Paul Derham

FinTech, Financial Advisory, Derivatives, FX, Licensing lawyer

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.

At a Glance

Summary My Details
Key areas of expertise:
  • Financial Services compliance
  • Over the Counter (OTC) derivatives and foreign exchange
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing
  • Australian Financial Services Licensing
  • Managed Investment Schemes
  • Financial Planning
Types of clients:
  • Robo advisers 
  • Digital Currency Providers and BitCoin exchanges
  • Responsible entities of managed investment schemes (managed funds)
  • Investment managers
  • FX and derivatives traders
  • Forex dealers
  • Meta-Trader 4 (MT4), MT5 and other direct market access (DMA) platforms
  • Global liquidity providers including central counterparties
  • Financial planning dealer groups
  • Insurance providers
  • Insurance brokers
  • Extended warranties providers
  • Accountants
  • Online broking platforms
  • Financial educators
Admitted to practice:  2005
Career achievements:
  • Paul chairs and oversees a number of compliance forums, including the Online Compliance Forum and the OTC Derivatives and Forex Compliance Forum.
  • Paul sits on lots of Compliance Committees for clients.
  • Paul is an authorised external auditor pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Laws (honours)
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser (not yet completed)
Future aspirations:
  • Bringing together compliance managers and decision makers in financial services institutions so that they can help each other to understand Best Practice.
  • Continue to help clients stay out of court by doing the right thing.
  • Influence the regulators and law-makers to change law and policy, on behalf of clients.
Interests outside of work:  Paul's interests outside work are church, surfing, and snowboarding.  Paul married his gorgeous wife Sarah in 2003 and has three daughters.  
Favourite quote: “Real achievement comes from racing ahead when no one else sees a path--and holding back when the rush isn't going where you want to go.” Seth Godin

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