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
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.