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June 23, 2022

FTX US Acquires Clearing Firm Embed to Enhance FTX Stocks

June 21, 2022 - US regulated crypto exchange FTX US has acquired Embed Financial Technologies Inc., including its wholly-owned subsidiary Embed Clearing LLC ("Embed"), a new FINRA, DTC, NSCC, Nasdaq, and IEX member clearing firm. Embed specialises in providing whitelabel brokerage services and APIs to broker-dealers and registered investment advisors. The acquisition is anticipated to close, pending satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. The price of the acquisition will not be disclosed.

FTX US President, Brett Harrison, commented on the news, "As I mentioned when we launched FTX Stocks, our new equities and ETF trading platform, our goal at FTX is to provide a comprehensive trading application that spans all asset classes. For equities and options trading this necessarily includes services such as clearing and custody, and our partnership with Embed showed us that they have built excellent technology and infrastructure to provide these services. We're looking forward to working together to integrate both our teams and our technology as we continue to build FTX Stocks."

The acquisition signals the Company's intention to expand the financial services it offers to US customers, and will enable it to route, execute, clear, and custody all customer equities and options accounts and trades through use of Embed's infrastructure and licensure. In addition, Embed and FTX US share a common goal to provide whitelabel brokerage services to other businesses, applications, and customers.

Founder & CEO of Embed, Michael Giles, concluded, "When we originally began working with the FTX US team as their clearing partner, we soon realized how similar our respective cultures were. Our teams have a shared vision and dedication to building from the ground up to democratize access to financial services, and Embed's latest securities technology is the ideal complimentary to FTX's leading crypto solutions. This combination enables the combined group to bring an industry-leading securities and crypto solution to market, which was previously sorely lacking, for the benefit of FTX US customers and exciting new B2B clients."

FTX Stocks launched last month and is currently available for select customers in private beta and will be made available to all domestic customers of FTX US later this summer.

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