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区块链分析公司Chainalysis获得了1亿美元的投资

2020-11-25 16:34

 

2020年11月23日,总部位于纽约的区块链分析公司Chainalysis宣布,在风险投资公司add的带领下,他们在C轮融资中获得了1亿美元的资金。其他投资者包括Accel、Benchmark和Ribbit,它们都参与了前几轮的投资。链分析的总价值现在超过10亿美元,成为独角兽。


该公司计划利用额外的资金推动其网络的全球扩张,其网络包括多个政府机构、金融机构和私营企业。在某些方面,Chainalysis就像一家新时代的审计公司,其审查的重点是加密货币的交易和市场。除了最近在新加坡和东京开设的办事处外,该公司还希望扩大在澳大利亚和韩国的业务。


“公司的数据、技术和网络是区块链生态系统的基础,”加法的创始人李·Fixel说。“随着迄今为止令人印象深刻的增长,作为寻求合规和调查洞察力的政府和企业的首选合作伙伴,继续在全球扩张的机会是巨大的。”


Chainalysis政府机构客户包括联合国毒品和犯罪办公室(UNODC)和欧洲刑警组织,但该公司在美国特别有影响力的Bitcoin.com的一份报告称,一个流氓与国土安全部员工透露合同,美国联邦调查局,美国国税局,ATF, DEA,秒,秘密服务,中央情报局在问电话号码(通过),纽约警察局和其他大型警局。


2020年8月,Chainalysis协助司法部(DOJ)粉碎了两次使用加密货币捐款的恐怖主义融资活动。找回了价值超过100万美元的加密货币。此后不久,美国司法部要求没收与朝鲜交易所黑客拉撒路集团(Lazarus group)有关的280个加密货币地址。预计大约有价值2870万美元的加密货币被盗。链解提供调查和交易监察工具,协助司法部。


“政府机构和私营部门需要正确的数据、工具和洞察力,以负责任的方式监督和参与加密货币经济,”Chainalysis首席执行官兼联合创始人迈克尔·格罗纳格(Michael Gronager)说。在谈到这些公司的全球影响力时,他补充说:“我们已经在30多个国家和全球250多个最重要的企业建立了一个政府机构网络,他们正在使消费者和企业的交易变得更安全和更容易,从根本上改变了货币运作的方式。”“连锁店目前在45个国家拥有350个客户。


2018年4月,这家初创公司在Benchmark公司的带领下,在首轮融资中筹集了1600万美元。2019年2月,B轮融资获得3600万美元,7月扩大至4900万美元。三菱ufj的全资子公司MUFG Innovation Partners (MUIP)和Sozo Ventures是这轮融资的主要投资者。


与此同时,据《金融时报》报道,本轮融资的主要投资者是今年新推出的一只科技基金,该基金在6月份的融资规模接近13亿美元。创始人Lee Fixel曾是Tiger Global Management的顶级投资者,在该公司工作了13年多。

 

On 23 November 2020, New York-based blockchain analysis firm  Chainalysis announced it raised $100 million in its Series C financing round, led by venture capital firm Addition. Other investors included AccelBenchmark, and Ribbit, which participated in previous rounds. Chainalysis’ total value is now over $1 billion, gaining unicorn status.

The firm plans to use the extra capital to promote the global expansion of its network comprising various government agencies, financial institutions, and private businesses. In some ways, Chainalysis is like a new age audit firm where its reviews focus on cryptocurrency transactions and markets. The firm wishes to expand its presence in Australia and South Korea addintg to its recently opened Singapore and Tokyo offices.

“The firm’s data, technology, and network are foundational to the blockchain ecosystem,” said Lee Fixel, founder of Addition. “With impressive growth to date, the opportunity for continued global expansion as the preferred partners to governments and businesses seeking compliance and investigative insights is massive.”

Chainalysis government agency customers include the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and EUROPOL, but the company is particularly influential in the U.S. According to a Bitcoin.com report, a rogue employee revealed contracts with Homeland Security, the FBI, IRS, ATF, DEA, SEC, Secret Service, CIA (through In Q Tel), NYPD and other large police departments.

In August 2020, Chainalysis assisted the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismantle two terrorism financing campaigns that used cryptocurrency donations. Over $1 million worth of cryptocurrencies were recovered. Shortly after that, the DOJ demanded the forfeiture of 280 cryptocurrency addresses affiliated with North Korean exchange hackers, the Lazarus group. About $28.7 million worth of cryptocurrency was expected to have been stolen. Chainalysis aided the DOJ by providing investigative and transaction monitoring tools.

“Government agencies and the private sector need the right data, tools, and insights to responsibly oversee and participate in the cryptocurrency economy,” said Chainalysis CEO and Co-Founder, Michael Gronager. About the firms’ global influence, he added, “We have established a network of government agencies in over 30 countries and more than 250 of the most important businesses around the world who are making it safer and easier for consumers and businesses to transact, fundamentally changing the way money works.” Chainalysis is currently present in over 45 countries with 350 customers.

The startup raised $16 million in its Series A financing round in April 2018, led by Benchmark. In February 2019, its Series B round secured $36 million and was expanded to $49 million in July. Japanese firms MUFG Innovation Partners (MUIP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MUFG, and Sozo Ventures were lead investors in that round. 

Meanwhile, Addition, the lead investor for the current round, is a new tech-focused fund launched this year that was close to raising $1.3 billion in June, according to the Financial Times. Founder Lee Fixel was formerly a top investor at Tiger Global Management where he spent more than 13 years.

 

来自: Ledger Insights