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On December 31, 2020, Mercantile Bank International (“MBI”) finalized and executed a definitive agreement, subject to required approvals, for a reverse merger with Crucial Innovations Corp. (OTCMKTS: CINV). Pending final approval from MBI’s primary banking regulator, the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico, and the respective shareholders. MBI will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crucial Innovations. The merger is expected to close on Monday, February 1st, 2021.

As part of the agreement, MBI’s current executive management team, which brings more than 100 years of combined banking and financial services experience to the table, will remain in place.

Additional information regarding the transaction is set forth in Crucial Innovation’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 4, 2021, and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additional information regarding Crucial Innovation’s can be found here https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/CINV/overview

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Lending Products

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Custody of Funds and Assets

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Money Transfers and Payments

Simple, fast and secure money transfers to other financial institution accounts in the United States and 135 additional countries in their native currencies.*

Currency Conversion

Currency available from over 135 countries around the world at competitive exchange rates.

Digital Custody

End to end digital custody solutions for digital currencies and securities to give you peace of mind.

Retirement Accounts

Retirement accounts that can be used to save in a tax efficient manner. Fully compliant IRA and 401k accounts to help you plan and meet your retirement goals.*

Apps

Connect your business to MBI’s network of global secure payment services like Apple Pay, Paypal, Google Pay, Venmo and more.*

* Pending approval by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institution. ** Availability subject to investment regulations of the United States and Puerto Rico.

Our Team

Our management team is comprised of industry veterans who have operated regulated exchanges and run large organizations.

J. Robert “Bo” Collins, Jr.

Chairman

Mr. Collins served as the President of New York Mercantile Exchange (“NYMEX”) from 2001 to 2004, which was the largest commodities exchange in the world. During his tenure as President, NYMEX launched Clearport Clearing, the first commercially successful OTC clearing platform. Dubai Mercantile Exchange was founded by NYMEX under Mr. Collins’ leadership.

During his time at NYMEX, Mr. Collins brought the exchange into a new era of electronic trading and increased the market-cap from $600 million to $2.7 billion within 3 years (amidst the 9/11 attacks, Enron bankruptcy and largest power outage in U.S. history). Additionally, he led the exchange to an initialS&P credit rating of A++ and its recognition by Energy Risk Magazine as the 2004 “Exchange of the Year.” In 2008, in partnership with NASDAQ, Mr. Collins launched a new clearinghouse, the International Derivatives Clearing Group, which was later sold to LCH.Clearnet Group.

Mr. Collins is an active entrepreneur and respected FinTech professional currently involved in successful ventures such as Matrix Global, the first crude oil storage auction platform.He has also launched an incubator initiative to utilize innovative solutions such as digital currencies and blockchain technology to improve infrastructure development, physical logistics, financial trading and exchange clearing.

Eric Edwards

President

Eric Edwards is a thought leader in the financial services regulatory space with over 25 years of experience in a broad range of banking and financial services matters – from retail banking to prudential standards and the non-bank capital markets.

Mr. Edwards’ experience includes more than a decade as a senior counsel on Capitol Hill specializing in bank regulatory policy and another decade in the private sector, including a senior position at GoldmanSachs.

Mr. Edwards comes to MBI from FS Investments, a leading “alternatives” asset manager based in Philadelphia, PA, where he was Managing Director, Head of Government Affairs and served on the firm’s management committee.

Previously, Mr. Edwards served as a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, where he advised banks on complex regulatory matters, including Dodd-Frank Act compliance; Vice President for the Goldman SachsGroup, Inc., where he advised the firm on financial services policy and regulatory issues; and as a counsel on the U.S. House Financial ServicesCommittee, where he helped reform the U.S. remittances laws and played a lead role in developing the nation’s first ever anti-money laundering strategy.

He received his J.D. and LL.M. (with honors) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (John Marshall), his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his B.A.from Purdue University.

Nicholas Varelakis

COO

Mr. Varelakis is President and COO of SJMBT and the CFO of MGH. He formerly served as Chief OperationOfficer and interim CFO for Noble Bank International. Mr. Varelakis joinedNoble from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Inc. where he served his second non-consecutive term as an Executive Director, responsible for leadership of the North American Business Architecture and Transformation group.

Prior to joining JP Morgan, Mr. Varelakis was aDirector at LCH. Clearnet LLC, responsible for oversight of global operations for the Swap Clear division, a derivative clearing organization registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Prior to joining LCH in April 2011,Mr. Varelakis spent seven years at JP Morgan and served as North American Head of Middle Office Operations for the firm’s credit default swap clearing and prime brokerage businesses.

Mr. Varelakis graduated magna cum laude fromPace University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in BusinessAdministration

John Wyman

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Wyman brings 20+ years of trading technology development. He most recently served as CTO at NEO Markets, overseeing the design and development of a state-of-the-art exchange-matching engine and front-end trading solution. This innovative platform brought together OTC physical,OTC financial and listed futures for the first time onto one screen. He spent12 years as CTO of Houston Street Exchange, an innovative electronic exchange offering trading in physical crude oil, refined products, biofuels, natural gas liquids and grain.
As a founding partner with DirecTrade, an online equities brokerage and trading firm, he led the design, architecture and development of the company’s proprietary trading solution. He also founded Engineered Information Systems, a management consulting firm, and has held management and technical positions at MCI Communications, Softbridge Microsystems and Coordination Technology.

Mr. Wyman studied computer science at Iona College and the University of New Haven.

R. Rene Carson

Chief Legal Officer and Global Head of Compliance

Ms. Carson is an experienced legal and compliance professional, with approximately twenty five years’ experience in the financial service, technology and energy sectors. Ms. Carson has also supported numerous start-up companies over the course of the last five years.

Prior to joining MGH, Ms. Carson was General Counsel and Global Head of Compliance for INTL FCStone Inc. (NASDAQ: INTL), a Fortune 500 company that provides customers across the globe with execution, clearing, and advisory services in commodities, futures, securities, foreign exchange, and other related sectors, including a global payments business which specializes in transferring funds to the developing world on behalf of financial institutions, multinational corporations, NGOs, government agencies, and international aid and development organizations. Prior to INTL, Ms. Carson spent more than a decade in private practice, including as a partner at Sidley & Austin.

Ms. Carson received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from NYU School ofLaw, and her B.A. with honors in Political Science from University of Wyoming

Yarot T. Lafontaine

General Counsel and Acting CCO

Mr. Lafontaine is an experienced corporate, transactional, and regulatory attorney with more than seven years in the practice of law and over 10 years working in or with financial institutions. Prior to joining MGH, Mr. Lafontaine was Associate General Counsel of Noble Bank International LLC, an international financial entity with offices in New York and Puerto Rico focused on providing banking and settlement services to the digital assets ecosystem. At Noble Bank he provided support to the executive team on banking/financial institution regulation, regulatory affairs, compliance, corporate governance, and transactional matters.

Prior to joining Noble Bank, Mr. Lafontaine was a Senior Associate in the Corporate Department of Ferraiuoli LLC, one of the top 4 full service law firms in Puerto Rico. Mr. Lafontaine started his financial industry career as an Analyst at Lehman Brothers, Inc. and afterwards worked as an Analyst in a Puerto Rico-based distressed asset management fund and servicing company.

Mr. Lafontaine received his Juris Doctor and his BBA (Finance), both Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Puerto Rico.

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