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Prestige 40 Under 40 2020: Peiying Chua

Peiying Chua

38, Financial Regulation Partner at Linklaters LLP

With her wealth of experience in financial regulation in private practice and as legal counsel at various offshore banks, Peiying is regarded by the industry as a leader in regulatory advice. The youngest female partner in Linklaters Singapore is also known for being active in lobbying authorities on regulatory reform and as the go-to lawyer for fintech trends.

One of her notable roles was as the lead lawyer in developing the Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association’s (Access) Code of Practice. Facilitated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and developed in consultation with the Association of Banks in Singapore, the code sets out anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing best practices for cryptocurrency firms operating in Singapore, and aims to tackle bankability issues faced the industry.

During the current pandemic, Peiying helps her financial institution clients respond to the immediate challenges faced in their customer- and market-facing roles while also advising them on their digitalisation strategies and global expansion. She believes that the future of finance will centre around partnerships between traditional financial institutions, fintech players and regulators. “I am passionate about bridging the gaps between these stakeholders and also in helping fintech incubator firms and digital banks achieve a larger purpose and a larger good, such as serving the under-banked on a pro-bono or reduced-rate basis.”