Blockchain-based intelligence company TRM Labs announced on Nov. 9 a $70 million expansion to its Series B funding round, bringing the total raised to $130 million. Series B investor Thoma Bravo, among the world’s largest private equity firms, manages more than $122 billion in assets.
The round was led by Thoma Bravo, with Goldman Sachs and previous TRM investors PayPal Ventures, Amex Ventures and Citi Ventures participating. The expansion follows TRM’s $60 Million Series B raise in December 2021 led by Tiger Global.
Funds will support product development and talent acquisition to deliver accessible tools to counter illicit finance and fraud, as well as address demand for incident response services and training programs, said the company.
“Demand has never been stronger for solutions that help protect crypto users, impede illicit actors, and support blockchain-based innovation,” stated Esteban Castaño, co-founder and CEO of TRM.
Since the initial Series B round in December, the company has acquired CSITech — a crypto and blockchain investigative firm known for its expertise in blockchain forensics — and launched Chainsbuse, a free community-powered scam reporting platform.
TRM claims to provide blockchain intelligence solutions for law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies, tax authorities and financial intelligence units worldwide, supporting investigations and analyses of crypto-related fraud and financial crime.
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Christine Kang, principal at Thoma Bravo, said TRM’s blockchain intelligence solutions are becoming more important in the “rapidly evolving regulatory landscape” that is crypto.
TRM Labs was founded in 2018 and claims to have registered year-over-year revenue growth of 490%. Its members include former law enforcement officers from the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, INTERPOL, Australian Federal Police, the United States Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division, the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, among others.
The growth of digital assets has made new users vulnerable to scams, especially during bull markets. Data from Chainalysis reveals a decline in total crypto scam revenue, sitting at $1.6 billion in 2022 as of August, which corresponds to a 65% decline from the prior year period. Investors are more likely to fall victim to scams during bull markets when investment opportunities and outsized returns are most appealing to victims, according to the report’s authors.