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Ripple Withdraws From Fortress Deal, Gains Spot On NBG List

CEO Brad Garlinghouse announces significant developments for Ripple, including the withdrawal from Fortress acquisition and inclusion in NBG's exclusive list.

NEW YORK — CEO Brad Garlinghouse revealed significant developments that occurred for Ripple this week; the company withdrew from the Fortress acquisition, as the inclusion of Ripple Labs in the NBG’s exclusive list marked notable gains in price and volume for XRP (CRYPTO: XRP).

What Happened (Fortress Deal)?

In early September 2023, Ripple announced the planned acquisition of Fortress Trust. However, CEO Brad Garlinghouse later revealed the company’s withdrawal from the deal through an announcement on X, formerly Twitter. There was no reason explicitly mentioned for the decision, however, the company will remain a shareholder in the parent company, Fortress Blockchain Technologies. 

Sendi Young, managing director of Europe at Ripple, in London, UK, on Thursday, May 5, 2022. At Ripple, which uses the XRP digital token in its products, .before withdrawing from fortress acquisition. Photographer: BETTY LAURA ZAPATA/BLOOMBERG.

The deal was initially planned to expand Ripple’s license pool in the U.S. and invest in other Fortress group companies, including affiliated firm FortressPay. Ripple is currently engaged in a legal battle with the SEC, and the discontinuation of the deal could benefit other companies associated with Fortress. 

“The company’s legal expenses surged to a staggering $200 million, doubling from the $100 million reported in July 2022,” Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse revealed.

The ongoing legal tussle and its implications for the broader crypto industry will be among the focal points at the upcoming Zenger News Future of Digital Assets conference on Nov. 14 in NYC.

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Ahead of the planned acquisition, Fortress Trust revealed a security incident involving a third-party analytics vendor, affecting four of its clients. Ripple stepped in to compensate the four customers and completely recover the losses of one major client, CryptoPotato reports.

Fortress CEO Scott Purcell said the company lost $12 million to $15 million in the attack with most of the funds being Bitcoin, followed by USDC (CRYPTO: USDC) and Tether (CRYPTO: USDT), as reported by Fortune.

What Happened (NBG List)?

Meanwhile, Ripple Labs grabbed a spot in the exclusive list of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) for its second Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) pilot venture. Among the nine other names on the list are AUGENTIC GmbH, eCurrency Mint and Bitt Inc.

Meet and engage with transformative Digital Asset and Crypto business leaders and investors at Zenger News’s exclusive event – Future of Digital Assets. 

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Sendi Young, managing director of Europe at Ripple, in London, UK.,  helping oversee the expansion of RippleNet, the decentralized global network of payment providers and banks that currently includes companies like Modulr and Azimo. Photographer: BETTY LAURA ZAPATA/BLOOMBERG. 

Ripple VP for CBDC Engagement, James Wallis cited “the XRP token is already actively engaged with many live projects for CBDC solutions,” 

The bank seeks to lead the CBDC revolution and has already chartered out its blueprint of a Limited Access Live Pilot Environment. It is a groundbreaking initiative for measuring the expertise and feasibility of a CBDC framework.


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