CrossLend conference focused on the role of FinTech and securitisation with the Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna, hosted at BGL BNP Paribas


On Thursday, 22nd February, CrossLend, with the support of the lux future lab and the LHoFT Foundation, held a conference titled “The Role of Luxembourg & FinTech in Securitisation” at the BGL BNP Paribas Auditorium, with more than 350 registered guests, among them banking executives, institutional investors, and securitisation professionals.

After a welcome note from Olivier Selis, CEO of the lux future lab, Laure Morsy, COO of BGL BNP Paribas explained how the bank is supporting FinTech Innovation. Ms. Morsy added a personal note in support of CrossLend’s innovative approach to bridging the SME funding gap in Europe.

Alex Lawrence, Managing Director of CrossLend in Luxembourg, then presented the company in a nutshell, focusing on how CrossLend’s business model aligns with the EU Commission’s plan to facilitate funding Europe’s collective future growth via a Capital Markets Union (“CMU”). The Commission has clear objectives to remove barriers to cross-border investment, to improve access to business-financing across Europe, to diversify how the various EU member states fund their respective economies and to develop various “high-quality” securitisation products with transparent and easy-to-understand structures. These objectives not only align with the potential inherent in CrossLend’s innovative securitisation solution, they also resonate with previous statements made by Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance, that the CMU is “of the utmost importance” and that progress based on “transparent, simpler and better securitisations” needs to be made as quickly as possible.

Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT, moderated the subsequent panel discussion, titled “FinTech – a New Era for Securitisation”, with Oliver Schimek, CEO of CrossLend, Mark Schmitz, General Partner at Lakestar, Cees Vermaas former CEO of CME Europe, Juha Lehtola, VC Investments Manager at the 1 From left to right: Alex Lawrence – Oliver Schimek – Laure Morsy – Mark Schmitz – H.E. Pierre Gramegna – Holger von Keutz – Alex Panican – Cees Vermaas – Olivier Selis European Investment Fund and Holger von Keutz, Partner and Securitisation Leader at PwC. The open discussion covered a wide range of topics, spanning from Luxembourg as a FinTech hub and startup nation to CrossLend’s role in supporting the CMU vision and BGL BNP Paribas’ role supporting the FinTech ecosystem in Luxembourg.

The evening was concluded with a speech from honoured guest, H.E. Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance, discussing the diversity of Luxembourg’s FinTech ecosystem and the range of services offered by Luxembourg’s financial market. Mr. Gramegna is a staunch promoter of FinTech in Luxembourg and has been a strong supporter of the CrossLend journey.

Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance, Luxembourg declared:
“Oliver Schimek, it is a pleasure to see you again, now in Luxembourg, after we met together in December in Berlin, where I got to know CrossLend, which we are celebrating here today as it opens its office in Luxembourg They’ve chosen Luxembourg because, in terms of securitisation, we are the leader in Europe with 1,200 vehicles […] and we can be proud of that […]. Congratulations to CrossLend and all the best of success here in Luxembourg.”

Laure Morsy, COO of BGL BNP Paribas commented:
“What CrossLend intends to do is really to put on the table the topic of creating a European Capital Market, and this is […] a good reason to support the project […] these are the topics of tomorrow, and we should give the means and attention to this issue […]. I strongly support their project”.

Oliver Schimek, CEO & Founder of CrossLend commented:
“It was a fantastic turn out and great to see more than 350 people registering from throughout the Luxembourg ecosystem and beyond – big names from across the industry, interested in the Capital Markets Union, funding for SMEs, and CrossLend in particular. CrossLend’s mission is to make the debt ecosystem more efficient, transparent and profitable – and Luxembourg is the perfect place to achieve that.”

Olivier Selis, CEO of the Lux Future Lab commented:
“Over the last 5 years, we saw the Luxembourgish startups – and particularly the FinTech ecosystem – growing rapidly. It is very exciting to be part of this community and support a promising company such as CrossLend. By helping lenders to diversify and mitigate their risk at the single loan level, CrossLend will allow funds to flow to the real economy and unleash the true European economic potential.”

Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT added:
“We at the LHoFT are thrilled to support CrossLend’s development – a promising FinTech company, revolutionising Europe’s lending market. CrossLend is a concrete example of how financial technology innovation benefits not only the industry but our daily life.”

Cees Vermaas, previous CEO CME Europe:
“This technology opens new frontiers to overcome the obstacle for borrowers of a fragmented European capital market”

About CrossLend

CrossLend is a B2B FinTech company with a mission to make the European debt ecosystem more efficient, transparent and profitable. CrossLend provides securitisation as a service, transforming loans into notes on a flexible and transparent basis.

CrossLend’s innovative securitisation setup allows investors to build diversified portfolios of loans (via notes) at a pan-European level, with an emphasis on providing risk transparency. On the other side of the coin, loan originators profit from flexible opportunities to scale their lending business – opening up much-needed financing avenues to small and medium-sized businesses across Europe. A win-win-win situation for all.

Backed by an array of prestigious equity investors from Europe and the U.S. like Lakestar, CME Ventures and the Luxembourg Future Fund, CrossLend plans to establish a European Debt Exchange. In Germany, CrossLend acts as tied agent of FinTech Group Bank AG within the scope of § 2 para. 10 of the German Banking Act.

About the LHoFT Foundation

The LHoFT Foundation is a public – private sector initiative that drives technology innovation for Luxembourg’s Financial Services industry, connecting the domestic and international FinTech community to develop solutions that shape the world of tomorrow. The other partners of the LHoFT initiative are the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg; the initiative is supported by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of State.

About lux Future Lab

The Lux Future Lab is an incubator powered by BGL BNP Paribas and supports individuals at the crossroads of their professional development to improve their skills and move forward with their entrepreneurial ideas. To support their growth, the lab provides facilities, educational resources, professional services and networking opportunities. Located in the heart of Luxembourg, the lab promotes the advancement of business expertise, education and projects in an interactive and dynamic environment.

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