Chainalysis, a blockchain analytics provider, has announced its $170 million Series F funding round. The fresh funding succeeded its $100 million raise back in June 2021 and more than doubly exceeded its valuation of $4.2 billion at the same time.
The raise was led by Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC and further participated in by investors Accel — who previously led Chainalysis' $30 million Series B round in 2019, as well as Blackstone, Dragoneer and FundersClub. Bank of New York Mellon and Emergence Capital also participated in the round as first entries.
According to the announcement, the funds will be utilized to enhance product innovation and scale global operations — developing upon the existing customer base of 750 corporations across 70 countries.
Operating a software as a service (SaaS) business model for global corporations and governmental institutions, Chainalysis is well-recognized on a consumer level for its quantitatively insightful reports on the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector, often with an inherent focus on financial security.
A newly formalized member of the Crypto Market Integrity Coalition, alongside Coinbase, BitMEX and Huobi Tech, among others, Chainalysis has outperformed the correcting market to showcase the evergreen necessity for security and compliance within the emerging financial sector of cryptocurrency.
Michael Gronager, CEO & Co-Founder of Chainalysis, shared with Cointelegraph that the round has resulted in Chainalysis becoming the "largest B2B SaaS company in the cryptocurrency space."
We’re continuing to grow and this round will help fuel further innovation and will also help us meet extraordinary demand and regulation requirements."
He also stated that the capital would allow them to "invest in products, sales and marketing especially as we see more crypto use cases unlocked," as well as "spur growth globally, especially in Europe, APAC, and South America."
Chainalysis’ most recent development was the introduction of an on-chain oracle screening software aimed at enhancing the power of crypto exchanges in identifying and targeting malicious wallets and transactions.
In the near future, an application programming interface (API) service is expected to support the prohibiting power of exchanges against sanctioned wallet addresses with a view to deterring fraudulent activities in the space.