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Berlin
Berlin
Founded in 2014
Founded in 2014
40+ employees
40+ employees
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
International shareholders
International shareholders

CrossLend is a digital debt marketplace with a mission to make the European lending and investment ecosystem more efficient, transparent and profitable.

By means of an innovative securitisation solution, we seamlessly connect originator supply with institutional investor demand, creating uniquely flexible, beneficial opportunities for both. With lenders empowered to lend more and investors able to deploy their capital more efficiently, liquidity is available to flow where it is needed, helping fund Europe’s real economy: a win-win-win situation for all.

Working from offices in Berlin and Luxembourg, our team boasts extensive experience in the realms of technology, finance, business and law.

Our business team

Oliver Schimek
  • 12+ years’ experience in development and sales of tech-based financial products
  • Previously Chief Financial and Investment Officer at Kreditech Holding (Hamburg)
  • Advanced degree in physics from the Freie Universität Berlin; advanced studies in economics

Oliver Schimek

CEO & Founder

Alex Lawrence
  • 5 years at JP Morgan (Suisse) as a Relationship, and subsequently, Portfolio Manager for Middle East and Emerging Market Ultra High Net Worth Individuals
  • Launched career at the Royal Bank of Scotland working on the mortgage-backed securities desk and in origination/syndication of EU government, supranational and agency debt
  • Master of Business Administration from INSEAD business school (France, Singapore)

Alex Lawrence

Managing Director, CrossLend Sàrl

Roman Steigertahl
  • Joined CrossLend upon its founding in September 2014
  • Head of the Business Development team, overseeing deal execution and banking partnerships
  • Master of Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Roman Steigertahl

Head of Business Development

Brian Kane
  • Over 20 years’ experience in the analysis and funding of credit risk, working with pan-European ABS transactions
  • 17 years at S&P Global Ratings in senior analytical and team leader roles within the Structured Finance group; Head of Capital Markets for Bluestone Capital Management’s UK and Ireland platforms, raising capital and funding for their European asset-based lending operations

Brian Kane

Director of Capital Markets & Origination - UK, Ireland & Nordics

Torsten Schmidt
  • 8 years as Managing Director of TXS, an IT solutions and consultancy firm specialised in digital management and analytics for covered bonds and securitisation
  • 11 years leading the development, distribution and implementation of financial software and services
  • Extensive covered bonds and capital market expertise

Torsten Schmidt

Director of Business Development, Insurance - DACH

Alexandra Schäffler
  • 10+ years of corporate banking and project management experience at Commerzbank (Berlin, Amsterdam), the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets (London) and BNP Paribas (Nuremberg)
  • Relationship management of European blue-chip clients across the finance sector including large-scale regulatory, strategic and internal management projects
  • Master’s degree in International Relations from TU Dresden

Alexandra Schäffler

Executive Project Manager

Christian Fischer
  • 20+ years of capital markets experience – primarily in the German savings bank sector
  • Launched financial career at a savings bank before moving to Frankfurt and experiencing the tech bubble rollercoaster with DWS and Deutsche Bank
  • Founded and managed two asset management distribution companies between 2003 and 2013, both heavily customer-focused

Christian Fischer

VP Business Development & Sales Germany

Javier Alario
  • 25+ years’ experience in corporate investment banking across Europe
  • Previous employment: Chemical Bank/Chase Manhattan Bank, Banco Santander GBM, HSBC CIB, Societe Generale CIB, Pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and others
  • Areas of expertise: debt advisory, client solutions, risk management, treasury and capital markets products, fixed income, OTC IR and FX derivatives flow and structured sales

Javier Alario

VP Business Development & Country Manager Spain & Portugal

Felix Kristopher Bock
  • 7 years at HSH Nordbank AG – most recently as Head of Commodities Derivatives in the Shipping, Energy and Infrastructure Team (capital markets)
  • Lecturer on applied risk management in shipping and logistics (commodity and freight derivatives), Hamburg School of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in International Financial Analysis from Jönköping International Business School

Felix Kristopher Bock

Business Development Manager

Tobias Bürger
  • Specialised in finance, shareholders and group development
  • 7+ years’ experience in Germany’s start-up ecosystem, incl. 4+ years’ working in venture capital at the German Startups Group where tasks included evaluating 1,000+ companies and working on the IPO process as investment manager
  • Master of Science in International Finance

Tobias Bürger

Executive Project Manager

Daniel Binsfeld
  • Master’s degree in Economics and Management Science with a focus on Data Science and Finance
  • Thesis on credit risk modelling, analysing the performance differences between statistical and machine learning approaches as applied to default and prepayment risk prediction for US mortgages
  • Internship at the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office, San Francisco, USA (2016)

Daniel Binsfeld

Analyst

Tristan McKee
  • Worked as an analyst specialised in structured finance and private credit at a London-based hedge fund focused on all aspects of European credit, in particular structured finance, and additionally assisted with the firm’s fundraising efforts
  • Held internships at Goldman Sachs Asset Management on the money market desk and Jardine Lloyd Thompson in the insurance industry
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry and Management (honours) from Imperial College London and Imperial College Business School, respectively

Tristan McKee

Business Analyst

Yiannis Magiakos
  • Worked in transaction advisory, auditing and assurance at Deloitte
  • Held diverse positions within the shipping sector; ICS certification and membership
  • Master of Science in Management (ESMT Berlin), with a specialisation in Finance

Yiannis Magiakos

Sales Manager

Samuel Sellmann
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from Zeppelin University
  • Experience in strategy consulting to the financial services industry at PwC (internship, 2017)
  • Experience in asset management and investment banking at Commerzbank (internship, 2015)

Samuel Sellmann

Project Management Associate

Oliver Schimek

Oliver Schimek

CEO & Founder

  • 12+ years’ experience in development and sales of tech-based financial products
  • Previously Chief Financial and Investment Officer at Kreditech Holding (Hamburg)
  • Advanced degree in physics from the Freie Universität Berlin; advanced studies in economics
Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Managing Director, CrossLend Sàrl

  • 5 years at JP Morgan (Suisse) as a Relationship, and subsequently, Portfolio Manager for Middle East and Emerging Market Ultra High Net Worth Individuals
  • Launched career at the Royal Bank of Scotland working on the mortgage-backed securities desk and in origination/syndication of EU government, supranational and agency debt
  • Master of Business Administration from INSEAD business school (France, Singapore)
Roman Steigertahl

Roman Steigertahl

Head of Business Development

  • Joined CrossLend upon its founding in September 2014
  • Head of the Business Development team, overseeing deal execution and banking partnerships
  • Master of Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
Brian Kane

Brian Kane

Director of Capital Markets & Origination - UK, Ireland & Nordics

  • Over 20 years’ experience in the analysis and funding of credit risk, working with pan-European ABS transactions
  • 17 years at S&P Global Ratings in senior analytical and team leader roles within the Structured Finance group; Head of Capital Markets for Bluestone Capital Management’s UK and Ireland platforms, raising capital and funding for their European asset-based lending operations
Torsten Schmidt

Torsten Schmidt

Director of Business Development, Insurance - DACH

  • 8 years as Managing Director of TXS, an IT solutions and consultancy firm specialised in digital management and analytics for covered bonds and securitisation
  • 11 years leading the development, distribution and implementation of financial software and services
  • Extensive covered bonds and capital market expertise
Alexandra Schäffler

Alexandra Schäffler

Executive Project Manager

  • 10+ years of corporate banking and project management experience at Commerzbank (Berlin, Amsterdam), the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets (London) and BNP Paribas (Nuremberg)
  • Relationship management of European blue-chip clients across the finance sector including large-scale regulatory, strategic and internal management projects
  • Master’s degree in International Relations from TU Dresden
Christian Fischer

Christian Fischer

VP Business Development & Sales Germany

  • 20+ years of capital markets experience – primarily in the German savings bank sector
  • Launched financial career at a savings bank before moving to Frankfurt and experiencing the tech bubble rollercoaster with DWS and Deutsche Bank
  • Founded and managed two asset management distribution companies between 2003 and 2013, both heavily customer-focused
Javier Alario

Javier Alario

VP Business Development & Country Manager Spain & Portugal

  • 25+ years’ experience in corporate investment banking across Europe
  • Previous employment: Chemical Bank/Chase Manhattan Bank, Banco Santander GBM, HSBC CIB, Societe Generale CIB, Pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and others
  • Areas of expertise: debt advisory, client solutions, risk management, treasury and capital markets products, fixed income, OTC IR and FX derivatives flow and structured sales
Felix Kristopher Bock

Felix Kristopher Bock

Business Development Manager

  • 7 years at HSH Nordbank AG – most recently as Head of Commodities Derivatives in the Shipping, Energy and Infrastructure Team (capital markets)
  • Lecturer on applied risk management in shipping and logistics (commodity and freight derivatives), Hamburg School of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in International Financial Analysis from Jönköping International Business School
Tobias Bürger

Tobias Bürger

Executive Project Manager

  • Specialised in finance, shareholders and group development
  • 7+ years’ experience in Germany’s start-up ecosystem, incl. 4+ years’ working in venture capital at the German Startups Group where tasks included evaluating 1,000+ companies and working on the IPO process as investment manager
  • Master of Science in International Finance
Daniel Binsfeld

Daniel Binsfeld

Analyst

  • Master’s degree in Economics and Management Science with a focus on Data Science and Finance
  • Thesis on credit risk modelling, analysing the performance differences between statistical and machine learning approaches as applied to default and prepayment risk prediction for US mortgages
  • Internship at the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office, San Francisco, USA (2016)
Tristan McKee

Tristan McKee

Business Analyst

  • Worked as an analyst specialised in structured finance and private credit at a London-based hedge fund focused on all aspects of European credit, in particular structured finance, and additionally assisted with the firm’s fundraising efforts
  • Held internships at Goldman Sachs Asset Management on the money market desk and Jardine Lloyd Thompson in the insurance industry
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry and Management (honours) from Imperial College London and Imperial College Business School, respectively
Yiannis Magiakos

Yiannis Magiakos

Sales Manager

  • Worked in transaction advisory, auditing and assurance at Deloitte
  • Held diverse positions within the shipping sector; ICS certification and membership
  • Master of Science in Management (ESMT Berlin), with a specialisation in Finance
Samuel Sellmann

Samuel Sellmann

Project Management Associate

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from Zeppelin University
  • Experience in strategy consulting to the financial services industry at PwC (internship, 2017)
  • Experience in asset management and investment banking at Commerzbank (internship, 2015)

We currently have several open positions at both our Berlin and Luxembourg offices - view our Careers page for details.

Our shareholders

CME Group Atlantic Labs Lake Star European Investment Fund SNCI
Northzone Promus Ventures Solaris bank ABN AMRO Earlybird

CrossLend’s history

2018
Jan
First B2B deal live: Portuguese investor, Finnish originator
Mar
Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEE) becomes CrossLend’s issuing and paying agent
Aug
CrossLend and solarisBank start strategic collaboration
Sep
Funding round closed with new investors Earlybird Venture Capital, ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund and solarisBank
2017
Jan
Promus Ventures and the Luxembourg Future Fund come on board as investors
Nov
Launching of Luxembourg operations
2016
Apr
Proof of concept for single-loan securitisation (securitised loans with a total value of >€1m)
Nov
Strategic pivot towards a B2B platform
Dec
CME Ventures secured as investor
2015
May
CrossLend Securities SA incorporated in Luxembourg
Jun
Securitisation license granted in Luxembourg (licensed securitisation undertaking supervised by CSSF)
Sep
Lending marketplace platform launched in four European countries
2014
Aug
CrossLend kicks off operations in Berlin
2018
Jan
First B2B deal live: Portuguese investor, Finnish originator
Mar
Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEE) becomes CrossLend’s issuing and paying agent
Aug
CrossLend and solarisBank start strategic collaboration
Sep
Funding round closed with new investors Earlybird Venture Capital, ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund and solarisBank
2017
Jan
Promus Ventures and the Luxembourg Future Fund come on board as investors
Nov
Launching of Luxembourg operations
2016
Apr
Proof of concept for single-loan securitisation (securitised loans with a total value of >€1m)
Nov
Strategic pivot towards a B2B platform
Dec
CME Ventures secured as investor
2015
May
CrossLend Securities SA incorporated in Luxembourg
Jun
Securitisation license granted in Luxembourg (licensed securitisation undertaking supervised by CSSF)
Sep
Lending marketplace platform launched in four European countries
2014
Aug
CrossLend kicks off operations in Berlin
2018
Jan
First B2B deal live: Portuguese investor, Finnish originator
Mar
Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEE) becomes CrossLend’s issuing and paying agent
Aug
CrossLend and solarisBank start strategic collaboration
Sep
Funding round closed with new investors Earlybird Venture Capital, ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund and solarisBank
2017
Jan
Promus Ventures and the Luxembourg Future Fund come on board as investors
Nov
Launching of Luxembourg operations
2016
Apr
Proof of concept for single-loan securitisation (securitised loans with a total value of >€1m)
Nov
Strategic pivot towards a B2B platform
Dec
CME Ventures secured as investor
2015
May
CrossLend Securities SA incorporated in Luxembourg
Jun
Securitisation license granted in Luxembourg (licensed securitisation undertaking supervised by CSSF)
Sep
Lending marketplace platform launched in four European countries
2014
Aug
CrossLend kicks off operations in Berlin

Our office locations

CrossLend GmbH
Kemperpl. 1,
10785 Berlin
CrossLend Sàrl
59 Boulevard Royal,
2449 Luxembourg
Contacts
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Phone:
+49 30 208 488 100