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JPMorgan Chase Strategically Invests in Blockchain-focused TRM Labs

Blockchain intelligence company TRM Labs has added JPMorgan Chase & Co. to its list of investors after the bank announced its strategic investment on Monday.

The total amount invested by JPMorgan was not disclosed, and neither organization was available for immediate comment.

TRM provides blockchain intelligence to help traditional financial institutions as well as crypto-focused businesses and public agencies analyze and manage crypto-related fraud and crime.

“This investment clearly highlights the significance of the growing crypto economy and the importance of building trust and safety in this ecosystem to sustain its growth,” Esteban Castaño, co-founder and CEO of TRM, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to build on this opportunity as we work to enable a safer crypto economy for all.”

The company was founded in 2017 and recently closed its $60 million Series B in December 2021. The round at the time was led by Tiger Global and included other major investors and financial players including American Express’ Amex Ventures, Citi Ventures, PayPal Ventures, Visal, Block (formerly Square Inc.) and Jump Capital.

JPMorgan has spent the last six years exploring the possibilities and applicability of blockchain technology, Umar Farooq, CEO of Onyx by JPMorgan, said in a statement. TRM’s vision aligns with JPMorgan’s ambitions to build compliant and secure blockchain products, Farooq added.

Earlier this month, JPMorgan took a jump into the metaverse after launching a virtual lounge in the popular blockchain-based metaverse Decentraland. The “Onyx lounge” was unveiled with a report from the bank outlining metaverse-related growth opportunities, Blockworks previously reported.

Separately, two JPMorgan research analysts Kenneth Worthington and Reginald Smith said in a report they see 2022 potentially as “the year of the blockchain bridge…or the year of financial tokenization.” The analysts also said they expect the evolution of crypto markets to accelerate this year, particularly for financial services, Blockworks reported in January.

   

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