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Ripple Unveils New Mega Deal

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 15:59
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Alex Dovbnya
San Francisco-based blockchain company Ripple is set to acquire Fortress Trust
Ripple Unveils New Mega Deal
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San Francisco-based blockchain firm Ripple has announced an agreement to acquire Fortress Trust, a financial institution that offers Web3 financial, regulatory, and technological infrastructure. 

The acquisition will also expand Ripple's portfolio of regulatory licenses since Fortress Trust holds a Nevada Trust license. 

This adds to Ripple’s existing set of regulatory approvals, which span multiple jurisdictions including in the US as well as Singapore.

The major deal is subject to due diligence and regulatory approvals. 

Ripple’s early bet 

It is worth noting that Ripple became a minority investor in Fortress Blockchain Technologies, the parent company of Fortress Trust, in 2022. 

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, indicated that as an early investor in Fortress Trust, they had become familiar with its team and business model. He added that the acquisition is aimed at accelerating Ripple's business in key areas of crypto infrastructure.

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Fortress Trust provides a robust financial infrastructure for digital companies, specializing in IRA services, asset custody, and payment processing. They also handle compliance issues like KYC and AML, offer crypto liquidity, and ensure data and asset security. 

An acquisition spree 

Earlier this year, Ripple acquired Swiss-based crypto custody provider Metaco for $250 million to expand its capabilities in tokenized asset custody, issuance, and settlement. 

The major acquisitions are part of Ripple’s strategy to diversify revenue streams and extend its global presence beyond the U.S. market.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at