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As outlined by Chainalysis, the latest cash injection will be used to deepen its data advantage by covering more cryptocurrencies, and focusing on emerging niches including decentralized finance (DeFi).
Blockchain analysis company Chainalysis has announced the completion of its Series E funding round in which it secured an additional $100 million from investors. According to the official announcement Chainalysis, the Series E funding round was led by Coatue and brings the company’s total valuation to $4.2 billion.
As revealed, previous backers including Benchmark, Accel, Addition, Dragoneer, Durable Capital Partners, and 9Yards Capital added to their stake in the company. Accordingly, the funding round also saw participation from other investors including Altimeter, Blackstone Group Inc (NYSE: BX), GIC, Pictet, Sequoia Heritage, and SVB Capital.
The use of blockchain technology and its attendant innovations particularly cryptocurrencies is growing. While there has always been a sustained retail adoption of the emerging monetary innovation, institutions are beginning to show interest in the growing asset class. However, the rate of adoption is marred by the lack of transparency in using Bitcoin (BTC), and other altcoins, as well as the potential risks of being used for illicit transactions. These fears are compounded by regulators, who often warn against the integration of this tech.
Chainalysis is building the technology to allay the fears of usage of crypto on the part of investors, and to aid regulators to track illicit transactions accordingly. The company is building compliance software that enable government agencies and private sector businesses across the world to detect and prevent cryptocurrency crime and money laundering. The invaluable nature of Chainalysis’s product has drawn in over 300 clients, spanning both government, businesses, and general crypto users.
“Chainalysis’s data platform is core infrastructure which helps to create a safe and thriving cryptocurrency market,” said Kris Fredrickson, Managing Partner at Coatue. “As cryptocurrency adoption grows, we believe that financial institutions, government agencies, and cryptocurrency businesses will increasingly deploy Chainalysis’s platform to make important decisions – from figuring out the best way to dismantle the operations of a threat actor to deciding which new cryptocurrency products are likely to drive the most demand.”
Chainalysis to Build Out and Focus on Its Expansion Following the Funding Round
As outlined by the company, the latest cash injection will be used to deepen its data advantage by covering more cryptocurrencies, and focusing on emerging niches including decentralized finance (DeFi).
Additionally, it noted the readiness to develop collaboration tools in its suite of software solutions so that public and private sector teams can work together from the same data set with a consistent, shared understanding. The firm is also seeking to provide direct access to Chainalysis data through APIs so that government agencies, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency exchanges can combine Chainalysis data with information from within their enterprises to make better decisions.
Beyond the product development, the company says it will hire hundreds of positions to promote its global expansionary drive. In all, Chainalysis is set to foster the speedy embrace of crypto and blockchain through the provision of data that can help eliminate threats in all forms.
“The future of finance and national security will be based on blockchain data-driven decisions,” said Michael Gronager, Co-founder and CEO, Chainalysis. “We’ve harnessed the transparency of blockchains to provide actionable insights into markets, threats, and business opportunities.