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Orbital Raises £5M to Help Enterprises Realise the Potential of Blockchain Payments




Ahead of the widespread adoption of crypto payments by businesses worldwide, London-headquartered Orbital group announces its first institutional capital raise, having been profitable since launching in 2017

LONDON, Aug. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Orbital, the London, Tallinn and Gibraltar-based traditional finance and crypto payments platform for global enterprises, has raised £5M ($6.4M) in an oversubscribed growth round led by Golden Record Ventures, at an attractive valuation in which the founders are maintaining a large majority.

Participants in the round include New Form Capital, GSRV, Psalion and Luminous Futures. The funding marks Orbital’s first institutional capital raise, having been bootstrapped and profitable since being founded in London in 2017.

Orbital provides a range of traditional payment and global FX solutions, but where it deviates from the norm is that it also offers licensed crypto payment services, especially focusing on the business use cases for stablecoins in cross border payments.

Facilitating Fiat and Blockchain Payments


Orbital combines fiat and crypto business accounts to enable traditional, global enterprises, particularly those with exposure to emerging markets, to integrate stablecoins, as well as other major cryptocurrencies and traditional currencies, into existing payment flows. Its APIs further act as an embedded finance solution for stablecoin payments.

For example, companies can accept cryptocurrency payments from customers, off-ramp into traditional currencies like USD, GBP and EUR, and settle into IBAN accounts in minutes. Customers can instantly access new markets, without the need for a physical presence or domestic bank accounts, and if they so choose there’s no need to handle cryptocurrencies themselves.

Orbital is licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority as an authorised payment institution in the UK, and as a virtual currency service provider in Estonia, with other licences to be announced in the coming months.

Orbital’s first institutional capital raise comes ahead of it raising a Series A round, and, despite the current crypto bear market, off the back of its seven-digit monthly revenue having grown over 40% in the last 6 months. It has over 80 clients processing $250M of value every month. Orbital’s headcount is 95 globally, with three offices across London, Estonia, Gibraltar.

The funding round will enable Orbital to continue its rapid growth, secure additional licences in new jurisdictions, and further develop its product.


Corporate Crypto Circumspection

Deloitte’s Global Blockchain Survey found that 80% of senior executives believe that digital assets will be very/somewhat important to their respective industries in the next two years, while data from The Block and Bitquery shows that there were $10 trillion dollars worth of on-chain payments in stablecoins over the last 12 months alone.

However, despite the understanding that digital assets are necessary, adoption has been slow amongst corporates because of a lack of internal knowledge and a mistrust of the industry.

Among digital assets, payments in stablecoin are becoming rapidly more normalised for businesses operating globally because they offer significant benefits for cross border low value C2B and high value B2B payments, particularly when an emerging market is involved. However, although there is currently a plethora of tools available for this, many larger businesses and corporates have struggled to find an overarching solution that doesn’t upset existing banking relationships.

A Single Platform For Multi-Asset Payments


Orbital’s industry-first product bridges the gap between traditional finance and digital asset treasury solutions, offering a regulated, secure and frictionless experience for multinational corporates. It acts as a single point of access to a range of tools needed to run a treasury operation, including multi-currency accounts, foreign exchange, global payments and digital asset custody. Orbital also offers its crypto payment rails via API allowing online merchants the ability to embed crypto payment into their own product or service.

Luke Wingfield-Digby, co-founder and Head of Corporate Development of Orbital, comments: “We believe all modern, global companies will require access to both blockchain and fiat payment rails, from one single platform, to effectively manage their business in the future. Orbital has been built by veterans who deeply understand the needs of large enterprises, which until now have been massively underserved. Our combined expertise in both traditional finance and crypto means that we are uniquely positioned to serve their demands. Bootstrapped and profitable since 2017, we’ve both grown rapidly and raised financing in a very difficult crypto bear market. Now we’re ready to scale even further and push our platform towards the bleeding edge of fintech.”

Jad Benabdelkhalek, General Partner at Golden Record Ventures, adds: “The Orbital team has developed a best-in-class, licensed technology platform that caters specifically to large corporates and enterprises. Up until now these have been underserved, meaning there is a distinct lack of competition, and a huge opportunity for Orbital to fill that gap. The global business community is starting to understand the value and importance of stablecoins and digital assets, and we are delighted to back Orbital which is at the forefront of enabling this change.”

About Orbital

Orbital is a LondonTallinnGibraltar based traditional finance and crypto solutions platform for global enterprises. It is a group of licensed providers of a range of traditional payment and global FX solutions, and also for crypto payments, especially focusing on the business use cases for stablecoins in cross border payments. The company has a headcount of 95 globally, with three offices across London, Estonia, Gibraltar. It has raised £5M, with its latest round led by Golden Record Ventures, with participation from New Form Capital, GSRV, Psalion VC and Luminous Futures.


Golden Record Ventures

Golden Record Ventures (GRV) is a London-based early-stage VC firm investing in blockchain applications within the fintech space. Founded in late 2022 by Managing Partners Filippos Kodellas and Jad Benabdelkhalek, the team draws from its investing and restructuring experience to support outliers in disrupting legacy products and services. With a focus on Europe and emerging markets, GRV actively seeks out innovation in payment solutions, asset management, capital markets and the infrastructure that binds them together. GRV has backed 7 companies to-date, including Parfin, Sylq and Freename.

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Legal Luminary Sarah Brennan Champions Pioneering Crypto Regulation Approaches




Sarah Brennan, an accomplished figure in corporate and securities law, serves as General Counsel at Delphi Ventures, focusing on investments in the Web3 space. With over 14 years of experience in securities law and a deep involvement in digital assets since 2017, Brennan also co-leads LeXpunK, a collective dedicated to establishing legal frameworks for decentralized digital communities.

In a candid interview with a prominent cryptocurrency news outlet, Brennan discussed various critical topics. She addressed the emergence of crypto super PACs, funded significantly by major firms like Ripple and Circle, to counter strict SEC regulations. Brennan viewed the SAB 121 bill, backed by the US administration, as potentially isolating the crypto community from broader financial integration.

While acknowledging the influence of centralized entities in advocating for crypto interests, Brennan cautioned against replicating traditional financial hierarchies within the crypto sphere, which contradicts its revolutionary ethos. She expressed concerns about monopolistic scenarios that could dominate the crypto landscape, exerting excessive control over essential industry components and traditional financial operations.

Regarding regulatory challenges, Brennan advocated for tailored regulations to manage systemic risks posed by large centralized crypto institutions. She criticized the current regulatory opacity and inconsistency, which she believes have fostered suboptimal business practices. Through LeXpunK, Brennan endeavors to pioneer experimental legal structures that could redefine regulatory compliance for token issuances, though reception from policymakers has been lukewarm.


Looking ahead, Brennan emphasizes the need for proactive regulatory approaches using antitrust measures to prevent crypto monopolies, promote decentralization, and target bad actors. However, she highlighted the persistent communication gap between crypto-literate legal advocates and hesitant regulators as a significant obstacle.

Brennan continues to drive forward her mission through new advocacy platforms aimed at shaping the future of cryptographic regulation, navigating complexities to ensure balanced and effective regulatory frameworks in the evolving crypto landscape.


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Italy Ramps Up Crypto Oversight in Line with MiCA




Italy is preparing to strengthen its oversight of cryptocurrency markets to align with the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory framework. This initiative, initially enacted in 2022, aims to impose stricter monitoring of digital asset markets, particularly targeting insider trading and market manipulation. Under the new decree, fines ranging from 5,000 to 5 million euros ($5,400 to $5.4 million) will be imposed based on the severity of violations, reinforcing compliance and market integrity.

For blockchain firms and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, MiCA presents significant challenges. These entities must decide between fully decentralizing their networks or complying with MiCA’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. Fully decentralized networks are exempt from reporting requirements but risk non-compliance if they employ foundations or intermediaries moderating communities.

Centralized exchanges like Binance are adapting to MiCA by categorizing stablecoins as authorized or unauthorized, aligning with regulatory requirements without delisting these assets from spot markets. Uphold has similarly adjusted by delisting certain stablecoins for compliance purposes.

Despite regulatory pressures, experts are optimistic about stablecoins’ future. Figures like Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, predict stablecoins could represent 10% of the money supply within a decade. They anticipate widespread adoption driven by benefits such as financial inclusion, lower remittance costs, and seamless cross-border commerce via public blockchains.


This regulatory framework underscores the transformative potential of stablecoins and blockchain technology within the global financial system.


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1inch Network Teams Up with Blockaid for Shield API




1inch Network has collaborated with Blockaid to introduce the 1inch Shield API, a pioneering advancement in Web3 security. This collaboration aims to enhance user protection within decentralized finance (DeFi) by bolstering defenses against fraudulent tokens. Blockaid, renowned for its expertise in Web3 security solutions, utilizes advanced data analytics and machine learning to swiftly identify and flag scam tokens, safeguarding users from potential financial risks.

The 1inch Shield API also addresses compliance with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations through continuous screenings of blockchain addresses. Powered by TRM Labs, this feature scrutinizes addresses for associations with sanctioned entities and illicit activities, preemptively restricting suspect addresses to prevent regulatory infractions.

Additionally, 1inch integrates Etherscan Pro’s blocklisting capabilities to proactively blacklist suspicious addresses, further fortifying its security measures.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in DeFi security, promising unparalleled levels of security and compliance. As 1inch continues to deploy this technology across its platform, it aims to provide developers and users with enhanced protection and confidence in navigating the Web3 landscape.



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