Therese Torris

French Lending Platforms Adopt Common Performance Indicators

On 8 November 2017, the French Crowdfunding Association Financement Participatif France released the common set of performance indicators that member platforms specializing in loans, mini-bonds (a debt instrument specific to SME lending marketplaces) and bonds are invited to publish. Wishing to go beyond the legally… Read More

ESMA, MiFID and the Post-Brexit Future of Europe’s Capital Markets Union

  Recently, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) held its first ever conference in Paris. The event underlined the growing importance of ESMA, the European Supervisory Authority for capital markets. Along with the European Commission and the Parliament, ESMA is one of the pillars… Read More

ECN Convention Debates Technology & Cross-border Future in EU Alternative Finance & Crowdfunding

Two main topics of the 6th Annual Convention of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) on October 19th and 20th were technology innovation and cross-border finance. The discussions showed that alternative finance has only scratched the surface of its technological innovation’s potential ‒ the potential to… Read More

The ECN Updates Review of Crowdfunding Regulation in the EU, Israel & the USA

On October 20, at its 6th Convention in Vilnius, Lithuania, the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), the European association of alternative finance platforms, released its Third Edition of the Review of Existing Regulations of crowdfunding and related alternative financing in the 28 countries of Europe, as… Read More

Lending Disrupted? Not Yet, Says Renaud Laplanche

As the alternative lending sector matures, the general atmosphere of its flagship event LendIt takes a different tone. The tone of this year’s Lendit Europe was down-to-earth. Hype was out. Business in. Even the discussions about artificial intelligence and blockchain were imbued with much realism…. Read More

The UK Plows Ahead in Implementing PSD2 Compliant Open Banking

On Monday, October 9, Lendit Europe, the event gathering 1000+ representatives of the international fintech and lending scene on the banks of the River Thames, opened with a presentation by Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE, Global Head of FinTech at consultancy firm EY, who spoke about “The… Read More

French Online Factor: Finexkap Wants to Make Factoring Invisible

French online factoring platform Finexkap is pursuing its rapid, yet controlled growth. Doubling in size each year since it opened for business in 2014, the Fintech startup passed last summer the €100 million mark of cumulated financing. France remains one of the markets with the… Read More

French Real Estate Crowdfunding Grows Steadily and Delivers

The French real estate crowdfunding market grew by 50% in 2016 and keeps growing at the same linear growth pace in 2017. While new platforms continue to join, first entrants strongly dominate the nascent market. With €160 million worth of real estate projects funded, the… Read More

Pan-European P2P Lender Younited Credit Raises €40 million from Historical Investors & the French Public Investment Bank

Younited Credit, the Paris-headquartered consumer lender announced a capital increase of €40 million subscribed by a panel of the top of the crop growth investors in France. Next to its historical shareholders, Eurazeo, Crédit Mutuel Arkema, AG2R La Mondiale and Weber Investissements which are already… Read More

Wealth Products Marketplace Raisin Takes a Leap Forward with Term Deposits for Businesses

Pan-European marketplace Raisin continues its trailblazing expansion. Having penetrated new geographies with international and localized services in 2016, the Berlin-headquartered startup is now broadening its offering to address a new customer segment: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Starting September 14, businesses can open term deposit… Read More

Savings Marketplace Raisin Passes the €4 Billion Mark Faster than Any Wealth Management Fintech

Headquartered in Germany, Pan-European savings marketplace Raisin reports that in less than 4 years its customers have invested more than €4 billion in the platform’s savings products. As a result, Raisin is the leading marketplace for investments in Europe and one of the fastest growing… Read More

German Real Estate Platform iFunded Tackles Large Project With Bond Issue. Founder Talks About Adopting No-Exemption Status

A new entrant in German online real estate lending, iFunded wants to address the market of larger property development projects that lie beyond the scope of real estate crowdfunding. Partnering with umbrella investment bank NFS Netfonds Financial Service, the platform is launching its first €10… Read More

French Firms Form An Association To Weigh in on Cryptocurrency Investment

French firms have formed an association to foster the sustainable growth of the cryptocurrency investment sector and weigh in on its governance. Among other things, they hope to build on progressive regulations such as the French decree that allowed crowdlending securities called minibons to be… Read More

Raisin, A Global Open Banking Forerunner

Pan-European marketplace for savings products, Raisin has become the poster child of Fintech disruption as it managed to convince 75,000 investors to put more than €3 billion into savings accounts held at foreign banks. We spoke with Tamaz Georgadze, co-founder and CEO, who explained to… Read More

Rocket Internet Sells International P2P Lending Platform Lendico to Arrowgrass

The German press reports that German incubator Rocket Internet is selling its participation in the multinational P2P lending platform Lendico to British hedge fund Arrowgrass. Arrowgrass already owns a small share of Lendico and wants to take over the company. Founded in December 2013 by… Read More

Funding Circle Germany Takes a Fresh Start

  Germany is a huge SME and VSME (very small business) credit market. But it is not as mature a market for online marketplace lending as the UK, the US, or even the Netherlands. This partly explains why Funding Circle Germany’s early loan book underperformed…. Read More

France’s Government Ambitions To Make Paris the No.1 Financial Marketplace After Brexit

On July 11, at the 23rd edition of the Paris Europlace International Financial Forum, Edouard Philippe, the Prime Minister of France reached out to 1,500 leaders of global financial services firms: “Welcome to Paris.” He said in English. “The French government is committed to boost… Read More

Will the Banks vs. Fintechs Dispute over PSD2 Derail the EU’s Progress towards Open Banking?

Banks represented by the European Banking Authority (EBA) and Fintechs represented through the Future of European Fintech are in profound disagreement about the technical standards for the implementation of the Second Directive on Payment Services (PSD2). Banks argue that screen scraping should be banned in… Read More

German Consumer Lender Auxmoney Passes the Half-Billion-Euro Mark

German online consumer lending marketplace auxmoney announced that it has crossed a new milestone: the marketplace has granted more than 70,000 loans worth more than €500 million in cumulated volume. Raffael Johnen, CEO of auxmoney, commented: “Half a billion euros worth of loans. This demonstrates… Read More

The European Investment Bank Pledges €18.5 million to Finance Continental European SMEs through Lendix

The European Investment Bank Group (EIB) through the European Investment Fund (EIF) has announced that it will provide €18.5 million to back a joint investment fund designed to lend money to SMEs through crowdlending platform Lendix. The EIB is the European Union’s bank, owned by… Read More