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Charlotte Robins


Hong Kong

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Charlotte Robins


Hong Kong

Charlotte is the Head of Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong Regulatory practice. She acts for a wide range of national and international financial institutions including investment and private banks, asset and wealth managers (including hedge fund and private equity managers and advisors) and insurance companies.

Her practice includes advising on setting up regulated businesses in Hong Kong, on-going compliance with regulatory laws, codes and guidelines and the impact of regulatory change. Some selected areas of expertise include licensing, product offering, regional and global cross border issues, regulatory corporate governance, ESG, anti-money laundering and data privacy. She has been actively involved in responding to regulatory consultations; recent examples include client suitability requirements, manager in charge regimes, amendments to the SFC Fund Manager Code of Conduct and the HKMA regulation and supervision of Trust Business.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 notes that Charlotte “remains a trusted advisor to regional and global banks and investors on a host of non-contentious financial services regulatory matters. ‘Charlotte provided thoughtful, pragmatic and commercial advice and followed it through at all times,’ reports a client, while a second interviewee appreciates her ‘insight into the current approaches and thinking of the SFC’”. Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 reported: Charlotte “is valued for her expert advice on licensing matters, compliance with regulatory regimes and structuring new products. ‘She makes things easy to understand and apply to our business; there's a lot of clarity there,’ a source appreciates.”

Charlotte is a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association Regulatory Committee. She is qualified as a solicitor both in Hong Kong and England & Wales.

News & insights

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 30 JUNE 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Trends and Tracker

The SFC's latest annual and quarterly reports highlight the SFC's regulatory work since April 2019 and illustrate some key trends in its enforcement agenda.

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Publications: 07 JUNE 2021

Singapore’s Proposal to Mandate Reference Checks and Misconduct Reporting

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a Consultation Paper on Proposals to Mandate Reference Checks. 

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Blog Post: 12 MAY 2021

Stopping rolling bad apples - the new Hong Kong mandatory reference checking scheme

Financial services regulators across the globe have been focused for a number of years on the need to address ‘rolling bad apples’.  This is where individuals engage in misconduct during their…

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Publications: 06 MAY 2021

Hong Kong’s proposed Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme: the end of “rolling bad apples”?

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released its consultation conclusions on the proposed Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme (MRC Scheme) on 3 May 2021.

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Admitted as a Solicitor (Hong Kong), 2002

Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 1998