Ashfords LLP strengthens its Financial Services and FinTech offering with new hire

Law firm Ashfords LLP has bolstered its Financial Services team with the hire of Legal Director Cynthia Ma. Cynthia joined the firm’s London office on 07 October.

Cynthia’s appointment reflects Ashfords’ continued growth and expansion of its offering and expertise.

Previously at Simmons & Simmons, Cynthia trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and is educated to PhD level. An expert in financial services regulation, structured finance and fintech, Cynthia has extensive knowledge of financial products and operational processes as well as  legal and regulatory issues concerning the trading and product lifecycles, operations and management of financial institutions.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Cynthia was seconded to the legal department of MUFG for 14 months to advise on MiFID II (research and inducements, product governance and trading venues), CRD IV and CRR topics, as well as Brexit-related regulatory issues. Cynthia was also previously in-house as general counsel at MarketInvoice.

Giles Hawkins, Partner and Head of London at Ashfords LLP, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cynthia to the firm as we continue our strategic growth plan, with a focus on attracting and retaining top talent in key sectors. Cynthia’s experience to date will complement our client offering - particularly in the technology and financial services sectors.”

Cynthia Ma added: “I am thrilled to join the dynamic team at Ashfords and look forward to working closely with my new colleagues to deliver a credible financial services regulatory offering to our clients.” 

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