Swiss DeFi-first bank alternative Fluid Finance SA joins forces with predictive blockchain analytics partner Merkle Science
Fluid Finance SA and Merkle Science announce a partnership to create a seamless on- and off-ramp for digital assets, with compliance and security at the forefront.
Fluid Finance offers traditional bank accounts that can be integrated with Web3 wallets, allowing users to easily move their funds into and out of crypto using the firm’s on-chain Digital Dollar (DUSD). Merkle Science’s best-in-class transaction monitoring platform, Compass, will now secure all in- and outgoing blockchain transactions from Fluid’s accounts.
The need to monitor for criminal activity and carefully manage the security of transactions in crypto is only increasing. In 2021, $3.2 billion was stolen in cryptocurrency theft. In the same year, cryptocurrency represented nearly 17% of the $8.6 billion attributed to global money laundering. Merkle Science’s suite of easy-to-use tools was created to ensure the safe and healthy growth of the crypto industry by protecting against and supporting investigations into crypto-related crime.
"We are thrilled to support Fluid's revolutionary, DeFi-first approach to banking," said Mriganka Pattnaik, Co-founder & CEO of Merkle Science. "Their mission to help as many people as possible to access digital assets in a safe and secure manner is completely in line with our values and beliefs. We're proud to bring Compass' functionalities to the Fluid Finance platform and accelerate the consolidation of digital assets with the $22 trillion global financial services market."
For the first time ever, users are able to “mint” their own stablecoin: they can create their own Digital Dollars (DUSD) from fiat USD held in their traditional bank account. The USD moves from the user’s IBAN account to a treasury account managed by Fluid Finance SA. This transaction is verifiable on-chain, as are the reserves in the treasury. When this transaction is requested, Merkle Science monitors whether the associated Web3 wallet has any exposure to illicit activity. If there are concerns about the account, Merkle Science can provide a rating on the wallet and do a manual check to assess why the wallet has been flagged so that compliance may assess whether the funds from the transaction need to be frozen and escalated to regulators. From the user's perspective, the integration will be seamless and nearly instant.
Fluid Finance founder and CEO Robert Sharratt said of the partnership, “Fluid Finance is driven by giving as much control as possible to our users. At the same time, we want to deter bad actors, especially since our integrated bank account + Web3 wallet architecture allows the off-ramping of such large amounts. With Merkle Science, we have found a partner that balances a great user experience and strong regulatory compliance.”