A Note From Seth


I founded Liquidnet in 1999 to create a new breed of financial services firm that leverages technology to make global markets more efficient.

And, since our founding, we haven’t wavered from that goal. I wanted Liquidnet to be more than just a sleek fintech company that built cool products and sold them for a profit. I wanted to fix a broken marketplace and provide institutional investors with a more efficient way to access capital around the world. I knew the only way to do this was to harness technology and create a network of financial market participants who could engage with each other seamlessly.

We began by directly connecting asset managers with one another, allowing them to trade institutional-sized equity orders with the click of mouse. Today, that single solution has expanded into a global investment network consisting of more than 1,000 institutional investors; more than 160 broker-dealers and investment banks, more than 65 exchanges, plus more than 45 data and research providers.

The path we’ve taken to get to this point has been deliberate, and our mission is simple: to intelligently connect the world’s investors to the world’s investments. We know that to do this takes a new way of thinking about the financial markets. It doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game, with someone winning at another participant’s expense.

Seth Merrin, Liquidnet founder and CEO
Seth Merrin presenting at Liquidnet trading summit 2018

Our network strives to bring together the entire marketplace and empower participants to effectively connect, interact, and transact with one another for the benefit of all parties.

And we’re just getting started. We continually collaborate with our customers to identify their biggest challenges and opportunities, and then seek to develop the innovative solutions they need to successfully compete with and outperform their peers. It’s not easy, but it’s also incredibly exciting and—I might add—inspiring.

I believe that, if we do our jobs right, Liquidnet can help create better returns for investors around the world, bring greater access to capital to companies around the world, and generate a broader, more diverse range of investment opportunities for investment managers around the world. All of this ultimately can help accelerate global growth and prosperity.

Whether you’re looking to partner with us, work for us, or just learn more about us, I welcome you to our website. We’re very proud of our company, proud of what we do, and most proud of how we do it.

Seth Merrin

Founder + CEO