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What’s Going on with Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer?

  A couple of months ago Grupeer, a peer to peer lender ostensibly based in Latvia, shut-down all lending and allegedly halted all investor redemptions. In multiple statements, Grupeer management claimed the COVID-19 pandemic had harmed its ability to operate. At the end of March,… Read More

Led by Twino, Latvia Adopts Crowdfunding Guidelines

The Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia has published Latvia’s Crowdfunding Industry Guidelines. The association seeks to provide industry rules to foster a transparent and sustainable sector of finance. Twino, a well-established peer to peer investment platform, is the first crowdfunding operator to adhere to the… Read More

P2P Lender Twino Launches Social Fundraising Initiative in Response to COVID-19

  Peer to peer lender Twino has announced a new social investment instrument engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Riga based Fintech said the first social project will be in collaboration with Latvia’s Children’s Clinical University Hospital (CCUH), to facilitate convenient and safe remote consultations for… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Report: Majority of Investors Remain Optimistic During COVID-19 Crisis

  Mintos, a top marketplace for debt investors in Europe, has recently conducted research amongst their audience seeking to gain insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mintos, the majority of crowdlending investors (65%) remain optimistic even in light of the ongoing… Read More

P2P Lending Platform Grupeer Says it May Take Up to 2 Years to Stabilize After COVID-19 Pandemic

  Earlier this month, Latvia-based peer to peer lender Grupeer announced it was pausing operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a blog post, Grupeer founder Alla Kiska stated said that the Coronavirus had compelled the platform to halt operations as before and told investors… Read More

Challenger Bank Zelf to Launch its own Digital Banking Software that will work only via Popular Messaging Apps like WhatsApp

Challenger Bank Zelf is reportedly planning to introduce its digital banking offering which will operate exclusively through widely-used messaging apps. The Latvian Fintech firm claims that it has already signed up more than 58,000 users, who are waiting for the official launch of Zelf’s virtual… Read More

Online Lender TWINO Applies for Investment Brokerage License

Peer to peer lending platform TWINO is the latest online lender planning to expand its portfolio of services offered to its customers. According to a release, TWINO has applied for an investment brokerage license in Latvia. It was not immediately clear which additional services the… Read More

Digital Banking: Online Lender Mintos Pursues European Investment and e-Money Licenses

Mintos, a global loan marketplace claiming over a quarter of a million investors, is pursuing both a investment firm license and an e-money institution license, according to a release from the company. Mintos has applied to the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) in Latvia… Read More

Grupeer: After Halting P2P Lending Operations, Management Complains that Investors are Going Straight to Borrowers

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on Latvia-based peer to peer lender Grupeer’s decision to halt all lending due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. CI quoted the company’s decision: “Regretfully, we are forced to inform you that in the current circumstances it is not… Read More

Nordic-Baltic Banking Group, Swedbank, to Sponsor Global Hackathon to Find Solutions to Prevent Further Spread of Coronavirus

Swedbank AB, a Nordic-Baltic banking group headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is reportedly sponsoring a global hackathon, which will try to find solutions to deal with the  deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The event, which is scheduled to take place between April 9-12, 2020, aims to be… Read More

Latvian Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer Ceases Operations

Grupeer is the latest European peer to peer lender to shut down operations. Grupeer operates out of Latvia but also claims an office in Ireland. In a message posted on the site this week, Grupeer management claimed that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made… Read More

Austria Fintech Paysafecash Launches Services in Latvia

PaySafeCard, an Austria-based fintech that is part of the Paysafe Group, announced on Wednesday it has launched its services in Latvia. This launch comes just a couple of months after Paysafecash made its debut in Cyprus. As previously reported, PaySafeCard claims it has become a… Read More

P2P: Twino Ventures will Offer High Yield Secured Loans

Twino, a European peer to peer lender, has announced the launch of “Twino ventures” an offering that is said to provide high yield, secured loans. In a release, Twino said the loans will allow investors to participate in real estate projects “carefully selected by a… Read More

Black Eye: Estonia Hit by Shuttered P2P Investment Platforms, Impacted Investors Look for Answers

Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported on two debt-based investment platforms based in Estonia closing their doors leaving investors with many questions and apparently no money. Envestio tweeted that the problem had to do with a “well-planned set of actions aimed to cause significant financial and… Read More

Online Lenders Twino and Via SMS Partner to Enter Asia Pacific Market

Twino and Via SMS, two Latvia based online lending platforms, are joining forces to enter the Asia-Pacific market, according to a release. The two companies are launching a consumer lending platform names Vamo in Vietnam as their first step in the new venture. The two… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Viainvest Adds Small Business Loans to its Platform

ViaInvest, a peer to peer lender based in Latvia, has added small business loans to its platform. In an email, ViaInvest states: “We are thrilled to inform you, that ViaInvest has expanded its product portfolio by listing business loans on the platform. The first loan… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform EstateGuru Partners with Ober-Haus on Market Research

Real estate crowdfunding platform EstateGuru and OberHaus, real estate agency operating across the Baltic region, have joined together to produce shared real estate market research and analysis with a specialized focus on the needs of the crowdfunding platform. A general and combined analysis of the… Read More

Online Lender TWINO Group Tops €1 billion in Originated Loans, Appoints New CEO Anastasija Oleinika as CEO

TWINO Group, a European peer to peer lending platform, has topped €1 billion in originated loans, according to a company release. Launched in Latvia in 2009, TWINO reports half of the billion Euros in lending has been issued in the past three years as the… Read More

Marketplace for P2P Loans Mintos Tops €3 Billion in Loans Financed

Mintos, an online marketplace that aggregates 65 lending companies, is reporting having topped €3 billion in loans financed. The €2 billion hurdle was surpassed in April thus it appears that Mintos is experiencing increasing velocity. Mintos reports that it currently services over 170,000 investors globally…. Read More

P2P Lender Viventor Selects Andrius Bolšaitis as CEO as Toms Niparts Exits to Launch New Company

Last week, peer to peer lender Viventor selected Andrius Bolšaitis as the new CEO of the online lender. In a release, the company said previous CEO Toms Niparts was departing the firm to start a new, unnamed company. Viventor, based in Riga, is a P2P… Read More

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