Glenn Seah Kim Ming

Head, Legal, Compliance & Corporate Secretariat
Singapore Exchange Limited

IBF Fellow (2017)

Compliance

"Successful compliance requires commitment, not only to do what we must, but what we should; accountability, for ourselves and our colleagues; and transparency, to resolve issues courageously both internally and externally."

Biography

​Mr Glenn Seah is the Head of Legal, Compliance & Corporate Secretariat at the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), where he is responsible for leading SGX's legal, compliance and corporate secretarial programmes on a global basis. 

Mr Seah has a strong record in building effective teams and frameworks. He was part of SGX's pioneering Regulatory Policy team which today plays the essential role of drafting, consulting and implementing SGX's trading, clearing and depository rules. Subsequently, when appointed concurrent Head of SGX's Surveillance and Enforcement teams, he oversaw the first joint operations of these two teams, which today run as an integrated function.

Mr Seah was later appointed Head of Wholesale Bank Compliance for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, covering all corporate banking services from transaction banking to financial markets and corporate finance. Among other things, he led Standard Chartered's admission as a SGX securities and OTC financials member. He subsequently took on the role of Regional Head of Compliance for South-East Asia and supported the bank's advance into regional markets.

In 2012, with the rapid expansion of exchanges' regulatory obligations, Mr Seah rejoined SGX as Head of Compliance with the mandate to establish a structured compliance framework for SGX. This included engagement with local and international regulators on evolving laws and standards, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, personal data protection, and a multi-functional cross-border governance framework. In 2016, Mr Seah was appointed as Permanent Invitee to the Executive Management Committee, and Head of the combined Legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretariat functions.

Prior to his work in the financial industry, Mr Seah was a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel with the Attorney-General's Chambers for several years, including trial and appellate work, cross-border mutual legal assistance and the revision of Singapore's criminal laws and procedures.

Mr Seah holds a law degree from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar. He also sits on the Board of Examiners for Financial Markets Regulation and Practice (FMRP) for the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee/Institute of Banking and Finance. In September 2017, he was recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance, an award to recognize leadership and commitment to industry development.