Protego Trust Bank targets $2 billion valuation after quietly raising $70 million

Quick Take

  • Protego’s $70 million Series A round drew investment from a host of major crypto players, including the investment arms of Coinbase, FTX, Avalanche and Solana.
  • It is now in the early stages of putting together a Series B round that would value the startup at close to $2 billion.

Protego Trust Bank, a chartered crypto bank advised by Brian Brooks, raised $70 million from a host of crypto heavyweights last year and is now in the early stages of another funding round that would value the company at nearly $2 billion.

Investors in the $70 million Series A fundraise — which closed quietly in 2021 — included the investment arms of FTX, Coinbase, Algorand, Avalanche, Cardano, Ripple and Solana, as well as Digital Currency Group, NYCA Partners and Reciprocal Ventures, according to people familiar with the matter.

While the valuation for the Series A round is unclear, The Block’s sources said Protego has already kicked off a Series B round that is expected to value the company at close to $2 billion. The process only began recently and there is no hard timeline in place for closing the round, they added.

A spokesperson for Protego declined to comment to The Block.

Chartering a course

Protego was founded in 2017 by Greg Gilman, who today serves as its executive chair. Gilman is also a co-founder of Science, a startup incubator. Protego made headlines earlier this year when it appointed former US comptroller of the currency Brian Brooks to its board.