Deal Flow in the Heartland — From Mississippi and Beyond

February 23, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jan/Feb 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE The political, cultural and economic abyss that separates the heartland from the coasts seems to grow deeper and wider with each passing day, and trying to reconcile the disparities can feel nearly hopeless. But differences among geographic locations aren’t […]

Shopify is Quickly Climbing the Ranks of the Largest Small Business Funders

February 12, 2019
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Shopify originated $277 million in merchant cash advances in 2018, according to their quarterly earnings reports. That figure already places them among the largest small business funding providers nationwide. Below is a look of how they stack up thus far: Company Name 2018 Originations 2017 2016 2015 2014 OnDeck $2,484,000,000 $2,114,663,000 $2,400,000,000 $1,900,000,000 $1,200,000,000 Kabbage […]

New York Introduces Bill to Ban COJs in Financial Contracts

February 4, 2019
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New York Assemblymembers Yuh-Line Niou and Crystal Peoples-Stokes have introduced a bill that would prohibit Confessions of Judgment (COJs) from being used in any contract or agreement for a financial product or service. Peoples-Stokes’ district was one of the first districts to boycott COJs originated by merchant cash advance companies after Erie County Clerk Michael […]

Get The Affidavit or Waive It? Examining Confessions of Judgment

February 1, 2019
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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jan/Feb 2019 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE Caton Hanson, the chief legal officer and co-founder of the online credit-reporting and business-to-business matchmaker Nav, says that his Salt Lake City-based company would not associate with a small-business financier that included “confessions of judgment” in its credit contracts. […]

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January 28, 2019
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Confessions of Judgment in MCA Make the Evening News

January 21, 2019
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Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is no longer processing Confessions of Judgment (COJs) in Erie County for merchant cash advance companies, according to a statement his office published this week. Prior to being elected Clerk, Kearns was an assemblyman in the New York State legislature. On Monday night, Kearns appeared on Channel 4’s evening news […]

Small Business Funding is Blasting Off

January 18, 2019
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Despite the pall of the record long partial government shutdown which has hurt brokers and funders of SBA loans, many companies and individuals in the online small business funding space are off to a very fruitful 2019. Below are some that we found. Amerifi After 15 years in the screen printing and embroidering business, Edward […]

Capify Secures Massive Credit Facility from Goldman Sachs

January 16, 2019
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Capify, which serves the UK and Australia markets, announced this morning that it has secured a £75 million (roughly $95 million) credit facility from Goldman Sachs. “This credit facility validates our company as a leader in the marketplace and underlines the strength of our business model to provide simple, affordable and smart financial options to […]

Coming Soon: The End of Confession of Judgments (COJs) in New York State

January 16, 2019
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New York State plans to outlaw the use of Confession of Judgments (COJs) in small business loan contracts this year, according to details revealed in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly published Justice Agenda. The proposal, dubbed “Stopping Predatory Merchant Cash-Advance Loans,” is a 3-part plan to: Codify an FTC rule that prohibits COJs in consumer loans […]

Why Strategic Funding Rebranded as Kapitus

January 15, 2019
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Today, Strategic Funding announced the launch of a new brand identity, including a name change. Strategic Funding will now be called Kapitus. “We had a name that was very well respected,” said Kapitus founder and CEO Andy Reiser. “Everybody loved our name, quite frankly. They loved it so much, they all copied it. You can’t […]

How One Broker Moved from One-Man Home Office to 23 Person Shop

January 7, 2019
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Zach Ramirez started the brokerage company ZR Consulting from his home in Orange County, CA in June 2018. He was generating leads and making phone calls, often in a hushed voice because he was also looking after his six month old daughter. “That was difficult, having a baby and with my life savings in the […]

For Some Brokers, Funding Never Sleeps

January 4, 2019
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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 […]

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 […]

deBanked’s Most Popular Stories of 2018

December 22, 2018
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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 […]

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 […]

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

December 21, 2018
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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 […]

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

December 18, 2018
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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 […]

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

December 16, 2018
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]