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Recrowd, Real Estate Lending Platform, Finally Gets European Authorization

Recrowd adopts a distinct approach for less sophisticated investors, limiting their investments to under €1,000 or 5% of their net worth. The platform extends the right of reconsideration, initially granted only to unsophisticated investors, to all investors. While the regulations allow a 4-day reconsideration period for unsophisticated investors, Recrowd’s decision makes it applicable to both.




After starting the process in June, on November 30th, 2023, Recrowd received authorization from the Supervisory Authorities to operate, as defined by EU Regulation No. 2020/1503 on crowdfunding, also known as the European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) Regulation.

As of today, therefore, the number of Italian platforms authorized under the new regulation has risen to 12.

The purpose of the Regulation is to protect investors as much as possible, on the one hand by placing greater control over crowdfunding platforms, their operations, and the selection of projects, and on the other hand, to enhance this new form of investment.

Recrowd is Italy’s leading real estate lending crowdfunding platform with more than 110 million raised since its launch in 2019 for 169 funded projects.

In a post on its blog, Recrowd highlighted what the platform’s choices were when applying for approval.

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Sophisticated and unsophisticated investors

The ECSP Regulations call on crowdfunding platforms to classify investors as sophisticated and unsophisticated:

Individuals must enjoy at least two of the three criteria:

Possess gross personal income of at least €60,000 per tax year or a portfolio of financial instruments, including cash deposits and financial assets, worth more than €100,000;

Work or have worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional position that requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged, or must have held an executive position for at least 12 months within legal entities that meet the requirements described for legal persons;

The person must have conducted transactions of significant size in the capital markets with an average frequency of 10 transactions per quarter in the previous four quarters.

Recrowd received authorization from the Supervisory Authorities to operate. Source

Legal persons must enjoy at least one of the three criteria:

Own funds of at least €100,000;
Net sales equal to at least €2 million;
The balance sheet of at least €1 million.

If the investor classifies as sophisticated, he or she must prove his or her status by attaching a document, as indicated above.

On the other hand, if the investor classifies as unsophisticated, the platforms must submit a knowledge verification entry test, after which a profile (high – medium and low) will be assigned.

The unsophisticated investor who, with the result of the test, had demonstrated little knowledge in the investment field is assigned “low profile.”

In this case, the European legislator has provided limits to protect his savings.

Specifically, if this investor profile wished to make an investment in an amount greater than the higher of €1,000 or 5 percent of net worth, the platform is required to present a risk warning and require the investor to provide a consent whereby he assumes responsibility for the investment.

Recrowd’s choices

Recrowd’s position for unsophisticated investors with a low profile, however, is different. The platform, and still limits the investor with low results, granting investments only under €1,000 or 5 percent of net worth.

Recrowd’s other choice affects the right of reconsideration, granted by the Regulations only to unsophisticated investors.

The Regulation mentions a reconsideration period of 4 calendar days to the investment, only for unsophisticated investors, from the time the investment was made.

Recrowd, on the other hand, has chosen to extend the opportunity to reconsider the investment, and thus to withdraw, to all investors, democratizing the right of withdrawal to all investors, sophisticated and unsophisticated.


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