Regulation Asia prides itself on conducting a thorough awards review process, and as such, to complement the editorial and research teams we select a number of senior industry participants to help during the review process. Our selection takes into account their involvement in the regulatory compliance domain, along with their exposure to the technology and services firms that are likely to participate, in most cases having first hand experience from a practitioner's perspective.

We would like to thank our esteemed judges for their participation in this year's awards.

Jamil Ahmed
Head of Financial Crime Compliance, Singapore
HSBC

Jamil Ahmed is the current Head of Financial Crime Compliance at HSBC Singapore. He is a member of various industry taskforces and initiatives across Singapore focusing on anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions and fraud. Jamil is a Steering Group member of Singapore’s AML/CFT Industry Partnership (ACIP) and other taskforces/working groups established through the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) covering various financial crime themes.

Douglas W. Arner
Kerry Holdings Professor in Law
University of Hong Kong

Douglas W. Arner is one of the world’s leading experts on financial regulation, particularly the intersection between law, finance and technology. He is the Kerry Holdings Professor in Law and Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also Faculty Director of the Faculty of Law’s LLM in Compliance and Regulation, LLM in Corporate and Financial Law and Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Programmes.

Grace Chong
Of Counsel, Regulatory & ICT
Simmons & Simmons JWS

Grace Chong has over a decade of experience in advising financial institutions and corporates on regulatory and fintech matters in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Singapore and Hong Kong. A former in-house counsel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, she regularly interacts with key regulators, is closely involved in regional regulatory reform initiatives and has led discussions with regulators on behalf of the financial services industry. Grace's experience covers licensing, AML, sanctions, market misconduct, management accountability, governance, resolution planning, digital innovation, payments services, digital assets, robo-advisory, virtual banking, data protection, cybersecurity, and outsourcing.

Beaver Chua
AML Compliance, Group Legal & Regulatory Compliance
OCBC

Philippe Dirckx
Founder and Managing Director
Senfinasia

Philippe is an international banking professional based in Hong Kong with broad experience in financial markets, including in the areas of trading, post-trade, technology, market infrastructure and strategic business development. He is the founder of Senfinasia, a management consultancy focusing on financial institutions and market infrastructure developments. Philippe was previously Managing Director, Asia Pacific, and Head of Markets & Initiatives at SWIFT. Prior to this he was Managing Director and Regional Head of Intermediaries and Direct Custody & Clearing Sales at Citi Securities Services. Before that, he was Head of Asia Pacific for Euroclear and also worked for Fortis in a variety of executive roles.

Jamie Lloyd Events
Independent Consultant
Financial Services & Technology

Jamie is seasoned financial services practitioner who has experience as a banker, regulator, and advisor in the fintech space. Most recently, he led the Financial Institutions Group at Citigroup in Singapore and Hong Kong, straddling both the investment banking and corporate banking businesses. Prior to this, Jamie held policy roles at both the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) and the UK’s FSA (Financial Services Authority), where he advised on all aspects of prudential regulation for banks and insurers, particularly in the areas of capital adequacy and corporate treasury.

Philip Keller
Principal Consultant
Capco

Philip Keller, a financial engineering expert by training with extensive background in wealth management, began his career at UBS AG in FX sales trading and client advisory. He engaged in performance measurement for hedge funds where he was part of the design and implementation team for a performance engine that produced tailored reports for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHWNI). Philip has strong expertise in FX, derivatives, wealth management, portfolio optimisation and financial modelling. He currently works in financial services as a consultant for Capco. He received a MSc in Global Finance from New York University Stern School of Business, his BSc degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, and Certificate in Financial Engineering from Stanford University.

Derek McGibney
Founder, Managing Director
Cognitive GRC Limited

Derek has worked in the global financial services industry for over twenty-two years. He has spent the last 15 years in a leading compliance advisory practice working in London, New York and Hong Kong providing support to some of the most well-known market participants and helping to build, expand and keep the practice at the forefront of regulatory development. In May 2020, he launched his own practice with his team in Asia following a buy-out of the business he helped build. He continues to consult on Hong Kong and international regulation. Prior to consulting, he worked in Compliance, Risk and Audit for 2 of the world’s leading global investment managers.

Mark Nuttall
Singapore Country Manager
Hill & Associates

Mr. Nuttall has over 20 years’ experience as a Risk Management and Security Specialist, with a background in security, law enforcement, geopolitics, International Organisation’s, project management and bespoke risk consultancy. His work has taken him on the ground in the UK, Caribbean, Europe, MENA, ASEAN and APAC. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and the Institute of Paralegals. His extensive practitioner and leadership experience spans across the corporate and government sector. His key specialties lie in providing advisory capabilities, preventative measures, solutions, reporting and investigative protocols across an extensive range of risk problems.

Matthieu Sachot
Director, Asia
Chappuis Halder & Co

Kristi Swartz
Managing Partner
Swartz, Binnersley & Associates

As the managing partner of Swartz, Binnersley & Associates, Kristi concentrates her practice in regulatory compliance and corporate finance matters to include fintech. Kristi regularly advises on matters such as robo-advisory services, peer-to-peer lending and payments. She strives to maintain a diverse corporate practice and to achieve a high level of professionalism and bespoke client service. Kristi has practiced in Hong Kong for over 20 years, and works with emerging growth companies through to listed multinational corporations in Hong Kong, United States, Asia and Europe. She is passionate about shaping Hong Kong’s legal landscape, and works to bring new concepts to the market.

Brian Tang
Founder, LITE [email protected] and ACMI
Co-chair, RegTech Committee, FTAHK

Brian W Tang is an innovator, educator and ecosystem-builder who has worked in the confluence of law, technology and finance in Hong Kong, New York, Silicon Valley, and Australia. He is founding executive director of LITE [email protected], co-chair of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong’s Regtech Committee, founding member of the APAC Regtech Network and an author of The Fintech Book and The Regtech Book. Brian is also managing director of ACMI and was previously at Credit Suisse and Sullivan & Cromwell.

Lapman Lee
Vice Chair of the Financial Markets Committee of the British Chamber
Co-Chair InsurTech, HK FinTech Association

Lapman Lee is a financial services & FinTech subject matter expert with 20 years of experience as a Big 4 consulting partner and regulatory compliance and risk management managing director. He focuses on enhancing governance, risk & controls (GRC) at FinTech firms and traditional financial institutions, regulatory change (such as LIBOR transition) and RegTech, and M&A strategy and post-merger integration. He is active in the HK financial services industry promoting HK as an IFC as a Vice Chair of the Financial Markets Committee of the British Chamber, honorary fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) of the HKU, and Co-Chair InsurTech of the HK FinTech Association as well as Task Force member of the HK Insurance Authority.

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