Cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider Binance will make a $200 million strategic investment in United States (US) media firm Forbes.

Forbes said in a statement on Thursday that Binance’s strategic investment will be through Binance’s assumption of subscription agreements representing $200 million of commitments in the $400 million private investment in public equity (PIPE) that was previously announced along with Forbes’ intention to go public via a business combination with Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited.

With Binance assuming existing PIPE commitments, Forbes said that the overall size of the PIPE will remain at $400 million, and Binance’s investment will be according to substantially the same terms as the existing PIPE investors.

Forbes and Magnum Opus earlier announced plans to pursue a business combination, expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, through which Forbes would become a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange trading under the ticker symbol “FRBS”.

Going public will enable Forbes to further capitalize on its successful digital transformation, using technology and data-driven insights to create more deeply engaged audiences, and associated high-quality and recurring revenue streams.

According to the statement, the transactions with Magnum Opus and Binance are expected to help Forbes maximize its brand and enterprise values and use its proprietary technology stack and analytics to convert readers into long-term, engaged customers of the platform, including through memberships and recurring subscriptions to premium content and highly targeted product offerings.

“Forbes is committed to demystifying the complexities and providing helpful information about blockchain technologies and all emerging digital assets. With Binance’s investment in Forbes, we now have the experience, network and resources of the world’s leading crypto exchange and one of the world’s most successful blockchain innovators. Forbes, already a resource for people interested in the emerging world of digital assets, can become a true leader in the field with their help,” said Mike Federle, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes.

Binance Founder and Chief Executive Officer Changpeng Zhao said : “As Web 3 and blockchain technologies move forward and the crypto market comes of age we know that media is an essential element to build widespread consumer understanding and education. We look forward to bolstering Forbes’ Digital initiatives, as they evolve into a next level investment insights platform.”

As part of this transaction, Patrick Hillmann, Chief Communications Officer for Binance and Bill Chin, Head of Binance Labs, the venture capital arm and incubator of Binance, will join the Forbes board of directors upon the successful closing of the business combination transaction, expected this quarter.

Binance is a world leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings, including trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization and infrastructure solutions, and more.

Forbes is US magazine and digital publisher. The Forbes brand today reaches more than 150 million people worldwide through its trusted journalism, signature LIVE and Forbes Virtual events, custom marketing programs and 46 licensed local editions in 77 countries. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include real estate, education and financial services license agreements.

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