Jim Thomas

Curriculum Vitae

Häusserstr. 44 , 81929 München  Tel:01737034161  www.deltaxchange.de

Geboren:                 25.11.1963

Wohnort:                 München

Familienstand:        Verheiratet, 3 Kinder (13, 18, 21)

Ausbildung:            Optionshändler

 

Berater (Freiberuflich), Zweisprachig (English/Deutsch)

Kurzprofil

1987 – 2002 –       Optionshändler bei verschieden Banken und Firmen in London, Frankfurt-am-Main und Zürich

2002 – 2007 –        Produktspezialist Aktienderivate bei Sungard Data Systems (jetzt FIS Front Arena)

2007 – 2018 –        Berater (Freiberuflich, 60% Fachlich 40% Technisch) diverse Kapitalmarkt- und Treasuryprojekte

Projekte

03/2017 – 12/2017             DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main  MiFID II Implementierung – Aktien- und Rohstoff-Derivathandel

Design, Grob-, Fach- und DV-Konzeption für ESMA Anforderungen:

  • Positionslimite für Warenderivate
  • Nachhandelstransparenz

Teilprojektleitung, Testfallerstellung und Durchführung, Dokumentation, UAT, Go-Live und Betreuung

11/2013 – 08/2016             Raiffeisen Bank / Racon Software, Linz Bundesweite Implementierung Front Arena im Treasury – Fixed Income, Zins- und Kreditderivate, FX & Money Markets

  • Datenmigration und Ablösung von Kondor+
  • Integration der verbündenen Systeme durch Schnittstellen
  • DV-Konzeption, Test, Analyse, Teilprojektleitung
  • Anwenderschulungen

04/2012 – 05/2013             Bayern LB, München Externer Berater & Front Arena Support & Betrieb – Aktienderivate, Lending & Repoprodukte

OMNI Modul für börsengehandelte Kundenhandel

  • Rules Engine Konfiguration
  • Anforderungsmanagement Börsenhandel
  • Interner Markt und FIX Anbindung mit Kunden

PRIME für Handel und Risikomanagement

  • Trading Manager Support und Weiterentwicklung (ADFL)
  • Bericht- und Applikationsentwicklung
  • Anwenderbetreuung und Schulungen

09/2011 – 04/2012             DEKA Bank, Frankfurt Releasewechsel-Projekt, OTC- und börsengehandelten Derivate

  • Anforderungsmanagement und Implementierung Optionsstrategien für Kunden
  • Analyse und Test diverser Bewertungsmodelle in der neuen Version
  • Regressionstests und Abgleich der GuV Ergebnisse alt vs. neu

04/2007 – 12/2008, Vertragsverlängerung.. 04/2011 – 09/2011             NIBC Bank, Den Haag Releasewechsel-Projekt Front-to-End, Capital Markets Trading & Treasury Bereich

  • Ablösung von SQL Reporting mit Realtime Trading Manager Applikation
  • Teilprojekt- und Teamleitung
  • Abgleich und Regressionstests
  • Test und fachliche Freigabe für Risikomanagement und GuV Prozessen und Tagesendverarbeitung
  • Implementierung Inflationsderivate (ABS-MBS) und Prozessen (Marktdatenversorgung, Fixing, Bewertung, Handelsprozess)

01/2010 – 03/2011             Hypovereinsbank/Unicredit, München Datenmigration Front Arena nach Murex, Fixed Income, Wertpapier(leihe)

  • Erstellung Schnittstellen Inventar
  • Dokumentation der zu migrierenden Funktionen
  • Anforderungsmanagement für neue Finanzprodukte

04/2008 – 12/2008, Vertragsverlängerung.. 05/2009 – 01/2010             LBBW, Stuttgart Einführung Front Arena für Aktien und Derivathandel & Risikomanagement

  • Konfiguration/Customisation Handelsapplikationen
  • Technische Integration von Handels- und Risikomanagement Prozessen
  • Implementierung von automatisierten Handel, Quote- und Contribution Modulen

01/2009 – 05/2009             Hypo Real Estate, München Konsolidation der Systemarchitektur für den Treasurybereich

  • Anforderungsmanagement und Aufwandschätzung
  • Analyse der vorhandene Applikationen und Integration mit u.a. Summit für Zinsderivate

Beruflicher Werdegang

2016 – 2017                           ft-Consult Unternehmensberatung AG, München Manager – Front to Back Lösungen, Kapitalmarktbereich

Projektacquise, Teamleitung, Projektleiter

2001 – 2007                           Sungard Front Arena, London and Stockholm Produktspezialist Aktien- und Derivathandel und Risikomanagement

Pre-sales, RFI Beantwortung, Lösungspresentation & Proof-of-Concept

Business Support Team Lead für ‘Equity Solutions’

Front Arena University Zertifizierte Trainer

2000 – 2001                            Aztech Capital, London Gründer und Partner

Händler von diversen Derivatenstrategien – Optionen, Futures & Contracts for Differences

1998 – 1999                            Van der Moolen Trading, London Lead Eurex Trader

Teamleiter Marketmaking Deutschland (EUREX und XETRA)

1995 – 1998                             HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt, Düsseldorf Senior Trader

Prokurist – Senior Marketmaker EUREX, XETRA und Eigenemissionen (Optionsscheine/Zertifikate)

1994 – 1995                             UBS Futures and Options Group, London Senior Trader

 Direktor – Eigenhandel mit Derivaten LIFFE, LTOM

1993 – 1994                             QT-OPTEC (Actant), Zug Senior Trader

Marketmaker – elektronischer Handel basiert auf automatisierte, vorprogrammierte Algorithmen

1989 – 1993                             UBS O’Connor/Swiss Bank Corporation, London und FrankfurtSenior Trader

 Parketthändler, Optionen, Futures und Aktien LIFFE, LTOM. Eigenhandel & Risikomanagment, Positionsführung Derivate

1987 – 1989                             City of London Options, London/Chicago Ausbildung zum Optionshändler

 Assistent und Auszubildener (Derivathandel und Theorie) LIFFE, LTOM

Interesse

Skifahren, Fahrradtouren

Technische Kenntnisse

Datenbank Administration

Client-Server Architektur, Relational Db, Sybase + Replication (ADS, ADM)

Audit/Transaktionshistorie

Marktdaten/Preisversorgung/Entitlements

Lizencen, Anwenderrollen & Rechte

Datenbank Wartung

Datensicherung (Back-up, Purge)

Überwachung und Kontrolle in Betrieb

Db Instanzen (Test, Integration, Deployment, Produktion)

Sicherheit und Verfügbarkeit

Performance – GRID Farm

Applikationsentwicklung

Arena Data Flow Language (ADFL) Low-latency Weiterentwicklung

Extension Manager Klassen, Attribute, Context und Modulmanagement

Arena Extension Library – Python Objektorienierte Programmierung

Definition Funktionen, Klassen, Methoden

Validierung, Prozess ‘Hooks’, Business Data Prozessänderungen – Straight-Through-Prozess

Geschäftsereignisse – Termination, Prolongation, Spiegelung, Status Änderungen

Bewertung – Proprietary Modellen, Volatilität und Zinskurve

Migration/Integration

Middleware – Arena Message Broker (AMB) Adapter & Software Development Kit

Exchange Protokolle – XMBA, FIX, Arena Internal Market

Datenmodellerweiterungen – Felder, Tabellen, Ereignisse, Time Series

Daten-Import und Export, ASQL Entwicklung & Extrakt

Business Data Processing

Kapitalmaßnahmen

Verfall Derivate – Ausübung, Assign/Abandon

Fixing, Mark-to-Market, OTC Bewertung und Preisversorgung

Bestätigungen und Abwicklung (SWIFT)

Englische Version

Häusserstr. 44 , 81929 München  Tel:01737034161  www.deltaxchange.de

Date of Birth:         25.11.1963

Resident :                Munich

Marital Status:        Verheiratet, 3 Kinder (13, 18, 21)

Freelance Consultant, bilingual (English/German)

Short Profile

1987 – 2002 –       Options trader at investment banks in London, Frankfurt-am-Main and Zürich

2002 – 2007 –        Produkt specialist Equity Derivatives at Sungard Data Systems (now FIS Front Arena)

2007 – 2018 –        Freelance consultant Capital Markets & Treasury projects (60% Functional, 40% Technical)

Projects

03/2017 – 12/2017             DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main

MiFID II Implementation – Equity and Commodity Derivatives

Functional and technical design, documentation and implementation of ESMA requirements:

  • Position limits for Commodity Derivatives
  • Post-trade transparency

Project management, test management, implementation, documentation, user acceptance, go-live and hypercare.

11/2013 – 08/2016             Raiffeisen Bank / Racon Software, Linz Countrywide implementation of Front Arena in the treasury area – fixed income, interest rate derivatives, FX and money market products

  • Data migration and replacement of Kondor+ as position keeping system
  • Architectural system integration and interface development in Front Arena
  • Technical design of mappings, test, requirements analysis, sub-project management
  • User training

04/2012 – 05/2013             Bayern LB, Munich External consultant, Front Arena support and production engineer – Equity derivatives, lending & repo products

 OMNI Module for exchange-traded retail workflow

  • Rules Engine Configuration
  • Requirements engineering/management exchange-traded products
  • Internal market, FIX Client gateways

PRIME for trading and risk management

  • Trading Manager application support and customisation (ADFL)
  • Reporting and application management
  • User training and onboarding

09/2011 – 04/2012             DEKA Bank, Frankfurt Release upgrade project, OTC- and exchange-traded derivatives

  • Requirements engineering and implementation of option strategies for clients
  • Analysis and Test of derivatives valuation models in new version
  • Regression tests und reconciliation of P&L results

04/2007 – 12/2008  Repeat Contract 02/2011 – 09/2011            NIBC Bank, The Hague, Holland Release upgrade Front to Back

  • Replacement of ASQL Reporting with realtime Trading Manager application
  • Project and team leader
  • Reconciliation and regression tests
  • Test and functional acceptance for risk management und finance divisions
  • Process design for end-of-day mark-to-market procedure
  • Implementation of inflation derivatives (ABS-MBS, market data, fixing, valuation, trade process)

01/2010 – 03/2011             Hypovereinsbank/Unicredit, Munich Data migration Front Arena to Murex: Equity, Fixed Income an Credit Derivatives

  • Provision of inventory of interfaces (batch and online)
  • Documentation of business functionality
  • Requirements gathering, documentation and workflow design for financial products

04/2008 – 12/2008 Repeat Contract 05/2009 – 01/2010             LBBW, Stuttgart Greenfield implementation of Front Arena for equity and derivatives trading and risk management

  • Configuration and customisation of trading applications
  • Technical integration of trading and risk management processes
  • Implementation of automated trading, quoting and contribution modules

01/2009 – 05/2009             Hypo Real Estate, München Consolidation of system architecture for treasury

  • Requirements engineering and time & effort estimation (design, development and integration)
  • Analysis of existing applications and migration of data from and to Summit for interest rate derivatives, loans and deposit, bonds and emissions

Full-time positions

2016 – 2017     ft-Consult Unternehmensberatung AG, München Manager – Front to Back Capital Markets Consulting

Business development, team lead, project manager

2001 – 2007     Sungard Front Arena, London and Stockholm Product specialist equity and derivatives trading and risk management

Pre-sales, RFI respose, solution demonstration and proof-of-concept

Business support team Lead for ‘Equity Solutions’

Front Arena University certified trainer

2000 – 2001   Aztech Capital, London Partner

 Derivatives trading strategies with options, futures and contracts for differences

1998 – 1999                            Van der Moolen Trading, London Lead Eurex Trader

Team leader Marketmaking, Germany (EUREX and XETRA)

1995 – 1998                             HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt, Düsseldorf Senior Trader

Prokurist (authorised signatory) – Senior marketmaker EUREX, XETRA and structured products (options, futures & warrants)

1994 – 1995                            UBS Futures and Options Group, London Senior Trader

 Director – Proprietary trading derivatives LIFFE, LTOM

1993 – 1994                            QT-OPTEC (Actant), Zug, Switzerland Senior Trader

Marketmaker – automated electronic trading, HFT

1989 – 1993                            UBS O’Connor/Swiss Bank Corporation, London and Frankfurt Senior Trader

 Floor trader, optionen, futures and stocks on LIFFE, LTOM. Proprietary trading and risk management, Position keeping derivatives portfolio

1987 – 1989                            City of London Options, London/Chicago Trainee Trader

Assistant to Chief Trader (Options trading and theory) LIFFE, LTOM

Interesse

Skiing, cycle touring

Technical knowhow

Database Administration

Client-Server Architecture, Relational Database, Sybase + Replication (ADS, ADM)

Audit/transaction history

Market data/Price Feeds/Entitlements

Licensing, user roles and rights

Database Maintenance

Data security (Back-up, Purge)

Monitoring and control function in production

Database instances (Test, Integration, Deployment, Production)

Security and availability, continuity

Performance – GRID Farm

Applikation Development

Arena Data Flow Language (ADFL) Low-latency application development

Extension Manager class, attribute, context and module management

Arena Extension Library – Python objekt oriented programming

Definition of custom functions, classes & methods

Validation, process ‘hooks’, business data prozess and workflow change – STP

Trading events – Termination, Prolongation, Mirroring, Status Change, Exception handling

Valuation – Proprietary models, volatility and yield curve environments

Migration/Integration

Middleware – Arena Message Broker (AMB) Adapter & Software Development Kit

Exchange Protocols – XMBA, FIX, Arena Internal Market

Data model extension – Fields, tables, Events, Time Series

Data import and export, ASQL reporting and data extraction

Business Data Processing

Corporate actions

Expiry handling – Exercise/Assign/Abandon

Fixing, Mark-to-Market, OTC valuation and price contribution

Confirmations and settlements (SWIFT)

 

 

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Introduction & soft skills

My name is Jim Thomas and I have been freelancing in Germany since 2007. The experience I have gained at leading banks has complemented a career which started in trading and led into a position at Sungard Data Systems in product Management.

I have been fortunate to gain exposure to the financial markets, firstly as a trainee on the London Traded Options Market and progressing to various senior trader positions at major banks and smaller boutique trading houses. I enjoyed the buzz of the trading floor immediately and took a great interest in the pricing and trading of options and structured products on the European markets, running positions across about a 3 year term structure with exposure to volatility, underlying price movements, dividends, yield curves, as well as relative-value and special situations strategy risk. Those were the good old days, in colourful jackets armed with two-way radios and jobber’s pencil. Straddles, strangles, reversals and conversions, six-case analysis, gamma, vega, theta, rho.

The markets went electronic in the early nineties and that took me to a senior trading position in Frankfurt on the Deutsche Terminbörse. Spreads narrowed and cartels disappeared. You had to be on your toes. The target market for derivatives also changed, with retail and institutional clients increasingly becoming interested in tailor-made structures and certificates. We were instrumental in the introduction of hybrid products and structures with a combination of yield and market exposure.

My freelance activities have taken me into several different institutions, where trading has been the focus, but where the functional scope has broadened to many more asset classes and a front-to-back perspective. Trading has changed tremendously and automation of trade and processes has become the differentiator. My technical skills have improved tremendously with involvement in migration and integration projects, working across a range of functional spaces deploying several system types – front end trading, quoting and algorithmic strategies, risk and operations functionality, regulatory databases, limits functionality and so on.

No two clients have been the same, and a certain amount of  dynamism is needed to adjust quickly to a new client’s environment. I have always believed in working hands-on with all project stakeholders and was glad to have added presentation and business development skills to my assets while at Sungard. This has eased the communication between e.g. traders, senior management and developers.

My work has taken me more recently into the regulatory field, where financial institutions are under constant pressure to deliver new strategies and comply with changing regulation in areas such as MiFIR and MiFID.  Here I have combined with other larger management advisories and accounting firms, to design and implement solutions for and on behalf of traders and downstream operations. Data management and consistent, reliable, compliant reporting has been a common theme.  The cooperation and ease of communication with the IT side of the business has led to the successful implementation of projects and mostly to renewals of contracts on a regular basis.

My vision for the coming years is to take advantage of a growth in regulatory change, to leverage my cultural, language and business skills to add value to clients in Europe. I am also keen to grow a one-man team into a small enterprise supporting clients in functional and technical requirements in the trading space, exploiting my own network to delivering unique skills to similar projects. I strongly believe that Brexit will result in a requirement for change in trading roles and jurisdiction, and would like to position Delta-X for these changes too, having worked now approximately 30 years in the business in both languages and cultures.

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