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Grace Chong

Grace Chong

Head of Financial Services Regulatory Sg, Gibson Dunn, Board Member of Women in Payments, IAPP & Access Singapore

Grace is the Head of Financial Services Regulatory for Singapore in Gibson Dunn. Grace has extensive experience advising on cross-border and complex regulatory matters, including licensing and conduct of business requirements, regulatory investigations, and regulatory change. A former in-house counsel at the MAS, Grace 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. She also brings a strategic outlook from an in-house perspective having previously been a counsel in the Global Internal Investigations Group at HSBC.

Grace has advised banks, exchanges, asset managers and startups across Singapore and Hong Kong on regulatory issues such as banking and payments regulations, implementation of electronic trading platforms, licensing, crypto funds setup, outsourcing, virtual banking, corporate acquisitions, and data protection and security.

Grace has been consistently named as one of Singapore’s top 10 FinTech lawyers and is highly ranked in Chambers FinTech 2022, with clients noting that she “is very savvy and shares her knowledge of the MAS and market trends” and “is very pragmatic and always comes forth with sensible and realistic propositions, after an in-depth understanding of our requirements and objectives. She is a real asset to have on our side.” Further, she is recommended in Financial Services Regulatory for Singapore by The Legal 500 2022 guide which notes that she “is one of the best crypto regulatory lawyers in Singapore and is very responsive and personable.” Grace was recognized as an “Innovative Individual” in Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers Awards 2021 and was named as one of Asian Legal Business’ Top 15 Rising Lawyers for APAC.

Grace is a certified cybersecurity GIAC GLEG, CIPP/A/E and CIPM professional, and regularly conducts cybersecurity assessments and investigations in Asia. In addition, she is an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Fellow of Information Privacy and is part of the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Board. She was named as a Global Data Review’s Top 40 Data Lawyers for 2021, and was awarded “Privacy and Data Protection Lawyer of the Year” by Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards 2021.

Grace led the ESG Working Group in AIMA, and led AIMA’s responses to ESG related consults across both Hong Kong and Singapore and has advised on the extra-territorial impact of SFDR, and licensing and documentation requirements for the launch of ESG products and policy.

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