As a crowd-lending platform, we bring together promoters (companies, NGOs, social institutions) that need financing (borrowers) and investors (private or institutional actors) who are looking to invest (creditors).
There are a number of risks associated with this investment class, the most significant being the credit risk (where one or both parties do not fulfill their contractual obligations); the operational risk (where the project fails for technical reasons); and the market and industry risk (where a change in the economic climate can cause the project to fail).
In order to minimize credit and operational risks, our team follows a rigorous risk assessment protocol before launching any project for funding. The protocol is divided into three steps: project admissibility criteria, statistical credit model, and technical project assessment. You can learn more about our risk assessment model here.
In addition to this, and in order to mitigate our investors' exposure, we negotiate guarantees and similar mitigation measures that are triggered should the project promoter be unable to fulfill their contractual responsibilities towards the investors.
Such compensation and mitigation mechanisms can include:
Equipment pledge: as we are talking about a secured loan, the pledge has priority over other loans.
Financial guarantee from the parent company or the legal representatives themselves.
Co-financing by another company or non-repayable entity. In case of default, the payment is guaranteed by a third party and not by the creditor/investor.
Investing in a project means that you are lending capital to an entity, which in turn means that you are taking a risk that could result in the partial or total loss of your capital invested.