Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, ICAP To Get Better Footing In Blockchain Via Investment In Axoni

Axoni, the blockchain startup, is about to get a multimillion-dollar investment from some big heavy hitters on Wall Street.

According to a report by Reuters, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and ICAP are among financial institutions that are gearing up to invest between $15 million and $20 million in Axoni. Citing people familiar with the deal, Reuters reported the investment is expected to be announced this week.

The move on the part of the Wall Street firms comes as financial institutions are looking to gain a footing with blockchain technology, which is the underpinning for bitcoin, the digital currency. The firms think blockchain and other tools can be deployed to reduce a bit of the transaction processing and costs associated with the back office.

Axoni’s technology helps banks and other firms create blockchain software for the capital markets. During the course of the last six months, Axoni has run experiments with some of the biggest players in the financial industry in post-trade processing of credit default swaps and foreign exchange, reported Reuters. Earlier this fall, Axoni announced that Barclays, Credit Suisse Group, JPMorgan and six other firms conducted a test using blockchain software on post-trade processing of over-the-counter swaps, and the test was successful. Reuters noted that, earlier in 2016, the blockchain startup worked with ICAP to test a blockchain service for foreign exchange. Rival blockchain company R3 CEV recently reduced the size of the investment it is seeking to raise to $150 million from $200 million, noted the report.



The pressure on banks to modernize their payments capabilities to support initiatives such as ISO 20022 and instant/real time payments has been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 and the compelling need to quickly scale operations due to the rapid growth of contactless payments, and subsequent increase in digitization. Given this new normal, the need for agility and optimization across the payments processing value chain is imperative.

Click to comment