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网贷巨头Zopa计划再度融资5000万英镑

今天,著名网贷平台Zopa宣布进行战略结构调整,计划推出一个全新的银行业务部门,并正式开启与投资者的融资谈判。

根据Sky News的报道,Zopa本次计划融资5000万英镑,公司估值也可能因此达到4亿英镑。

Sky News表示,现有投资者、印度投资公司Wadhawan Global Capital将领投本轮融资,预计也将有新的投资者/机构加入本次融资。

2017年6月,Wadhawan共计向Zopa投资3200万英镑,同期参与投资的还有风投公司Northzone(后者还曾投资过Spotify、iZettle和MarketInvoice)

不过,目前Zopa发言人拒绝对本次融资计划发表评论。

据了解,Zopa还计划推出一个数字银行部门,并独立于P2P业务进行运营,比如设立独立董事会等。

此次改组完成后,英国P2P金融协会(P2PFA)主席Christine Farnish和一位前巴克莱公共政策集团董事总经理将共同担任P2P贷款部门的非执行董事。

在银行业方面,Zopa则聘请了Barclaycard前董事总经理Peter Herbert、渣打银行前集团首席风险官Richard Goulding和Paddy Power Betfair首席技术官Paul Cutter。

据了解,自2005年成立以来,Zopa已经累计发出贷款30亿英镑。2017年11月,Zopa成为第一家一个月内放贷超过1亿英镑的网贷平台,该公司2017年累计贷款总量达到近10亿英镑。

Peer-to-peer lender Zopa is in talks with investors over a fresh round of fundraising, with the fintech firm today announcing a shake-up of its structure in preparation for launching a new banking arm.

Zopa is looking to raise around £50m and could value the firm at up to £400m, according to Sky News.

Existing investor Wadhawan Global Capital, an Indian investment house, will lead the round which could also include new sources, Sky News said, with a plan to go to the market within the next two years for an initial public offering.

Wadhawan backed Zopa in a previous fundraising round of £32m last June, along with Northzone, the venture capital firm which has previously backed Spotify, iZettle and MarketInvoice, among others.

A spokesperson for Zopa declined to comment on the fundraising plans.

The reported fundraising comes as the lender prepares to launch a “next-generation bank”, with a restructuring which will establish separate boards for the peer-to-peer (P2P) business and a separate bank arm subject to a licence application. There will also be a parent group with its own board.

The reshuffle includes the hiring of Christine Farnish, chair of the P2P Finance Association and a former group managing director for public policy at Barclays, as a non-executive director on the peer-to-peer side of the business.

On the banking side, Zopa has hired Peter Herbert, a former managing director at Barclaycard, Richard Goulding, a former group chief risk officer at Standard Chartered, and Paul Cutter, chief technology officer at Paddy Power Betfair.

Zopa has been pursuing a headlong growth strategy in its bid to disrupt British lending, which is still dominated by the big incumbent banks. It has lent out more than £3bn since being founded in 2005.

In November the firm became the first of the consumer peer-to-peer firms to lend out more than £100m in a month, and it lent out almost £1bn in total last year.

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