Liquidnet Expands Execution & Quantitative Services Business with New Duo

Jerry Casey joins Liquidnet as head of trading strategy, while Craig Viani joins Liquidnet’s Algo Services group.

In September last year Liquidnet launched a new US and European corporate bond dark pool trading platform.

Dark pool provider Liquidnet has grown its Execution & Quantitative Services (ESQ) group through the hiring of Jerry Casey and Craig Viani.

New York-based Liquidnet ─ winners of last year's Buy-Side Technology Award for best execution venue ─ has appointed Casey as head of trading strategy, while Viani joins Liquidnet's Algo Services group. The company‘s ESQ group was launched in December 2014 to provide users with more efficient ways to source diverse liquidity and satisfy best-execution objectives.

Casey was most recently a member of the global sales team at Barclays Capital, with previous stints at Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Societe Generale, tackling program trading, index changes and enhancements, corporate actions and quant-based trading ideas.

Viani joins Liquidnet from Greenwich Associates where he held the role of vice president of market structure & technology research, and had previously been managing director and head of US electronic trading product management at Convergex, building and operating its dark pool, smart-order routing and algorithmic technologies.

"Two years ago we made the calculated decision to invest in our EQS business, and in 2015 our Members began to see the results," said Rob Laible, co-head of the Americas and global head of Liquidnet's EQS group, in a statement. "2016 holds even more opportunities for us, including expanding our model to better serve index and quantitative funds."

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