Douglas Cifu

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Douglas Cifu
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Occupation President and COO
Employer Virtu Financial
Location New York

Douglas (Doug) Cifu is president and chief operating officer of Virtu Financial, a New York-based market making and proprietary trading firm. He co-founded the firm in 2008, along with former NYMEX chairman Vincent Viola.[1]

He is also vice chairman and co-owner with Viola in the Florida Panthers hockey team. The two purchased the National Hockey League team in September 2013 for $250 million.[2]

Cifu joined the board of directors of Eris Exchange in June of 2018, when Virtu joined Eris as an equity partner.[3]


Before joining Virtu, Cifu worked for 17 years at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he served most recently as a partner in the firm's corporate department. He also worked for several years in its private equity department, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financing.


In 1987, Cifu earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Columbia College. He went directly into Columbia University's School of Law, earning his JD in 1990.


  1. Douglas A. Cifu. Bloomberg Businessweek.
  2. Panthers announce sale of franchise to Vincent Viola, Doug Cifu. CBS Sports.
  3. BlueCrest and Virtu join Eris Exchange as equity partners. Finextra.