Therese Torris

A World Tour of Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns

Nathan Rose is the Director of Assemble Advisory, an agency which specializes in helping businesses raise equity through crowdfunding. Originally from New Zealand, Nathan constantly crisscrosses the planet and speaks to entrepreneurs from around the world who have had success with equity crowdfunding. His insights… Read More

The Baltic Fintech Ecosystem: Building Unicorns

  Jevgenijs Kazanins of Twino introduces the Baltic tech scene at EXEC Fintech in Berlin Those familiar with the European fintech sector may have wondered for some time about why the Baltic States, which are among the smallest countries of Europe, are producing so many… Read More

Will Incumbent Financial Services Self-Disrupt for Fear of Losing to Fintechs? PwC FinTech Report 2017 Delivers Insights

At the EXEC FinTech 2017 in Berlin, Jörg Sandrock, a Partner and Managing Director of Strategy& Financial Services Germany at global business consultancy PwC presented the results of PwC’s newly released FinTech Report titled “Redrawing the lines: FinTech’s growing influence on Financial Services.” Based on… Read More

Prosper President Ron Suber Shares Insight & Perspective with French Fintech Industry

Ron Suber, the President of the US marketplace lender Prosper, was interviewed today by Cédric Teissier, the CEO of the French factoring platform Finexkap, at the annual conference of the  France Fintech association, titled “Fintech Revolution 2017 – Here to Stay”. Cédric Teissier asked Ron… Read More

German Crowdfunding Association Sets Reporting Standards Above & Beyond Legal Requirements

In a move designed to firmly establish the credibility of the investment crowdfunding sector in Germany, the German Crowdfunding Association (Bundesverband Crowdfunding) announced that its 21 member platforms have adopted common, and quite stringent standards for reporting to investors. These definitely raise the bar for crowdfunding standards… Read More

French Retail Investors Elect Their Favorite SME Lending Marketplaces

In what is probably a worldwide premiere, the French SME lending aggregator site crowdlending.fr organized an online competition enabling retail investors to elect their favorite lending marketplaces. The members of crowdlending.fr’s community of lenders lend on average €4,500 through 3,2 platforms. The 600 voters, who… Read More

France’s Online Alternative Finance Doubles in Size – Crowdfunding Grows 40%

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France) released today the 3rd edition of its annual industry Barometer. For the first time, the data was compiled by auditing and consulting firm KPMG, which lends to the Barometer additional weight. The association was represented, among other board… Read More

Big Ticket Borrowing: Midsized Companies Turn to Marketplace Lending at Lendix & Creditshelf

At the onset of the marketplace lending market, lending to businesses was equated with lending to small and very small businesses: businesses at the low end of the small and medium-size enterprise (SME) market who were borrowing on average under €100,000.  However, as the alternative lending… Read More

Anaxago Opens Up French Real Estate Crowdfunding to Institutional Investors

Anaxago Immobilier, the real estate arm of leading French equity crowdfunding platform announced last Saturday that it has secured € 10 million of funding pledged by a group of French institutional investors, qualified investors, and family offices to finance real estate development projects alongside retail… Read More

French Finance Regulators Embrace Fintech

With more than 1700 participants from 35 countries, the recent Paris Fintech Forum demonstrated the strength of the French Fintech ecosystem and the attractiveness of Paris as a financial center. French officials and financial regulators participated in the event with a strong delegation and asserted… Read More

Insurer Aegon Pledges €1.5 billion to German P2P Lender Auxmoney

On January 25, Raffael Johnen, the CEO and co-founder of auxmoney, was on stage at the Paris Fintech Forum as the news was still under embargo: Dutch insurer Aegon has agreed to lend €1.5 billion euros over the next 3 years through the auxmoney lending… Read More

Software Publisher Misys Launches White Label Crowdlending Platform

Today on the Parisian leg of a world tour called Misys Connect Forum, banking software publisher Misys announced the launch of a new addition to its offering of financial software solutions: Misys FusionBanking CrowdLending. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution aims at enabling retail and corporate banks… Read More

French Crowdfunding Leaders Predict Strong Market Growth & Call for Better Investor Tax Incentives in 2017

France is the second largest European crowdfunding market after the UK. We asked the CEOs of France’s leading crowdlending and crowdinvesting platforms to share their hopes, wishes and predictions for the sector in 2017. They expressed their confidence in the sustained growth of their market…. Read More

French Tech Startups Make a Strong Show at CES, French Crowdfunding Platform Sowefund Presents Five of Them.

The French contingent of Tech startups exhibiting at the CES, the global consumer electronics show held this week in Las Vegas, is the third largest one after the US and the Chinese delegations. More than 300 French startups unveil their innovation at the show. Observers… Read More

Crowdfunding as part of France’s Effort to Relax its Banking Monopoly on Credit: Interview with Reid Feldman & Hubert de Vauplane of Kramer Levin

For Reid Feldman and Hubert de Vauplane of the Paris Office of Law Firm Kramer Levin, the latest revisions of the French crowdfunding regulation are part of a broader effort by the French authorities to relax the monopoly of French banks on credit and extend… Read More

Business Accounting Leader Sage & Online Factoring Platform Finexkap Team up to Launch Clic&Cash in France

Sage, a global leader in integrated business accounting solutions for SMEs has teamed up with online factoring platform Finexkap. Their joint cash management solution called in French Clic&Cash enables SMEs to trade their accounts receivables for cash directly from their accounting application. Founded in 1981,… Read More

Neuroprofiler: Risk Profiling & Suitability Testing Based on Behavioral Finance

  Neuroprofiler is a French startup whose online application uses the latest advances in behavioral finance to help investors determine their psychological investment profile. The company’s ambition is to provide financial services with suitability testing tools that are not only fully compliant, but also add… Read More

KissKissBankBank Gives Crowdfunding its First Bricks & Mortar Home in the Heart of Paris

Today, KissKissBankBank & Co, the French brand which operates three crowdfunding platforms, rewards-based platform KissKissBankBank, interest-free lending platform hellomerci and crowdlending platform Lendopolis, opened la Maison du Crowdfunding, the first brick-and-mortar crowdfunding store worldwide. The store is part of the brand’s strategy to reach customers… Read More

WineFunding: Equity & Presale Crowdfunding for Engagement & Profit

In France, owning a vineyard is every successful person’s dream. Now WineFunding, the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to the wine industry, makes this dream accessible to you and me. Wine aficionados can become a shareholder of a wine estate and get access to selected wines… Read More

France’s 2nd Regulatory Reform Enlarges the Scope of Crowdinvesting & Crowdlending

The second reform of France’s crowdfunding regulation has officially come into force. Resulting from tight cooperation between industry professionals, regulators and government authorities, the new measures expand the scope of both crowdlending and crowdinvesting. The first French regulation of crowdfunding was issued in October 2014…. Read More