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The 2016 Trading Technology 40: Philip Weisberg

No. 17 Philip Weisberg, Thomson Reuters

Philip Weisberg
Global Head of Foreign Exchange, Rates and Credit
Thomson Reuters

Cooper Union electrical engineering major Philip Weisberg began his career in 1989, writing trade blotters and getting coffee for traders in the currency group at J.P. Morgan & Co. He would go on to become a major force in the automation of foreign exchange trading. Working in the bank’s LabMorgan technology incubator in the late 1990s, Weisberg led the development of FXall, becoming CEO of the electronic trading platform when the business was spun out in 2001. He was still running the company in 2012 (ranking 35th on Institutional Investor’s Tech 50 that year) when Thomson Reuters acquired it for $625 million. In his current role as the financial data giant’s global head of foreign exchange, rates and credit, Weisberg, 48, has overseen the integration of FXall into Thomson Reuters’ FX Trading platform, which includes the company’s Matching central limit order book and Dealing peer-to-peer conversational trading system. “Marrying up the two companies was a great benefit because we could provide the combination of services to clients,” he says. The 14,000 Dealing counterparties and 1,500 FXall buy-side traders using Matching have access to electronic communication networks and other liquidity venues with a total average daily trading volume of more than $350 billion. “Technology has enabled all the market participants to basically see each other and connect with each other,” Weisberg says. Regulatory reform — including increased capital requirements and restrictions on proprietary trading in the wake of the financial crisis — is having a major impact on the forex market, says Weisberg, who represents Thomson Reuters in the Bank for International Settlements’ Market Participants Group. “People are redefining what is acceptable behavior on a sales floor and on a trading floor,” he explains, “and in order to meet those requirements, while it’s not mandated that the trades be done electronically, it’s a much easier way to reach the higher hurdles that the industry is setting in terms of conduct.”

2016 Trading Technology 40

1. Raymond Tierney III
2. Richard Prager
3. Chris Isaacson
BATS Global Markets
4. Jonathan Ross
KCG Holdings
5. Bradley Peterson
6. Brad Levy
7. Dan Keegan
8. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional
9. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Ari Studnitzer
CME Group
11. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange
12. Gerald O’Connell
CBOE Holdings
13. Nicholas Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings
14. Gil Mandelzis
EBS BrokerTec (ICAP)
15. Bill Chow and Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Rob Park
IEX Group
17. Philip Weisberg
Thomson Reuters
18. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
19. Robert Cornish
International Securities Exchange
20. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities
21. Eric Noll
22. Tyler Moeller and Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology
23. Rishi Nangalia
REDI Holdings
24. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology
25. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange
26. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners
27. Gaurav Suri
28. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners
29. Anton Katz and Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Mgmt
30. Stu Taylor
31. D. Keith Ross Jr.
PDQ Enterprises
32. Donal Byrne
33. Alfred Eskandar
34. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group
35. Masayuki Hosaka
36. Peter Maragos and David Karat
Dash Financial
37. Amar Kuchinad
38. Jennifer Nayar
SR Labs
39. Dave Snowdon
40. Dan Raju

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