Industry News

Private Debt Investors Increasingly Drawn To Special Situations Deals

Private debt investors are increasingly targeting higher risk deals, according to research published by alternative asset market intelligence provider Preqin.   In its latest quarterly Private Debt Market Update, Preqin estimates that there are more than 3,200 active private debt investors globally, and within that community the appetite for exposure to deals involving distressed debt…

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MarketInvoice Joins RBS/NatWest’s Alternative Finance Marketplace

Invoice trading platform MarketInvoice has joined the Royal Bank of Scotland/NatWest Capital Connections panel, joining a group of alternative finance providers that also includes Peer to Peer Lender, Funding Circle and Assetz Capital. The Capital Connections Panel was set up by the High Street banking group to help businesses that were unable to attract traditional…

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Crowdcube Launches Regional Funding Drive  

Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has teamed up with industry partners in an initiative to increase the flow of investment to startups and growth businesses in the United Kingdom’s regions. Announcing the plan on March 29, Crowdcube set itself an ambitious target of doubling investment via the platform to the regions within five years. To deliver…

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Banks Face an Uber Moment, says Citigroup Report

Every industry has its Uber moment – the point when a new wave of technology-led challengers begin to change the game. And according to financial services giant Citibank, that moment has arrived for the banking industry in Europe and North America. In a new report entitled Digital Disruption – Citigroup puts traditional banks on notice…

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Blockchain Driven Investment Platform Launches in the UK

Following a record year for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in 2017, two UK-based entrepreneurs have launched a new blockchain-powered platform aimed at opening up Venture Capital opportunities to a broad community of investors.   The brainchild of Baroness Michelle Mone and private equity industry Veteran Doug Barrowman, the Equi platform enables investors to back fast-growth…

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MarketInvoice To Provide Credit Insurance Amid Brexit Uncertainty

Invoice trading platform, MarketInvoice has announced a partnership with specialist insurer Euler Hermes aimed at protecting its business customers from the negative impact of bad debt.   Founded in 2010, MarketInvoice is a platform-based lender that is best known for its invoice finance solution. Backed by a community of investors, the platform allows businesses to…

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Bank of England Backtracks on Digital Currency

The UK’s central Bank has dropped any plans to launch its own digital currency but has said it will continue to research the proposition. The decision to ditch a digital currency in the short-term is thought to be anchored by concerns about the impact of such a currency on the global financial system.   The…

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Finance Directors Are Laggards When It Comes to Alternative Finance

 A new study from an independent senior recruitment specialist firm, Tindall Perry, reveals that 74 per cent of finance directors describe their knowledge of alternative finance as average or above, yet only a quarter of them were comfortable accessing crowdfunding or peer-to-peer lending.   Over 83 per cent of finance directors approach their bank first…

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P2P Players Prepare for a Busy 2018

Peer-to-peer lenders are preparing for another year of record levels of funding for SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) in 2018. January has seen a profusion of announcements from lenders about new products, platforms and some lenders are revamping their brand in a bid to become the go-to lender for SMEs seeking loans as competition in…

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P2P Lenders Retreat from Unsecured Market

The UK’s alternative finance industry is experiencing a period of retrenchment as major players pull back from unsecured lending. While some analysts see this as a positive step to lenders focusing in on their specialist or niche sectors, this doesn’t help the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses, many of whom have no other option than…

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