New York, NY (PRWEB) June 09, 2014 -- Peerform (http://www.peerform.com), a New York based peer-to-peer financing start-up, announced today the closing of a $1 million seed round to promote its development and take advantage of the growing demand for quality alternatives to traditional bank lending products.
Peerform, a New York based marketplace lending platform announced today that it is has significantly expanded its roster with several high-impact additions to its team.
Daniel Zwirn, Managing Member of the Zwirn Family Interests and Arena Investors, has agreed to join the company’s Advisory Board. Previously, Zwirn founded and managed D.B. Zwirn & Co, a global investment management firm with $6 Billion under management at its peek. “I am excited to join the Peerform team. This company is strongly positioned to be an innovative player in the fast changing peer-to-peer sector,” said Zwirn. Mikael Rapaport, Peerform’s CEO and Co-Founder, added that he was greatly looking forward to Zwirn’s involvement. “Dan has an exceptional understanding of credit markets and their underlying market structures. We expect that his insights will greatly benefit our company’s borrowers, lending clients and partners.”
New Team Additions:
Zwirn’s appointment follows the recent announcement that Gregg M. Schoenberg was elevated to Chairman of the board. Schoenberg was previously a Peerform board member, but agreed to take on a more active role in conjunction with the company’s recently closed financing.
Peerform also announced that Catheryn Robinson has been appointed as Head of Business Development and Investor Relations and that Ari Afilalo has joined the company as General Counsel.
Robinson has extensive experience in the alternative asset management and financial services industries, having spent a number of years in structuring, trading and marketing positions at HSBC, DLJ and JP Morgan. She holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of San Francisco.
Afilalo is a professor of international investment and commercial law at Rutgers Law School. He holds a B.A.
from Harvard University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and an L.L.M from Harvard Law School.
“Ari and Catheryn are top-tier professionals who will enable us to ramp-up our commitment to customized service and best-in-class fraud detection and risk management. They also share Peerform’s core mission to expand access to loan opportunities for the thousands of solid borrow candidates turned away by the behemoth banks and P2P platforms,” said Schoenberg.
Peerform is a peer-to-peer lending company that seeks to assist consumers who are looking for personal loans up to $25,000. Powered by the Loan Analyzer, Peerform uses cutting-edge technology and empirical models to make unsecured personal loans available to borrowers with FICO scores of 600 or above. The company seeks to attract sophisticated lenders who are looking to build and maintain diversified portfolios of loans.