‘Big Four’ accounting firm Deloitte is launching a new blockchain-focused research and development lab in New York.
The lab, based in the Wall Street district, is the second formal blockchain-focused lab opened by the consultancy after its Ireland division launched a similar facility in Dublin last May.
More than 20 developers and specialists will be based out of the New York lab, Deloitte said, focusing on a clientele that will, at least initially, draw primarily from the area’s financial services industry – though the firm said that the lab will see it work with companies from other sectors as well.
2016 saw Deloitte work with a number of companies in the finance space, including a group of Japanese banks that undertook an interbank payments trial using blockchain and released their initial findings in December.
Deloitte principal Eric Piscini said in a statement:
Additionally, the New York facility is the first of several further labs focused on blockchain development that the firm has scheduled for launch over the course of 2017.
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