For Some Brokers, Funding Never Sleeps

January 4, 2019
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Happy New Year

While holidays, including New Year’s Eve, are usually slow days for funding, for some brokers this year, New Year’s Eve was a strong day. “New Year’s Eve was not a slow day here,” said Elana Kemp, a broker at Fundomate, in Los Angeles, who was in the office that day. “It was amusing to see […]

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What We Learned About RapidAdvance From RapidAdvance’s Planned Securitization

January 1, 2019
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RapidAdvance is raising money through their first-ever securitization. This is what we’ve learned about the company as a result so far, thanks to the bond ratings process: 2017 origination volume: $260 million | See how this ranks against their peers Lifetime funding volume: > $1.5 billion Total shareholder equity: $54 million Majority owned by: Rockbridge […]

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deBanked’s Most Popular Stories of 2018

December 22, 2018
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top stories

Five of the top 10 most read stories of 2018 were related to the saga of 1st Global Capital; The bankruptcy, SEC charges, the revelation that they had made a $40 million merchant cash advance, and finally the devastating news of that deal falling apart. We decided to lump all of them together in our […]

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Less Than Perfect — New State Regulations

December 21, 2018
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Nov/Dec 2018 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE You could call California’s new disclosure law the “Son-in-Law Act.” It’s not what you’d hoped for—but it’ll have to do. That’s pretty much the reaction of many in the alternative lending community to the recently enacted legislation, known as […]

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For Sale: 60,000+ Leads From 1st Global Capital

December 21, 2018
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AUCTION PADDLE

Since 1st Global Capital went out of business, the company’s treasure trove of leads has been up for sale. Beginning in October, 41 companies were propositioned by 1st Global Capital’s bankruptcy advisors to make a bid on the company’s data. Ten companies actually entered into non-disclosure agreements to access a data room. That led to […]

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1st Global Capital Sues Capital Stack and Others Over Momentum Auto Group

December 18, 2018
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Momentum Auto Group

The notorious $40 million merchant cash advance deal has a new twist, even more cash advances. On Friday, the now-bankrupt 1st Global Capital filed a lawsuit against Momentum Auto Group, related entities, and 4 merchant cash advance companies including Capital Stack. According to documents filed in the case, Momentum Auto was behind on taxes and […]

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Business That Left Merchant Cash Advance Companies Hanging is Under FBI Investigation

December 16, 2018
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African Queen

In 2017, several judgments were issued in the New York Supreme Court against one Michael Willhoit, a resident and business owner in Springfield, Missouri. No lawsuits were filed, Willhoit had merely confessed judgment to nearly a half million dollars collectively. By the following summer, a visitor would come knocking on the door of Willhoit’s fully-customized […]

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Bloomberg Reporter Wipes His Twitter Account After deBanked Story

December 15, 2018
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Hours after deBanked drew attention to a suspicious exchange on twitter between a senior editor at Bloomberg LP and a New York State Senator, one of the Bloomberg reporters behind the highly questionable merchant cash advance series took drastic action, he deleted every tweet he’s ever posted. The series of events began on Thursday when […]

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The Strange Connection Between Bloomberg, the AG’s Office, and the State Senator Proposing Legislation

December 14, 2018
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On Thursday, Bloomberg Senior Editor Robert Friedman publicly thanked New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and his colleagues over twitter for pledging to propose legislation in response to the (highly questionable) merchant cash advance series he produced with reporters Zachary Mider and Zeke Faux. When deBanked Chief Editor Sean Murray replied to it, to urge […]

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The Funder: From Office of One to Eighteen in Under a Year

December 13, 2018
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Jay Avigdor

Not even a full year in business, Velocity Capital Group announced that it has secured $15 million in financing; $5 million in a series A, plus a $10 million line of credit. The entire investment comes from a family hedge fund in California, according to Jay Avigdor, Velocity’s President and CEO. Twenty-six year old Avigdor […]

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