Goldman, JPMorgan to invest in blockchain startup Axoni: sources

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By Olivia Oran and Anna Irrera

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote) and a group of other financial institutions including inter-dealer broker ICAP Plc's IAPLF.PK venture arm are finalizing an investment in blockchain startup Axoni, people familiar with the deal said this week.

The investment will be in a range of $15 million to $20 million, one of the people said. It is expected to be announced this week, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

A representative for Axoni declined to comment on the record when reached by phone.

The Axoni deal represents the latest Wall Street effort to gain traction with blockchain, which first emerged as the system underpinning digital currency bitcoin. The technology creates a shared electronic ledger that allows all parties to track information through a secure network, with no need for third-party verification.

Wall Street is betting blockchain and similar tools can be used to help slash some of their transaction processing and back-office costs.

Axoni is a New York-based technology company that helps banks and other institutions develop blockchain software to run capital markets processes.

Over the past six months, it has run a number of high-profile experiments with some of the financial industry’s largest players, in areas such as post-trade processing of credit default swaps and foreign exchange.

The Axoni investment comes a month after rival blockchain company R3 CEV reduced the amount it is aiming to raise in a new funding round to $150 million from $200 million.   Continued...

A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid