Peter Oakes is a strategic consultant to the firm. He is a qualified solicitor admitted in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. Over the past 25 years he has worked both as a regulator and senior executive in the investment management, payments, reinsurance, funds and fintech industries in board, c-suite, legal and compliance roles. He has advised central banks and regulators (Australia, Asia, UK, Ireland & Middle-East) on a wide range of strategic, supervisory and enforcement issues as well as regulated entities and their boards dealing with enforcement actions. From 2010 – 2013, he was appointed the first Director of Enforcement and AML/CTF Supervision at the Central Bank of Ireland.
In this role he had directorial responsibility for all Central Bank investigations and enforcement issues across prudential regulation, conduct of business, consumer protection, securities regulations, fitness and probity requirements, refusal/revocations of authorisations, specialist AML/CFT supervisory inspections and unauthorised business activities. Peter was a member of the Central Bank’s Senior Leadership Team and the Senior Management, Policy and Supervisory Risk Committees. From 2014 – 2016, as a Director and Chief Risk Officer, Peter was responsible for establishing Bank of America Merchant Services operations in Europe. He has led numerous regulatory authorisations for companies in the UK and Ireland. In addition to his role with Clark Hill Solicitors, Peter is non-executive director of Irish regulated firms Susquehanna International Securities Limited and Interpay Limted (t/a TransferMate) and board advisor to a group of UK based FCA regulated firms. Peter founded Fintech Ireland and Fintech UK to facilitate and promote fintech, through which he coaches and mentors new technology firms.
“Peter Oakes, who has vast international regulatory experience as a former director of the Central Bank of Ireland. A source says: ‘Peter is high-profile, he has very strong governance capabilities and is very good for a regulated FinTech company.’”