Commercial Finance Coalition Continues to Engage

June 1, 2017
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Members of the Commercial Finance Coalition With Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ) and Congressman Steve Stivers (OH)

Commercial Finance Coalition Members With Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ) and Congressman Steve Stivers (OH) A sign of a mature industry? The Commercial Finance Coalition is becoming a major liaison between the merchant cash advance industry and Washington. Just as peer-to-peer lenders and electronic payment companies have their own trade associations, the CFC is regularly engaging […]

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Federal Court Agrees, Merchant Cash Advances Not Loans or Usurious

May 13, 2017
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By now, numerous judges in the New York Supreme Court have concurred that purchases of future receivables are not loans nor usurious, yet challenges to these contracts continue. In the latest landmark ruling, defendants/counterclaim plaintiffs Epazz, Inc., Cynergy Corporation, and Shaun Passley a/k/a Shaun A. Passley, moved to have the original action involving their merchant […]

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Exercise of Ordinary Intelligence Would’ve Revealed Merchant Cash Advance Contract Was Not a Loan, Court Says

May 9, 2017
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Signing a contract

In the New York Supreme Court, the Honorable Linda S. Jamieson was tasked with ruling on twelve causes of action in a merchant cash advance contract case. While the 18-page decision covers a lot of ground, one notable section was the plaintiffs’ request for rescission based on “misrepresentations or unilateral mistake” and “damages for fraudulent […]

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Words Matter in Contracts (And everywhere else)

April 25, 2017
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Merchant Cash Advance Training

The Counselor Library conference powered by law firm Hudson Cook LLP was a big hit in Baltimore this week. While focused on consumer lending, they held a special one-day program on merchant cash advance and small business lending. The topics and discussions were off-limits to press reporting but what was largely visible on the exhibition […]

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Nulook Capital Has Filed Chapter 11

April 13, 2017
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NY-based merchant cash advance funding company Nulook Capital filed for Chapter 11 on April 4th, according to court records. They listed more than $2.6 million in creditor claims. The largest among them was a secured claim for $2 million by a specialty finance company. Two other creditors in the bankruptcy proceeding are also involved in […]

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For Factoring, Different Spin, Same Issues as MCA

April 10, 2017
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Factoring Conference

They called it the 2017 Factoring Conference, but an MCA professional would’ve hardly noticed. On the agenda was news about Dodd-Frank’s Section 1071, the now-dead NY lending legislation, usury litigation, confessions of judgment, stacking, fintech and gripes about brokers. And yet factors and MCA companies still largely live separate lives. The underlying differences between the […]

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Can Factors and MCA Companies Get Along?

April 7, 2017
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At the factoring conference in Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, the 2 PM panel was officially called The Fintech Disruption. But it could’ve just as easily been named The MCA Disruption considering that the panelists all ran companies engaged in either unsecured business lending or MCA. The tension in the packed room was palpable. For […]

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Mel Chasen, Founder of Rewards Network and a Merchant Cash Advance Visionary, Has Died

March 15, 2017
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Melvin Chasen passed away on Monday. He was 88. Chasen founded Rewards Network in 1984 as Transmedia Network, Inc. and it went on to become the world’s largest dining rewards program. As part of that, the company pioneered the use of future sales to facilitate working capital to restaurants. Transmedia became iDine Rewards Network in […]

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Stolen Deals? How One Funder Used Technology to Say ‘No More’

March 14, 2017
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It’s another chapter in the saga of stolen deals, a problem that shops all over the country seem to be grappling with. For Miami-based Greenbox Capital, company CEO Jordan Fein hoped it was something that they didn’t have to worry about. But believing it was better to be safe than sorry, Greenbox launched a 90-day […]

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The Top Small Business Funders of 2016

March 6, 2017
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2016 volume

The MCA and small business lending origination numbers for 2016 are in. In some cases, a company may have merely placed or facilitated an acquired customer with a partner or competitor (but still counted them in their annual volume) and thus the figures do not necessarily represent what actually went on balance sheet. The rankings […]

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