Regulated US broker-dealer and transfer agent ‘INX Digital Company‘ has just announced that it and digital merchant bank ‘Republic‘ will soon join forces to accelerate growth in the digital asset and tokenization sector.
Details of the Deal
As it stands, Republic will be investing $5.25M into INX in return for 9.5% equity in the company. This currently equates to a roughly $50M valuation of INX.
The Investment Agreement specifies that Republic's investment will be a mix of cash and shares, and the deal is expected to close within 60 days, subject to regulatory approvals.
Notably, the deal also includes a plan for Republic to potentially acquire all INX common equity at a valuation of up to $120 million.
In addition, the agreement outlines how the firms will work together to democratize finance, stimulate economic growth, and broaden investment opportunities. This includes offering tokenized asset services, integrating INX's trading solutions into the Republic ecosystem, and listing the Republic Note for trading on the INX platform.
As stated, the overall goal of this partnership is to facilitate growth within the digital asset and tokenization sector. The companies announced,
“INX and Republic Join Forces to Build Critical Blockchain-Based Infrastructure, Improve Existing Trading Solutions and Expand Asset Tokenization for Primary & Secondary Markets”
Both companies have shared their commitment to democratizing finance across global markets. Leveraging their expertise in traditional and decentralized finance, they aim to provide compliant solutions for primary and secondary markets and build infrastructure for a growing digital economy.
Upon announcing this partnership, representatives from each INX and Republic took the time to comment.
INX CEO, Shy Datika, states,
“Our goal is to nurture and grow the global token economy by establishing the necessary infrastructure to not only support its operations but to also curate an investment experience that excites investors from all over the world…Through our collaboration with Republic as a strategic investor, we are creating a fertile environment for both traditional and digital assets to thrive.”
Republic CEO, Kendrick Nguyen, states,
“This investment signifies the dawn of a new era in finance…By integrating INX's digital trading infrastructure for financial markets with Republic's expertise in primary distribution, we are redefining the way capital is raised and empowering both institutional and retail investors globally.”
A Timely Investment
In a time when major centralized exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, and others find themselves in hot water with regulators, INX has managed to thrive as a result of its approach to the digital asset market.
INX is one of a very select crop of exchanges that built out its offerings with regulations in mind from the get-go. This has allowed it to offer services for not only cryptocurrencies but also digital securities.
Republic choosing to invest in INX at this time clearly points to a belief of where much of the market is headed in the coming years as digital securities and other tokenization efforts evolve from being niche to the norm.