Validus Capital is awarded a full Capital Markets Services (CMS) license to Deal in Securities from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) under the Securities and Futures Act

SINGAPORE, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Backed by Vertex, a Temasek Holdings Company, Validus helps Small and Medium Sized Entities (SMEs) secure short and medium term financing from accredited and institutional investors via its online marketplace.

Validus Capital Co-Founders: Ajit Raikar and Vikas Nahata
Validus Capital Co-Founders: Ajit Raikar and Vikas Nahata

This CMS license has come at an opportune time for Validus, as limited access to financing has emerged as one of the top challenges faced by SMEs in Singapore. The newly acquired CMS license now allows Validus to offer underserved SMEs a whole suite of financing products, including project financing and working capital loans.

Ajit Raikar, CEO and Co-Founder, Validus Capital, said, "We are delighted to obtain the much anticipated CMS license as it will allow us to forge ahead with a wide range of products to help SMEs scale and grow their businesses. We have been working diligently in the last year to ensure that our processes are robust enough to meet MAS' guidelines. Fintech is an area of focus for Singapore which is clearly demonstrated in the forward looking vision of the authorities. We are the #1 curated financing marketplace in Singapore and are committed to contributing to a robust SME ecosystem and matching them with our expanding investor base. Through our unique relationship with VISA International and our tie up with EQ insurance offering investors credit insurance on loans made through the platform, we are transforming SME debt from an alternate to a primary asset class."

Singapore has been one of the top Fintech hubs in the world and the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) has been supporting fintech innovation in a safe and controlled environment. This demonstrates MAS's commitment towards the transformation of Singapore into a Smart Financial Centre," Says Ajit Raikar, CEO, Validus Capital.

About VALIDUS

Validus Capital Pte Ltd, founded in 2015, is a curated financing marketplace focused on bridging cash flows to growing SMEs in Singapore. Till date Validus has facilitated disbursals of over SGD 45m. Validus has built a highly experienced management team led by a CEO with over 30 years of SME banking experience across Citibank, Fullerton (Bank Danamon) and DBS. Validus has a triple layer risk algorithm built in partnership with the Credit Research Initiative (CRI) team of NUS-RMI using forward-looking Probability Default (PD) as a building block. It is also the only platform in Singapore to have an Insurance cover from EQ Insurance, for lenders on the platform (up to 90% capital protection for lenders participating in Working Capital deals). The leading global payments technology company, Visa has partnered with Validus to provide Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with virtual card based account receivable solutions to help scale their business. In Singapore this is the first of its kind collaboration between a fintech marketplace, a global bank and a leading payments company.

With institutional participation on the platform from accredited investors, leading family offices and hedge funds, Validus offers the investors opportunities to participate in the growth of Singaporean SMEs. Please visit www.validus.sg for more info.

For further information and details, please contact:

Ambica Kuthiala
Director Marketing &Corporate Communications
Validus Capital Pte Ltd. 
+65-97670686
ambica@validus.sg

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