Law360.com, “Madden Creates More Uncertainty for Marketplace Lenders”

In “Madden Creates More Uncertainty for Marketplace Lenders,” a Law360 article, Joseph Cioffi and Massimo Giugliano discuss the ongoing case of Madden v. Midland Funding and its impact on the marketplace lending. The authors explain the significance of the initial decision by the Second Circuit in 2015, which created substantial risk for marketplace lenders that rely on a partner bank origination model to avoid state usury caps, and analyze the potential impact of a subsequent decision striking down a choice of law clause often relied on by lenders to guard against usury claims….

In this Structured Credit Investor article concerning the potential effects of Madden v. Midland Funding on marketplace lending platforms, Joseph provides suggestions for platforms seeking to adapt to the ruling and the potential for the ruling to shape the industry. Joseph notes, “if partner banks start to get more involved in the origination process so as to avoid the problems of Madden, these banks may start to question why they need the platforms at all and there is the potential that they may simply take over the process entirely.” Click here to view the full article….

Joseph Cioffi offers the following quote to Structured Credit Investor, concerning the Madden v. Midland Funding case, “Not only are marketplace lenders at risk, but so will be the sponsors and other participants in the securitization of marketplace loans to the extent loans are held unenforceable or interest rates are reduced. Experience shows that when cashflows to investors are reduced, litigation follows.” Click here to view the full article.