Vlad Khandros

Global Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Strategy, Global Co-Head of Principal Investments and Strategic Ventures UBS

Vlad Khandros is a Managing Director and Global Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Strategy at UBS, based in New York.

Vlad is actively engaged in the Americas Cash strategy and investments in financial technology focused on equity trading.  Vlad’s oversight include the Smart Order Router (SOR), Americas Cash Architecture, and the ATS team, which is currently the largest ATS as per FINRA.  Vlad also created and leads the global cross-asset Market Structure team.

Vlad works closely with exchanges, regulators, and policy makers around the world to help further improve capital markets.  He represents UBS on numerous advisory committees, industry groups, and company boards including the CBOE Equity Advisory Committee, IEX Quality of Markets Committee, and SIFMA Equity Markets & Trading Committee.  He is a founder and advisor to MEMX (Members Exchange), which focuses on improving transparency and reducing the costs of US equity trading.  He is on the board of the UBS Americas Inc. Political Action Committee (PAC), a bi-partisan fund for further improving the US government.  He was previously a board member of BIDS Trading LP and Chi-X Global LLC, which resulted in a successful exit.

Prior to joining UBS in 2011, Vlad was Global Co-Head of Corporate Strategy at Liquidnet, working directly for the founder and CEO. There he was responsible for business development including M&A and strategic partnerships, global market structure, and government relations.

He serves on the board of Stay Pawsitive, Inc., an animal welfare charity, and Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), a youth village empowering orphans in Rwanda.  He received the POTUS Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for his work with the American Red Cross.

Vlad was the featured Rising Star of Finance in 2011 in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list, a Rising Star of Finance in 2017 in Business Insider’s 35 under 35 list, and is part of the Institute of International Finance’s Future Leaders Class of 2019.