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[February 12, 2018]

CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund Joined next47 and BMW i Ventures to Invest in Automotive Financial Technology Company Fair

BEIJING, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CreditEase, a Beijing-based leading FinTech conglomerate in China, announced today that its venture fund, CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund ("CEFIF"), recently joined a group of prestigious investors to support California based Fair's strategic expansion. Other investors in this round of financing include Siemens-backed next47 global venture fund, BMW i Ventures, Millennium Technology Value Partners, 137 Ventures, G Squared and Upfront Ventures.

Fair has also recently announced the acquisition of leasing portfolio of Uber's Xchange Leasing subsidiary. Concurrent with the Uber leasing deal, Fair also entered into an exclusive, long-term partnership with Uber in the United States that enables its ride-share drivers to lease a Fair vehicle and return it anytime.

Launched in August 2017, Fair is a mobile technology platform that allows customers to lease and return a car with flexible terms entirely by using a smartphone. "These investments are an important part of Fair's continuing and rapid growth, and are further confirmation that the future of car ownership lies in the digital, flexible and affordable model that Fair provides," said Scott Painter, Fair CEO and Founder. "We're gratified that Fair's reception from the investment community matches the enthusiastic response of our customers, who want to get a car the same way they make countless other digital purchases - from wherever they are and with no long-term commitment."

Since its inception in early 2016, CEFIF continues its strategy of investing in FinTech companies at the crossroads of cutting-edge technology, research and innovative business models. With the rapid development of the mobile internet technology and desire for flexibility, consumers are increasingly embacing the subscription-based business models across sectors. Fair captures this opportunity to usher in a new era of flexible auto financing, in partnership with automakers and dealers.

"Fair's business model demonstrates a game-changing alternative for the massive used car market in the United States through flexible auto leasing. It provides a user-friendly, brand new automotive financing experience through a fully digital, transparent, mobile, and reliable technology platform," said Ms. Anju Patwardhan, Managing Director of CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund. "Mr. Scott Painter and Mr. Georg Bauer are visionary automotive industry leaders, each with over 20 years of experience and have proven track record across automobiles and finance. They have built a deep management team with unparalleled industry knowledge at Fair."

CEFIF is a firm believer in using technology to disrupt and change traditional industries and is also an early investor in DiYiCheDai and DaSuoChe in China that are changing vehicle ownership and financing models. "We will continue to deploy CreditEase's rich technology, risk management, and finance expertise to support the industry growth," said Ms.Patwardhan.

About CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund:

Founded in February 2016, CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund is a venture fund investing in growth-stage FinTech companies in China and the global markets. CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund has an equivalent of $1 billion in total committed capital. The fund has formed strategic partnerships with global leading venture capital investors to discover opportunities in five sub-segments within the domain of FinTech: Lending, Payment, Personal Finance/Wealth management, Enterprise Solutions, and Insurance.

About CreditEase:

CreditEase is a Beijing-based leading FinTech conglomerate in China, specializing in inclusive finance and wealth management, in addition to payment technology, marketplace lending, crowdfunding, robo-advisory, insurance technology and blockchain products and services. CreditEase actively engages with global FinTech innovators through business incubation, commercial co-operation, and investment. Better tech, better finance, better world.

About Fair

Fair offers a forward-thinking model of flexible car ownership that responds to consumer demand for more freedom. Fair gives customers the flexibility to drive the car they want for as long as they want and lets them return the car anytime. Eliminating the long-term commitment of traditional financing or leasing, Fair allows you to select your car, miles, and view your payments - all in a mobile and paperless end-to-end experience that's simple, transparent and affordable. Fair is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. For more information, please visit www.fair.com.

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