Colm Dawson

Colm Dawson


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Colm Dawson is a partner in the Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group at Walkers' Hong Kong office.

He has experience across regulated financial services providers having spent significant secondment periods in the banking and investment management sectors. His general regulatory work experience ranges across regulatory permission applications, change of control notifications on multi-jurisdictional projects including preparing applications for banks, payment institutions, electronic money institutions, fund administrators and investment managers and advisors. He has also worked in-house at a fund administrator and has addressed the practical and commercial challenges of implementing regulatory update and change projects across business lines.

Colm regularly acts for major international banks, investment managers, fund service providers, virtual asset issuers and service providers and insurers, advising on a comprehensive range of Cayman Islands regulatory matters and the interaction with global regulatory frameworks.

He advises clients on all aspects of financial crime prevention (anti-money laundering, counter terrorist financing, counter proliferation financing and financial sanctions) economic substance, data protection, corporate and regulatory governance and engaging with competent authorities.

Colm has worked on regulatory matters in financial services since 2012, most recently spending over three years in the financial services regulatory practice of Matheson in Dublin.

He has also worked as in-house counsel at Citco and spent two-and-a-half years in the regulatory practice of KPMG.

Admitted In:
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
England and Wales (not practising)
Ireland (not practising)

LLB (Hons), University of Limerick, Ireland
Diploma (Hons), International Financial Crime, University of Manchester, UK
Diploma (Hons), Financial Services Compliance, University College Dublin, Ireland

2023 Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Next Generation Partner

2022 Legal 500 - Recommended - Regulatory & Compliance - "We work primarily with Colm Dawson and indirectly with Lucy Frew who we find to be exceptional business partners in assisting us with resolving and crafting solutions to Cayman matters. Their timeliness and responsiveness is particularly notable."

Colm is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association. 

He has acted as a guest faculty member at the Law Society of Ireland and the University College Dublin.