Kwah Chee Hian

Director, Head of Financial Services Regulatory


Chee Hian advises financial institutions on contentious and non-contentious matters across a range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues.

He advises financial institution clients across a broad range of issues, such as licensing applications, structuring of regulated business, business conduct rules, product offering rules and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing compliance.

He has also assisted financial institutions with internal investigations and regulatory enquiries of senior employee misconduct, breaches of anti-money laundering regulations, and failures to comply with ongoing business conduct requirements.

In particular, Chee Hian has extensive experience advising clients on Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) licence applications, such as licences for capital markets services, financial advisers and major payment institutions (including applications to provide digital payment token services).

Chee Hian also works closely with industry bodies such as Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) on financial services reform and developments. He has also spent some time on secondment with an international bank in Singapore, and assisted the bank with its regulatory requirement to locally incorporate its Singapore retail operations.