Crossover Markets Announces $12M Series A Led by Illuminate Financial, DRW Venture Capital

Crossover Markets, a digital asset technology firm focused on meeting the unique liquidity requirements of institutions, announced that it has raised $12 million in its Series A funding round led by Illuminate Financial and DRW Venture Capital.

Illuminate and DRW VC join a growing list of strategic investors that “includes institutions such as Flow Traders, Laser Digital, Two Sigma, Wintermute, and retail brokers such as Exness,, GMO, Pepperstone, Trademax and Think Markets.”

Brandon Mulvihill, Co-Founder and CEO of Crossover Markets said:

“This fundraise comes at a time when institutional market structure is changing in digital assets. Prime brokerage and central clearing models are advancing, creating fungibility and exposing execution venues that hold clients captive. We are honored to welcome strategic shareholders who share our vision and passion to create the world’s leading execution-only trading venue for digital assets. Illuminate brings enormous depth of knowledge across the institutional landscape, and DRW adds significant expertise as one of the largest, multi-asset market makers in the world.”

Mark Beeston, Founder and Managing Partner, Illuminate Financial said:

“Illuminate Financial has been building out a portfolio of institutional grade digital assets infrastructure companies since 2019 as part of our thesis around the convergence of traditional finance and digital asset market structure. Crossover adds best-in-class execution capability to that portfolio, serving both the immediate and long-term needs of financial institutions that wish to trade digital assets with a future-proof 24/7 low latency infrastructure that traditional markets are increasingly moving towards.”

Kim Trautmann, Partner at DRW Venture Capital said:

“DRW VC has a proven track record of supporting early-stage companies committed to delivering market structure innovations both in the traditional and crypto markets. Crossover Markets was a natural fit for our portfolio, and we’re excited to support its experienced management team to deliver a best-in-class technology solution for digital asset trading that delivers superior execution while minimizing counterparty risk.”

Crossover also announced the addition “of new Board Members. Mark Beeston, Founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Financial, will join Crossover’s board of directors along with Kevin Wolf, CFO at American Financial Exchange and former CEO of Euronext FX.”

Mulvihill added:

“Digital assets market structure is experiencing a pivotal change driven by institutional needs and activity. Simultaneously, we are witnessing the early-stage emergence of discussions around 24/7 trading across traditional asset classes. CROSSx is designed to be among the fastest, highest-performance venues in any asset class. More specifically, we developed the platform to bring 24/7 trading, price precision and size precision characteristics to traditional markets where technology is lagging in such areas.”

Crossover Markets is known “for its execution-only electronic communication network (ECN), CROSSx, an institutional trading venue for digital assets.”

Crossover Markets recently reported “over $3.15 billion (USD) in notional trading value, 415,450 trades, and over 141 billion quotes processed on CROSSx in Q1 2024.”

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