Ripple Expands Its Arsenal: Fortress Trust Joins The Acquisition Lineup

Ripple Expands Its Arsenal: Fortress Trust Joins The Acquisition Lineup

Ripple, a prominent cryptocurrency firm, has announced its acquisition of Fortress Trust, a financial institution that offers Web3 financial, regulatory, and technology infrastructure for blockchain innovators.  With a focus on providing back-end infrastructure for payments, asset tokenization, and other services, Fortress Trust serves a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 businesses to fintech startups, […]

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