‘Leveraging technology to drive innovation,’ focuses Igor Telyatnikov

To empower organizations to adopt blockchain technology
Igor Telyatnikov is a visionary leader and a driving force in the world of blockchain and financial services technology. Under his visionary leadership, AlphaPoint's product suite has expanded to encompass brokerage platforms, liquidity solutions, and digital asset wallets, catering to the diverse needs of the rapidly evolving financial landscape. Read on to know his ideas about the trends of digitalization in financial institutions and enterprises.

Asset tokenization is an evolution that increases efficiency by opening up liquidity and connecting asset demand and supply more efficiently

Media 7: Can you provide an overview of your career path leading up to your current role as CEO of AlphaPoint?
Igor Telyatnikov:
Throughout my career, I have focused on leveraging technology to drive innovation. With over 15 years of experience, I have led companies in implementing emerging technologies like blockchain to transform financial services.

As a co-founder of AlphaPoint for the past decade, I have guided the company's growth into a global leader powering digital asset solutions for institutions across 35+ countries. My belief in blockchain's vast potential to impact finance has fueled my passion for continuing to lead AlphaPoint's financial services innovations into the future. I am excited to see what the next 10 years of maturation in blockchain technology will enable as we continue our mission of empowering organizations to capitalize on digital assets.

M7: The blockchain industry has seen rapid growth and evolution since AlphaPoint's inception. How has the company adapted its offerings and strategies to stay at the forefront of this evolving field?
IT:
We launched with a single flagship product, a white-label bitcoin exchange solution. Today, our comprehensive product suite powers some of the biggest names in crypto. We have been around since the early days of crypto and blockchain, growing and maturing alongside the entire industry has allowed us to develop and deliver a whole suite of blockchain infrastructure and crypto exchange solutions, including Marketplace Solutions, Asset Tokenization, Brokerage & eOTC Software, Wallets & Merchant Ecosystem, and Liquidity Solutions.

M7: AlphaPoint's platform is known for its security and scalability. Could you share some insights into the key features that set it apart and how these features cater to your diverse client base across 35 countries?
IT:
Over the past decade, AlphaPoint has established itself as an industry leader in the fintech space by providing trusted, scalable, and secure solutions. Our platform is purpose-built with the highest levels of protection for client assets and data in mind. We achieve robust security through advanced encryption, access controls, penetration testing, and ongoing monitoring.

A key advantage is the flexibility to tailor the platform to each client's specific needs. With over 500 APIs, AlphaPoint makes it easy to integrate new capabilities as business requirements evolve. The platform readily scales to support high transaction volumes across a wide geographic footprint - with deployments in 35 countries and counting. These capabilities allow AlphaPoint to effectively serve the diverse needs of clients ranging from financial institutions to exchanges, brokers, custodians and token issue.

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Support to help clients develop blockchain-enabled digital asset strategies, integrate solutions, and capitalize on this emerging opportunity

M7: AlphaPoint has worked with over 150 clients worldwide. Could you elaborate on a few success stories or specific use cases where AlphaPoint's technology played a crucial role in helping clients achieve their blockchain strategies?
IT:
In El Salvador, AlphaPoint was chosen to upgrade the Chivo wallet to bolster adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender. By enhancing scalability, uptime and Lightning integration, AlphaPoint empowered millions of Salvadorans to access fast, low-cost Bitcoin and USD transactions through this app, which has become the PayPal of the country. This historic implementation, allowing instant cross-border payments through Chivo, set the stage for further blockchain adoption in El Salvador and beyond. We are proud to have partnered with forward-thinking leaders to help El Salvador become the first country to embrace digital assets as national currency.

By partnering with The Royal Mint and CME Group, AlphaPoint was able to customize the trading platform and offered price discovery and liquidity for market participants, providing an on-ramp and off-ramp for RMG ownership. The technology leverages the AlphaPoint Distributed Ledger Platform, which enables financial institutions to digitize assets, launch markets, and manage asset life cycles.

M7: With respect to content creation and syndication, how does AlphaPoint share its expertise and insights about blockchain technology and crypto exchanges with the broader industry and potential clients?
IT:
AlphaPoint shares its expertise on blockchain technology and crypto exchanges through diverse content creation and distribution efforts including reports, ebooks, case studies, whitepapers, blog posts, social media engagement, speaking roles at industry events, contributed articles to leading publications, and networking with key stakeholders. This thought leadership content leverages AlphaPoint's experience helping over 150 enterprise clients integrate blockchain solutions and establishes the company as a trusted source on critical topics related to digital asset markets.

M7: How does your Forex exchange platform differentiate itself in a competitive market, and what unique features or capabilities does it offer to traders and investors?
IT:
Our forex exchange platform differentiates itself by providing the robust security and customizable foundation needed to confidently build a successful digital asset exchange or brokerage. AlphaPoint’s platform leverages over 10 years of battle-testing and the highest security certifications to ensure unparalleled protection of client assets and data. The technology infrastructure has proven its reliability across 35 countries and over 150 enterprise deployments. 
 


Our forex exchange platform differentiates itself by providing the robust security and customizable foundation needed to confidently build a successful digital asset exchange or brokerage

M7: How do you address security concerns in the crypto industry, and what measures are in place to protect both the platform and its users from potential threats?
IT:
AlphaPoint has over a decade of experience helping our customers secure their digital assets. Our robust security suite includes operational controls, software, monitoring tools, and insurance. This layered approach to security includes insurance, lease privilege, operational security measures, and physical and virtual separation of keys/access to administrative systems. Security tools and fraud prevention teams further ensure system integrity and safety.

Our executive leadership participates in groups like C4, and we maintain SOC2 compliance. This combination of security measures has led large financial institutions to become comfortable with the solutions AlphaPoint offers.

M7: The ability to digitize assets is a significant development in the financial industry. Can you share how AlphaPoint's technology facilitates this digitization and the potential benefits it offers to financial institutions and enterprises?
IT:
We work with firms globally to help them build marketplaces connecting buyers and sellers to improve liquidity and price discovery for assets and portfolios. Asset tokenization is an evolution that increases efficiency by opening up liquidity and connecting asset demand and supply more efficiently.

At AlphaPoint, we have helped tokenize assets including project financing, stablecoins, commodities, and art by focusing on the next step - enabling liquid markets and trading for those assets. Our technology facilitates the full lifecycle from issuance to trading and redemption, with a focus on unlocking the benefits of trading previously illiquid assets. This includes 24/7 liquidity, transparent price discovery, and creating efficient markets to realize the possibilities of asset digitization. We provide the trading layer to bring tokenized assets to life.

M7: Lastly, can you share any upcoming initiatives or projects at AlphaPoint that you're particularly excited about and that reflect your mission to drive success in the blockchain world?
IT:
At AlphaPoint, we are constantly exploring new ways to empower organizations to adopt blockchain technology and digital assets. One initiative I'm particularly excited about is the recent launch of AlphaPoint Labs - our new business unit focused on advisory, development and implementation services.

Through AlphaPoint Labs, we are now providing end-to-end guidance and support to help clients develop blockchain-enabled digital asset strategies, integrate solutions, and capitalize on this emerging opportunity. With our deep expertise, AlphaPoint Labs is perfectly positioned to be the trusted partner organizations need to confidently explore blockchain and digital assets.

Some of the key services we now offer include:
● Strategic consulting
● Custom development
● Seamless integration
● Ongoing support during adoption and operation 

ABOUT ALPHAPOINT

AlphaPoint is a leading software provider that supports cryptocurrency exchanges on a global scale. Leveraging its secure, adaptable, and customizable distributed ledger platform, AlphaPoint empowers clients to establish and manage markets while also digitizing assets. Since 2013, AlphaPoint, with its acclaimed blockchain technology, has assisted more than 150 clients across 35 countries in realizing and implementing their blockchain initiatives. To know more, please visit: https://alphapoint.com/.

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Through research and development initiatives in our FinLabs we develop solutions for modernization, from Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to Data Science models, Digital Underwriting, mobile-first applications and more. Over the last 20+ years, our company has been honored with multiple employer awards, recognizing our commitment to our talented teams. With top clients to boast about, Synechron has a global workforce of 15,000+, and has 48 offices in 19 countries within key global markets.

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BlackRock Agrees to Acquire Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”), Creating a World Leading Infrastructure Private Markets Investment Platform

BlackRock, Inc. | January 15, 2024

BlackRock, Inc. and Global Infrastructure Partners a leading independent infrastructure fund manager, jointly announce that they have entered into an agreement for BlackRock to acquire GIP for total consideration of $3 billion of cash and approximately 12 million shares of BlackRock common stock. A $1 trillion market today, infrastructure is forecast to be one of the fastest growing segments of private markets in the years ahead. A number of long-term structural trends support an acceleration in infrastructure investment. These include increasing global demand for upgraded digital infrastructure like fiber broadband, cell towers and data centers; renewed investment in logistical hubs such as airports, railroads and shipping ports as supply chains are rewired; and a movement toward decarbonization and energy security in many parts of the world. Further, large government deficits mean that the mobilization of capital through public-private partnerships will be critical for funding important infrastructure. Finally, as capital has become more scarce in a higher interest rate environment, companies are exploring partnership opportunities for their embedded infrastructure assets to improve their returns on invested capital or to raise capital to reinvest in their core businesses. BlackRock has a broad network of global corporate relationships as a long-term investor in both their debt and equity. These relationships will help us lead critical investments in infrastructure to improve outcomes for communities around the globe and generate long-term investment benefits for clients. The combination of GIP with BlackRock’s highly complementary infrastructure offerings creates a comprehensive global infrastructure franchise with differentiated origination and asset management capabilities. The over $150 billion combined business will seek to deliver clients market-leading, holistic infrastructure expertise across equity, debt and solutions at substantial scale. Marrying the proprietary origination and business improvement capabilities of GIP and BlackRock’s global corporate and sovereign relationships provides a platform for diversified, large-scale sourcing to support deal flow and co-investment opportunities for clients. We believe bringing GIP and BlackRock together will deliver to clients the benefits of broader origination and business improvement capabilities. Founded in 2006, world leading independent infrastructure investor GIP manages over $100 billion in client assets across infrastructure equity and debt, with a focus on energy, transport, water and waste, and digital sectors. GIP’s performance has been driven by proprietary origination, operational improvements, and timely exits. They have successfully scaled their global equity flagship series, with the most recent fully invested flagship fund in 2019 surpassing $22 billion. BlackRock’s over $50 billion of infrastructure client AUM is comprised of infrastructure equity, debt and solutions, and has grown both organically and inorganically since inception in 2011. Top investment talent at BlackRock lead franchises that include Diversified Infrastructure, Infra Debt, Infra Solutions, Climate Infrastructure and Decarbonization Partners. The GIP management team, led by Bayo Ogunlesi and four of its founding partners, will lead the combined infrastructure platform. They will bring with them talented investment, and operationally focused business improvement teams with a strong track-record of building and running high-performing private markets businesses. GIP’s founders and teams remain highly committed to clients, and we expect the integration with BlackRock’s broader platform will generate even greater opportunities. Subject to completion of customary onboarding procedures, BlackRock has also agreed to appoint Bayo Ogunlesi, GIP Founding Partner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to the Board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the closing of the transaction. “Infrastructure is one of the most exciting long-term investment opportunities, as a number of structural shifts re-shape the global economy. We believe the expansion of both physical and digital infrastructure will continue to accelerate, as governments prioritize self-sufficiency and security through increased domestic industrial capacity, energy independence, and onshoring or near-shoring of critical sectors. Policymakers are only just beginning to implement once-in-a-generation financial incentives for new infrastructure technologies and projects,” said Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock Chairman and CEO. “I’m delighted for the opportunity to welcome Bayo and the GIP team to BlackRock, and happy to announce our plans to have Bayo join our Board of Directors post-closing. We founded BlackRock 35 years ago based on a unique understanding of investment risk and the factors and forces driving investment returns. GIP’s deep understanding of the factors and forces driving operational efficiency for long-term value creation have made them a global leader in infrastructure investing. Bringing these two firms together will create the infrastructure platform to deliver best-in-class investment opportunities for clients globally, and we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities ahead of us.” “I’m excited about the power of this combination and the prospect of working with Larry and his talented team. We share with BlackRock a culture of collaboration, client focus, investment partnership, and commitment to excellence. Investors have adopted private infrastructure investing for its ability to provide stable cashflows, less correlated returns, and a hedge against inflation. Global corporates have turned to private infrastructure as a fast innovator and a more commercially agile owner of infrastructure assets that aren't core to their commercial businesses. This platform is set to be the preeminent, one-stop infrastructure solutions provider for global corporates and the public sector, mobilizing long-term private capital through long-standing firm relationships,” said Bayo Ogunlesi, GIP Founding Partner, Chairman, and CEO. “We are convinced that together we can create the world’s premier infrastructure investment firm.” About BlackRock BlackRock’s purpose is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. As a fiduciary to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, we help millions of people build savings that serve them throughout their lives by making investing easier and more affordable.

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