Allianz Life Ventures Invests in FinTech Startup Halo

Chicago-based Company Aims to Bring Increased Transparency and Availability to Traditional Structured Notes

MINNEAPOLIS – April 18, 2019Allianz Life Ventures, part of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®), has announced it has invested in Halo Investing, Inc. during the company’s most recent Series B financing round.

Halo is the world’s first independent, multi-issuer technology platform for structured notes, which have traditionally only been available to wealthy investors because they require a minimum investment of over $1 million. The Halo platform leverages analytics to help financial professionals transparently manage structured note portfolios for clients, allowing them to monitor notes, analyze trends and sell for access to secondary liquidity.

“We were especially interested in Halo because of their belief that all investors should have access to the same investment products,” said Corey Walther, head of distribution relationship management and business development, Allianz Life. “In addition, they are doing some innovative work with the power of their analytics and automation capabilities, and we are excited to assess how that can be applied to the annuity marketplace.”

“Our goal with Halo is to bring transparency, price competition and independent liquidity to the structured note market,” said Biju Kulathakal, CEO and co-founder, Halo. “Built with the financial professional in mind, the Halo platform allows them to access products that can help protect their client’s assets and meet their financial goals.”

Halo has raised $11 million from venture capitalists including an affiliate of Piton Investment Management, William Blair Circle, an affiliate of William Blair, and Allianz Life Ventures. The funds will allow Halo to continue to expand its operations around the world and better facilitate its rapidly growing business. In addition, Halo plans to use the money raised to pursue two strategic initiatives aimed at drastically changing the way structured products are manufactured, purchased and traded.

About Allianz Life Ventures

Allianz Life Ventures, part of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life), makes investments in North American companies with potential market traction and a demonstrated ability to drive innovation. Allianz Life Ventures is uniquely positioned to leverage the financial strength and in-house expertise of Allianz Life to help our partners succeed. Active in all investment stages from seed and early stage to growth, current partners include: Core Innovation Capital II, LP, Blooom, Inc., Tomorrow Ideas, Inc., LifeYield, LLC, Gainfully, Inc., Vestwell Holdings, Inc., Ladder Financial, Inc., Covr Financial Technology, Inc. and Halo.

About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® and one of the Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Companies®, has been keeping its promises since 1896 by helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuity and life insurance products. In 2020, Allianz Life provided additional value to its policyholders via distributions of more than $10.1 billion. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with approximately 150,000 employees in more than 70 countries. Allianz Life is a proud sponsor of Allianz Field® in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United.