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Lorna Smith

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Overview

Lorna Smith is a Partner in the Dublin Financial Services Regulatory team at Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm. Lorna has over 10 years' experience in financial services regulation, and in addition to more traditional industries like banking, insurance and investment services, Lorna’s practice also focuses on growth sectors such as fintech, alternative lending and sustainable finance.

Lorna guides new financial institutions establishing in Ireland, across all industry sectors including MiFID investment firms and fund service providers, banks, insurers, emoney and payment firms, and credit servicing and retail credit firms. She also regularly advises on the transfer of regulated businesses, including regulatory due diligence.

Lorna advises firms on their ongoing regulatory obligations, including remuneration and corporate governance, outsourcing, fitness and probity, anti-money laundering, capital management, and industry-specific conduct of business and investor protection requirements.

Lorna helps clients manage regulatory engagement, both in a supervisory and enforcement context, and implement new requirements and robust compliance frameworks. She - has conducted comprehensive gap analyses and assurance reviews to manage regulatory risk, including working on Risk Mitigation Programmes, inspection remediation, and industry-wide reviews such as the Tracker Mortgage Examination.

BACKGROUND

Lorna joined the Maples Group as a Partner in 2021, having previously worked at large Irish law and accountancy firms.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lorna is a member of the Council of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland and Co-Chair of its Regulatory Insights Group. Lorna is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland, Irish Funds and the Law Society of Ireland.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Financial Services Regulatory

EDUCATION

University College Dublin, BCL (2005)
University College Dublin, LLM in Commercial Law (2006)
Law Society of Ireland, Diploma in Compliance Management (2012)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Attorney-at-Law New York (2010) (non-practising)

Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland (2010)

Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (2010) (non-practising)

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