CrossTower Co-founders CEO Kapil Rathi and President Kristin Boggiano bring a combined 40 years of exchange and regulatory experience to the firm.
NEW YORK May 26, 2020 – CrossTower, a new exchange operator, today announced the launch of its new multi-asset trading platform founded by capital markets veterans on a mission to mainstream digital asset investing and trading. The CrossTower platform was methodically built for institutional and individual investors with best-in-class safeguards, services and capabilities designed to make the next-generation financial markets a reality.
CrossTower’s controlled launch began in April and live trading has continued since then with a select group of individuals and firms. The CrossTower exchange will initially support crypto-to-crypto trading in the five most widely traded currencies: Bitcoin, Ether, LiteCoin, Bitcoin Cash and ZCash. Those interested in trading on the platform can request access at www.crosstower.com.
CrossTower Co-Founder and CEO Kapil Rathi is an exchange veteran who has built security exchanges from the ground up and introduced multiple innovative products in electronic trading. He has held senior leadership roles at the Cboe (Chicago Board Options Exchange), Bats Global Markets (acquired by Cboe), ISE (International Securities Exchange) and the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to founding CrossTower, Kapil was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at AlphaPoint.
“We are excited to apply our deep knowledge of the institutional markets from a technology, security, regulatory, pricing and service perspective to digital assets and crypto,” said Rathi. “We have assembled a seasoned senior team and trusted industry partners who share our passion to help the global financial industry evolve thoughtfully and strategically.”
CrossTower brings five distinct qualities to the digital asset markets:
- An Institutional Experience – senior team members have spent their careers building and running traditional trading platforms and thus institutions will find their experience with CrossTower familiar;
- Overall Low Cost of Trading – a competitive and innovative pricing model along with technology to help customers achieve best execution by minimizing implicit and opportunity costs;
- Liquidity Out of the Gate – partnerships with leading market makers that will offer deep liquidity and tight spreads;
- Regulatory Safeguards – built with rigorous security and regulatory safeguards;
- Robust Technology – low latency, high throughput matching engine supports a wide range of innovative order types and co-location services help users achieve lightning-fast trading speed
CrossTower Co-Founder and President Kristin Boggiano is a structured products, regulatory and digital asset expert who brings over 20 years of experience in capital markets on the buy-side and sell-side. She began her career at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to founding CrossTower, Boggiano was a Chief Legal Officer of AlphaPoint, Managing Director of an algorithmic trading platform at Guggenheim, and Special Counsel at Schulte Roth, where she founded the Structured Products and Derivatives division and lead the regulatory group for Dodd Frank. Boggiano also founded the Digital Asset Legal Alliance (DARLA) and Women in Derivatives (WIND).
Boggiano believes the adoption of digital assets is imminent and will be accelerated by the current global pandemic. “For me, the exciting part of launching an exchange is being able to offer deep liquidity, excellent risk management, rigorous safeguards and a platform that provides a level playing field,” Boggiano adds. “The rate of technological change is accelerating, and historically, technology has been a catalyst for major paradigm shifts in the concept of money. I am passionate to be part of building the digital asset infrastructure that can impact people around the world.”
Founded in 2020, CrossTower is an exchange operator founded by capital markets veterans on a mission to mainstream digital asset trading and investing. We have built a multi-asset platform for institutional and individual investors with best-in-class safeguards, services and capabilities to make the next-generation financial markets a reality. CrossTower has methodically built its platform, leveraging its trading experience, technology, operational infrastructure, innovative pricing as well as regulatory and client service models, to ensure the success of the exchange at launch and well into the future. For more information, visit www.crosstower.com.