The bank, which purchases loans from Mosaic, is contributing an unspecified amount of collateral for the $317 million deal; it's also the underwriter and risk retention holder, and appears to be behind the unusual structure.
David Nelms said that many digital lenders do not understand how to underwrite personal loans properly, and he took a dig at their lack of profitability. The upstarts say their industry's ability to attract capital speaks for itself.
The British banking giant has been testing its new online lending platform with a handful of its U.S. customers and plans to roll it out in full force next year. It's all part of a broader effort to expand its U.S. consumer business beyond credit cards.
Five deals launched in the first week include another whole loan participation in New York's GM Building, as well as a single-borrower ABS for the Park Avenue office tower complex that includes Facebook and Buzzfeed as tenants.