FX & Derivatives RegTech Lawyer

Paul Derham


Paul’s expertise is in financial service law and commercial law.  Since 2001, Paul has assisted participants in the financial services industry in complying with their legal and compliance obligations.

Admitted to Practice


Key Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Services compliance and culture
  • Money Remittance (MTOs) and global payments infrastructures
  • Digital payments
  • Over the Counter (OTC) derivatives and margin foreign exchange (MFX)
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing
  • Australian Financial Services Licensing
  • Managed Investment Schemes
  • Conference presentations on the above areas

Career Achievements

  • Chairs Blockchain Australia's AML and Financial Crime Committee.
  • Co-leads a joint offering to Accounting Practice Limited Licensees with Kath Bowler and Licensing for Accountants.
  • Chairs and oversees a number of industry forums, including the OTC Derivatives Compliance Forum, the Money Remitter's Compliance Forum and the Sydney Compliance Managers Forum.
  • Sits on lots of Compliance Committees for clients across the wealth management, derivatives and FX sectors.


  • Bachelor of Laws (honours)
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser (not yet completed)

Favourite Quote

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Roosevelt

My Interviews

Interview One

August 7, 2019

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My Thoughts

How to score an A+ at your next licensee compliance audit

03 Oct 2019

When did you sit your last exam? Remember the mixed feelings of anticipation and dread? You probably recall the feeling more vividly than the subject matter. Memories like that are not stored in the same…

Product Intervention for CFDs issuers and Binary Options has landed in Australia. Read our top 6 FAQs

23 Aug 2019

After years of speculation, product intervention in the CFDs sector has come to Australia.  This article sets out the 8 conditions proposed by ASIC, and some of our commentary.  As Australian lawyers acting for a…