Therese Torris

Covid-19 Crisis Response: Investors of European SME Lending Marketplace October Approve 3-month Freeze on Loan Capital Repayment

The management of October, the Paris-headquartered European SME lending marketplace, announced today a three-month freeze on capital repayment in order to support the business continuity of its SME borrowers during the coronavirus crisis. A Capital Reimbursement Freeze The moratorium concerns loans granted by October to… Read More

French Crowdfunding Returns to Faster Growth Driven by Individual Investors’ Appetite for Real Estate and Renewable Energy Funding

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France) and the French team of auditing firm Mazars just released the French 2019 Crowdfunding Barometer. This annual report analyzes the alternative financing facilitated by 58 marketplace platforms which represent the bulk to the French market. The report focuses… Read More

Women in Fintech: Paris Fintech Forum Takes Hold of Gender Diversity Issue

Every year, the Paris Fintech Forum (PFF) makes a special effort to invite as many female Fintech founders and CEOs as possible to share the stage at its CEO-only conference. However, Laurent Nizri, the CEO of Altéir and PFF organizer, admits that he struggles to… Read More

French Anaxago Group Becomes a Neo-Private Bank by Adding Wealth Management Arm to Crowdinvesting Platform and Asset Management

French Fintech Anaxago pioneered alternative finance by launching an equity crowdfunding platform in 2012. Profitable since year one, the company entered real estate investing in 2014. In 2018, it launched an asset management arm, Anaxago Capital. Not one to be standing still, the company’s co-founders, Joachim… Read More

France’s Alternative Finance and Fintech Leaders Take Stock of a Successful 2019

The French community of Fintech startups gathered at the annual dinner of the France Fintech Association to review the achievements of the past year and celebrate the holiday season. Crowdfund Insider took the opportunity to ask leading executives in Fintech and alternative finance to take… Read More

Pan-European Consumer Lending Platform Younited Credit Launches Dedicated B2B Business Unit

Younited Credit, the consumer lending platform with a presence in six European countries, announced the launch of a new business unit dedicated to its BtoB offering, Younited Business Solutions. Younited Business Solutions is targeting banks, insurers, mobile operators, merchant sites, and payment service providers. It… Read More

Smart Lenders AM Launches New Investment Fund Specialized in Marketplace Lending

Smart Lenders AM announces the upcoming launch of a new fund dedicated to financing loans to European SMEs issued through marketplace lending platforms (crowdlending). Smart Lenders AM is an asset management firm that specializes exclusively in financing loans issued by online marketplace lenders. Established in… Read More

Belgian SME Lender Look & Fin Raises €6 Million to Fuel Growth

Look & Fin, a European crowdlending pioneer, announced that it has raised €6 million from local investment fund finance & invest.brussels and private investors. Founded in 2012, Look & Fin, is one of the top SME crowdlender in the European area of Belgium, Luxembourg and… Read More

Regtech Startups at Lendit Europe 2019 : Onfido and ComplyAdvantage Have Big Plans

LendIt Fintech Europe 2019, which took place September 26-27 in London, was placed under the banner of lending and banking convergence. As incumbents collaborate with Fintechs, online lending marketplaces become banks, and challenger banks expand into credit, a new ecosystem is emerging. An indispensable part… Read More

French Minister of Economy Says No to Libra. Libra Association’s MD is Unfazed

On September 12, the French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire did not mince words. Libra should not be allowed in Europe, he said. Later, on the same day, Bertrand Perez, the newly appointed managing director and COO of the Libra Association was… Read More

Younited Credit Recruits German CEO to Head its German Operations

Younited Credit announced today that it has hired Kai Friedrich, a senior German banker to head its German operations. Younited Credit is the only consumer lending platform which has its own “passportable” license allowing it to operate as a credit institution throughout the European Union…. Read More

Real Estate Finance Marketplace to Watch: Exporo’s CEO Simon Brunke Extols Retail Investors’ Virtues and Discusses Expansion Plans

In its 3rd edition, Viva Technology, the Paris technology innovation show gathered more than 124,000 attendees from 125 nationalities, a 24% increase over last year. French President Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Alibaba’s founder and CEO Jack Ma were among the 450… Read More

French Digital Asset Association Gears Up to Champion Digital Assets in Europe and Beyond

Riding on the wings of the success of the Paris Blockchain Week, members of the French Association for the Management of Cryptoassets have decided to set up a larger and more formal association to take their endeavor to the next level.  Today, the founding members… Read More

New German Crowdfunding Regulation: Major Enhancements, A Few Regrets

The German Crowdfunding Association, the federal industry association which represents 85% of the German crowd investment market, welcomed last week the adoption by the German Parliament of the new and improved legal framework for crowdinvesting, albeit with a few regrets. Major Expansion of the Scope… Read More

Fintech Meets Agtech: French Platform MiiMosa Finances The Future of Food

In 2050, the world will need to feed 50% more people than today. By the same time, however, the planet’s farmland will have grown only by 4%. The reasons for the shortfall are many: urbanization, climate change, water pollution, and the soil degradation caused by… Read More

Paris Shows Off Its Blockchain Ecosystem: Touts the Alignment of Government, Regulation, and Entrepreneurship

From April 13 to April 17, the organizers of the Paris Blockchain Week (PBW) lined up a series of events including meetups, hackathons, a PBW Conference hosted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and a two-day PBW Summit organized by Woorton, ChainAccelerator, and Datalents… Read More

German Crowdfunding Association Issues Self-Regulatory Transparency Quality Label

At the InnoFinance Summit 2019 on March 26, 2019, the German Crowdfunding Association  (Bundesverband Crowdfunding) introduced its new “Transparency Seal”. The Transparency Seal is a self-regulatory label awarded by the association to member platforms which respect a set of quality and customer protection standards. With this… Read More

CEO of Sowefund: French Equity Crowdfunding is Not in Decline

Recently, the French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France or FPF) published their annual crowdfunding barometer. The report indicated that alternative finance continues to grow in France but when you separate equity crowdfunding, this segment indicates a decline. Crowdfund Insider published an article on the FPF… Read More

Anaxago Capital Launches 1st Investment Fund: 100% Online Real Estate Convertible Bonds

Launched last quarter, Anaxago Capital, the asset management sister of French equity crowdfunding platform Anaxago, announces its first investment fund. FCPR ANAXAGO SOCIETY ONE is a real estate development fund dedicate to funding construction and renovation projects. Anaxago Capital aims to raise €30 million to… Read More

German Lending Marketplace auxmoney Overtakes Midsize Banks in Consumer Loan Origination

Düsseldorf-based Fintech auxmoney has surpassed its targets in 2018. Loan volume increased by 74 percent compared to 2017. Raffael Johnen, Founder and CEO of auxmoney, commented: “While the major German banks are in crisis mode, the leading German fintechs are always setting new records. With… Read More

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