As XReg’s Risk and Regulatory Compliance Lead, Nicky ’s expertise is in financial services regulation, risk management and the development and implementation of regulatory frameworks. Nicky helps clients develop risk-based and outcomes-oriented regulation and supports the development of simple but effective strategies to manage risk and leverage smart innovation.
Nicky developed a reputation for his pragmatic approach to regulation during his time at the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). After six years working in the banking industry, Nicky joined the GFSC where he was primarily responsible for the authorisation and ongoing supervision of banks, investment firms, e-money and payment institutions and bureaux. Nicky was later appointed as Risk Manager and led the design and implementation of the GFSC’s enterprise risk management and internal control framework.
He was then appointed as Head of Risk and Innovation to help the GFSC actively support the development of new markets and activities in Gibraltar. He was part of the team that led the design and implementation of the strategy, policy and legal framework that delivered the world’s first bespoke regulatory framework for firms that use DLT. Nicky was responsible for ensuring the GFSC’s operational readiness and headed the team responsible for safely authorising and supervising this new industry. He also actively supported the development of the DLT industry in Gibraltar, and today, the local industry hosts world-leading Virtual Asset Service Providers.
During his time as a regulator, Nicky represented the GFSC at committee meetings, seminars and working groups hosted by international standards bodies such as FATF and IOSCO, where he presented Gibraltar’s DLT Regulatory framework and plans to regulate token issuance at a European Regional Committee meeting.