Funders Weigh in on the New Disclosure Law in Virginia
“I think there are pros and cons on this law,” said Boris Kalendarev, CEO at Specialty Capital, in regards to the recently enacted sales-based financing disclosure law in Virginia. “I’m on the pro side and I think first and foremost it allows the good funders and the good brokers in the space to operate in the right manner.”
The law technically went into effect on July 1st, shaking things up for funding providers and brokers alike, particularly through a set of uniform disclosures that are required every time a contract is put in front of a Virginia-based business.
“It holds a broker more responsible for the transaction that they’re going to complete,” said Sharmylla Siew, Senior Underwriter at Lending Valley. “It builds a deeper bond between the broker and the merchant. And it also creates a better bond between the broker and the funder.”
Echoing Siew’s perspective, Kalendarev also believes that being clear creates an honest business space for the broker, merchant, and funder.
“I think transparency is really the right way to run this business. Let’s try to make sure there’s even more transparency,” said Kalendarev.
One intent behind the law is to provide the business customer with all of the pertinent information in a digestible format. Notably, this includes the commission that a broker may be receiving from the funder.
“I do believe that it should be fully transparent on both sides to understand the transaction in full,” said Dylan J. Howell, CEO of Liquidibee. “The merchant should understand that the broker is getting compensated. And if he decides that the broker deserves an additional commission on top of what he’s getting paid from the funder, well, that’s an informed decision between the merchant and broker to come to an agreement with.”
Howell Suggested that some of what is required would be expected in other types of deals.
“If you would go out and buy a $500,000 house, you get to the closing table and you look at the bill, it says it’s $545,000, but the purchase price is 500,000, you would want a reconciliation page to show where that 45,000 of additional capital is going,” Howell said. “And it’s no different than in this transaction, in my opinion.”
Banks and credit unions were exempt from the law but some view targeted regulations like this one as a way to raise the bar and credibility of sales-based financing products in general.
“Merchants who wouldn’t have considered an MCA as a practical form of funding in the past may decide to explore this avenue knowing that the industry is being held to a higher standard of practice,” Howell said.
Siew, of Lending Valley, echoed same.
“I am actually very excited about the new regulations, and I feel that it would make a huge impact on the MCA industry,” she said.Last modified: August 10, 2022
Anaya Vance is a reporter for deBanked. Connect with me on LinkedIn.