! What are the platforms that we’ll have to watch… Read More

Weissenhaus “Europes Most Successful Crowdfunding” Returns as Campaign is Extended

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Weissenhaus, a posh resort located in Northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, has decided to return to the pages of Companisto to continue raising funds. The offer had raised € 6.3 million from 1478 investors but Companisto representatives stated that “due to constantly high demand, the… Read More

Impact and Potential of collaborative Internet and additive manufacturing technologies

The Internet is allowing virtual communities to easily co-create digital assets and intellectual content at a very low “cooperation cost”. The ideology behind the open-source software development methodology has actually spread to new domains such as open-data, open-design and open-innovation. A new set of Internet… Read More

Symbid to Broaden Beyond Equity Crowdfunding. Site Update & New Features Coming in February.

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One of the very first equity crowdfunding platforms to go live on the internet, Symbid, has announced an evolutionary shift in a push to become a multi-faceted investment platform with a diverse portfolio of funding options. Launched in mid 2011, the funding portal was the… Read More