Cap Accel Launches with Funding from Valley Next Gen Ventures to Accelerate Access to Capital for Marketplace Lenders

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The first-of-its-kind in this industry, the merchant bank and advisory firm is led by capital markets veterans responsible for securing over $1 billion in institutional capital for existing marketplace lenders.

Cap Accel, LP (http://www.CapAccel.com), a merchant bank and advisory firm for the marketplace lending industry, announced their launch today with an investment led by Valley Next Gen Ventures LLC. Other participants in the round include George W. Wellde Jr., formerly Vice Chairman of the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs and currently Director on the Board of Fortress Investment Group LLC, and Barney Schauble, Managing Partner of Nephila Advisors LLC.

Cap Accel works with marketplace and alternative lenders to accelerate access to diverse sources of capital. The firm is led by Jae Lim and Chris Lalli: former co-heads of capital markets at SoFi, a leader in marketplace lending and the largest provider of student loan refinancing with over $1 billion in loans issued. Together they have over fifty years of experience in financial services including at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company.

“Traditional players are becoming acutely aware of how new trends in financial services are transforming their industry and are eager for opportunities to connect with innovative lenders,” said Jae Lim, Cap Accel Managing Partner. “We are thrilled to use our extensive relationships to enable partnerships between marketplace lenders and diverse sources of institutional capital.”

Experienced in raising over $1 billion for existing marketplace lenders, the Cap Accel team leverages this success to deliver superior advisory services for their clients and drive access to capital through multiple funding sources. The firm works with marketplace lenders to grow and scale their business through institutional funding that complements individual investments.

“Access to capital markets is essential for marketplace lenders to scale and fund more loans, but connecting with institutional partners can be challenging for companies who haven’t raised this type of funding before,” said Cap Accel Managing Partner Chris Lalli. “Cap Accel has the proven experience and credentials to help navigate, manage and accelerate this process.”

Cap Accel offers a comprehensive suite of services including: pre-capital raise due diligence reviews, capital raising, ongoing capital markets advisory and business development. Capital raising expertise includes term, permanent, debt or equity funding tailored to fit the needs and business models of each company.

About Cap Accel
Cap Accel, LP (http://www.CapAccel.com) is a merchant bank and advisory firm that accelerates access to diverse sources of capital for marketplace and alternative lenders. The first-of-its-kind in the industry, the firm is led by capital markets veterans with over fifty years of combined experience in financial services. The team has successfully raised over $1 billion in funding for existing marketplace lenders and now extends their expertise and networks to enable partnerships between other alternative lenders and traditional financial institutions.

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