Crowdfunding: Know everything, the ultimate guide. Investing / finance its project



Let's start at the beginning want?


What is the crowdfunding?

The crowdfunding is the financing by the crowd. That agreement – is funded by the crowd? Ben the crowd is you, it's me, it's Mr. and Mrs. everybody.

Participatory financing or Crowdfunding is a method for financing projects by a wide audience via the Internet.
This new method of funding fits around a spirit of solidarity for the realization of various projects: cultural, social, innovative…

A participatory investment platform connects the two main actors of the real economy:

  • Project contractors/developers.
  • Investors who wish to fund a part or a set of innovative projects.


Crowdfunding is especially to develop companies to find funding while the banks refused the request. Indeed companies, too small, do not fit into the criteria of banks.

There are several major forms of participatory investment platforms:

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Detailed version

  • Harvesting of donations without compensation. Some distinguished or collect donations with a contribution that can give rise to various counterparties (presale).
  • The presale or reward based (often collected with 'donations with counterparty')
  • Financing of projects through loans with interest. (Crowdlending)
  • Financing of projects through interest-free loans. (Crowdlending)
  • The financing of an entrepreneurial project via the purchase of securities (e.g. stocks). alias crowdequity
  • Royalties, often in equity or crowdinvesting
  • Royalties, often in equity or crowdinvesting

The English distinguished: alternately investment crowdfunding, securities crowdfunding, crowdinvesting, crowd financing, debt crowdfunding, crowdlending gold equity crowdfunding

Version simplified

  1. The donations with or without matching crowdfunding
  2. Loans with or without interest crowdfunding
  3. The crowdfunding who invested (crowdequity)


Some distinguish several subcategories or several categories, the number can vary.

The rise of participatory financing is supported by the french government. Indeed, when the foundations of entrepreneurship organized September 30, 2013 at Bercy, a new law has been ratified in order to facilitate the realization of national projects through the Crowdfunding. Learn more

Participatory with reward as funding the presale

The crowdfunding by presale is the most common model. It allows the contractor to test a product or an innovative project by capitalizing on a customer base already acquired. The Contractor undertakes to submit to each investor a return proportionate to the amount invested.

There are 4 major forms of participatory investment platforms:

Ready with or without cleft crowdfunding

How does the harvest gifts and presale, donation based crowdfunding?

Don with return, reward-based crowdfunding

The gift can give the right to a counterparty based projects: gifts, goodies, products offered by the company.

This contribution is used to thank the contributor and is generally worth less than the value of the gift. C´EST the typical form of those selling a project for the concept. Some Internet users after will be identified and accepted the risks associated with investments unlisted may wish to contact the platform. C´EST also a good way to make free advertising for these new businesses.


The gift without consideration or donation-based:

This form of financing is the oldest. She appealed to the generosity of Internet users, for sponsorship or charitable projects. Purely symbolic donation where the contributor is waiting no consideration in return. Often to fund charities, individuals who have had diseases or serious injury. There may be tax benefits especially in the charity.

Donation FAQ

I wish to participate in the financing of a project by donating

What are the amounts I can give through a platform of participatory financing?

For the financing of a project in the form of a donation, there is no amount maximum.
Attention: IFP status does not allow the platform to receive the fonds38. Only justifying IFP of approval at least of payment institution issued by Capra or registered as an agent of payment institution can receive direct funding under participatory financing transactions.

Are donations tax deductible?

There's no tax regime of participatory financing. It should be closer to the tax administration in order to know the rules for donations.

Weather risk for prices of raw materials like wheat, risk countries, risk from home if you buy in stone etc.

  • The presentation of the project manager
  • The characteristics of the project
  • The remuneration of the IFP and set of fees
  • The model contract
  • The right of withdrawal, where appropriate

What I remember:

In France, investment in the form of don is legally the more flexible, as well for platforms of crowdfunding for donors or the promoters, fortunately because we were very late compared to other countries.

The rule of the "all or nothing"?

This rule is very present as well if a project cannot not have a minimum of funding, it doesn't help to start, projects must achieve at least 100% or + the goal set by the project creator to receive contributions from users

And where the goal is not reached?

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A large platform, she is very known.


A second large platform.


Loan, Crowdlending or crowdfunding lending (lending = lending)

Money lending is booming thanks to the development of the Internet and the emergence of participatory financing platforms. C´EST a local d´investissement form. Indeed you contribute to helping companies that you like about you.

The crowdlending, or crowdfunding lending, helps project carriers, who are struggling to obtain financing, borrowing money from individuals. An opportunity that benefits from the financial and economic crisis showing as an alternative to bank credit often considered cautious and slow.

Often the loan being purely made by investors who are disappointed with the poor performance offered by banks come to take profits in the crowdfunding. Indeed yields are interesting but it y of counterparties. For example the consideration of liquidity is very important in the crowdfunding.

On wealth and finance you will find many examples of site of crowlending: finsquare, unilend, lendix, bolden, bondora

Note qu´il should not confuse the participatory financing a loan and the loan which is public assistance in the form of loan.

What I remember:

  •  On May 30, 2014 order removes the Bank monopoly on paid loans applied only from 1 October 2014

Indeed, before October 1, 2014, paying loans could not be offered by credit institutions authorized by the Bank of France.

  • The Decree of September 16, 2014 specifies the conditions for the loans made by individuals in the context of participatory financing:
  • loans with interest: within the limit of €1,000 by lender and project where the duration of the credit cannot be more than 7 years,
  • interest-free loans: within the limit of €4,000 per lender and per project.

The promoter, meanwhile, will not be able to borrow more than €1,000,000 per project.


loans with interest:

Why lend with interest?

Choose business                                                                                 

To help you choose companies who lend, Unilend offers online for detailed information on each of the projects:

  • the characteristics of the funding requested
    Obtaining the status of is especially subject to the establishment of a minimum of €50 000 capital if it does not fund customer-owned and €125 000 minimum if it holds.
  • There is a risk that may take place in the current activity of the Bank as a computer problem, a trading error, or a dispute.
    You will discover the company, project it wishes to fund and how she thinks refund you your money.
  • the financial accounts of the undertaking
    Unilend, in partnership with Altares, provides key financial accounts of the last three years.
  • results;
    You see all offers made by other lenders with the proposed amount and the desired interest rate. This also helps you to locate your loan offers.

For each company that you want to lend your money, choose the amount you want to pay and the interest rate you want to receive.



Fixed rate or reverse auction?

great question, answer in my article

What is the best method?
What is the best method?

Business lending platforms are all a different operation, but to determine the rate at which you will earn money there are two majority schools. Some fix the rate arbitrarily, in which case you have one rate fixed and imposed, the other allowing you to choose the rate of the loan through reverse auctions. In this case, only the rate low and allow to fully fund the credit are selected, the others being released.

The advantages and disadvantages of the auction and fixed-rate system

By choosing you even your rate you can optimize performance, in condition of course that there is more or less balance between the number of enterprises and the number of lenders. If for example you can give 1 to 10%, for example, you may decide only to loan at a rate of 9.9%. Please note that the rates announced by the platforms are the average rates and they are often quite far from the maximum rate that can be achieved. For example, my last doctor Salahshour loan in 2015, I got 9.50% while the average rate displayed is 8.77%. I've already seen more significant gaps e.g. LB Agri or the gap between the price that I got (which was not the maximum rate) and the average rate stands at 1.06%.
On average the difference I get compared to the average rate is 0.50 to 0.60%, nothing much extraordinary in these circumstances it is better invest in variable rates and bid at the last minute. Furthermore the auction system brings a small side sympathetic to the fact to invest his money to place it at the best rate, simply increase regularly if its previous tender is not accepted by the borrower. You will see that in the approximately 60 last minutes, many offers are made and the rate will decrease sharply. The counterpart of this system is the need to have time to bid and then to raise and be especially present in the last 60 minutes of a project. What is hardest is to have no accepted offer at the end of the collection while the project perfectly match your investment criteria or raise too low.


Profitability seems no greater according to the use of auctions or fixed rate if the market is balanced. Indeed, the average rate on November 2015 shows for example the profitability average of 8.20% for finsquare or Unilend and one can less for lendix.

Note that in the images below, projects are not necessarily comparable in terms of risk, so in terms of rates.


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However, if there is imbalance in favour of the investors (it means fewer investors than companies), the rates will be very high which is very advantageous for lenders. But the opposite effect also exists, this is what happened on Finsquare. Since say February 2016, an influx of investors in fact lower rates in spectacular ways, from 7-8% to 3% or 4%. Thus if there is imbalance in favor of borrowers, rates are abnormally low. fixed rate auctions crowdfunding crowdlending 04


If you feel like me that these rates are far too weak to invest, I advise you to change platforms and to leave from platforms at fixed rates as Lendix. where financing is particularly fast, sometimes just a few hours, but the rate was then well best. The principle of first come, first served as a concert of Johnny with tickets ranked first half price for the first 200. For the calculation of repayments, in fact this is not very important, there are many platforms with a simulation of repayments, the most important being mainly to have a good profitability, which is difficult to calculate, but below 5%, I advise to invest in crowdfunding, even with 1% of default, it is no longer profitable. and if the platform is especially lax, you can even lose money.


Many platforms of crowdlending turned to a fixed rate, and then return to variable rates


Several platforms in the world have changed their model, from the auction at the fixed rate system, and then returning to the auctions. Furthermore the Finsquare platform has introduced this year 2015 the fixed rate in addition to its auction system… can we conclude that French platforms will soon abandon the auction? I don't think because if you look at currently 2016 platform is almost more than fixed rates, the average rate being rather well below, finsquare can thus maximize its margin either propose rates lower to borrowers at the expense of investors.
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The goal of the auctions is the basis is to lower the rate bordering on the 10%. This rate are more than rates of appeal as the prices displayed on the pubs in supermarkets. Indeed the high rates have attracted more d´investisseurs and therefore have lowered rates. While on the platforms at fixed rates, they have had more trouble to complete some projects quickly. There will be more and more lenders, in return there will be more and more borrowers and it is to be hoped platforms, a balance, lenders did not want to go down below a certain rate. But as there are many new investors no or few qualifications, it may be possible that rates remain abnormally low. And to compensate, it will migrate on younger platforms, therefore more risky for a nice risk premium.

Classification of the platforms according to the method of determining the rate, either fixed or at auction. Most platforms run on the principle of the fixed rate as you can see below: platforms fixed rate (non exhaustive list)

Auction platforms

Management is indeed simpler for the platform, as on a variable rate is platform racing business, while on a fixed even if it y more work to determine the correct rate (it is very difficult, must be a crystal ball), it is totally useless to hunt business.

Strategy crowdlending

My personal strategy

For my part the fixed rate system does not amuses me. Bidding to the advantage of having often interest rates on good projects, whereas in the rate system fixed, for 9% take position on bad projects, it means risk. However, I find that Finsquare fixed rates are too low compared to the rates obtained by the auction system (recall that article date of 2015). At the time I choose to place myself on all the projects that interest me in a little higher than the fixed rate (often from 7.50 to 8.00%). This works in 90% of cases, which keeps me from having to raise, and which I find, allows me to get more acceptable rates. However, if I want the performance I n´hesite not to climb to 8.5. fixed rate auctions crowdfunding crowdlending

See for yourself the variable rate at the beginning of the platform is super interesting.


I still appreciate Finsquare innovation which blend rate auction and fixed rates. Who wants to see its validated contribution chooses the fixed, others are waiting for the last moment and adapt to the evolution of the proposals. We arrive a few minutes before the deadline and is made an offer or two, it is policy to pay, but annoying, because it must be present at the right time. There are advantages and disadvantages, between fixed-rate and the auction but when there is balance both compensate themselves.

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Initially, the fixed rate was significantly more down but demand less work. Then it was also interesting to make fixed rate as the variable, depending on your goals.
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And here I would like fixed rate but there is more, because it is clearly more interesting than the auction.
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Personally, if the auction were to disappear, I would immediately cease lending to businesses on many platforms. At least that is what I was saying before 2016, eventually I simply passed on platforms at fixed rates. I got 9 and more on unilend and finsquare on projects on which I positioned, these projects would have been to 6/7% on fixed. On Finsquare I just at 2045 hours watching the evolution of the auction and I do my proposal between 20 h 50. I wish so strongly that this system continues but with time I find that having the choice is much better an option is always more interesting than an obligation. 50 loans, I have an average to 8.75% in 2015. This rate includes loans to 9.9% from the beginning of the platforms and the super bonus.
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For me the most important is to take pleasure with a big profitability, while fixed rate or auction? With time and the large number of platforms, I turn more and more on a fixed rate, which is higher by 2 to 4% since 2016 than the average rate of variable crowdfunding platforms (reverse auction). While in 2015 I did exactly the opposite. On end of 2015 on the contrary I was indifferent. It is therefore a question of balance of the market eventually. 2016 is clearly less efficient and should be preferred the fixed rate, even if sometimes you have only one or 2 hours to invest, it is better not to invest rather than having an unprofitable investment. In addition, please be aware that overall rates will decline because of the reduction in the premium of risk in 2016.

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Each is based on his interests and his desires. And you rather fixed or auction?

Attach the correct rate                                                                                                   set good rate crowdlending ultimate guide

Lend on Unilend is to grow its savings by supporting small and medium-sized French companies. This is useful, of course, but it should also earn you money. The annual interest rate you set must take into account:

  • Regulation:
    It is the loss of the value of the currency over time.
  • taxes
    Your winnings are taxed as all investments not benefiting from tax loopholes: passbooks, income rental or revenue bonds. On the other hand, if you are an individual you can benefit, under certain conditions, the deductibility of any capital losses (more on tax loans on Unilend).
  • the risk of unpaid
    Even if the projects presented on Unilend are carefully selected, it is likely that several companies which you lend not fully reimburse you. This is why it is important to diversify your loans from a large number of projects (learn more about how to distribute your loans).
  • the unavailability of your money
    When you pay your money to a company, it shall reimburse you each month part of what it owes you but you are unable to retrieve your money fully before the end of the loan. Do lend so that's money you don't need immediately.

Each freely sets interest rates. To help you, the rating of 1 to 5 stars (more on the note Unilend) translated the confidence you can have in the company to reimburse you.

The interest and capital you will be then reimbursed each month for the duration of the loan (after deduction of tax and social levies mandatory).

Remember: only the lowest rate loan offers will be considered. Don't be too greedy. For example, if the amount desired by the borrower is already reached, do not offer an interest rate too close of the limit: your offer could be replaced by a better proposal.

Strategy crowdlending

-The contract type

Council you not hasten to take your investment decisions and never sign documents without having read carefully. * 30 s.


Your decision is made independently


The operation is appropriate to your situation taking into account your goals, your experience, your operational and financial resources.


Look at tariff

The rate at which you will lend is very important, with or toll change much over the long term.

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Look at the risk


  • What is your risk tolerance?

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  • Risk low (0-1%), King low (0.75% – 3%)
  • Risk means (0-3%), King medium (3%-9%)
  • Risk élévé(+3%), King high (+ 9%)

The largest share of the risues is listed below, certain risks are similar in their definition it includes my article on the risk in finance and the focus specifically to the crowdfunding

The crowdfunding scams:

The fake site

Who said also said lucrative domain call for swindlers, especially in the crowdlending.

A platform by the name of has copied Lendix and Unilend projects and called individuals to lend to his ghost projects.

What is the procedure for opting for the status of PSI platform

For more information:

Except that here the suspicious clues:

  • This platform is completely unknown
  • The telephone solicitation for this kind of financial products is prohibited.
  • In addition he promised a guaranteed 25% over 5 years return.
  • DiamondsFix, a diamond dealer (activity which is the subject of numerous warnings of the financial markets authority) is referenced under a false address and a fake phone number
  • The other projects have already funded via Lendix and Unilend

In practice, the sale is possible if there is a purchase of securities by the founder or if the holder is by itself a transferee of its securities.

  •  Do not register on or DiamondsFix and above all not to give documents such as identity card.
  • Answer no solicitations when it is canvassed for financial products.
  • The IFP approval is not an ultimate guarantee.
  • The IFP approval is not an ultimate guarantee.
  • To lend to a company via the crowdfunding, preferred sites members of funding participatory France for france or companies known or who have the bottle, short some good references for you reassure.

The platform that closes

The problem of small platforms often weakly capitalized is that they can quickly close.

Payments on equity

Finsquare to reimbursed lenders on its own funds because they had too many flaws, and if it there too many flaws it y loss of confidence. Good finsquare has lost a lot of argent(ce qui a dele de aider lendix à le racheter).

Internal fraud

Case of trustbuddy, which closed as a result of cel

External fraud

Case of bondora and lendopolis. Borrowers do not repay.

Regulatory framework of the crowdfunding


Participatory financing is a social phenomenon that has emerged thanks to the rise of the internet and social networks. It allows to collect funds from customers in order to finance a specific project. It is especially recommended to the Subscriber to contact if it wishes more information particularly with regard to the characteristics of the proposed investment and the risks linked to it.
To promote the development of participatory funding in an environment secure for contributors (donors, lenders or investors), the Government established a regulatory framework for the exercise of this new activity. A label was created to identify platforms that comply with the new rules introduced by order No. 2014-559 of 30 may 2014 and Decree No. 2014-1053 of September 16, 2014. The rules of use of the label indicates under what conditions it can be used.
Participatory financing allows for promoters of finding funding, through the website of a platform of participatory financing and outside conventional channels (such as banks).
Depending on the nature of the proposed funding, participatory financing platforms must or may not justify a status for the exercise of their activity:
•A platform for participatory financing by subscription of financial securities issued by other non-listed must be registered with the register of the ORIAS as Advisor participation investment (CIP). It can also opt for the status of prestataireen investment services (PSI) providing the service of Council and be, in this case, approved by Capra. These platforms are regulated by the only AMF for PAC's software by the AMF and Capra for the PSI.
•If the website offers to fund the project in the form of a loan with or without interest, powered-form must be registered with the register of the ORIAS as an intermediary participatory enfinancement (IFP).
•The ' Capra controllable at any time an intermediary in participatory financing.
* 19 s. However, it may choose to ' register as an intermediary in participatory financing. In this case, it doitrespecter all rules that apply to intermediaries in participatory financing.
Caution: If the website cash funds on behalf of third parties in the context of participatory financing operations, the platform must be approved at least in quality of payment (EP) by its institution or be registered as an agent for payment service provider.
The powers of control of the ACPR and the AMF shall not preclude the exercise of its tasks by the DGCCRF1.
1 General Directorate of competition, consumption and repression of fraud.
Published September 30, 2014
2. to check if the platform is registered as a PAC or IFP, you can click.
The platform that receives funds on behalf of third parties must be payment service provider:
-(EC) credit institution, finance company establishment of payment (SF EP) or agent payment service provider mandated by a french institution: to check if the platform has one of its articles, you can click;
-establishment of payment (EP) or electronic money institution (EME): to check if the platform has one of its statuses2;
-agent payment service provider mandated by an institution of the economic area EEA other than the France: to check if the platform has this status, should consult the website of the supervisor of the Member State of the seat of the institution having appointed agent.
Participatory financing platforms having the status of IFP, PAC or PSI3, and only they, can use the following label:
List of texts:
-Order No. 2014-559 of 30 may 2014 on the participatory financing
-Decree No. 2014 – 1053 16 September 2014 on the participatory financing
-Decree of 22 September 2014 on the approval of amendments to the general regulations of the financial market authority regarding participatory financing
-Decree of 24 September 2014 on approval of the Statute of the Agency in charge of keeping the single register of insurance intermediaries, Bank and finance
-Order of 24 September 2014 amending the Decree of December 20, 2012, fixing the amount of the annual registration fee to the single register of intermediaries referred to in article L. 546 – 1 of the code monétaire et financier
-Decree of 30 September 2014 on the professional capacity of intermediaries in participatory financing
-Decree of September 30, 2014, amending the Decree of 1 March 2012 on the single register
-Position AMF (DOC-2014-10) and position ACPR (2014-P-08) on the placement not guaranteed and participatory financing
-Instruction AMF on the review process by the AMF of the application for registration of the PAC and the transmission of annual information (DOC-2014-11)
-Instruction AMF information to investors to be supplied by the transmitter and the Advisor equity investments or the provider of investment services as part of a participatory financing offer (DOC-2014-12)
* 2 the list of providers of payment services agents is updated once per year.
* 3 it is only the PSI accredited to provide the service of investment advice and boasting a website of progressive access (cf question15) published September 30, 2014


Crowdfunding platforms to collect donations or
contributions which may give rise to various counterparties * 1
These crowdfunding platforms allow linking of carriers of specific projects and donors or contributors. Contributions may be accompanied by compensation, monetary or monetary. Monetary compensation is generally conditional based on the success of the supported project (for example, for a film, on the number of entries made).
I. the provision of payment services
Some operations of crowdfunding consist for an Internet platform to raise the funds on an ad-hoc account in his name with a content of account. In principle, they are released for the benefit of recipients only with effect from the moment all of the donations or contributions necessary to the implementation of the project have been reunited.
This activity is similar to that of a financial intermediary who realizes receipts on behalf of third parties. It is analyzed as the provision of payment services:
-the acquisition of payment orders, planned payment service to 5 ° of the II of article L. 314 – 1 of the code monétaire et financier;
-execution of transfer operations associated with the management of a payment account, payment service under the c 3 ° of II of the same article.
II. Accredited providers to provide payment services
The status of payment service provider: If the platform provides itself the
payment services
The provision of services of payment as usual occupation is reserved for payment service providers authorized to intervene in France. This authorization assumes the issuance by the authority of prudential supervision of an approval of payment institution pursuant to article L. 522 – 6 or the realization of the European passport formalities provided for in articles L. 522 – 12 et seq. of the same code.
Practicing of credit operations, to obtain approval of establishment of credit issued by the CPA, which requires, inter alia, an important minimum capital.
 The agent status: If the platform is acting on behalf of an authorized payment service provider partner
The activity of encashment of funds on behalf of third parties may be entrusted, in partnership, to a provider of payment (SPP) approved; crowdfunding platform will act in the name and on behalf of the PSP as an agent of payment services, in accordance with articles L. 523 – 1 and following of the French monetary and financial code.
1 area of jurisdiction to the ACP.
The "limited range of goods or services" exemption: exemption of possible approval under the conditions

Article L. 521 – 3 of the monetary and financial code provides for an exemption of registration in the case of a company, which provides payment services based on payment methods that are accepted, for the acquisition of goods or services, in the premises of this company, or as part of an agreement with it, in a limited network of people accepting these means of payment or for a range limited goods or services. This exemption requires a declaration to the ACP which has a right of objection.
Some crowdfunding platforms to make contributions in return for remuneration in kind materializing through the acquisition of goods or services.
Condition that the consideration shall be clearly defined, sufficiently certain and that its value is in relation to the amount paid, the contributor could be regarded as having completed an acquisition of a good or a service. Subject that a crowdfunding site is specialized in sufficiently precise thematic offers, a declaration of exemption on the basis of the limited range of goods or services may be addressed to the ACP services.

crowdfunding guide donations or counterparties

  • It is with regard to the activities and established partnerships that must be chosen within the table row corresponding to the status to adopt. It must be take into account the requirements in terms of minimum capital rules
    Organization and rules of good conduct specific to each status.



The platforms of crowdfunding for project funding
via loans * 3

I. banking

Bank's operations include credit transactions and receipt of funds from the public.

A. credit operations

Crowdfunding platforms allow the relationship between a part of the natural or legal persons interested in financing projects and other project leaders.

These funds may be carried out in the form of loans. Gold lending is precisely defined and framed by the monetary and financial code in article l 313 – 1: "constitutes a credit any act by which a person acting for remuneration puts or promises of placing funds at the disposal of another person and takes in the interest, a commitment by signature as endorsement, a bond or a security.

A credit transaction within the meaning of the banking regulation includes therefore two cumulative criteria:
-a costly character: through an interest rate, a package, or participation in the
Are the interests will I receive taxable?
-a usual character: jurisprudence retains this character as two or more persons are financed.
They indicate the desired amount, the duration of repayment, note of confidence from 1 to 5 stars in unilend or lendix rates, and time you have to offer.

On the other hand, loans for free are not banking monopoly and do not require approval or special authorization to be practiced. in this regard, subject to the sovereign assessment of the courts, the loans that offer a perspective of low-value benefit to promote the project or its initiator, for example in the form of CD, DVD, concert tickets, invitations to the launch of a product, appear can be likened to loans
free of charge.

Since banque4 operations fall under the bancaire5 monopoly, it is prohibited to any person other than a credit institution to grant loans for consideration. Anyone who disregards this rule would incur a penalty of three years in prison and 375,000 euros in amende6. Where appropriate, a crowdfunding platform could therefore be pursued in respect of the complicity of the illegal practice of the profession of banker.
3 area of jurisdiction to the ACP.
4 s. L. 311-1 of the monetary and financial code (CMF).
5 s. L. 511-5 CMF.
* 6 s. 571-3 CMF.
B. the receipt of funds from the public
Under the terms of article L. 312 – 2 of the monetary and financial code, "are considered as funds received from the public funds that a person collects a third party, notably in the form of deposits, with the right to dispose of it on his behalf, but support for her return".

It should be noted that, inasmuch as the funds received by a platform are used precisely determined, they do not enter the definition of receipt of funds from the public and therefore within the scope of Bank's operations. On the other hand, if thus allocated funds through a platform, it must comply with the above mentioned provisions on payment services providers.

II. Derogations from the banking monopoly

Also the granting of loans for free, even when they are accompanied by benefits in kind, such as gifts of small value, referred to in I above, the requirement to possess the status of credit institution granting credit applies not to the companies satisfying certain conditions.

Among the exceptions to the banking monopoly by the monetary and financial code, most likely to match the situation of crowdfunding platforms are as follows:
-the exception for non-profit organizations which, as part of their mission and for reasons of social order, provide, on their own resources, loans at preferential terms to some of their nationals (article L. 511 – 6, 1);
-the exception in favour of non-profit and associations to the recognized public utility foundations fcls on own resources and borrowed resources for the creation, development and takeovers of companies including the salaried workforce does not exceed a threshold set by decree or for projects of insertion by natural persons (article L. 511 – 6, 5). It should be noted that these organizations must be approved by the ACP as they resort to borrowed resources. There are currently two authorized microcredit associations: the Association for the right to economic initiative (ADIE) and created-ground.

III. Banking intermediation activities

A company without a licence as a credit institution may exercise under the regimes of intermediation and the canvassing, an activity in relation to the crowdfunding, this essential subject that credits must be granted not by itself but by the establishment of credit on behalf of which it carries on business.

A. intermediation in banking and payment services

Article L. 519 – 1 of the code monétaire et financier defines this activity as of present, propose or help the conclusion of bank or payment service operations, or to perform all work and preparatory advice to their realization. In particular, it is governed by articles L. 519 – 1 to L. 519 – 6. Under the terms of article L. 519 – 2 of the monetary and financial code, it cannot be exercised only between two persons, one at least is a credit institution or a payment institution, issuing a mandate under which the latter may act through (IOBSP). However, by way of derogation and under conditions laid down by Decree in Council of State, the intermediary in banking and payment services can act a warrant
issued by another intermediary in banking and payment service or by the client.
The IOBSP are registered in a register (article 519-3-1 of the monetary and financial code) and must have a financial guarantee if they were given funds (art. L. 519-4). The infringements of article L. 519– 1 and the first sentence of article L. 519 2 are punishable by two years in prison and 30 000 euros fine. the offences in article L. 519 – 4, to a year in prison and a 15,000 euro fine.

For example, an Internet of crowdfunding platform has IOBSP as if it directs customers to a Bank, with which they carry out deposits intended to be used in granting credits. The choice of borrowers remains under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Bank, even if it takes into account the wishes of applicants in this regard. The platform has therefore no role in reception or management of the deposits, or no power of decision on granting of credit.

B. the Bank solicitation

Article l.341 – 1 of the monetary and financial code defines the Bank solicitation, essentially consist of a contact plug unsolicited with a person or entity to obtain its share, in particular, conducting a banking activity or regulated financial. Only may use the banking canvassing of the habilitees7 people, including credit institutions or the IOBSP8. The exercise of an activity of soliciting in violation of articles L. 341 – 3 and L. 341 – 4 of the monetary and financial code is sanctioned with penalties that apply to the scam, or five years ' imprisonment and a fine of € 375 000.

  • 7 s. Why lend with capturing ;-)?
  • 8 s. L. 341-4 of the CMF.
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  • 9 this is with regard to the activities and established partnerships that must be chosen within the table line
    corresponding to the status to adopt. Should be take into account the requirements in terms of minimum capital, organization and rules of good conduct rules specific to each status.


Accounts to declare

Therelendix crowdfunding crowdlending Belgian declaration account alien 2

When, like me, you need to do your taxes you must declare a no. 3916 (DECLARATION by a RESIDENT of an account outside FRANCE) you may have been surprised and panicked. This is what has happened to many customers of Lendix. Indeed lendix works well in France, but its provider which holds it money (lendix n has not, by the AMF the right to hold money) is Belgian. At the time, according to the law, you must declare any account abroad, even if it serves as a transition (account paypal etc).

Finally say that to be exact, we do not know if he really need to declare this account as foreign account for 10 or €20.

But in doubt we interpret the code of taxes in a cautious manner and in this case, Lendix gives you a statement to give your paper tax or copy if your taxes are in digital version.


In short you have so a statement more to give, but don't worry, don't panic. You will not be considered as fraudster or anything (this is an idea widely used in France to believe that having an account abroad is a fraud.)

However be careful not to confuse income abroad and account abroad. In Lendix your income are french and that is why they give you an IFU (single tax form, not as in scams). However if like me you had money at bondora, the you must do a revenue abroad plug + account abroad (2 times if one is careful, 1 if it is less, because bondora yet abroad and its bank in another country, the Norway).

In the end a leaf to give more and a few lines to copy on your statement:

  • Tax levy line credit: 2 GB
  • Other income already subject to levies line: 2BH
  • Earnings line: 2 TR

example: my sheet of taxes (ps j have made any anonymous, not messing around either, for info it is very little even for someone who earns little, yeah I'm diversified.)

lendix crowdfunding crowdlending Belgian declaration account alien 2

lendix crowdfunding crowdlending Belgian declaration account abroadlendix crowdfunding crowdlending Belgian statement income

Who else declare?

It's twino mintos, lendopolis… Everything is the same.

My advice

Make a screen of earnings to 31/12




I am a platform operator


Loans or donations or I want to open a

Operator FAQ

I am operator of a platform for subscription of securities

What are the authorized statute?

A platform of participatory financing by subscription of financial securities issued by a non-listed company must be registered with the register of the ORIAS as participatory investment (CIP) Adviser. It can also opt for the status of claimant investment services (PSI) providing the service of Council and be, in this case, approved by Capra.
These platforms provide before a service to investors and must act in all circumstances to the best of their interests, the selection of tenders until the realization of the investment (realization of due diligences, warning about the risk and capital adequacy test, providing a level of information required for decision-making…).

Qu'Appelle – your an internet site of progressive access?

A website of progressive access includes several steps before allowing the potential investor to subscribe to the offer.

A first step to ensure that the user understands the nature of an investment in an entrepreneurial project and the related risks. Thus, it cannot access the details of tenders only after having read and accepted the risks to which it is committed. The site will have to reproduce exactly the warning and the following questions:
Attention, investment in unlisted companies entails specific risks:
-risk of total or partial loss of the invested capital
-risk of illiquilite: resale of the securities is not guaranteed, it may be uncertain or impossible
-return on investment depends on the success of the funded project
Are you aware that you can possibly lose all of your investment? YES NO
Come back regularly
If the potential investor responds not to any of the questions, the platform will deny access to detailed offers.
The second step, performed before the subscription is for the platform to the potential investor a fitness test to ensure that supply matches experience, knowledge as well as the heritage of the contributor and family situation * 12.

 Why opt for the status of PAC or PSI?

The choice of a status returned to officials of the platform of participatory financing according to their own constraints and their development objectives and be assessed having regard to the specificities of the PAC or PSI status.
12 cf. AMF position on the collection of information relating to the knowledge of the client (DOC-2013-02).
The status of PAC is accessible without capital constraints but limit the type of operations proposed titles simples13 and does not allow the platform to offer its services in the European economic area (EEA). Furthermore, the PAC may hold funds nor tracks customer.
The status of PSI providing investment advice service platform requires a minimum of €50 000 capital if it receives funds nor tracks customer and €125 000 in otherwise. In the second case, the PSI are required in respect of prudential rules. The status of PSI allows, in addition to the holding of funds or securities of clients, to propose all categories of securities and to obtain a passport to provide its services to investment within the EEA.
The PAC and the PSI are subject to defined organisation and good conduct rules in Book III of the general regulations of the AMF.
Conditions which prevent the activity of participatory financing platforms may be recharacterized in non-guaranteed investment are the same regardless of the choisi14 stat

What does the status of PAC?

The status of PAC is a status dedicated to participatory financing in the form of securities. The PAC is allowed to provide investors with entrepreneurial projects investment advice. It can also provide companies with a service of High Council of assessment as well as support for subscription newsletters.
It can be combined with the new status of intermediary in participatory financing (IFP) 15 on the condition of not providing payment service. Indeed, the status of CIP does not receive funds from the public. It is only allowed to receive the amount corresponding to the remuneration of its activity.

 What are the conditions for access to the status of PAC?

The PAC is a legal person which must – be established in France. The persons who have authority to manage or administer the CIP must meet conditions of age, of good repute and competency. The PAC must also liability insurance civil professionnelle16 and join a professional association approved by the AMF (as soon as the AMF will be approved one or more associations).
Insurance cover against the financial consequences of his professional civil liability. The minimum levels of guarantee insurance contract are fixed by order.
The PAC is registered with the ORIAS which verifies the requirements relating to good repute, at age and the existence of insurance and the effectiveness of membership in an association.
Pending the approval of an association, the AMF17 services examine the professional qualifications of each candidate PAC and their ability to comply with the rules of organization and good conduct. At the end of this review, the AMF instructs the ORIAS if it considers that the requirements are met.
* 13 it's common shares and fixed-rate bonds.
* 14 see Position commune AMF ACPR specifying the definition of the placement not guaranteed.
* 15 s. 547-1 of the monetary and financial code.
* 16 the obligation of insurance applies only as of July 1, 2016. Until that date, the PAC indicated their clients whether the financial consequences of their professional liability are covered by an insurance contract.
* 17 examination by the AMF will be the basis of a dossier conforming to the statement of the MFA.

What is the procedure for opting for the status of PSI platform

Participatory financing platform that chooses PSI status must submit a file for approval to the authority of prudential and resolution (ACPR) to provide the service of investment advice (or other additional services if necessary).
-The characteristics of the project
The list of the PSI is broadcast on the register of financial officers (REGAFI) held by Capra.

 What are the types of platform that can be labeled?

Only platforms having the status of investment (PSI) 18 authorized service provider to provide the service of investment advice and having a website of progressive access as well as having the status of Advisor equity investments (CIP) 19 may be labellisees20.
Attention: a site of ads is a platform that allows only in relation to investors with carriers of projects through the publication of an advertisement on its site. The platform is not involved in the selection of projects and receives no remuneration other than that due to the title of the publication of the announcement. Not covered by the new regulatory system governing the crowdfunding, the site of ads cannot receive the label.

Must what information the platform provide the investor?

The platform should provide the user with all information necessary for the assessment of its investment * 21. These information include the following:
• activity and the project of the transmitter as well as the specific risks arising therefrom;
• the last accounts of the issuer as well as predictive elements;
• the level of participation in which the leaders of the transmitter engage in the project;
• the financial rights, voting rights and the rights of information attached to the securities offered as well as those attached to other categories of titles not offered in the context of the proposed offer and their beneficiaries;
• the provisions specifying the conditions (including financial) and the limits of the Organization of the liquidity of the subscribed titles through the existence of a Pact of shareholders or statutory provisions;
• the conditions under which the investor may obtain copy inscriptions in the books of the issuer which form its investment property (ex: copy of the associate account certified compliant by the legal representative of the company);
• details of the costs incurred by the investor upon subscription and later;
• freedom to receive, on request, the description of the services provided to the transmitter and the costs relating thereto.
All these information must be written in understandable language and technology in order to be comprehensible by tous22.
* 18 s. 531-1 of the monetary and financial code.
L. 341-3 CMF. 547-1 of the monetary and financial code.
Finally, remember that Unilend is not like your Livret A. It may earn you much more but the money that you lend becomes unavailable time that companies reimburse you.
* 21 art. 314 – 106 and 325-38 of the general regulation of the AMF.
* 22 a model of information document to communicate to investors was established by the AMF by way of instruction.
When the investment is made through a holding company, the platform ensures that the Subscriber receives the information about the project it supports. In any event the interposition of a holding company must not interfere with the issuing of the information listed above.

What are the rules on advertising and canvassing?

Constitutes an act of canvassing any taken contact unsolicited, by any means whatsoever (including, by postal or electronic mail and phone call), with a natural person or a legal person, for its part, an agreement on the completion of a transaction in a financial instrument.
It is recalled that the solicitation is permitted for financial securities having been the subject of a prospectus approved by the AMF.
The platform of participatory financing can promote services that it proposes making advertising so-called "institutional" since it does not concern a particular transaction. The platform is not authorized to communicate by way of advertising specifically on the characteristics of investment opportunities it offers when it has not resulted in a prospectus. On the other hand, it can communicate in General on its activities.

Is direct contact at the initiative of a potential investor allowed?

The practical arrangements for the repayment of funding failed are described in the General conditions of use of the platform.
Thus, once the platform has ensured that the potential investor that the contacts became aware of the risks that it incurs (total or partial loss of the invested capital and liquidity of their investment) and that it expressly accepted, a direct contact (such as a telephone contact) is possible between potential investors and the platform. This contact does not exempt the platform to check the suitability of the proposed investment profile of his client prior to the subscription (see question above).

In what conditions is the securities offered through a platform exempt from prospectus?

When the platform, having the status of PAC or PSI, has a website of progressive access (see question 14), a new exemption is introduced.
Within this framework, the offering of financial securities will be exempt from the publication of prospectus within the limit of 1 million € (regardless of the amount of the share capital of the issuer) calculated over a period of 12 mois23.
Other not constitute situations of an offer of securities to the public under article L. 411 – 2 of the monetary and financial code may be applicable subject to compliance by the issuer of the detailed infra-specific conditions.
23 s. L. 411-2, (I) bis and art. D. 411-2 of the monetary and financial code – art. 211 2, II of the general regulation of the AMF.

What are the conditions so a platform could offer the titles of an SAS?

The SAS is unable to make an offer to the public of securities financiers24. It may not offer its securities as part of a prive25 investment. It can also obtain funding through the website of progressive access of a PSI or a PAC within the limit of 1,000,000 euros (see question above) under the following conditions:
-Amend its statutes in order to align them with the rules of public limited companies (SA) in both fields suivants26:
o rights to vote (proportional to the proportion of the capital held subject only to the possibility of creating a double voting right or the possible limitation of the number of voting rights that may be held by a partner); and
o assemblies General (distribution of competence between ordinary and extraordinary general meetings rules of quorum and majority, terms of convening of partners, in providing prior information) right.
-Inform investors on the financial rights granted to the partners as well as on the possible existence of temporary withdrawal or exclusion clauses clauses.
When the company making the offer is designed to hold and manage holdings in another company (otherwise referred to as the "company holding27"), the statutory modifications are also required for the SAS in which it has holdings * 28.

Conditions under which the subscription of securities through a holding company does not fall within the scope of the AIFM directive?

In a securities offering, platforms can create a holding company for Group shareholders in a single company target in order to simplify relations with the promoter and later, with the eventual buyer.
If the holding company does not meet the definition of FIA laid down in article L. 214 – 24 of the monetary and financial code, specified by the Position AMF DOC-2013 – "Essentials" contained in the directive on alternative investment fund managers, so it does not fall within the scope of the AIFM directive.
A case-by-case analysis will be to carry out in order to assess whether or not the holding company falls within the scope of the AIFM directive, especially in the light of its policy of investment and its purpose.
If the holding company fall within the scope of the AIFM directive, then, it must be managed by a portfolio management firm or be approved itself as a self-directed vehicle. In both cases, it must comply with the obligations applicable to managers 'Other FIA'.
24 s. 227 2 of the commercial code. It is recalled that an SAS leaders who do an offer to the public are likely to be punished criminally (article L. 244 – 3 of the code of commerce fixed the amount of the fine to € 18,000).
25. the private placement notes of 2 ° of II of article L. 411 – 2 of the monetary and financial code.
26 s. L. 227-2-1, I and R. 227 – 2 of the commercial code.
27. this term does not include within the meaning of article l 532 – 9, V, 7 ° of the monetary and financial code.
28 s. L. 227-2-1, II of the commercial code. Published September 30, 2014

 Can a platform provide offers of securities registered abroad?

When you want to finance a project presented on a platform of participatory financing, you act as borrower and you form a contract with each lender.
However, offer of securities of companies registered abroad presents a risk of failure to comply with the French legislation. Thus, it will be extremely difficult for the platform to demonstrate because of the variety of social forms that may exist, that it respects the legislative and regulatory obligations to act in the best interests of investors including the level of policyholder protection.
It is recalled that the PAC is a national status, it cannot offer services in one State of the European Union other than the France.

What are the tax benefits related to participatory investment?

There's no tax regime of participatory financing by warrants. It should be closer to the IRS to determine the rules applicable to investments in unlisted securities.
  Under what conditions can a foreign platform operate in France?
A foreign platform wishing to provide offers of investment in France will face one of the two statutes PSI or PAC:
-either with the benefit of the European passport, if it is approved as a PSI in his State of origin party to the EEA.
-either by creating a subsidiary PSI or PAC.


The characteristics of the loan (in a synthetic paper)


  What kind of financing can I appeal?

crowdfunding guide about whether ultimate has that appeal

I wish to support my project by loans

What can I check before presenting my project on a platform?

You can check if the platform is regulated. You should carefully read the terms of use of the platform.

What is the framework applicable to a loan made through a participatory financing platform, * 30?

Are you aware that you will have problems to resell your titles? YES NO R. R. 548 548-5 – 8 of the monetary and financial code.
Applicant's funds.
This contract concluded remotely, which is not a consumer credit, is governed by specific provisions, and in particular, with regard to its form and its content, by article R. 548 – 8 of the monetary and financial code. Participatory financing (IFP) intermediary must make available a loan type contract.


The interest rate is determined by the contract concluded with each lender. It is fixed over the life of the loan and may not exceed the rate of wear.

Can how much I borrow in the participatory funding 31?

The maximum amount that can be borrowed by a promoter is fixed at 1 M € per project.
The cumulation of the outstanding amount of loans taken out in the form of participatory financing may not exceed 1 M € for a single project.

31 s. It is due to the evolution of the whole of the economy, taxation, interest rates, inflation, and also the feeling of investors towards future developments… It affects more or less all securities. Published September 30, 2014

I want to qualify for participatory financing, can I present my project on 2 or more platforms?

Yes, provided that the amounts borrowed via unsolicited platforms all exceed not, for this project, 1 M €. For the sake of transparency, the project promoter tells platform or funding in repayment having been presented by other platforms.

I benefited from funding by loans via an intermediary in participatory financing but I can no longer repay. What are the consequences?

Each promoter is directly and personally committed to all lenders and therefore must first ensure the adequacy of the operation with its own repayment capabilities.
The loan agreement must also present a clear and easily accessible manner the responsibilities and the respective roles of the lender, the carrier project, IFP and potential partners in the event of failure of the project promoter.

  I benefited from a participatory financing and I already refunded a portion of my loan, can I apply for other funding?

Yes, however, if the new funding for the initial project, the stock shouldn't exceed 1 M €.

What are the information that the PFA shall deliver me?

  • I wish to participate in the financing of a project by a loan
  • The remuneration of the IFP and all fees
  • The model contract
  • The fixed rate not exceeding the rate of wear
  • The warning about the risks of excessive debt
  • One other important thing to see is the failure rate that deadly strike your performance, indeed it is one thing to pay to 5% but it's another not to receive your refund.

. I wish to support my project by donations

Can how much I collect for my project?

In a participatory financing in the form of donations, the amount of funding is not capped.

Am I required to provide a counterpart to the donor?

No, there is no obligation to provide consideration.
32 s. R. 548-4 et seq. of the monetary and financial code

I wish to support my project by subscription of securities

What can I check before presenting my project on a platform?
You can check if the platform is regulated (see question 13). You should carefully read the terms of use of the platform.

  Can what amount I collect as part of a securities offer?

In a participatory financing in the form of securities, the amount of funding requested is not capped.
On the other hand, to take advantage of the new exemption to the publication of a prospectus, offers it must be made through the website of progressive access consultant participation investment (PAC) or a provider of services of investment (PSI) – (see question 14) and may not exceed 1 M €.

  What are my obligations in terms of information?

When my offer of securities is available on the website of a PAC or a PSI, I am required to transmit to investors through the platform a whole series of information notably on:

  • -my business and my project as well as the risks arising therefrom,
  • -the rights attached to the securities offered and to the title
  • -the conditions for the transfer of the securities offered.


Others in the crowdfunding

Professional associations

Participatory finance France (FPF)

Participatory financing France (FPF) is an association law 1901 having for objective collective representation, promotion and defence of the rights and interests of stakeholders in participatory finance (also called crowdfunding) – among the regulatory authorities – to advance funding of projects (entrepreneurial, cultural, social, humanitarian, etc.) by the citizens, in particular in France. It is therefore a lobby.


Lobby work with the regulators, ministries and other actors for the implementation of a legislative framework favourable to the development of the sector while securing the contributors.



Promotion and democratization of crowdfunding as tool of alternative and complementary funding for project promoters.

  • Publications of funding participatory France:


  • Hosting events:

-The foundations of the participatory Finance at the Department of Bercy, on 30/09/2013 in the presence of Fleur Pellerin for the 1st edition and then on 12/11/2014 under the high patronage of Emmanuel Macron for the 2nd edition;

-The party of Crowdfunding, including the 1st edition was held at the ESCP Europe on 17/05/2014 in the presence of Arnaud Montebourg;

-The Tour de France of participatory finance, in partnership with Bpifrance, the KICS and local communities: Nantes, Metz, Montpellier, Lille and Lyon… [Voir l’agenda du Tour de France]


Work on the ethics and practices of the actors to preserve the confidence of the public in crowdfunding and prevent any derivatives.

  • A Code of conduct is signed by all the FPS members;
  • A best practices Guide is under examination in 2016.

Payment solutions

S Money

-money, subsidiary of BPCE (Bank people's savings banks)

  • Is a property of electronic money approved in France by the PTA (Bank of France) from 2012.



Mission and positioning with the actors of crowdfunding

Offering features specific to their professions: advanced tools of collecting money, generations of tax receipts, receipts real-time reporting, etc.

It holds money on behalf of platforms (to separate the Bank from the platform)


HiPay to two European licenses to establish payment and electronic money institution allowing the company to be able to accompany the merchants. The company is present in 6 countries in Europe, in the Brazil and counts more than 125 employees. -HiPay Group is listed on compartment C of Euronext Paris since June 29, 2015 (ISIN FR0012821916 – mnemonic HIPAY).



Regulatory authorities





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