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CrediFi Announces Total Capital Raised Surpasses $29 million

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CrediFi, the leading source for data and analytics for commercial real estate finance, announced yesterday it has raised an additional $6 million in funding. This comes on the heels of the $13 million previously raised in Series B funding. The investment will be used to expand the firm’s go-to-market efforts, as well as the recruitment of executive and team talent in New York and Israel.

The round was led by Liberty Technology Venture Capital II, joined by investors Mitsui Fudosan, one of Japan’s leading real estate investors, and Maverick Ventures Israel. Existing investors in the company, including Battery Ventures, Viola Ventures and crowdfunding site OurCrowd, also invested in the current financing round. The Company has raised $29 million overall, including the current round.

“CRE investors are very excited about CrediFi, as we are the most advanced FinTech platform for the industry,” said CrediFi CEO Ely Razin. “We work with a range of leading financial institutions, who use our data and technology to make more strategic, data-driven investment decisions.”

As a direct result of CrediFi’s growing success in both the US and Israeli markets, the firm is pleased to announce two key executive hires; Jeff Hendren as President, based in New York, and Amichai Levy as Vice President, Research & Development, based in Tel Aviv. Prior to CrediFi, Hendren was Chief Commercial Officer of Quovo, a data science platform that intelligently aggregates and analyzes financial account data recently acquired by Plaid. Levy previously served as a vice president of research and development at Payoneer, a leading global FinTech company based in New York and Israel.

“CrediFi is leading the charge for transparency and access in the data-rich field of commercial real estate finance,” said Mr. Hendren. “I am delighted to be joining the firm at this stage in its strategic expansion and bolster the firm’s ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining top talent to serve our client base across target markets.”

CrediFi’s advanced platform enables investors to operate more intelligently, transparently and strategically. The data and information collected by CrediFi brings visibility to an industry where data is lacking, transactions are often conducted behind closed doors and are based on personal relationships. Investors are often not fully familiar with the deal environment, including items as important as the lenders competing in the market, the terms they offer within the framework of their loans, and even the owners of commercial properties in the area with whom they have no personal ties.

Among CrediFi’s customers are prominent American financial institutions and banks, property companies, hedge fund managers and US government agencies.

CrediFi was created with the goal of providing transparency through Big Data solutions to investors, lenders and borrowers in the US commercial real estate market. Mr. Razin previously served as an executive at Thomson Reuters, the global financial data company. He developed CrediFi with the support of Battery Ventures, which identified the need for comprehensive visibility into the US commercial real estate market not achieved by existing vendors in the space.

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Mary Kovac Goldberg (Parrino)

Head of Customer Success

Mary has over 25 years of experience in sales and customer engagement, including more than a decade at Thomson Reuters. She is the former head of client services at Complinet, a global compliance and risk software company that was acquired by Thomson Reuters, and led account management for over 15 years at NYSE/Sector’s outsourcing services division. Mary has an MBA in information systems from Pace University and a bachelor’s of science in computer science from Hofstra University.  

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David Libman, a fintech and investment professional with 20 years’ experience in fields including finance, technology, new business development and real estate investments, is head of product at CrediFi. Previously, David was a vice president at New York-based iCapital Network, a financial technology platform for alternative investments, and director of acquisitions at Fieldstone Properties, a private real estate investment firm focused on investment-grade multifamily property. David is also the founder and former CEO of Globerex, the first real estate equity online marketplace.  

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Alex Veksler

Head of Content

Alex Veksler has 16 years of finance, data analysis and project management experience. He is a former vice president at Morgan Stanley, where he worked on product control of equity and fixed-income derivatives products as well as various projects involving finance and technology, such as revamping risk attribution and balance-sheet systems for profits and losses. Alex has previously worked at hedge funds, most recently as a director at Exigent Capital. He has a bachelor’s in computer science from Yeshiva University and an MBA from New York University.

Ely Razin

CEO

Ely Razin founded CrediFi in 2014 with Battery Ventures. A rare combination of seasoned corporate executive and technology entrepreneur, Ely previously served as global head of board governance for Thomson Reuters Accelus and head of business law for Thomson Reuters, after the software company he founded was acquired in 2004. The company, Expert Ease Software, developed AI-based software that automatically summarizes key deal terms for transactions in fields including capital markets, M&A and real estate. Ely began his career as a corporate and securities lawyer, and holds an LLB and MBA from York University.

Amichai Levy

VP R&D

Amichai Levy is the former VP of R&D at Israeli high-tech firm Payoneer, where he developed its signature cross-border payment platform and integrated it with existing bank technology. In his prior role at Ness Technologies, Amichai was a key player in developing an electronic case filing system for Israel’s courts. He has over 20 years of experience in software engineering.

David Fajgman

Head of Finance

David Fajgman brings over 14 years of financial and managerial experience to CrediFi. Prior to joining the CrediFi team, he served as finance director of Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd., which develops and manufactures medical devices involved in neurological rehabilitation. He has previously worked in multiple finance roles at Thomson Reuters and as an accounting and consulting manager at Ernst & Young, where he was responsible for a wide range of clients, including companies listed on the Nasdaq and privately held high-tech companies. David is an Israel-licensed certified public accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting.

Liat Bar David

Head of Human Resources

Liat Bar David has over nine years of human resources experience, primarily focused on the high-tech industry. She is a former HR business partner at semiconductor solutions provider Broadcom, where she was responsible for onboarding processes, benefits, policies, training and development, performance management and employee retention. Liat holds a bachelor’s in communication and human services and a master’s in human resources and services, both from the University of Haifa.