Crypto financial services firm NYDIG announced Tuesday the completion of a $1 billion funding round that values the company at $7 billion
The round was led by growth equity firm WestCap with participation from other backers like Bessemer Venture Partners, FinTech Collective, Affirm, Fiserv, MassMutual, New York Life, Morgan Stanley, and FIS.
NYDIG said it will use the fresh capital to expand its institutional-grade bitcoin platform including support for Lightning Network payments, smart contracts, and asset tokenization, the announcement stated.
The funding announcement comes on the back of significant growth for NYDIG especially in its push to enable access to bitcoin for U.S. bank customers. A significant piece of the firm’s business is helping large institutions and investors access the bitcoin market. Notably, it helped insurance giant Mass Mutual purchase a $100 million bitcoin stake, which the firm announced at the end of December.
In October, NYDIG acquired British bitcoin outfit Bottlepay in a $300 million stock purchase.