Grace Chong

Grace has over a decade of experience in advising banks, asset managers and corporates on regulatory and fintech matters in Singapore and Hong Kong. A former in-house counsel at 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 has extensive experience advising on cross-border and complex regulatory matters, including licensing and conduct of business requirements, regulatory investigations, and regulatory change. She also brings a strategic outlook from an in-house perspective having previously been a counsel in the Global Internal Investigations Group at the Hong Kong headquarters of HSBC. She speaks regularly at various conferences in the region, and her insights on regulatory matters have been published in various publications such as Forbes, Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Regulation Asia, Ignites and various other platforms.

What makes you a Risky Woman?

Bringing deep regulatory and technical expertise to clients to help them expand beyond borders and launch amazing products.

Name your top 3 achievements

  1. Building a fintech, data and ICT practice in Singapore, which was ranked in Chambers for 2021;
  2. Assisting banks, tech companies, and asset managers to pursue regulatory licences and approvals for digital asset products and services;
  3. Headed the ESG Working Group in AIMA, and held the pen for regulatory responses on ESG consultations across HK and Singapore.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?

Making the decision to move from SG to HK for a job (Global internal investigations group HQ job in HSBC). Crossing borders back from HK to SG for family.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I would say my two cats Chiharu and Purrsephone, but then again since Covid-19 they have featured so much in my panel conference and session videos that they are now favourites of my clients (who give them love, treats, and even a fund client who dropped a litter box for Chiharu!)

What is the best quality for successful leaders in Risk?

Endurance and courage


Simmons & Simmons
Of Counsel (Singapore and HK) - Regulatory & ICT Lead

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