Grace Chong

Counsel (Regulatory & Digital Business), Simmons & Simmons

Grace is a regulatory specialist covering regulatory matters for Singapore and Hong Kong. A former in-house counsel at MAS, Grace has extensive experience advising on cross-border and complex regulatory matters, including licensing and conduct of business requirements, regulatory investigations, and regulatory change. Grace has a specialty interest and focus on ESG, and currently leads the ESG Working Group in AIMA, is a member of the Sustainability Working Group in ASIFMA, and contributed to IMAS’ ESG module. Grace was involved in drafting an ESG Primer for Asset Managers in Asia, and also led AIMA’s responses to ESG related consultations across both HK and SG. Grace has advised banks and asset managers on the extra-territorial impact of SFDR, licensing and documentation requirements for the launch of ESG products and policy, governance and documentation amendments for climate change related regulations. Grace’s insights on ESG has been covered by various publications and media such as Bloomberg Asia, Regulation Asia, Ignites, Asia Asset Management, Money FM 89.3.