FinTech firm Ripple, a leading entity in the blockchain and digital asset arena, has announced its intention to acquire Fortress Trust, a financial institution that specializes in Web3 technology. This move aims to fortify the technological foundation for businesses and financial organizations entering the Web3 ecosystem.

According to a blog post published by Ripple yesterday, forecasts indicate that the enterprise crypto and blockchain sector will reach an estimated value of $250 billion by the end of the next decade, expanding at a CAGR of 54.5%. Ripple says that as this sector matures, the demand for licensed and compliant technological infrastructure is becoming increasingly critical.

Ripple’s planned acquisition of Fortress Trust aims to act as the foundational layer for various services, including but not limited to, payments and asset tokenization. This is intended to facilitate a smoother launch and more efficient scaling for B2B clients. The acquisition aligns well with Ripple’s existing business and product strategies, filling a crucial gap in the burgeoning enterprise crypto market.

Ripple had already invested in Fortress Blockchain Technologies, the parent company of Fortress Trust, during its initial funding round in 2022. Moreover, Ripple recently made headlines with its $250 million acquisition of Metaco, marking it as one of the most substantial transactions in the blockchain sector.

After the acquisition is finalized, Ripple intends to channel further investments into Fortress Blockchain Technologies and its associated payment services, known as Fortress Payments. These services will integrate Ripple’s global technological capabilities to introduce groundbreaking payment solutions to B2B clientele across the globe.

The acquisition also broadens Ripple’s collection of regulatory licenses. Fortress Trust comes with a Nevada Trust license, supplementing the licenses already held by Ripple and its various subsidiaries, which include a New York BitLicense, over 30 Money Transmitter Licenses in the U.S., and a provisional Major Payment Institution License from the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Ripple aspires to be the go-to platform for enterprises aiming to handle value transactions on a global blockchain network. The Fortress Trust acquisition offers Ripple greater flexibility to refine customer experiences in their current product lineup and to venture into the development of additional, synergistic products.

Adhering to regulatory guidelines is essential for enterprises exploring blockchain-based solutions like expedited payment systems, asset tokenization, or digital wallet services. The acquisition alleviates the compliance burden, allowing these organizations to concentrate on crafting their blockchain strategies.

Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple’s CEO, conveyed his excitement about the acquisition, stating that it provides an opportunity to speed up Ripple’s business activities and solidify its standing in vital areas of crypto infrastructure. Monica Long, President at Ripple, highlighted the acquisition’s potential to offer a broader range of customer experiences and to explore new product possibilities.

Scott Purcell, CEO of Fortress Blockchain Technologies, expressed his enthusiasm about the acquisition, stating that it validates the rapid progress and innovation achieved by Fortress Trust in a relatively short timeframe. He also mentioned looking forward to ongoing collaboration and strengthening their Web3 payment solutions.