Natalie Curtis

Partner, Walkers LLP

Natalie is a senior financial services regulatory and fintech lawyer with over 20 years' experience. Having practised in four Asia-Pacific jurisdictions and been seconded to the Cayman Islands, Natalie has a unique understanding of the various regulatory regimes and challenges that apply to financial institutions, fintech clients and virtual/digital asset service providers (VASP) operating in the APAC region and beyond. 

Formerly a partner at a leading international law firm, Natalie recently joined Walkers in Hong Kong to further strengthen Walkers' Regulatory & Risk Advisory practice group in Asia. Natalie's extensive experience includes advising on financial services licensing, AML/CFT regulations and enforcement, market misconduct and mis-selling cases, inspections and investigations by regulators, banking and securities regulation, fund management, data protection, crisis management (including cyber-related incidents), senior management accountability, corporate governance and the cross-border and local impact of regulatory change. 

In the rapidly evolving fintech and virtual asset sectors in particular, Natalie has worked with an impressive client roster, spanning leading virtual asset trading platforms and technology companies to traditional financial institutions. Natalie's experience in these sectors includes advising on establishing virtual banks, payment and VASP licensing, compliance frameworks for VASPs, token/coin/NFT offerings, tokenisation, robo-advisory platforms and app-based securities trading platforms.

Natalie regularly interacts with key regulators and works closely with industry bodies such as AIMA to drive financial services and digital asset regulatory reform and developments.