Asian blockchain security startup CoolBitX has raised $16.75 million in a Series B funding round from notable investors.
The round was led by Japanese financial services giant SBI Holdings, with participation from Monex Group, Korean crypto exchange BitSonic and Taiwanese government’s National Development Fund.
With the fresh capital in place, Taiwan-based CoolBitX plans to market its compliance solution Sygna Bridge beyond the Asia-Pacific region. The solution helps crypto exchanges comply with the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) “travel rule.”
Travel rule implementation
The clock to comply with the FATF’s travel rule is ticking fast as the June deadline approaches. The rule requires crypto exchanges to share sender (originator) and receiver (beneficiary) information for transactions of above $1,000 — to help law enforcement agencies track suspicious transactions.
CoolBitX’s Sygna Bridge, launched last October, allows crypto exchanges to share and transmit required compliance data via an application program interface (API). “When the transaction of data takes place, the originator and beneficiary parties can then privately and securely exchange the required information during an off-chain compliance check. The data exchanged is encrypted, and private information such as personally identifiable information (PII) can only be decrypted by the beneficiary crypto exchanges with its private key. This prevents the PII from being sent to unsecure or poorly-managed exchanges,” CoolBitX CEO, Michael Ou, told The Block, adding:
“We have already cemented our market dominance in Asia with more than 11 crypto exchanges signing Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) to test or implement Sygna Bridge within their infrastructure and we are confident the solution will be well-received by other virtual asset service providers (VASPs) around the world.”
Some of the exchanges that currently use Sygna Bridge are SBI VC Trade,