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The 2015 Tech 50: Tyler Kim

The MaplesFS chief information officer jumps to No. 40 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

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Tyler Kim
Chief Information Officer
MaplesFS

Chief information officer of Montreal-based niche asset servicer MaplesFS since 2009, Tyler Kim in April took on the additional title of co–global head of its Maples Fund Services unit. “It underscores the fact that fund services is very much a technology business,” Kim explains. That fact is exactly what offshore law firm Maples and Calder, which formed the MaplesFS fund and fiduciary services group in 2005, had in mind when it hired the Stanford University industrial engineering graduate and former CTO of hedge fund Northwater Capital Management. Kim installed an architecture so robust that by last year MaplesFS had brought core functions, including Maples Fiduciary and the Geneva portfolio management system, in-house — unconventional steps for a firm with just $50 billion of assets under administration. But there is more to MaplesFS than AUA. Now sharing oversight of fund services with 11-year company veteran Toni Pinkerton and having turned day-to-day IT responsibilities over to Emilie Savard, Kim aims to break down administrative and middle-office product silos and think about a broader client set. “We see ourselves not as a mix of old and new businesses but rather one business that needs to evolve and serve markets in new ways,” he says. Ahead of the pack in supporting such international regulatory requirements as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the historically Cayman Islands–centered operation has opened an outpost in Boston to attract onshore funds because “location matters for pension clients,” Kim, 41, says. MaplesFS is also on the ground in the San Francisco area, preparing to pounce on servicing and outsourcing opportunities arising from new instruments created by peer-to-peer lenders.

See the full story, “The 2015 Tech 50: Racers to the Edge.”


The 2015 Tech 50

1. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
3. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
4. Lance Uggla
Markit
5. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
6. Shawn Edwards &
Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg
7. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
8. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
9. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
10. Adena Friedman
Nasdaq OMX Group
11. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
12. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
13. Michael Spencer
ICAP
14. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
15. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Chris Concannon
BATS Global Markets
17. Christopher Perretta
State Street Corp.
18. Antoine Shagoury
London Stock Exchange Group
19. Kevin Rhein
Wells Fargo & Co.
20. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
21. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
22. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
23. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
24. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
25. Frank Bisignano
First Data Corp.
26. John Marcante
Vanguard Group
27. Joseph Squeri
Citadel
28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
29. Claude Honegger
Credit Suisse
30. Chris Corrado
MSCI
31. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
32. John Bates
Software AG
33. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
34. Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
35. Sunil Hirani
trueEX Group
36. Hauke Stars
Deutsche BÖrse
37. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
38. Jim Minnick
eVestment
39. Lars Seier Christensen & Kim Fournais
40. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
41. Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
42. Steven O'Hanlon
Numerix
43. Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
44. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
45. Stephane Dubois
Xignite
46. Mazy Dar
OpenFin
47. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
48. Mas Nakachi
OpenGamma
49. John Lehner
BNY Mellon Technology Solutions Group
50. Jock Percy
Perseus

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