From 0 to 25 billion in 5 years

From 0 to 25 billion in 5 years

A start-up that has helped to shape fintech innovations in Switzerland by digitalizing lending is celebrating its 5th anniversary: Loanboox. 
With 25 billion in closedfinancings in seven countries, the financing platform started off successfully and is rapidly developing its offerings further.

Since their launch in 2016 in Zurich as digital solution for debt financing, big ticket borrowers were able to close more than 2’100 transactions with a volume of 25 billion Swiss Francs in seven countries. A team of 40 employees supports 3‘000 registered municipalities, cities, public institutions, large companies and institutional lenders and banks and continues to develop the platform rapidly.    

“The high demand shows the need for efficient debt capital markets. Swiss borrowers, for example, have already earned 23.2 million Swiss francs via Loanboox - through negative interest rates. I am very pleased that we can contribute to fluidify debt markets, making it simpler and faster for all market participants”, comments Philippe Cayrol, CEO of Loanboox. “In 2021, we facilitated projects such as hospital infrastructure, school buildings and retirement homes which makes everyone proud to contribute a little bit to the society of tomorrow”, continues Cayrol.  

The idea behind Loanboox was radical and courageous: to create a digital marketplace for large loans.  Borrowing entities submit their loan requests online and professional investors bid on them: this saves time for all and ensures transparency. “Financings with volumes of up to 450 million Euro have been put on the platform and as the business matures, we see an increasing deal flow of large requests from very established borrowers”, adds Cayrol.  

The company has evolved substantially since its first days. Loanboox has created automation tools and deeper analytics for their customers. The Fintech also offers a broader service for issuers, including debt planning and transaction support on large financings. 150 active lenders profit from process efficiencies, data insights and from a lean co-creation of new products.    

In the last 6 months, the company achieved a number of firsts on its platform: the first sustainability-linked loan, the first secured transaction and the first transactions in Eastern Europe. These developments pave the way for a bright and more sustainable future, for both customers and Loanboox.   

About Loanboox

The fintech Loanboox is the leading European platform for debt financing. Its clients include municipalities, cities, cantons and other public corporations and large companies, institutional investors and banks. Loanboox is a member of the business community Leaders for Climate Action. 

Contact persons:

Philippe Cayrol, CEO  
Martina Bühler, CMO 
Talacker50, 8001 Zürich 
055 220 78 29,

Loanboox on SRF: The curse and blessing of negative interest rates

Loanboox on SRF: The curse and blessing of negative interest rates

Negative interest rates are becoming more and more of a nuisance, especially for savers who want to leave their money in the account. Those who take out a loan, on the other hand, benefit from the historically low interest rates.  CEO and co-founder of Loanboox Switzerland Andi Burri explains in an interview with Swiss radio and television SRF what this means for Swiss communities in concrete terms.

Since the introduction of negative interest rates, the average interest costs for cities, municipalities and cantons have dropped significantly. Through Loanboox alone, they have earned 23.2 million Swiss francs through negative interest since the platform was founded four years ago. This corresponds, for example, to the costs for the compulsory schooling of 1,081 pupils – we have already reported on this in detail in our blog. Especially municipalities with a good credit rating benefited from this development, according to Andi Burri in an interview with SRF’s Heute Morgen Journal.

But which municipalities have earned the most from negative interest rates? And how do they benefit the Confederation in its capital procurement? Find out the details in the radio report.




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The World in Covid 19 Shock – The Big Picture Special with Mark Dittli

The World in Covid 19 Shock – The Big Picture Special with Mark Dittli

How is the world – and Switzerland in particular – coping with the Covid 19 shock? How great is the economic damage? These questions were the focus of an exciting virtual Loanboox panel discussion with business journalist and “The Market” editor-in-chief Mark Dittli.

The bar chart makes it clear: 2020 was a disaster for most countries in economic terms. A single, red bar in the annual overview points steeply downwards. On another presentation slide, a heat map shimmers in shades of yellow, red and green. It shows a global comparison of how far the economic recovery has progressed in the individual countries – or not. “The Market’s editor-in-chief Mark Dittli explains the details and background so logically and comprehensibly that it is simply fun to follow his explanations.

Comprehensive market knowledge compactly packaged

In his 20-minute talk, the economic journalist looks at how the rapid rise in interest rates in the USA will affect the markets and Switzerland in particular. He takes a close look at economic and industrial sectors that have been the quickest to get back on their feet after the Covid 19 shock. In doing so, Dittli pays particular attention to the investor perspective. The intensive Q&A session afterwards showed how much he struck a chord with the participants. All in all, a successful start to an exciting series of expert talks.

Curious? You can watch Mark Dittli’s presentation here.


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Successful 2020 for Loanboox despite Covid-19

Successful 2020 for Loanboox despite Covid-19

50% more deals than in 2019 

Debt financing on the Loanboox platform increased by 50 percent in 2020 to CHF 7.1 bn, serving more than 600 issuers and 120 lenders. In addition, the fintech looks back on the world’s first fully digitally issued corporate bond and strengthening of its management team.  

Despite volatile conditions, 7.1 billion Swiss francs in financings were concluded by municipalities, cantons and large companies via Loanboox in 2020 – 50% more than 2019. Four years after Go-Live, the leading platform for debt financing thus passed the 20 billion mark in terms of volume concluded. The fintech recorded the strongest growth in Germany with a quadrupled annual closing volume of 2.2 billion euros. Austria is following closely with 300% growth in deals closed. 

Corona impacted the debt markets 

In times of uncertainty, Loanboox enabled 600 issuers to access money quickly and at competitive rates. During the March lockdown, transactions with a volume of one billion Swiss francs were concluded – three times as many as in the same period in the previous year. Customers also benefited from the fact that almost all financing steps can be processed digitally – even from home office. This shows the convenience and flexibility of the Loanboox platform. 

On the investor side, the crisis triggered restraint and a temporary increase in money market interest rates of around 0.5% in March and April. The situation eased again in summer and interest rates came back to their historically low levels, with financing up to 30 years being concluded at tight spreads. 

Strengthened executive team to support new growth phase 

In addition to the increased demand, changes in the Board of Directors and the Executive Board have further advanced the Fintech in 2020. In April, Loanboox elected the experienced business lawyer Dr. Felix R. Ehrat to the Board of Directors. In June, Philippe Cayrol joined the company as its new CEO. The experienced scale-up manager took over the position from Loanboox founder Stefan Muehlemann, who has since concentrated on his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Milestone with first digitally settled corporate bond  

In July 2020, Axpo Holding AG became the first corporate issuer to place a listed green bond entirely digitally via Loanboox. The CHF 133 million bond with a maturity of 7 years was largely oversubscribed with more than 53 orders in the book. After establishing itself as a leading platform in public and near-public loan financing, this was an important step towards the digitalisation of the bond market.

About Loanboox

The fintech Loanboox is the leading European platform for debt financing and is active in six countries. Its clients include municipalities, cities, cantons and other public corporations and large companies, institutional investors and banks 

Contact persons:

Philippe Cayrol, CEO  
Martina Bühler, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer 
Talacker50, 8001 Zürich 
055 220 78 29,

Interest rates and inflation – Daniel Stelter’s economic forecast

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How do cities and municipalities get through the Corona crisis? What do capital providers and investors need to be successful? And what advantages does digitalisation bring? In the loanboox.asks. series, we talk to experts about topics like these. Daniel Stelter kicks off our audio talks.

The forecasts for 2021 are mixed. On the one hand, highs on the stock market – on the other hand, dampened economic expectations due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. And on top of that, central banks are pumping massive amounts of money into the markets and keeping interest rates low. In loanboox.asks. we talked to the economic expert and author Daniel Stelter about how all this is connected. He says:

The economic consequences of the Corona crisis will keep us busy for a very long time.

Listen to his assessments in the following audio:

Niedrigzins und Inflation - ein Ausblick auf 2021 mit Daniel Stelter

by Simone Franzke

About Daniel Stelter:

Daniel Stelter is a macroeconomist, strategy consultant and author. In his podcast “Think beyond the obvious” he looks behind the scenes of economic and financial policy and explains important connections.

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Digital Shapers 2020: These Swiss people are driving digitisation forward

Digital Shapers 2020: These Swiss people are driving digitisation forward

Digital Shapers 2020: Zum fünften Mal hat BILANZ zusammen mit Handelszeitung und Le Temps die 100 wichtigsten Köpfe der Schweiz gekürt, die bei der Digitalisierung ganz vorne mit dabei sind.

Sie wirken in grossen Organi­sationen und helfen diesen, die etablierten Strukturen für das Digitalzeitalter fit zu machen, stellen die nötigen Rahmen­bedingungen der Digitalisierung sicher oder legen als Akademiker, Blogger, Autoren, Forscher oder Mitarbeitende in Think-Tanks die Grundsteine für neue Technologien und die Digitalisierung: Zum fünften Mal hat BILANZ in Zusammenarbeit mit Handelszeitung und Le Temps die Digital Shapers gekürt, jene 100 Personen, welche die Digitalisierung im Land vorantreiben.

Auch der Gründer und VR Präsident von Loanboox wurde gekürt.

Wir gratulieren Stefan Mühlemann herzlich! Er ist einer der wichtigen Köpfe , welche die Digitalisierung vorantreiben. Vor Kurzem wechselte Mühlemann vom CEO auf den Posten des VR-Präsidenten. Mühlemann sagt zur Bilanz:

«Leute zu managen, die andere Leute managen, gehört nicht zu meinen Stärken»

Er sieht sich eher als Stratege und Erfinder. Auch wenn er an 15 Start-ups beteiligt ist und sich bei dem einen oder anderen teilweise mehr engagiert, bleibt der grösste Teil seiner Energie auf Loanboox konzentriert. Denn mit der Kreditplattform hat er noch viel vor. Derzeit ist das Unternehmen in sechs Länder tätig. Langfristig soll es zu einem weltweiten Marktplatz für Fremdkapital werden. Die Expansion soll vor allem über Partnerschaften mit Banken und anderen Finanzinstituten vonstattengehen. Bietet sich ein Zukauf, sei man auch dem nicht abgeneigt. Dabei versucht Mühlemann, nicht abzuheben und das Tempo etwas zu kontrollieren: «Wir sind schon immer noch Start-up und dürfen nicht zu viele Baustellen aufmachen.»