Orchard Launches Online Platform to Support Loan Originators

Orchard Platform has launched Deals, an online platform to connect loan originators and institutional investors.

PineBridge Launches Middle-Market Lending Biz

PineBridge Investments brought former Business Development Corporation of America executives Jim Fisher, Joe Taylor and Doug Lyons aboard its credit platform to form the nucleus of its new middle-market direct lending business.

TradeRocket, IFG Partner to Offer Digital Supply Chain Finance Program

TradeRocket and The Interface Financial Group formed a partnership to provide a digital supply chain finance solution for the global mid-market, offering rebates to buyers and early payment options.

Crestmark Opens Ontario Office, Dounas to Lead

Crestmark is opening a Canadian location with Nick Dounas joining as vice president and head of Canadian originations.

KCAP Financial Launches Joint Venture with Freedom 3

KCAP Financial formed a joint venture with Freedom 3 Opportunities, an affiliate of Freedom 3 Capital, to create KCAP Freedom 3. The joint venture agreement will allow the company to invest in senior middle-market loans and provide additional sources of investments through its joint venture partner.

Industry Veterans Launch Caissa Capital Restructuring Firm

Grant Lyon, Craig Hansen and Peter Kaufman have partnered to form Caissa Capital, a venture aimed at providing, in one entity, senior-level workout, financial restructuring and legal services.

Former King Trade Execs Launch TradeCap Partners

Clinton Stanton and Bryan Ballowe, formerly with King Trade Capital, launched TradeCap Partners, an alternative finance company specializing in short-term purchase order solutions.

Clear Thinking Group Partners With Highlander Consulting

To enhance integrated communications planning and implementation for mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructurings, Clear Thinking Group has formed a strategic partnership with Highlander Consulting.

Encina, Oaktree Launch Independent Equipment Finance Company

Encina Capital Partners and an affiliate of certain funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management launched Encina Equipment Finance, a new independent equipment finance company.

Hitachi Enters Syndication Market; Provides $65MM in Financing

Hitachi Business Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital America, expanded its financing solutions to include syndicated lending and, in the past quarter, provided $65 million to three U.S. companies.