Citadel Securities announced that Sequoia and Paradigm, VC firms, made a $1.15billion combined minority investment in market maker. This brings its value to $22billion. Citadel Securities has made a shift to new asset classes with the partnership with Paradigm (a Web3-focused investor).
Sequoia Heritage, Sequoia Capital Global Equities, and the Global Growth Fund invested in the round. Sequoia will also be a member of the Citadel Securities Board of Directors, which is headed by Sequoia Partner Alfred Lin.
We are pleased to announce that Sequoia & Paradigm have made $1.15 billion in minority investments in our company. https://t.co/EIbWKduS1h
— Citadel Securities (@citsecurities) January 11, 2022
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Citadel Securities stated that it will use the funds for its continued growth in new markets, products and regions. Citadel Securities CEO Peng Zhao said:
“As technology innovation in financial markets becomes more important, we see immense opportunities to meet our clients’ needs across more markets and products. We are now in a stronger position thanks to our partnership with Sequoia & Paradigm.
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