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Role of the Pool Delegate

What does a Pool Delegate do?
Pool Delegates manage Lending Pools on Maple. Maple provides a decentralized infrastructure enabling Pool Delegates to attract global capital and provide funding to a network of premium Borrowers, increasing their potential AUM while earning performance fees.
Each Lending Pool is managed by a single Pool Delegate. The Pool Delegate is responsible for negotiating loan terms with borrowers, performing diligence, and liquidating collateral in the event of a default. Pool Delegates review a Borrower's reputation, expertise, and performance to evaluate terms of the loan. Once the Borrower and Pool Delegate agree to the interest and collateral ratio, Pool Delegates fund the loans from their managed Pool.
What criteria do Pool Delegates use to assess borrowers?
When establishing a Lending Pool, Pool Delegates will be asked to provide Lenders with information on their investment strategy. Pool Delegates can be explicit in defining an investment strategy based on region, target Borrower industry, credit quality, and more.
After Borrowers submit their Request for Quote (RFQ) for a loan on Maple, Pool Delegates will be able to review the RFQs and engage with Borrowers that are in-line with their Lending Pool's strategy. Pool Delegates will assess Borrower reputation and request Borrowers submit financials for confidential review. This information will be used to calibrate interest and collateral ratios appropriate to each Borrower.
What incentives do the Pool Delegates have to issue performing loans?
Pool Delegates are the sole providers of First-Loss Capital. This directly aligns incentives between Lenders and Delegates. The amount of first loss Capital is determined through negotiations with the Maple team and will be re-assessed as the pool grows in size. Delegates will have a liquidation maximum per default. This rate is a percentage of the total first loss capital provided.
If a Pool Delegate has less First-Loss Capital than required, they will be unable to fund loans and all due to the delegate will be routed to Lenders.
How to become a Pool Delegate
Pool Delegates are funds and industry professionals with credit expertise in a specific vertical. If you'd like to explore becoming a Pool Delegate, please connect with the Maple team here.
Technical Information
The addresses which may deploy pools on Maple are controlled via a smart contract allow list. If a delegate passes due diligence their address will be added to an allowlist which will allow them to create one pool.