Desmond Ko

Head of Client Acceptance, North Asia

Desmond Ko

Desmond joined Vistra as Head of Client Acceptance, North Asia at the Hong Kong office in August 2021.  He manages overall client lifecycle activities, controls and systems development in North Asia.

Desmond has over 20 years of experience with different well-known international financial institutions and mainland Chinese financial institutions.  Prior to joining Vistra he held senior client due diligence, onboarding and financial crime compliance roles with HSBC, Bank of China (HK), BNP Paribas, and CMB International in the Asia-Pacific region.

Desmond possesses strong professional knowledge in anti-money laundering, counter terrorism financing, tax regulations and sanctions, plus a wealth of operational experience in forming and running teams for handling onboarding/renewal, KYC operations, account maintenance, and risk management for Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) businesses and Private Banking/Wealth Management businesses in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific region.

He obtained his MBA Degree from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia, and his Bachelor Degree from Keele University in United Kingdom, and is a Certified AML Professional (CAMLP).

Desmond is well-travelled and enjoys working with people of different cultures, and is fluent in Cantonese, English & Mandarin.




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