Liquidnet names new head of international for the Americas

New appointment brings over 20 years’ experience in institutional equity trading; previously held positions at SageTrader and Instinet.

Liquidnet has appointed Jeffrey Crane as head of international for the Americas, as part of the firm’s continued investment in its cross-border business.

Crane brings more than two decades of experience in institutional equity trading to the role.

He joins from SageTrader where he most recently served as managing director and head of sales, overseeing new business growth for domestic and international trading.

Before that, Crane spent more than 20 years with Instinet where he held various positions, including managing the firm’s cross-border business as head of the international desk in New York.

Crane will report directly to Alan Polo, head of equity sales and trading, Americas at Liquidnet.

“As we continue to grow our international cross-border trading offering, I am particularly excited to draw upon Jeffrey’s extensive expertise and insight,” said Polo.

“His deep understanding of the global trading landscape and his proven track record in managing complex trading operations will be invaluable as we enhance our services and expand our market presence.”

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As part of his new role, New York-based Crane will support Liquidnet’s international cross-border team, assisting members wanting to trade international markets live through low-touch and block trading capabilities, or hand-off overnight orders to its global execution desks.

Speaking to his appointment, Crane said: “Liquidnet is uniquely positioned to offer this type of service. With its global footprint, expertise in block trading, agency model and a 20+ year track record in delivering innovative trading solutions, we have all the necessary ingredients to offer buy-side traders the ability to trade anywhere in the world.

“I look forward to working with the team at Liquidnet to further enhance our international trading capabilities and deliver exceptional value to our clients.”

In 2023 Liquidnet’s cross border team facilitated nearly $100 billion in notional traded across the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

The firm has also expanded its geographical coverage to provide direct access to MENA countries, increasing its total number of global equity markets covered to 57.