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Liquidnet Ramps Up Its Global Trade Execution, Advisory And Analytics Capabilities

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Launches Execution & Quantitative Services Group (EQS) Headed By Rob Laible

New hires to deliver Liquidnet’s next generation of execution services and quantitative trading strategies

Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, today announced the launch of Execution & Quantitative Services (EQS), a global group headed up by Rob Laible, who joined the company earlier this year. Liquidnet is seizing on an opportunity to provide its network – which includes more than 770 of the world’s leading asset managers – with new and more efficient ways to optimally source diverse liquidity and satisfy best execution objectives. Through cutting-edge technology, a continued focus on block executions and an expanded offering that includes trade advisory and execution solutions, Liquidnet is helping to remove barriers to liquidity and more efficiently manage factors that impact performance. 

“Algorithms and execution strategies are only as good as the liquidity they can access. Our established suite of algorithmic, analytic and quantitative products and services are the only ones that leverage Liquidnet’s deep and diverse pool of institutional liquidity. And as an unconflicted, agency-only broker with expertise in lit, dark, and block markets, we consult with Members and clients on ways to access liquidity, navigate market complexities, and  access comprehensive analytics, all through an integrated trading platform,” commented Laible. “Our focus in 2015 will be to expand the offering to all the markets where we operate while also delivering the next generation of execution services and quantitative trading strategies to our community.”

Expanding the EQS Team
Liquidnet has added to its cross-functional EQS team with three new hires who will report to Laible and help to further expand Liquidnet’s offering. This includes designing, implementing, and customizing Liquidnet’s suite of execution algorithms and analytics while also providing quantitative research and market microstructure insight.  The new EQS team members, all based in New York, include:

  • Scott Kartinen joined Liquidnet as Head of Algo Development. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in quantitative equity portfolio construction, trading analytics and algorithmic trade execution to this role. Scott joins Liquidnet from UBS Securities where he was Executive Director of Algorithmic Trading. Prior to that, he worked at ITG as Managing Director for Algorithmic Trading Product Management.
  • Roberto Malamut joined Liquidnet as Head of Quantitative Research. He brings 15 years of experience in algorithmic modeling, forecasting and trading to his role. Prior to joining Liquidnet, Roberto was a Quantitative Analyst and Designer of Intraday Trading Strategies at Agoge Capital. He also worked at Tower Research Capital, SAC Capital and JPMorgan Chase in a variety of algorithmic trading roles.
  • Amar Vaidya joined Liquidnet to help build out Liquidnet’s suite of algorithms and further enhance SOR strategies for Liquidnet’s members. Amar joins from Shuban Capital where he co-founded a quant fund for equity trading in the US markets.  Prior to that, he held product manager roles at Nomura Securities and ITG.

“Our Members and clients look to us to provide unique and innovative solutions, advice, and thought leadership that leverage our technology and are grounded in academic research and rigor. These key additions to our team will accelerate the unique competitive advantages we can provide to our Members around the globe.” continued Laible.

ABOUT LIQUIDNET                    
Liquidnet is the global institutional trading network where more than 770 of the world’s top asset managers and other like-minded investors come to execute their large trades with maximum anonymity and minimum market impact. As the global leader in large block trading, Liquidnet provides access to unique trading opportunities in 43 markets across five continents. Liquidnet approaches every market with the same bold vision to provide a better, more efficient way to trade on a massive scale.  It is this focus on size, combined with the strength of its network, disruptive technology, and commitment to transparency, that is revolutionizing the way equities and corporate bonds are traded, and the way public and private companies raise capital. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @Liquidnet.

© 2014 Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  Liquidnet, Inc. is a member of FINRA/SIPC.  Liquidnet Europe Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, is licensed by the Financial Services Board in South Africa, and is a member of the London Stock Exchange and a remote member of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and SIX Swiss Exchange and a member and block agent of Xetra MidPoint order book. Liquidnet Canada Inc. is a member of IIROC and a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Liquidnet Asia Limited is regulated by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission as a licensed dealer and a provider of automated trading services pursuant to the Securities and Futures Ordinance and is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore as a Recognized Market Operator. Liquidnet Japan Inc. is regulated by the Financial Services Agency of Japan and is a member of JSDA/JIPF. Liquidnet Australia Pty Ltd. is registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission as an Australian Financial Services Licensee, AFSL number 312525, and is registered with the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority as a Financial Service Provider, FSP number FSP3781.

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