Stephen Merkel

Stephen M. Merkel is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of BGC Partners, Inc. Mr. Merkel is also the Executive Managing Director, General Counsel, Secretary and Director of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. Previously, he was the Director, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of eSpeed, Inc., a leader in electronic financial marketplaces and trading technology which merged with BGC Partners in 2008.

Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald in 1993, Mr. Merkel was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co., dedicated to the J. Aron Division. Earlier he was an associate with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. Mr. Merkel is on the supervisory board of the Electronic Liquidity Exchange, a fully electronic futures exchange, and is a founding member of the Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association, Americas.

Mr. Merkel graduated with a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.