Sunday, May 9, 2021

Square adds Jay-Z on Board of Directors


Square Inc. disclosed late Friday that it has officially added Shawn Carter as a board member of the credit-card payments processing company after closing a deal with the music-streaming service Tidal.

Jay-Z is co-founder and majority owner of entertainment company Roc Nation LLC, from which Square will sublease nearly 16,000 square feet of office space in New York City for $1.5 million a year, with an option to extend the sublease for two additional six-month terms, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Roc Nation and Square also reached a marketing agreement between Square and Carter that will lead to a $200,000 commission for Roc Nation.

Back in March, Square announced it would buy a majority stake in Tidal for $297 million, and make Carter a board member upon the close of the deal. In the filing, Square said its subsidiary Vandutch Acquisition Corp. completed its majority stake purchase of Carter’s streaming-music service Tidal on April 30 for about $302 million.

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