Elias Kokaly, Special Investigations Lead at Bittrex, Joins TRM Labs

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March 5, 2021

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

Mr. Kokaly brings a wealth of experience in cryptocurrency compliance and investigations. Prior to joining TRM, Mr. Kokaly, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, was the Special Investigations Team Lead at cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex. In this role Mr. Kokaly lead a team engaged in complex investigations, acted as a law enforcement liaison, and managed special projects.

"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. Kokaly. "TRM has developed a revolutionary product. I look forward to working with our clients everyday to help them use that product to thwart illicit activity on their platforms."

"I am thrilled to welcome Elias Kokaly to TRM Labs," said TRM CEO Esteban Castano.  "Elias brings not only deep experience in blockchain analytics, but also a true passion for cryptocurrency and compliance. Our clients are lucky to have him as a trusted counselor."

Mr. Kokaly 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 Elias Kokaly

Elias Kokaly joins the TRM team as a Deployment Strategist, bringing his passion for technology to ensure TRM clients are successful — whether establishing a risk-based anti-money laundering program, to efficiently conducting crypto investigations. Mr. Kokaly brings a wealth of experience in cryptocurrency compliance and investigations. Prior to joining TRM, Mr. Kokaly, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, was the Special Investigations Team Lead at cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex. In this role Mr. Kokaly lead a team engaged in complex investigations, acted as a law enforcement liaison, and managed special projects.

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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