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 web 3.0 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 incoming 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 were created to ensure the safe and healthy growth of the crypto industry by protecting against and supporting investigations into crypto-related crime.
Mriganka Pattnaik, co-founder and CEO of Merkle Science, said,
“We are thrilled to support Fluid’s revolutionary DeFi-first approach to banking. 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 stablecointhey can create their own 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 web 3.0 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 needs to be frozen and escalated to regulators. From the user perspective, the integration will be seamless and nearly instant.
About the partnership, Robert Sharratt, founder and CEO of Fluid Finance, 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 and web 3.0 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.”