Prominent Attorney Criminally Charged In 1 Global Capital Mess

September 17, 2019
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Another individual has been criminally charged in connection with the 1 Global Capital securities case. 74-year-old Jan Douglas Atlas, a securities attorney, was charged with 1 count of securities fraud by the US Attorney in South Florida on Tuesday for authoring opinion letters in 2016 that falsely described that the investments were not securities nor […]

Stripe Ventures Into Merchant Cash Advance Financing

September 6, 2019
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Stripe, a payments firm lauded as the world’s most valuable private fintech company (at $22.5B), has officially launched a merchant cash advance product. Dozens of news outlets have announced that the company is providing loans, but that’s not all, deBanked has learned. Both loans and merchant cash advances are available. The company’s FAQ page originally […]

A Side-By-Side Look At Small Business Funding Securitization Pools

September 6, 2019
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Several small business funding companies have closed majored securitization deals since 2018 with Kroll Bond Rating Agency rating the transactions. For the most recent transaction with National Funding, Kroll compared each securitized pool side-by-side in a chart. An abbreviated version of it is below: NFAS 2019-1 (National Funding) RFS 2018-1 (Rapid Finance) CRDBL 2018-1 (Credibly) […]

Snapshot On Australia: Growth In The Making

August 30, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jul/Aug 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE The Australian alternative lending market continues to gain momentum, bolstered in part by increased awareness, heightened competition and growing dissatisfaction with the status quo. Indeed, there’s been significant growth in the few years since deBanked first wrote about the […]

New York’s COJ Bill Has Been Delivered To The Governor

August 28, 2019
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New York’s infamous Confession of Judgment bill has finally been delivered to the governor for his signature. Although the legislative process offers flexibility to depart from the statutory timelines (as we have witnessed), the governor now presumably has 10 days or less to sign it. Stay tuned. The Confession of Judgment ban is very specific, […]

Gold Rush: Merchant Cash Advances Are Still Hot

August 18, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jul/Aug 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE Last year, when Kevin Frederick struck out on his own to form his own catering company in Annapolis, the veteran caterer knew that he’d need a food trailer for his business to succeed. He reckoned that he had a […]

Enova’s Small Business Division Garner’s Limelight in Q2

August 16, 2019
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Late last month, Enova released its second quarter report for 2019. Generally bearing positive news, the report asserts that the company is in a good position due to increasing demand, growth in various areas, and reductions in financing costs. Total revenue is up from Q2 2018, rising 13% from $253 million to $286 million, just […]

Alan Heide, CFO Of 1 Global Capital, Hit With Criminal Charge & SEC Violations

August 15, 2019
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The former CFO of 1 Global Capital, Alan Heide, was stacked with bad news on Thursday. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida lodged criminal charges against him at the same time the Securities & Exchange Commission announced a civil suit for defrauding retail investors. Heide was criminally charged with conspiracy to […]

The 2019 Top Small Business Funders By Revenue

August 14, 2019
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The below chart ranks several companies in the non-bank small business financing space by revenue over the last 5 years. The data is primarily drawn from reports submitted to the Inc. 5000 list, public earnings statements, or published media reports. It is not comprehensive. Companies for which no data is publicly available are excluded. Want […]

Michele Romanow on Clearbanc’s Recent $300M Series B

August 7, 2019
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Last week Clearbanc announced it had secured $300 million in a Series B. Specializing in the provision of capital to business owners for the purchasing of ads on digital platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, the company operates in an untapped niche. Alternative financing for the acquirement of a highly specific product, this product being the […]

Shopify Issued $93M in MCAs and Loans in Q2, Has Begun Offering Funding to Non-Shopify Payment Customers

August 4, 2019
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Shopify, a publicly traded e-commerce platform, is quickly growing its merchant cash advance and loan originations through its Shopify Capital brand. The company issued $93M in Q2, up 36% year-over-year and an increase from the prior quarter of $5.2M. Shopify’s loan product is only available in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, North […]

Clearbanc Raises $300M in a Series B

July 31, 2019
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Above: Clearbanc President & co-founder Michele Romanow speaks at deBanked CONNECT Toronto | July 25, 2019 Toronto-based Clearbanc, a company founded on the idea of providing business owners with capital to purchase facebook and instagram ads in exchange for a percentage of their future sales, has raised $300M in a Series B. $50M of it […]

Spotlight on deBanked CONNECT Toronto

July 30, 2019
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As the heat of the Toronto sun split the stones outside, the crowd inside the Omni King Edward’s seventeenth-floor Crystal Ballroom mingled and munched as part of deBanked’s most recent CONNECT event. The first of its kind to be held in Toronto, the CONNECT series are half-day events that take place in both San Diego […]

California DBO Making Progress On Finalizing Rules Required By The New Disclosure Law

July 29, 2019
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Last October, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new commercial finance disclosure bill into law. The bill, SB 1235, was a major source of debate in 2018 because of its tricky language to pressure factors and merchant cash advance providers into stating an Annual Percentage Rate on contracts with California businesses. The final version of […]

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July 27, 2019
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CAN Capital Hired a New CFO: Here’s His Take On The Company

July 23, 2019
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The last 12 months have seen plenty of developments within the offices of CAN Capital. September witnessed the announcement of a new credit facility of $287 million with Varadero Capital. January brought news of the hiring of a new CEO. And now, completing the hat trick is CAN’s employment of John McNeill as its CFO. Coming from years of […]

Is The COJ Law In Effect Yet?

July 18, 2019

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Artwork by Cindy Recile The COJ bill passed, but where’s the governor’s signature? When the legislature passes a bill in New York State, there’s a documented procedure on the Senate’s website for how it becomes law. If the legislature is still in session, the governor has only 10 days to sign it. If the passed […]

Star Fundraiser For 1 Global Capital Settles With The SEC

July 15, 2019
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Henry J. “Trae” Wieniewitz, III was charged by the SEC on Monday for his role in allegedly selling unregistered securities in two companies, 1 Global Capital (the now defunct merchant cash advance provider) and Woodbridge Group of Companies (a purported real estate lending business revealed to be a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme). “Wieniewitz and Wieniewitz […]

Online Lenders Beat Credit Unions, Friends, and Family as Primary Source of Credit

July 14, 2019
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7% of small businesses generating less than $5 million/year in revenue relied on online lenders as their primary source of credit in the last quarter, according to the latest Private Capital Access Index published by Pepperdine Graziado Business School. 3% relied on credit unions as their primary source and 6% relied on friends and family. […]

Confession of Judgment Bill Still Awaits Governor’s Signature

July 9, 2019
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will have only ten days to sign S6395, the bill that prohibits companies from entering Confessions of Judgment in New York against non-New York State debtors, once its delivered to him. Only two possible contingencies could prevent that from happening: (1) An official veto (2) a pocket veto Neither […]