March 21, 2024

Press Release

Forge releases Forge Pro, a major milestone toward an institutional trade order management system for private company securities

Forge Pro launches with 15+ customers, bringing together data and trading capabilities in one powerful platform

SAN FRANCISCO – March 21, 2024 – Forge Global Holdings, Inc. (“Forge”) (NYSE: FRGE), a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants, today announced the public release of Forge Pro, marking a significant step in the company’s development of a trade order management system for institutional investors trading in private company securities.

“The growing number of institutional investors allocating into this asset class require sophisticated trading solutions,” said James Brooks, Chief Product and Chief Commercial Officer at Forge. “We believe Forge Pro brings together comprehensive data and order management capabilities in one powerful platform to meet these needs.”

As institutions increasingly shift their focus to private markets, Forge Pro surfaces unprecedented private market data while providing investors with the data and technology required to manage transactions including:

  • Order creation and share class specification for private company stock
  • Live order book with bid/ask prices, share quantities, and market spreads
  • Trade status tracking
  • Roles, restrictions and permissions for specific firm employees

With Forge Pro, investors can enter bids or asks in private shares and transact with confidence and security on Forge, the only publicly traded company focused on private market trading.

More than fifteen customers have been onboarded, demonstrating Forge’s leadership position with institutional investors and signaling the strength of market demand for this burgeoning technology.

"Our investment team has long utilized Forge’s private market data to help inform our investment decisions” said Christian Munafo, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager at Liberty Street Advisors, an early user of Forge Pro. “Through Forge Pro, we have access to an additional layer of proprietary market data which can be used to help monitor secondary transaction activity as well as input and update orders.”

“This is a major milestone in Forge’s technology strategy and in our ability to deliver the highest quality data and cutting-edge trading solutions into the hands of our institutional clients,” said Kelly Rodriques, CEO of Forge.

About Forge

Forge is a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants. Forge Securities LLC is a registered broker-dealer and a Member of FINRA that operates an alternative trading system.

Forge defines institutional customers as participants on its platform who are legal entities with primary business activities related to private equity, investment activities, or financial services.

Forward-Looking Statements:

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