WiseAlpha is an online investment platform that offers members opportunities to invest in an asset class that has largely been unaccessible for the larger investment community. CEO Rezaah Ahmad outlines the company’s two-year history and future growth plans
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WiseAlpha Technologies – a snapshot
WiseAlpha is the first online marketplace allowing individuals to invest in secured corporate loans of major British companies. Its online investment platform offers members access to senior secured loan investments yielding on average 5 to 8 per cent in some of the UK’s leading companies.
Until now, the corporate loan market has remained largely untransformed by technological innovation but WiseAlpha is now making this asset class accessible to a wider investment audience.
Based in: London
Founded in: 2014
No. of employees: 4
Presenting at Tech Invest: Rezaah Ahmad, CEO and founder
Rezaah is an entrepreneur who started his career in the M&A and Leveraged Finance teams at Deutsche Bank, where he helped structure and executenumerous multi-billion debt financing and advisory transactions. He then worked at a fund investing in senior secured loans, high yield bonds, credit derivatives, equity and distressed debt.
Secured corporate loans yielding between 5 to 8 per cent
An internal private market-based system and back-end administration system catered for WiseAlpha’s market
- Built and tested the WiseAlpha lending platform
- Recently carried out first successful transactions and is now about to embark on a marketing effort
- Operations and relationships in place with global investment banks
- Close to launching the secured bonds product
- Planning to launch a more sophisticated version of the secondary market
- Two major global investment banks
- Forming a partnership with an online retail bank and various SIPP providers
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