Andrew Chow is a Partner in the Financial Services Regulatory Practice. He has extensive experience in financial services regulatory matters, with an emphasis on banking and capital markets legal and compliance advisory. As one of the first dedicated compliance professionals in Singapore, Andrew has worked for various international financial institutions across the Asian region. He advises on a wide spectrum of regulatory issues and developments, and has previously guided each of the financial institutions he worked in on regulatory compliance with statutes, regulations, notices and guidelines in Singapore including the Banking Act, the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), the Financial Advisers Act (FAA), the Trust Companies Act, the Commodity Trading Act administered by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and other regulatory bodies. Apart from his advisory roles, he also developed the compliance processes and procedures for those institutions, including other risk, operational and IT policies and procedures where legal and compliance input was essential. In the 16 years prior to joining WongPartnership, the financial institutions Andrew worked for were: Standard Chartered Bank, where he established the compliance department, and was actively involved in managing the issues surrounding the collapse of Baring Futures and its parent; and Baring Brothers & Co. in the UK. He then moved to Toronto Dominion Bank/TD Waterhouse, where he led in the establishment of TD Waterhouse in Hong Kong as one of the first Asian discount brokers while overseeing TD Bank's transactions through the Asian Financial Crisis. The next institution was Schroders, which was acquired by Salomon Smith Barney as part of Citigroup. At Salomon, Andrew was the author of the application for the first unified securities and futures membership on the Singapore Exchange, and also managed the issues arising from the dot.com bust, the collapse of WorldCom and Enron, and the tragic event of 9/11. As the Country Compliance Officer for Citibank, Singapore Branch, he has covered all aspects of Citi's comprehensive footprint in Singapore, including its global technology function locally. He was also actively involved in the integration of the Lehman businesses into Nomura in Asia (ex-Japan). Andrew speaks regularly at seminars organised by the Association of Banks in Singapore, the Institute of Banking and Finance, the Wealth Management Institute, where he leads in Ethics and Compliance training for private banking and wealth management, Hubbis for private banking, the Compliance Professionals Association of Singapore and the Robert Half-ICPAS Financial Leadership Forum. He is also a committee member of the Financial Industry Competency Standards (FICS) Compliance Working Group. Andrew graduated from the National University of Singapore. He is admitted to the Singapore Bar and is also an Attorney-at-Law, New York State Bar.
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How Will the Incumbents and the Challengers React to the New Digital World Ahead? As we all emerge extremely tentatively from lockdown, it is becoming clearer that in practical terms, doing business will likely not be the same in the future as it was pre-2020 for financial institutions, as a considerable number of the rules and restrictions will likely stay in place, creating a n....