Aron Akbiyikian, former Chainalysis Investigations Manager, Joins TRM Labs

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March 23, 2021

San Francisco - TRM Labs, the leading provider of crypto anti-money laundering (AML) and investigation software, is pleased to announce that Aron Akbiyikian will join the TRM team as a Public Sector Deployment Strategist, bringing his expertise and passion for cryptocurrency investigations directly to our clients.

Mr. Akbiyikian brings a wealth of experience in cryptocurrency compliance and investigations.  Prior to joining TRM, Mr. Akbiyikian, certified in data recovery, acquisition and analysis, was an investigations manager at Chainalysis. Previously, Mr. Akbiyikian served as a Detective with the Mariposa County, California, Sheriff's Department where he spent ten years specializing in financial crime investigations, cybercrime, and digital forensics.

"I could not be more excited to join TRM Labs as it works to build a safer financial system for billions of people," said Mr. Akbiyikian. "TRM has developed the next generation blockchain intelligence product. I look forward to working closely with our public sector clients everyday to leverage TRM's state-of-the-art technology in response to the emerging risks in crypto."

"I am thrilled to welcome Aron Akbiyikian to TRM Labs," said TRM CEO Esteban Castano.  "Aron brings a wealth of experience and expertise in cryptocurrency investigations, but more importantly he brings a passion for working closely with public sector clients to achieve extraordinary results. Our clients are lucky to have him as a trusted counselor."

Mr. Akbiyikian joins the TRM team as cryptocurrency adoption accelerates worldwide, including experiencing significant growth among traditional institutional investors. A 2019 poll by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) found that nearly 80% of central banks are working on central bank digital currency (CBDC) research. In September 2020, stablecoins and digital dollars reached 200 billion in monthly on-chain USD volume, nearly 700% more than the same period the year prior.

About Aron Akbiyikian

Aron Akbiyikian joins the TRM team as a Public Sector Deployment Strategist, bringing his expertise in cryptocurrency investigations and his decade of experience in the sheriff's department to assist our public sector clients. Prior to joining TRM, Mr. Akbiyikian, certified in data recovery, acquisition and analysis, was an investigations manager at Chainalysis. Previously, Mr. Akbiyikian served as a Detective at the Mariposa County, California, Sheriff's Department where he spent ten years specializing in financial crime investigations, cybercrime, and digital forensics.

About TRM Labs

TRM Labs is the crypto compliance company. TRM enables organizations to detect fraud and financial crime, accelerate business processes, and meet regulatory requirements, all while working with industry-leading data and workflows. Founded in 2018, TRM works with the largest cryptocurrency businesses and financial institutions worldwide. TRM is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Washington D.C. and Europe. TRM is backed by leading investors including PayPal, Initialized Capital, Blockchain Capital, and Y Combinator.

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