Virtu Closes ITG Purchase
Virtu Financial has completed its acquisition of Investment Technology Group, Inc. in a cash transaction valued at $30.30 per ITG share, or a total of approximately $1.0 billion.
“Over the past four months, the dedicated leadership teams of both firms have developed a detailed integration plan. In the coming days we will begin to execute that plan to bring Virtu’s leading technology, risk management and operational efficiency to ITG’s array of agency solutions to better serve a global client franchise. We are excited to welcome our new colleagues to execute and deliver on this plan,” said Douglas Cifu, Virtu Financial, Inc. Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cifu continued, “ITG has a long history of providing clients with superior service and value-added products. We look forward to creating the premier technology-enabled market making and execution services franchise.”
Upon completion of this acquisition, Virtu will implement a Client Information Security Program (“CISP”) with respect to its broker-neutral client offerings (including, but not limited to, Analytics, Workflow Technology, and Commission Management). As part of this program, Virtu will host Client Information Security Forums, through which the Company will provide information regarding the CISP, receive input from interested clients regarding their information security needs and discuss industry best practices and standards.
As previously announced, Mr. Cifu will continue to serve as Virtu’s Chief Executive Officer and Joseph Molluso will continue to serve as Virtu’s Chief Financial Officer. Virtu will supplement its existing management team by incorporating existing ITG management globally; namely Robert Boardman in Europe, Michael Corcoran in the Asia-Pacific region and Etienne Phaneuf in Canada.
The deal should boost the firm's LME operations in Germany, say officials.
The deal entails the acquisition of three of the firm's brokerage businesses.
Schwab estimates a $1.8B to $2B run-rate expense synergies within three years of the deal's close.
The acquisition extends the vendor's SaaS offerings to private debt markets.
The purchase should bolster the firm's trading technology and quantitative research.