This is a crazy time of year for deal do-ers. As a corporate lawyer, December is almost always the busiest month of the year. Everyone wants to get that crunch deal done before Xmas. The wave of money coming into Europe is beginning to be followed by a subsequent M&A wave (with the odd IPO).
And as I begin to think about what 2016 will bring, my mind is definitely turning to the intersection of financial services and law. Alternative Finance and next gen lending in particular are continuing to shake up. 2016 will see a big shift in the AltFi landscape as more alternative finance options come to market (we’re working on 7 pre-launch crowd-funding and AltFi platforms currently) and existing players merge / consolidate.
Next-generation lending company Earnest recently raised a huge $275m in equity and debt financing – this was covered in the recent FinTech Monthly video that I am involved with for Tech City News:
The amount of questions that I get asked by investors, companies (looking for funding) and start ups looking at new financing business models has definitely gone through the roof this year. I recently became involved with The Memo’s Future Finance series: http://www.thememo.com/tag/future-finance/
See my latest video on “Crowdfunding: The Tinder of Future Finance?” here: http://www.thememo.com/2015/12/03/crowdfunding-the-tinder-of-future-finance/