Liquidnet appoints former Citi risk chief for strategies role

Takis Christias will join Liquidnet as head of trading strategies for the EMEA region.  

Liquidnet has appointed Takis Christias as head of trading strategies for EMEA with responsibility of building out its electronic execution offering.

Christias joins Liquidnet following an 11-year spell at Citi where he held several roles in the electronic trading team including head of algorithmic products in EMEA.

Most recently he was responsible for Citi’s central risk automation effort in EMEA.

“Takis is a key addition to Liquidnet’s algorithmic design and development team in EMEA as the ability to optimise execution strategies to navigate the changing liquidity landscape is crucial to our clients,” said Mark Pumfrey, head of Liquidnet EMEA.

In his new role Christias will join the execution and quantitative services group (EQS) in a bid to increase Liquidnet’s offerings including the customisation of its suite of execution strategies and analytics.

He will report to Chris Jackson, head of EQS EMEA.

“I believe we can bring clients real efficiencies to the sourcing of liquidity and trading across this increasingly complex landscape,” said Christias.

“Liquidnet’s innovative electronic trading offering means that clients can not only cross large blocks internally, but also quickly and easily obtain access to liquidity across external markets.”

The move is the second EMEA hire in quick succession for Liqudnet following last week’s appointment of Legal & General’s former global head of trading Stephen Grady as a non-executive director in Europe.