Our Expert CrossTower Team Sets Us Apart
We have spent the past 20 years designing, building, and maintaining the infrastructure of the financial services industry with the goal of creating ever more frictionless capital markets. CrossTower is an integral step towards reaching that goal.
Founded in 2019, CrossTower, ranked a top 1% exchange globally by CryptoCompare, is a Web 3.0, crypto and NFT marketplace offering a variety of financial and NFT products in the U.S., India, Bermuda and globally. CrossTower leverages its vast experience in trading, technology, operational infrastructure, innovative pricing, regulations, and compliance to make cryptocurrency and digital assets accessible to retail and sophisticated institutional market participants.
Kapil is the Co-Founder and CEO of CrossTower. He is a financial services industry veteran, having previously held senior leadership roles at NYSE, Bats, ISE and Cboe. Prior to founding CrossTower, Kapil was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at AlphaPoint. His background also includes product and technology leadership roles at NYSE, AT&T, and Aithent. Kapil’s accomplishments include managing four equity options exchanges at Cboe, launching a new options exchange at Bats, and building multiple innovative trading products at ISE. Kapil holds an MBA from Fordham University.
Kristin is the Co-Founder and President of CrossTower, a global cryptocurrency exchange, ranked 4th in the world by CryptoCompare, with offices in India, Bermuda and the United States. Kristin is a structured products, regulatory, and digital asset expert with over 20 years of experience in capital markets on the buy-side and sell-side. Prior to founding CrossTower, Kristin was the Chief Legal Officer at AlphaPoint, Managing Director of an algorithmic trading platform at Guggenheim, and Special Counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel. While at Schulte Roth, Kristin founded the Structured Products and Derivatives division and led the regulatory group for Dodd Frank. Kristin also founded the Digital Asset Legal Alliance (DARLA) and Women in Derivatives (WIND). Kristin earned her law degree and MBA at Northeastern University and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Vikas is CEO of CrossTower – India. He has 20+ years of experience in business leadership and building businesses from inception. He has worked at Senior Leadership roles at Goldman Sachs, UK. He has also worked as Technical Lead at Sony, Singapore and Conoco, UK. Vikas holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences.
Cory Thackeray is the Chief Financial Officer at CrossTower. Previously, Cory was Senior Managing Director and North America Head of Hedge Fund Services within the Alternative Investment Solutions division at State Street. Prior to joining State Street as part of an acquisition in 2012, Cory was Managing Director and global head of the Goldman Sachs Administration Services (GSAS) business. Cory also worked in the audit practices of KPMG in both the Cayman Islands and Vancouver, Canada. Cory earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Simon Fraser University. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.
Pratik Shah brings 17+ years of trading experience to drive CrossTower’s investment strategies within the digital assets landscape. His expertise lies in Emerging Markets rates and FX, portfolio management, & identifying strategic and early state investment opportunities. Prior to joining the team, Pratik Shah worked as a Senior Director of Emerging Markets Trading at Standard Chartered Bank, Societe Generale, Macquarie and ANZ. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He volunteers his free time with Earth Keepers and Green Bronx Machine.
John is Global Head of Operations at CrossTower. John is an organizational leader with over 15 years of experience in technical and management roles that focus on aligning business initiatives and technology. Prior to joining CrossTower, he was the Director of Trading Technology at Galaxy Digital where he managed the strategy and operations of the electronic trading system, risk management and lending systems. Previously, John was the Director of Program Management of ENSO Financial in post-trade analytics and collateral optimization. He was also Senior Program Manager at DOOR3, where he managed financial services and e-commerce accounts. John earned an MBA from Zicklin School of Business.
Pawan Pandey is Chief Technology Officer with 27 years of experience in delivering enterprise grade technology solutions with expertise in Blockchain, Metaverse and Cryptocurrency.
He is an accomplished Thought Leader with progressive industry background in leading cross function and cross boundary teams in delivering quality projects.
He is also a Member of Metaverse Standards Forum and has submitted a proposal for setting up a protocol for having decentralized identifiers for Avatars and digital assets for better interoperability across different metaverses.
Pawan is an experienced C-Level professional having worked in the same capacity for last many years with deep understanding of current and emerging trends and technologies.
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