Decentralized Lending Protocol Clearpool to Start Institutional Borrowing Platform

Clearpool, a decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol, will launch its non-custodial institutional borrowing platform Clearpool Prime in the first quarter of this year, according to a Monday blog post outlining plans for 2023.

Institutional borrowers, after going through know-your-customer checks, will be able to create so-called permissioned borrowing pools on Clearpool Prime with their own set of loan terms such as size, duration and interest rate. They’ll also be able to invite lenders to the pool.

Clearpool is a blockchain-based credit marketplace that connects borrowers to lenders with hosting borrowing pools. Lenders, when they provide liquidity to a pool, receive so-called cpTokens that are specific to the pool in return. Those who hold the protocol’s governance token, CPOOL, can participate in voting and stake their tokens to earn rewards. So far, some $350 million of stablecoin loans have originated on Clearpool on the Ethereum and Polygon blockchains, per data on Clearpool’s loan dashboard.

Clearpool’s new platform comes as DeFi protocols aim to attract established institutional investors with more sophisticated products to ramp up lending after a disastrous past year. As the crypto market crashed and multiple crypto trading firms who were large borrowers blew up, centralized lenders such as Genesis and Celsius Network encountered liquidity problems and several decentralized lending protocols left with defaults and bad debt.

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“Prime addresses many of the problems that led to systemic risk in the CeFi [centralized finance] lending market in 2022, and we are confident that it will be a valuable addition to Clearpool and the institutional DeFi ecosystem,” the post said.

Clearpool also expands the list of supported assets for borrowing beyond stablecoins and announced new borrowing pool categories.

Clearpool also announced plans to expand the assets supported for borrowing in its permissionless borrowing pools to all ERC-20 and wrapped ERC-20 tokens such as wrapped bitcoin (wBTC) and wrapped ether (wETH). The first such pool will open in the coming months, according to the post.

The protocol will add permissionless term pools, where borrowers will be able to take out loans with fixed maturity periods. Lenders can lock up their cpTokens to earn additional yield. Clearpool will also issue designated tokens for the term pools called tpTokens that holders can trade on secondary markets.

The protocol unveiled a new product called Exchange Traded Pools (ETPs), “a first in DeFi,” per the blog post. These will allow lenders “to diversify liquidity across multiple borrower pools in a single transaction, mitigating counterparty risk while maintaining yield opportunities."

CPOOL has gained 8% in the past 24 hours, outperforming BTC (-0.15%) and the CoinDesk Market Index (+0.16%).