Lucera® is a New York based firm wholly owned by BGC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global financial services firm.

We provide best in-class on-demand co-located infrastructure and connectivity, priced on a month-to-month basis, offering a compelling solution to businesses looking to lower expenses and reduce operational overhead.

Lucera also offers a high performance FX matching and aggregation platform as a service, with co-location available in NY4, CH2, LD4 and TY3. The system provides smart order routing, price aggregation, and highly configurable price distribution in one unified solution available via a Web based UI. Coupled with advanced liquidity management, realtime TCA and our low latency pre-trade credit component we deliver a performant, cost effective solution to your eFX needs.

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Management Team

Peter Durkan

Chief Executive Officer

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Lucera®. He formerly held senior technology and trading roles at First Derivatives and Cantor Fitzgerald as Director of Technology for HFT. During his career he has architected and built many large scale trading and analysis platforms and continues to be actively involved in system architecture and implementation.

Michael Badrov

Chief Technology Officer

Michael is a seasoned leader responsible for the company's infrastructure and technology operations. Prior to joining Lucera, Michael spent over a decade in various technology roles at Chicago-based Getco, LLC (currently KCG) where his responsibilities included designing and implementing colocation facilities, informing trading hardware design, implementation decisions and acting as liaison to many of the firm's vendors. Prior to Getco, Michael worked with various firms to successfully deliver large scale IT projects. Michael earned a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Praneet Kothavade

Chief Information Officer

Praneet is the Chief Information Officer and co-founder of Lucera®. He was formerly at Macquarie as Trading strategist, JPMorgan as Delta One Technology head - Americas and at Bear Sterns as Index Arbitrage tech lead. He has over 20 years experience in architecting and developing high performance, high throughput trading systems, large scale distributed software applications, and algorithmic trading strategies.


Founded in 2013, Lucera® was created to fill a glaring gap in the market. Challenged by exploding market data volumes, the ongoing latency arms race, rising costs in networking and relentless new regulatory demands, we recognized that firms were hamstrung in their search for high performance infrastructure. We needed a better platform to power critical trading environments and client on-boarding, so we created Lucera®. Designed and built by traders who ran High Frequency desks, Lucera® delivers exceptional customer experience, performance, security and scalability in a single solution.

Lucera® is a privately held, New York based firm launched with initial backing from Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services firm and active Lucera® customer.