From Fringe to Mainstream: The 2019 Fintech Roundtable

As fintech companies start counting their birthdays in the double-digits, both traditional lenders and regulatory bodies have had to accept the world rapid online lending has created. Ken Brause of OnDeck, Eyal Lifshitz of BlueVine and Sebastian Rymarz of Fundbox sat down with ABF Journal to take stock of the past decade or so in the fintech world, discuss some of the changes seen in 2018 and speculate on what the future may hold for the industry.

Buyers are Hungry but Sellers are King: 600 Companies Still See a Seller’s Market

Citizens Bank’s latest survey on mergers and acquisitions shows an active market where sellers still have their choice of potential buyers. Ralph Della Ratta breaks down the results and provides reasons on why the market continues to look rosy even as many companies become more cautious of a potential economic downturn.

Honoring the Past to Celebrate the Future: The CFA Rebrands as the Secured Finance Network

The Commercial Finance Association made a big splash at the end of 2018 when it announced its intention to rebrand as the Secured Finance Network. But, as CEO Rich Gumbrecht and President Dave Grende explain, the rebranding is just the latest in a series of moves to reflect where the organization actually is, as opposed to where it had been.

The New Industrial Revolution: Lending Opportunities Spurred by Growth of the Gig Economy

The war for talent is over. And the employee has won. Employees today demand the same level of choice, service and flexibility in the workplace as they do as consumers. As a result, we’re seeing a dramatic change in the shape of the global workforce. The rise of the gig economy is transforming work as […]

After a Volatile Political Year, What’s Next for Turnaround Professionals

After the 2016 election, Howard Brod Brownstein shared his observations of the challenges facing the turnaround industry. A year later, after the passage of new tax reforms and with the threat of tariffs and new world conflicts, he looks into his crystal ball once more to see what the future holds for the restructuring industry.

Fifth Street’s Q3 2016 Capital Markets Outlook

At $10.2 billion, middle market sponsored volume fell 12% from the second quarter, though it remains up from the $8.2 billion issued in the first quarter. From a cumulative standpoint, sponsored volume continues to fall short of 2015’s run rate: year-to-date volume stands at $30 billion, a 19% decline from the comparable period last year. 2016 may now shape up to be the slowest for sponsored lending since 2009.

Fifth Street’s Q2/16 Capital Markets Outlook

Totaling just $7.33 billion, sponsored middle market loan volume reached a six-year low in the first quarter — exceptionally weak even when viewed against the traditional seasonal pattern of lighter volume. On the heels of a sluggish year in 2015, Fifth Street remained cautious in its outlook for the new year; yet, volume dropped more precipitously than expected. Sponsored issuance was down 45% from Q4/15 and 31% on a year-over-year basis.

IP Asset Value as Collateral:  The Increasing Use of Patents as Collateral in Asset-Based Lending

Sung Kim of Appraisal Economics discusses the emerging trend of using patents as collateral in asset-based lending.

Privately Owned and Ready to Grow: Miller’s ABL Journey Takes Him Back to Rosenthal & Rosenthal

When Rob Miller took over as the head of the asset based lending group at Rosenthal & Rosenthal at the end of March, it marked a homecoming for the 30-year veteran of the financial services industry. In the months that followed, Miller has assessed the portfolio of the privately-owned company and positioned it for a “limitless future.”

Realigning for the Global Customer: WFCF’s New Team Talks Action Imperatives

ABF Journal caught up with the newly-appointed leadership team at Wells Fargo Capital Finance to discuss their plans for the recently realigned Corporate Finance, Industries and Global Capital Solutions groups. With a continued focus on growth and customer financial success, the team shares their plan of action for the first 90 days — and for any challenges they may encounter on the road ahead.