Lowenstein Sandler represented BlockTower Capital and Tioga Capital Partners as co-lead investors in the $12 million investment round in Architect Financial Technologies, a Chicago, IL-based derivatives brokerage services and trading technology company. The round included participation from CMT Digital, ParaFi Capital, A Capital, Twelve Below, Coinbase Ventures, SV Angel, Third Kind, SALT Fund, and US Digital Trust.

Architect has raised $17 million since its inception in January 2023.

Architect initiated the capital raise in response to significant developments in US derivatives and tokenized asset markets. The investment will support the imminent launch of Architect's US derivatives brokerage for retail and institutional investors, offered through its CFTC-regulated subsidiary Architect Financial Derivatives LLC, and will facilitate the Company's future expansion into US securities and security derivatives services. Additionally, the funding will enable the continued growth of Architect's Chicago headquarters and further support its strategic expansion into EU and APAC jurisdictions.

Architect provides institutions and professional investors with comprehensive trading and portfolio management software for traditional and digital asset markets across global jurisdictions. Its flagship platform offers algorithmic execution, advanced market visualization, discretionary trading, and risk management tools, supported by proprietary low-latency data normalization and exchange connectivity infrastructure.

BlockTower is an institutional investment firm, applying professional trading, venture investing, credit underwriting, and portfolio management to digital and traditional assets.

Tioga Capital Partners is a European venture capital fund focused on Web3.

The Lowenstein deal team included Dotan Barnea, Ed Zimmerman, Samantha Fox, and Ron Feingold.