Douglas Cifu is the Chief Executive Officer of Virtu Financial and was one of the co-founders of Virtu in 2008. Prior to joining Virtu, Mr. Cifu was a Partner at the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (Paul Weiss). At Paul Weiss, Mr. Cifu served as a member of the Management Committee, Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department and co-head of the Private Equity Group.
Highly regarded by peers, Mr. Cifu is recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500 as a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer for buyouts and private equity transactions. In 2006, Private Equity International included Mr. Cifu in its list of the 30 most influential lawyers currently working in global private equity, citing in particular his expertise in technology-driven sectors, and he has been recognized by Crain’s New York Business in its “Technology 100,” a listing of the top 100 persons working in technology in the New York area.
Mr. Cifu is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Visitors of Columbia College at Columbia University. Mr. Cifu completed his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from Columbia University in 1987 where he graduated magna cum laude.