Tagged: therese torris

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

The Potential of “Crowdlending” (Video)

Therese Torris, Senior Contributing Editor for Crowdfund Insider, recently visited the offices of Misys to discuss alternative finance. Misys is a large UK based financial services software provider offering solutions for retail and corporate banking along with capital markets applications.  Misys claims more than 2000… 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 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

Rapid Growth: Paris Fintech Forum Jumps in Size for 2017 Event

For its first edition, the Paris Fintech Forum gathered over 100 speakers and attracted 850 participants. This year, the event promises to be even more successful as it is stepping up with more than 200 speakers from over 30 countries. Organizers are estimating over 1500… 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

La Banque Postale Takes a 10% Stake in Debt-Based Crowdinvesting Platform WeShareBonds

La Banque Postale, one of the top 10 French banks, announced that it was taking a 10% equity stake in WeShareBonds, a new French alternative SME financing platform, at an undisclosed valuation. The deal validates WeShareBonds and the French crowdlending sector. La Banque Postale is… Read More

Lord Adair Softens Stance Towards Peer to Peer Lending at LendIt

Lord Adair, the former FSA Chair and longtime banker, sideswiped the UK online lending industry last year during an interview on BBC.  Adair criticized the peer to peer lending industry in a blistering statement regarding disruptive online lenders; “The losses which will emerge from peer-to-peer… Read More

Disrupting Account Receivables Financing in France

Managing short-term cash needs is one of the top challenges faced by SMEs everywhere in the world. However, the problem is more acute in some regions than in others. A European Payment Directive that came into force three years ago tried to tackle the issue,… Read More

French Crowdlending Platform Unilend Receives a €2.5 million Investment from NewAlpha’s FinTech fund 

Unilend, a pioneer in SME crowdlending in France, announced on September 7 that it has received a €2,5 million investment from NewAlpha Asset Management (NewAlpha). This is the third investment coming from the venture capital fund dedicated to FinTech and Assurtech that NewAlpha launched in… Read More

French Crowdinvesting Platform WiSeed Ditches Bespoke Crowdfunding Status for EU passport as Investment Services Provider

This summer, crowdinvesting platform WiSeed became authorized as Investment Services Provider (ISP) by the French regulator of financial institutions, the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR), with the approval of the securities market regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). Obtaining this status… Read More

Perspective: Uncertainty About the Consequences of Brexit is Rising

As UK politicians, pro-Brexit and pro-Bremain alike, resign one after the other, the uncertainty about the consequences of the Brexit vote is rising instead of abating. Here is a summary the following main causes of uncertainty that impact financial services: The Legal Exiting Process: The… Read More

The Brexit as Viewed from the European Continent

In the troubled post-Brexit context, many leaders in the UK traditional and alternative financial services are trying to reassure their market and even to present the Brexit vote as an opportunity for the UK. Their statements read like reactions of the French after a soccer… Read More