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Boom: Funding Circle Raises $100 Million in Equity Capital

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Funding Circle Also Reports it is Now Profitable in the UK. Funding Circle, one of the largest online SME lender’s in the world, has closed on a $100 million funding round. The equity investment was led by Accel with participation from existing investors; Union Square… Read More

Marketplace Lending: The Challenge of Keeping It Simple And Transparent

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LendIt Europe gathered over 900 attendees from 50 countries on the banks of the Thames river to network and hear about the latest trends in online direct lending. The tone of the conference was clearly set by the UK keynote speakers. The UK being 4… Read More

Funding Circle Hits £1.5 Billion Mark Lent to British Businesses (Infographic)

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After 5 years, 4 months and 10 days marketplace lender Funding Circle hit £1 billion lent, and now, a mere 9 months later, the platform blogged its newest record, £1.5 billion lent. Funding Circle investors numbering over 50,000 have helped more than 16,000 businesses across the country. Independent research published by the… Read More

Funding Circle Announces New Global Chief Financial Officer

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Peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle announced this week it has appointed former CEO of Nomura International and EMEA, Jeremy Bennett as its new global chief financial officer.  According to Funding Circle, Bennett has more than thirty years of experience in financial service industry, working for Credit Suisse,… Read More

Funding Circle, European Investment Bank Announce £100 Million Investment for UK SMEs

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The  European Investment Bank (EIB) and Funding Circle, a UK-based P2P lender, has jointly announced a £100 million loan program designed to support UK small business. The loans will be originated through the Funding Circle platform.  Funding Circle will also participate with a £25 million… Read More

Funding Circle Appoints Jörg Asmussen as New Board Member

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Funding Circle announced on Wednesday that former executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jörg Asmussen, will join its board. This announcement reportedly marks another important step for the company as it strengthens its leadership position in marketplace lending globally Jörg Asmussen is… Read More

CEO & Co-founders of Seedrs, Crowdcube & Funding Circle Among the 100 Coolest People in UK Tech

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On Thursday, Business Insider UK announced its 100 Coolest People in UK Tech list. Among those who were named were CEO of Funding Circle Samir Desai, CEO/co-founder of Seedrs Jeff Lynn and Crowdcube co-founders Luke Lang and Darren Westlake. Sharing details about the list, the media outlet revealed:… Read More

UK Fintech Stars Giles Andrews & Samir Desai Receive Recognition from the Queen’s New Year Honours List

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In a sign that Fintech has entered the realm of the establishment two leading entrepreneurs have been recognized by the Queen of England in the annual Honours List which was published yesterday. Samir Desai, co-founder and CEO of Funding Circle, has been honoured as a… Read More

Brief: Funding Circle Raises £150M on its First Day Listing on London Stock Exchange

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P2P lender Funding Circle‘s peer-to-peer trust raised £150M in London Stock Exchange listing yesterday, reported The Telegraph’s Rebecca Burn-Callander.  The Funding Circle SME Income fund allows the company’s pool of investors to buy shares in the vehicle, which then allocates loans to a portfolio of small businesses,… Read More

Chinese Online Lenders Need to Have Flesh in the Game

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  Last month I attended LendIt Europe in London (Oct. 20-21) to learn more about developments in the marketplace lending industry in the UK and in broader continental Europe. LendIt has once again done an excellent job organizing the conference and brought together a wealth… Read More

Seen and Heard at #LenditEurope

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A random collection of people met and statements heard at the LendIt Europe conference, day 1, October 20th, 2015. Samir Desai, Cofounder and Director, Funding Circle: “We’re a marketplace, we don’t hold inventory, we don’t take any balance sheet risk, yet our interest is truly… Read More

Funding Circle Announces Shift from Auctions to Fixed Rates for Loans

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In a letter to Funding Circle investors, and a post on the Funding Circle site,  the UK’s leading SME direct lender announced within the next month the platform will shift to fixed interest rate loans. Presently Funding Circle uses a bidding process where investors compete… Read More

Funding Circle Lends $235 Million in Q2, Adds to Executive Staff to Manage Lending Growth

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Funding Circle has declared approximately $235 million in lending for Q2, boosted in part by a solid June that saw $100 million in loans alone. Funding Circle stakes the claim as the “world’s leading online marketplace for business loans”. Funding Circle stated the US market grew a… Read More

Funding Circle Lends $100 Million in June

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Funding Circle is on a trajectory to originate around $1 billion in loans for 2015. The direct lender facilitated $100 million in loans in both the US and UK combined for the month of June, according to CEO and founder Samir Desai. The marketplace lending… Read More

Interview: Funding Circle Co-Founder Sam Hodges Talks Regulations, Factors Driving P2P Lending In The US

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  Skim the peer-to-peer lending headlines over the last few months, and Funding Circle is a regular part of the news cycle. This year alone, the 5-year-old company received a capital boost to the tune of $150 million (the equity funding round was led by DST Global with participation from Baillie Gifford,… Read More

Funding Circle Gets $150 Million in Funding. P2P Lender is Now Over $1 Billion in Originations.

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Funding Circle has just received another capital boost in the amount of $150 million.  The equity funding round was lead by DST Global with participation from Baillie Gifford, a fund managed by Blackrock, Sands Capital Ventures and Temasek. Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive placement agent… Read More

Chancellor George Osborne Calls UK the “Comeback Country” as He Touts FinTech, Innovation & More

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At the annual presentation of the budget to the House of Commons, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne checked off a wide ranging list of successes as the UK economy has segregated itself from much of the rest of Europe.  The contrast between the years of… Read More

Victory Park Capital Commits $420 Million to Funding Circle UK & US

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Funding Circle, a leading peer to peer lender that targets small business loans, has announced a significant commitment by Victory Park Capital to finance up to $420 million in loans to small business originated via Funding Circle in both the UK and US over the… Read More

Brief: Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Funding Circle Comments on Lending Club’s IPO Announcement

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Earlier this morning, Crowdfund Insider reported that Lending Club, the largest peer to peer lender in the world, announced it will finally be listing shares today as its public offer trades on the New York Stock Exchange. The platform’s IPO will be  trading under the symbol… Read More