Short-term and marketplace lender, Fiduciam, has completed two loans in Spain this week totaling €2,445,000 despite the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency.
Last week the Spanish government announced the COVID-19 state of emergency will be extended by another two weeks until 24 of May.
The deals, one to provide working capital and one to complete a project, had halted as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The first loan, a 24-month bridge, provided working capital for a construction company to proceed with a number of building projects for public authorities. It is secured by unencumbered and tenanted warehouses in the suburbs of Barcelona.
The second transaction was for a villa within a golf complex on the Costa del Sol, where work had stalled due to the state of emergency. It was complicated by the fact that the borrowers were from different countries. Fiduciam worked across three countries to complete the loan, when local banks were unwilling because the principals’ track record was not in Spain.
Cristina Villen (pictured), business development manager for the Spanish team at Fiduciam, said: “It’s always pleasing to be able to provide funding for projects when the borrower has struggled with traditional lenders.
“But at the moment, given the COVID-19 crisis, it is especially gratifying to have been able to overcome the hurdles caused by the state of emergency. It goes to show that even during the most adverse situations businesses are working to get things done.
“Whilst the COVID-19 crisis has very much tested Spain, I am confident my country will come out of it strong, and I try to add my little bit by standing by our Spanish entrepreneurs and SMEs.”