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Private Investments Network is recognized by the French Finance Innovation Cluster

Finance innovation
Private Investments Network is extremely happy and grateful to have received the recognition from the Finance Innovation Cluster, the grouping of private/public competitiveness of the Paris Europlace that promotes technological innovation in the financial sector.

This recognition is given to projects with high potential at the European level and which are:

  • Innovation: Particularly with regard to techniques used, the implemented models, customer segments, the developed technologies and the covered risks;
  • Strategic for the French financial industry: Bringing new products or new customers, facilitating international competitiveness, meeting the needs of the economy and increasing employment support;
  • Credible: Verified partner skills, technical feasibility and financial viability of the project.

The selection of projects that are recognized is made by the members of the Finance Innovation Cluster, which is represented by major financial sector institutions in France.

Here you are able to view the pitch presented by the CEO and co-founder of Private Investments Network, François-Eric Perquel, at the Finance Innovation Cluster.

And here you can watch the video with the presentation (it is in French).

Corporate governance tool

Law Firms are increasingly seeking tools to manage corporate information on behalf of their clients, as they normally do it in a decentralized/dispersed manner and often manually. When it comes to acting as secretary of the board of directors or managers of corporate governance, there is a lot of manual work to manage corporate information of the customers, few opportunities to innovate in the services offered and difficulties to facilitate the transparency of its customers with stakeholders in a safe and controlled manner.

In this scenario, we present the solution of Private Investments Network:

The platform of Private Investments Network facilitates the use of a tool for managing the corporate governance of law firms´ clients, by allowing:

  • Saving time and costs when they act as secretary of boards of directors, or when they manage information from different customers, such as startups, private equity and family businesses
  • Creating a new lasting bond with their corporate customers given that, through the platform, they gain control of a position in the middle of the relationship between the company and its shareholders and investors
  • Being seen as innovative by offering current and prospective customers a digital solution managing the relationship with their shareholders and investors that complements the traditional legal services
  • Provide a better service than the competition at all levels through a low-cost tool that can significantly increase revenues

In addition, good corporate governance allows offering advantages to different customer profiles:

Startups

  • Have a list of shareholders updated with all the information necessary for the company and all organized and accessible internal documents quickly and easily
  • Initiate relationships with investors from the incipient point of the creation of the company and facilitate management of their corporate operations

Mergers, acquisitions and private equity

  • A permanent data room which can be easily adapted to make a due diligence at a very affordable cost
  • Capital increases management in a private environment, with controlled access to information and a communication channel between the company, shareholders and potential investors

Family business

  • Permanent availability of specific information as, for example, family pact, family values, history and family structure, meetings, task management, voting, etc.
  • Facility in informing shareholders and the possibility of doing it with potential investors. All according to the values of the company, control, transparency, legal compliance and privacy
  • Facilitating the access to liquidity for these companies (capital increase management), for family shareholders and for potential investors (Matching tool)

If you want to know more, send us an email to info@privateinvestmentsnetwork.com and you will be advised on how to take full advantage of this tool for outstanding corporate governance.

You can see a video of some of the things you can do with the help of our web platform:

Are you on charge of corporate governance of a company? Tell us your experience by leaving a comment here.

 

Is there a Paradigm change in finance?

The financial sector is changing. Up until now, fast growth in this sector was possible only through external growth. The advance of technology and innovation are changing the scene, enabling the pioneers who easily adapt to change, to quickly acquire relevant positions, as shown by the example of Transferwise in the field of international P2P Transfer.

This underlying trend is reflected in an article by Dave Michaels published in Bloomberg. It refers to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revision of the possibility to allow stock exchanges to launch less regulated markets in order to enable small businesses to obtain liquidity. When authorities of this kind start considering such changes, it shows that the trend is coming to the turning point for the whole financial sector.

“The US Securities and Exchange Commission revision of the possibility to allow stock exchanges to launch less regulated markets in order to enable small businesses to obtain liquidity.”

Analyzing this trend in more detail, we come across the first detailed study about the Crowdfunding situation in Europe. The University of Cambridge (Cambridge Judge Business School), has managed to gather the information needed to show, in this report, some extremely revealing (recent) statistical and historic data.

This publication explains that since the global financial crisis (in September, it will have been seven years since it happened), alternative funding has considerably increased in the US and Europe. In particular, it refers to: equity crowd funding platforms, peer-to-peer lending, reward based crowd funding, donation based crowd funding, etc., all of which offer investors several ways to invest, encourage innovation, create jobs and/or finance social causes.

“since the global financial crisis, alternative funding has considerably increased in the US and Europe.”

Some of the data reflected in this study, about Crowdfunding in Europe is:

  • A 144% growth in Europe in 2014 (in comparison to 2013).
  • A total amount of transactions in 2014 of € 2,957M.
  • A specific weight of the United Kingdom with a total of transactions of € 2,337M, and a yearly growth of 159%.
  • The top down ranking of countries with the highest number of online platforms is: the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • 9,743 SMEs have been financed in continental Europe between 2012 and 2014.

This transaction volume is still to be put into perspective as it only represents 0,4 per 1,000 so of traditional funding according to EBAN figures (European Business Angels Network). That is what traditional banks and supervisory authorities still think. However, given the crowd funding exponential growth, one can hope that SMEs, the greatest engine of our global economy, will get from it the financing needed to keep growing, to innovate and to create jobs.

“given the crowd funding exponential growth, one can hope that SMEs, the greatest engine of our global economy, will get from it the financing needed to keep growing, to innovate and to create jobs.”

This hope is very important for Europe given the drastic reduction in traditional financing for this type of businesses, which is due to the current trend to overregulate banks, in order to try to eliminate the risk from their activity.

For this reason, this way of creating closer and less restrictive collaborations is attracting companies and investors. Will crowd funding consolidate and, in such a case, how will traditional banks adapt to this new emerging paradigm?

Guillem Comi and Carmen Zamudio.