How's everybody doing? This time around we are talking to — Pierre Gérard, CEO and Co-Founder of Scorechain.
Chris: Hi there! Thanks for being here. Scorechain is a compliance solution for crypto asset regulation. Can you tell us about the problem that your business solves for the people?
Pierre: We provide blockchain analytics and transaction monitoring software to help companies comply with crypto-asset regulations. As crypto assets are still relatively new, regulation in the field remains sparse and uneven. However, regulators are increasing their scrutiny of these assets by the day, and regulation in the space is evolving rapidly. This means that more and more firms are falling into the scope of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulations.
And complying with these regulations can be challenging for companies. So we provide the tools to help them facilitate their compliance process by understanding the flow of crypto transactions, the level of risks, and potential illicit activities related to money laundering and terrorism financing.
Chris: I see. Who do you work with?
Pierre: We work with two main types of customers: crypto-native businesses like exchanges, crypto payment platforms, wallet providers, token issuers, and also with more traditional financial institutions which are now entering this ecosystem.
Crypto-native companies use our tools to facilitate their compliance policies, while financial institutions need help adapting their current compliance strategies to crypto assets. We also work with any type of companies that wish to onboard crypto assets to their operations in a compliant way, like gambling platforms, payment gateways, etc.
Besides, we also provide on-demand investigation reports to accounting firms, NFT projects, investigators, and law firms, for example.
Chris: I understand that you work in accordance with the EU cryptocurrency regulations. Can you tell our readers about these regulations in general terms?
Pierre: Currently, EU member states have to implement AML/CFT standards for crypto-assets according to directives at the EU level (AMLD 4, 5, 6). However, these directives are not being implemented evenly across the EU and do not form a comprehensive overview of the industry.
To close these regulatory gaps, the EU has been working on a new, more comprehensive regulatory framework since 2020, the Markets in Crypto Asset regulation, or MiCA regulation. MiCA will cover crypto assets, unbacked crypto assets, stablecoins, and crypto asset service providers such as trading platforms and exchanges.
The bill is expected to be voted on in the Parliament this year and should come into force in 2024. Once in force, the regulation will bring a lot of changes to EU crypto regulations. However, regulated companies will benefit from an 18-month transitional period, so it leaves them enough time to fully prepare for it.
Chris: I can see that you recently launched a new platform for your software. Can you tell us more about it?
Pierre: Yes, we recently launched an all-in-one platform, with every feature accessible from the same interface. It’s the first integrated crypto AML compliance platform for transaction monitoring, risk assessment, and reporting processes.
Crypto transaction monitoring is complicated enough as it is. When revamping the platform, our goal was to offer the best experience possible to our users and the most user-friendly interface. And this is why we worked closely with our users and put a focus on the customer journey to achieve it.
Our customers are very different from each other. Therefore, we provide several ways to access our services: our standard interface, an investigation tool that is more of a graphical interface, a large range of reports, and also an API that covers all our features. This is a great tool to connect with third parties services like custody solutions and KYC services and also to integrate global compliance workflows.
Chris: What are your platform's primary features?
Pierre: The main feature is Scorechain Analytics, our transaction monitoring tool. It allows users to browse crypto transactions and wallets and link them to real-life entities with the associated level of risk and red flags in case of illegal activities. Users can customize different tool parameters, from scoring to alerts, and adapt them to their local requirements and existing policies.
Besides Scorechain Analytics, we also provide investigation and case management tools as well as a directory of virtual assets service providers for users to push their AML compliance process further.
Chris: Can you share the story of the company's creation?
Pierre: I have been closely following Bitcoin and blockchain technology since 2014. After creating Yallet, one of the first Bitcoin wallets for iOS, we launched Scorechain in 2015, one of the first blockchain analytics companies. We launched the project to help crypto companies and financial institutions comply with related AML/CFT regulations on crypto assets and onboard them safely.
Chris: What are your thoughts on the state of the crypto market in general?
Pierre: The recent events that occurred in the crypto market showed that there is a clear need for better governance. And this can be achieved with fair regulation of the crypto industry that will not only focus on AML/CFT but also on asset management, liquidity risk, and counterparty risk management.
We believe crypto can only thrive towards mass adoption with appropriate regulations that prevent criminal use of crypto assets and protect consumers while sustaining innovation and development in the industry.
Chris: What are your plans for 2023?
Pierre: In 2023, we will keep on improving our services and keep a close watch on regulatory developments. We plan to launch several additional features to the software to further facilitate compliance checks for our users.
Today, we support 23 blockchains, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tron, Tezos, and BSC, for instance, along with more than 10,000 assets. This year, we also plan to add support for additional blockchains for maximal coverage of the market.
Chris: Thanks for your time. Any last word?
Pierre: Bitcoin is 14 years old, but I really think this is only the beginning!