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Nizam Ismail

Nizam Ismail

Founder Ethikom Consultancy


Nizam is CEO and Founder of Ethikom Consultancy, a compliance-focused consultancy based in Singapore.
He formerly co-founded RHT Compliance Solutions, a dedicated financial services compliance consultancy/solutions provider in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. He also formerly headed up the Financial Services Practice of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP. Nizam has worked with regulators, exchanges, markets, banks, broker-dealers, commodities firms, fund managers, trust companies, financial advisers. He has worked with a variety of FinTech and blockchain-based firms. He has more than 27 years of experience and expertise in financial services regulatory compliance and litigation.

He was Executive Director and Head of Compliance for Southeast Asia in Morgan Stanley Singapore. Nizam was also Senior Vice President and Head of Compliance for Southeast Asia at Lehman Brothers Singapore, Executive Director (Legal and Compliance) in Nomura Singapore and Senior Legal Counsel of Citigroup (Corporate and Investment Bank). Nizam spent six years as a regulator at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, where he was Deputy Director and Head of the Market Conduct Policy Division. There, Nizam worked on various policy reviews relating to the capital markets, including various policy reviews leading to the enactment of the Securities and Futures Act, the Financial Advisers Act and the Business Trust Act. Nizam also worked with other international financial services regulators. Having graduated from the NUS Law School in 1991 on a Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship, Nizam started his legal career as Deputy Public Prosecutor/State Counsel at the Commercial Affairs Department, where he prosecuted high-profile corporate and market misconduct cases including insider trading, market rigging and fraud.

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