In the news - 06.11.15

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

ArchOver and Coface form an exclusive £100m P2P partnership

ArchOver, the premier B2B crowdlending platform that is unique in using credit insurance to protect lenders from possible default on business loans, has partnered with Coface, an acknowledged expert in international trade risk and one of the world’s largest credit insurers, to create future protection of up to £100m. (The Economic Voice)

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Seedrs announces US launch following law change opening up equity crowdfunding


Seedrs is going west to try its luck across the Atlantic. The UK crowdfunding platform just announced an upcoming beta launch in the US, following a law change on equity crowdfunding. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve Title III of the Jobs Act, opening up equity crowdfunding to non-accredited investors. (City A.M.)

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investUP receives FCA authorisation and claims to be word's first crowdfunding brokerage


investUP has claimed the title of the “world’s first crowdfunding brokerage”.  The company has announced receiving the approval of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  investUP believes they now have a clear path to provide retail investors a method to fund multiple crowdfunded offers via a “trusted, unified platform”. (Crowdfund Insider)

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FinTech investment in Asia-Pacific quadruples in 2015


Investments in non-bank fintech companies across Asia-Pacific has quadrupled over the past year – from about $880 million (£5.7m) in all of 2014 to nearly $3.5 billion (£2.3bn) in just the first nine months of 2015, according to a new report by Accenture. (Finextra)

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European companies increase alternative finance funding

An increasing amount of companies in Europe are turning to ‘alternative finance’, with around a third of funding now coming from peer-to-peer lending and crowd sourced funding. According to research from law firm Allen and Overy, almost half of corporates (48%) expect their use of alternative finance to increase over the next five years. (City A.M.)

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Finance brokers provide almost £13bn of funding to UK SMEs every year


Over 500 finance brokers across the UK are providing almost £13bn of funding to UK SMEs every year. Asset finance was responsible for 28.3% of all UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchased software in the twelve months to March 2015. (SHD Logistics)

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Industry split on calls for £1,000 minimum crowdfunding investment


Demands are growing for the introduction of a £1,000 minimum investment into crowdfunding ventures to safeguard the public from losing money backing high-risk businesses. (FT)

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