PARTNER PROFILE: GFT UK
GFT Group is a business change and technology consultancy trusted by the worlds’ leading financial services institutions to solve their most critical challenges. Specifically defining answers to the current constant of regulatory change - whilst innovating to meet the demands of the digital revolution.
GFT Group brings together advisory, creative and technology capabilities with innovation culture and specialist knowledge of the finance sector, to transform the client’s businesses.
Utilising the CODE_n innovation platform, GFT is able to provide international start-ups, technology pioneers and established companies access to a global network, which enables them to tap into the disruptive trends in financial services markets and harness them for their out of the box thinking.
Headquartered in Germany, the GFT Technologies SE achieved consolidated revenue of around EUR 365 million in 2014 and is represented in eleven countries with a global team spanning 3,300 employees. The GFT share is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the TecDAX (ISIN: DE0005800601).
After the acquisition of Rule Financial, Gareth Richardson became joint Managing Director of GFT UK. Having joined Rule Financial in 2010, Gareth became the company’s Global Head of Delivery, responsible for the success of client engagements, client satisfaction and evolving the firm’s capability and services. Gareth was instrumental in driving the global nearshore strategy, overseeing expansions in Spain, Poland and Costa Rica. Gareth has extensive experience of building world-class consulting organisations and has led the design and management of complex multi-year, global programmes. He is an Enterprise Architect by profession and also a Computer Science graduate
Managing Director GFT UK: Gareth Richardson
Chris Ortiz is joint Managing Director of GFT UK. In his decade at GFT, Chris has worked closely with the UK, Spanish and Brazilian offices, running GFT’s business with Deutsche Bank in the UK and laying the foundations for the company’s expansion into the USA. Prior to joining GFT, Chris was with Deutsche Bank, first in New York and then in Barcelona where his strategic roles included project management of MIS reporting, supplier management systems and databases. Previously, Chris worked at JP Morgan in New York and London, where he was involved in Global Technology and Operations Financial Control and Emerging Markets Sales. Chris was educated at Cornell University (New York) and later took an MBA in IT and International Business at Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Simon joined ICON in 2010 and specialises in selling and raising funds for high growth tech companies. He has advised on transactions ranging from raising venture capital, securing strategic investments, M&A and IPOs.
Managing Director GFT UK: Chris Ortiz
Nick co-heads the GFT Data Practice and capability in the UK. With over 18 years’ experience, Nick has a track record in delivering successful data-centric projects at investment banks. Nick now focuses on data and data innovation and is leading GFT’s effort to find new approaches to solve business problems with data solutions.
Joint Head of Data Practice UK: Nick Weisfeld
The Art and Science of Data Integration
Tackling exchange trading, mandatory clearing and trade
continuous regulatory change
in the financial markets
The New Normal
Reducing risk in the
OTC derivatives market
The EMIR Compliance Game
The challenges in developing a holistic collateral model
Turning up the Dial