Therese Torris

French P2P Lending Pioneer Unilend Shuts Down

French peer to peer lender Unilend has gone into receivership. The P2P lender announced the news to all of its customers in a recent email. Founded in 2013 by Nicolas Lesur and François Prioux, Unilend pioneered P2P lending in France. It started operating, before crowdfunding… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Platform Anaxago Launches Asset Management Firm Anaxago Capital

A leading French equity platform, Anaxago is launching an asset management firm, Anaxago Capital, to attract more institutional investors and ready itself to fund larger projects. With this, Anaxago expects to double its outstanding investments by 2020. We spoke with Caroline Lamaud, Co-founder and Chairman… Read More

German SME Crowdfunding Passes the €500 Million Mark

Early-days monitor of the German crowdfunding market, Crowdfunding.de announced in its latest quarterly report that Germany passed the half billion-euro mark in cumulated in SME crowdfunding at the end of June 2018. The report monitors only equity crowdfunding and crowdlending on marketplaces open to German… Read More

Altfinator Helps Innovative European SMEs Gain Access to Alternative Finance by Educating SME Advisors

In recent years, interesting alternative forms of financing such as crowdlending and crowdfunding have emerged to provide the underserved European SME market with debt and equity financing. However, these alternative solutions have been hampered by a missing link in their distribution: SME advisors. This missing… Read More

Belgian Lending Marketplace Look&Fin Partners with Insurer Atradius to Offer Retail Investors 100% Capital Guarantee


Today June 28, Belgium-based SME lending platform Look&Fin announced that it has partnered with credit insurer Atradius to offer a 100% guarantee on the capital lent to SMEs by its retail investors. The move is dramatically closing the gap between marketplace lending and bank lending…. Read More

Germany raises the Equity Crowdfunding Limit to €8 Million

The German Crowdfunding Association announced today that the German parliament has approved the implementation of the European Prospectus regulation and, at the suggestion of the federal government, has decided to raise the upper limit of the prospectus exemption for crowdfunding issuance from the current €2.5… Read More

Société Générale Acquires Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platform Lumo

Société Générale, France’s 3rd largest bank and global Nr. 17 announces the acquisition of Lumo, the pioneering crowdfunding platform dedicated to renewable energies Lumo is a French Fintech with strong skills in both crowdfunding and renewable energies which has dedicated itself to accelerating the energy… Read More

President Macron Wants Europe to Offer a Governance Model for Sustainable Technology

President Macron at Viva Tech, the “French CES” The question to ask about Viva Tech, the French Tech show taking place in Paris, May 24th to 26th, is not “Who goes there?” but rather “Who doesn’t?” In its third edition, Viva Tech, launched in 2016… Read More

French Crowdfunding Sector Boasts 96% Customer Satisfaction

  A consumer survey reveals that the penetration of crowdfunding in France is still quite low. However, consumers have a very positive image of crowdfunding, one that remains close to its historical root values of innovation, democratization of access to financing, transparency, and economic /… Read More

Switzerland and the Global Regulatory Competition for ICOs

The CryptoSummit 2018 organized by Blockchain startup Smart Valor gathered more than 1,000 attendees from 47 countries in Zurich. One of the recurring themes of the conference presentations was the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Many participants pointed out that there is now an… Read More

SME Lender Lendix Ups the Ante for Continental European Leadership

After France, Spain and Italy, Lendix is launching operations in Germany and the Netherlands. The company reaffirms its strategy to be first to market with a pan-European strategy, leveraging its marketplace business model through the addition of local teams. “We’re not pivoting. We’re remaining true… Read More

European Investors Elect Favorite Projects as Prêtons Ensemble Launches New €200 Million Digital Lending Fund

The asset management firm Eiffel Investment Group which manages the €100 million marketplace lending fund “Prêtons Ensemble” (meaning “Let’s Lend Together”) for institutional investors Aviva France, AG2R LA MONDIALE, MAIF, MGEN and Klesia awarded European Digital Lending Awards at a gathering held in Paris on… Read More

France’s Alternative Finance Grows by 50% – Equity Crowdfunding Shrinks

The annual Alternative Finance & Crowdfunding Barometer compiled by KPMG for the French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France, FPF) shows that in 2017 the French Alternative Finance market grew by 50%, driven by SME lending growth, and came close to the billion euro mark, at… Read More

Lending Marketplace Lendix Raises €200 Million Institutional Financing to Trailblaze European Alternative SME Finance

Lendix’s historical investors are renewing their trust in the Paris-based European SME marketplace lender. The European Investment Bank Group (EIB), CNP Assurances, Eiffel IM, Groupama, Zencap AM, Matmut and Decaux Frères Investissements are among the first investors joining to finance Lendix’s latest investment vehicle to… Read More

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

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