Binance.US, headed for an IPO, has been valued at US$4.5 billion following a more than US$200 million fundraise in its seed round.

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Fast facts

  • Investors include RRE Ventures, Foundation Capital, Original Capital, VanEck, Circle Ventures and inclusion-focused companies such as Gaingels and Gold House, Binance.US said on Wednesday.
  • Fresh funds will be used to enhance trading platform, and launch new products and services.
  • The fundraise comes as Binance.US targets an initial public offering (IPO) in three years.
  • Binance.US has distanced itself from the world’s largest crypto exchange but both firms were founded by Binance cofounder Changpeng Zhao.
  • Zhao Thursday tweeted that he was “excited for this new chapter” and that the American team is “bringing more crypto to more people in the U.S.”
  • Binance.US will face considerable scrutiny in the U.S., especially after filing the initial paperwork for an IPO.

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