LH-Finance announces strategic global partnership with CGI Finance

BALTIMORE, Md. – LH-Finance, a newly established division of United Bank (Glastonbury, Conn.) that provides both retail and wholesale marine financing, today announced a strategic global partnership with the CGI Finance, the European leader in the yacht finance industry.

Under this new strategic global partnership, LH-Finance will partner with CGI Finance to provide floor planning, or inventory financing, for boat manufacturers and dealers seeking financing in the North American and European markets.

LH-Finance will provide floor planning expertise to European boat manufacturers identified by CGI Finance that are seeking marine financing in the North American market. The partnership creates the same collaboration where LH-Finance will connect CGI Finance with North American boat manufacturers seeking competitive marine inventory financing in the European market.

LH-Finance, also referred to as L’Hermione Finance with its 12-member team based in Baltimore, Maryland, offers marine financing and competitive products to customers, dealers and boat manufacturers. LH-Finance is a new division of United Bank, a $6.2 billion bank based in Glastonbury, Conn..

CGI Finance is a brand of Compagnie Générale de Location d’Equipements (CGL), a subsidiary of Société Générale, one of the largest European financial services groups, and provides lending to individuals and corporate entities for new and used boats and yachts, as well as floor plan financing solutions for boat dealers and manufacturers.

“Aligning our expertise as well as our products and services with the worldwide brand of CGI Finance quickly and strategically positions LH-Finance to be among the most competitive financing firms in the North American marine industry. This global partnership, along with the experienced team we recently recruited to lead LH-Finance, is just the beginning of what I am confident will be a strong long-term and successful presence in the marine financing market for United Bank,” said William H.W. Crawford, IV, chief executive officer of United Bank and United Financial Bancorp, Inc.

“The partnership between LH-Finance and CGI Finance is a unique combination to provide global solutions to our clients and to offer both European and American financing solutions. It is a great opportunity for us to support our clients in their development on the American market and to develop our franchise in Europe through this partnership,” said Jean-Hugues Delvolve, chief executive officer of CGL.

For more information on LH-Finance, please visit www.lh-finance.com.

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