Leonie Tear

Senior Associate
King & Wood Mallesons

Leonie specialises in financial crime investigations and compliance.

Leonie has conducted internal investigations in relation to AML/CFT, sanctions and bribery issues under the laws and regulations of the UK, US and Hong Kong, assisting clients to respond to regulatory enforcement action and whistleblower complaints. 

This has included in response to enforcement action brought by the HKMA, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  She has conducted investigations in a number of jurisdiction across Asia, Africa and Europe. 

In addition to acting as external counsel, Leonie has worked within the internal financial crime investigations group of a major bank in Hong Kong.  

Leonie also has extensive experience in assisting corporates and financial institutions to build or remediate financial crime compliance programmes benchmarking them against regulator expectations.  Recently, this includes being heavily involved in creating best practice standards for virtual asset and virtual asset service providers. 

Leonie regularly advises on the deployment of new technologies, including digital identity, open API and KYC utilities. 

Leonie is admitted in Hong Kong and England & Wales.