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Elliptic Completes Crypto Asset Pilot with Santander

Elliptic is one of Mouro Capital's oldest investments.

June 22nd - 2021

London, 22 June 2021. Elliptic, the global leader in crypto asset risk management solutions today announced the successful completion of a pilot with Banco Santander in detecting suspicious activity linked to digital assets.

This pilot is helping Santander understand the risks emerging from digital assets and explore mitigation strategies.

During the exercise, Elliptic’s industry leading Discovery solution was deployed to help Santander assess its indirect exposure to crypto by flagging and analysing transactions between the bank’s customers and crypto exchanges.

Manuel Silva Martínez, general partner at Mouro Capital, said: “Elliptic is one of our oldest investments, and they have been a great partner at helping us navigate the complexities of the distributed ledger technology (DLT) and crypto world. We are excited to see Elliptic’s technology in collaboration with Santander to better understand and protect the bank’s business and customers.”

Simone Maini, CEO of Elliptic, said: “This pilot demonstrates Elliptic’s commitment to helping financial institutions understand their exposure to crypto assets and mitigate crypto anti-money laundering risks. This successful exercise is clear evidence that working with Elliptic enables leading organisations to navigate the rapidly-evolving crypto ecosystem with confidence.”

Elliptic’s Discovery uses advanced blockchain analytics to perform counterparty risk assessment on crypto exchanges at scale. The solution was built using accurate and comprehensive crypto dataset offering over 97% coverage of crypto transactions by trading volume, along with the largest collection of crypto exchange risk profiles.    

It’s currently used by some of the largest financial institutions globally, and has helped them not only to meet regulatory requirements, but also to achieve unparalleled efficiency gains within Financial Crime Operations and Compliance.

Mouro Capital, an autonomously managed venture capital fund focused on fintechs and adjacent businesses participated by Santander, invested in Elliptic in 2016.

About Elliptic

Elliptic is the global leader in crypto-asset risk management solutions for crypto businesses and financial institutions worldwide. Backed by investors including Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, SBI Group, and Santander Innoventures, Elliptic has assessed risk on transactions worth several trillion dollars, uncovering activities related to money laundering, terrorist fundraising, fraud, and other financial crimes. Elliptic is headquartered in London with offices in New York, Singapore, and Tokyo. To learn more, visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Banco Santander

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. It has a meaningful presence in 10 core markets in the Europe, North America and South America regions, and is one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. Its purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in a simple, personal and fair way. Santander is building a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments to support this objective, including raising over €120 billion in green financing between 2019 and 2025, as well as financially empowering more than 10 million people over the same period. At the end of the first quarter of 2021, Banco Santander had €1.1 trillion in total funds, 149 million customers, of which 23.4 million are loyal and 44.2 million are digital, 10,800 branches and 190,000 employees.

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