The Nuclear Pore Complex (NPC) is a fascinating structure whose functional relevance and complexity attract significant interest. Within the NPC, several different subcomplexes interact with each other to form a highly conserved and stable structure. One of these subcomplexes is the NUP107 complex, constituted by 7-9 members. A wide variety of functions have been ascribed to the NUP107 complex, ranging from NPC assembly to mRNA export to cell differentiation. Recently, genetic dissection of the NUP107 complex has provided novel insight to the assembly of the complex and has, moreover, revealed an unexpected connection with the mitotic spindle assembly checkpoint protein MAD1.