Christopher Martin is an Of Counsel with over 10 years' experience working in both the public and private sectors advising on legal and regulatory issues, including experience in the Central Bank.
He advises domestic and international credit institutions, investment firms, payment institutions, and other regulated and unregulated clients on regulatory and compliance issues, including conduct of business and prudential requirements, authorisation and passporting requirements, acquisitions and disposals, corporate governance, fitness and probity, AML/CFT, financial sanctions, structuring and best practice norms.
Areas of Expertise
Financial Regulation/Anti-Money Laundering Unit/Asset Management & Investment Funds/Consumer Law/Regulatory Risk & Investigations/FinTech/White Collar Crime/Sanctions & Export Controls/Brexit
- Local and international financial service providers on the establishment of businesses in Ireland, including advising on the use of online payments and account portals, both regulated and unregulated.
- Payment service providers (including banks and payment institutions) and merchants on the implementation of payment service requirements under PSD2, including strong customer authentication and related matters.
- Various banks and financial services providers on a broad range of issues including on payment services, consumer protection, investment services and MiFID, consumer credit, money laundering and terrorist financing, and financial sanctions.
- UK financial institutions and service providers on Brexit planning and transfer of investment services from Irish branch to new Irish investment firm.
- Various financial services firms on authorisations and assistance with the Central Bank of Ireland, including payment institutions (both new and PSD2 re-authorisations) and consumer credit entities.
"Chris provides client-centred, commercially driven and helpful advice and is hugely knowledgeable in his subject matter areas" (Chambers and Partners FinTech 2021)
Chris regularly presents to clients on a range of compliance related issues. He has written various articles, lectures, and provides training on regulation and compliance. He was the author for the Compliance Institute's Professional Development Certificate textbooks (PDC1 and PDC2) for 2019 and 2020, and the Insurance Institute's Compliance and Advice textbook and associated online courses for 2020-21.
He is the Chair of the Compliance Institute's Education Committee, and is a member of the Irish Funds MiFID Working Group, and the Blockchain Ireland Legal and Regulatory Working Group. He is also the Internal Examiner and a lecturer for the Law Society of Ireland's Post-Graduate Diploma in Regulation Law and Practice, and a supervisor for the Law Society's Masters in Advanced Law.
- Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland
- Barrister-at-Law Degree, Kings Inns
- LLB, Trinity College Dublin