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Zopa raises USD 57 mln to support its challenger bank

Monday 6 August 2018 | 11:14 AM CET

UK-based P2P lending company Zopa has raised USD 57 million in funding to support the launch of its challenger bank.

The financing represents the first part of its current fundraising round, according to a post on the company blog, and comes amid reported growth for the sector and the company – including full-year profitability in Zopa’s P2P business in 2017.

With growing concern from regulatory authorities such as the Financial Conduct Authority over the appropriateness of loan-based crowdfunding and P2P lending as an investment for average investors, adding retail deposits via a challenger bank is said to provide additional funding support for Zopa’s operations.

Zopa announced a milestone in February, when its investor community lent its three billionth pound to UK customers, according to the company blog. Zopa has now raised a total of more than USD 169 million in funding. The company’s investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Northzone, Augmentum Capital, and Wadhawan Global Capital.

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