Funding Empire Sells Majority Stake to Paratus AMC

Funding Empire LogoFunding Empire, the P2P platform for SME business finance, has sold a majority stake to Paratus AMC, the Bracknell based residential mortgage servicer and lender.

Funding Empire will continue to be headquartered in Cardiff and is currently Wales’ only P2P lending platform.

Commenting on the deal, Parag Patel MD of Funding Empire: ‘We are delighted to welcome Paratus AMC as a partner and majority shareholder. Their team, mature back office functions, strong balance sheet and proven ability in managing secured assets on a large scale presents us with a unique opportunity to create a market leading business in the dynamic P2P lending market. With the backing of Paratus AMC, we are now best placed to accelerate the development of Funding Empire and build on the solid foundation the team has worked relentlessly to create over the past few years. We are currently working on the launch of some new and exciting products without compromising our reputation for taking a very thorough, transparent and customer-centric approach to doing business.’ Continue reading

Funding Empire Now Offers Asset Backed Loans

Funding Empire LogoFunding Empire entered a cooperation with the Business Lending Exchange (BLX) to offer asset backed loans on the marketplace. These new asset backed loan investments will be backed by realisable security and go through BLX’s proven and experienced credit assessment process – they will be available to Funding Empire investors from tomorrow.

Parag Patel is managing director of Funding Empire, a growing peer-to-peer business lending platform. Announcing the new product, he said: ‘This is the first step in an ambitious plan to deliver a number of different peer-to-peer investment products that we have designed to cater for all kinds of investors and their varying risk profiles. Asset finance offers funding for businesses and is a long established traditional finance product backed by tangible security. In this new model our lenders will receive monthly capital and interest repayments, unlike many other asset backed lending repayment structures that defer payment of capital and sometimes also interest, until the end of the loan term. We have had huge demand for a non-property based, asset backed product that provides monthly income – and we’ve responded to that demand.

Loans under this model will be for a maximum of 50,000 GBP over a maximum term of 3 years providing monthly capital and interest repayments to lenders. Loan requests will typically last between 5-7 days and will operate as fixed rate auctions. They will end either when the loan request is filled or it expires. Loan parts from this model can be traded as normal on our secondary loan market. Continue reading