O’Melveny Advises Bitwave in US$15 Million Series A FundingDecember 13, 2022
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SILICON VALLEY—December 13, 2022—O’Melveny advised Bitwave, the first enterprise-focused digital asset finance platform designed to manage the intersection of cryptocurrency tax, accounting, and compliance, in its US$15 million Series A funding round.
The transaction was announced on December 6.
The funding round was led by Hack VC and Blockchain Capital, with participation by SignalFire, Valor Equity Partners, Arca, Pulsar Trading, and Alumni Ventures Blockchain Fund.
Founded in 2018 and based in San Francisco, CA, Bitwave is purpose-built to help finance and accounting professionals mitigate the challenges of operating with digital assets with robust functionality, including everything from bookkeeping to AR/AP, bill pay, treasury management, and more.
The O’Melveny team advising Bitwave was led by Silicon Valley M&A partner Brian Covotta and associate Amit Itai.
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Bitwave issued the following announcement:
Series A Funding Round Led by Hack VC and Blockchain Capital
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 6, 2022 – Bitwave, the first enterprise-focused digital asset finance platform designed to manage the intersection of cryptocurrency tax, accounting, and compliance, today announced that it has closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by Hack VC and Blockchain Capital, with participation by SignalFire, Valor Equity Partners, Arca, Pulsar Trading, Alumni Ventures Blockchain Fund, and Hutt Capital.
This funding follows remarkable market traction with leading digital asset native and Fortune 500 customers such as OpenSea, Compound, Marathon Digital, and Polygon. The new funding will support the launch of their newest product, Bitwave Institutional, targeted to custodians, exchanges, financial institutions, wealth managers, and other organizations exposed to the enormous risk, regulatory, and control complexities around holding, managing, and investing users’ digital assets.
Bitwave Institutional is a set of processes, controls, and technology designed to bring trust into the new digital asset financial system. It holistically addresses the complex process, audit, accounting, tax, and reporting needs of sophisticated financial organizations that custody, trade, and use digital assets. The solution builds directly on Bitwave’s flagship enterprise product, which enables digital asset accounting, tax, bookkeeping, invoicing, and more for businesses, but with additional features such as segregated balance sheet tracking, internal and external system reconciliations, and proof of liability and reserve publishing.
Pat White, CEO and Co-Founder of Bitwave, said, “We are thrilled to work with Hack VC, Blockchain Capital, SignalFire, and our other new investors to drive the next stage of growth for Bitwave. Despite an interesting economic environment, Bitwave continues to scale by focusing on the hardest problems in the digital asset economy – the accounting, compliance, and trust building that our industry must adopt as we mature. Bitwave empowers pioneering digital asset accounting teams to seamlessly manage the accounting and compliance needs surrounding digital assets on their balance sheets.”
Bitwave’s COO and Co-Founder Amy Kalnoki added, “Enterprise adoption of digital assets is at an inflection point - between recent FASB reports and the friendlier ESG environment after The Merge, companies can finally move to embrace digital assets with the support of their CFO, board, and product teams. This funding round provides further evidence of the strength of our technology and speaks to how Bitwave has become a critical piece of infrastructure for businesses that adopt digital assets.”
Ed Roman, Managing Partner of Hack VC, said, “We evaluated all of the providers in the space and determined that Bitwave was by far the market leader. We selected them to be the vendor we use for our own digital asset accounting software. Bitwave’s best-in-class solutions, strong leadership, and impressive growth made this investment a no-brainer for us. We look forward to working with Pat, Amy, and their team to help Bitwave achieve its full potential.”
Spencer Bogart, General Partner at Blockchain Capital, said, “As enterprise adoption of crypto and other digital assets continues to grow, Bitwave is positioned to serve as a foundational piece of the on-chain economy. Pat and Amy have a powerful and compelling vision for the company, and Blockchain Capital is pleased to support them as they continue to scale the business. We trust in their leadership, vision and proven acumen in both enterprise software and digital assets. This team is truly unique in occupying the intersection of enterprise software leadership, digital assets knowledge and accounting expertise.”
Wayne Hu, Venture Partner at SignalFire, said, “Bitwave has already achieved exceptional results, with a top-tier client roster, market-leading technology and a talent for execution. We believe that their growth is just beginning, and they are poised to serve a rapidly expanding universe of custodians, financial services firms, enterprises, and more.”
Additional financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Find more information about Bitwave at www.bitwave.io.
For more information about Bitwave Institutional visit www.bitwave.io/institutional.
Bitwave is the first enterprise-focused digital asset finance platform designed to manage the intersection of tax, accounting, and compliance for cryptocurrency, DeFi, and NFTs. Bitwave is purpose-built to help finance and accounting professionals mitigate the challenges of operating with digital assets with robust functionality, including everything from bookkeeping to AR/AP, bill pay, treasury management, and more. The firm was founded in 2018 by technology entrepreneurs Pat White and Amy Kalnoki and is based in San Francisco, CA. To learn more, visit bitwave.io