Suzette Els

Rifat Rahman

Senior Executive, Compliance

Areas of expertise

  • Development of Singapore’s internal processes and procedures on enhanced Client Due Diligence (CDD)
  • Periodic review of existing clients
  • Suspicious Transaction Reporting (STR)
  • Money Laundering Reporting (MLR)


After joining Hawksford in 2013 and working in both the corporate secretarial and compliance teams, Rifat is in charge of staff training for periodic review of existing clients and Suspicious Transaction Reporting (STR). She is currently acting as the designated Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Deputy Suspicious Transaction Reporting officer in the Singapore office.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Rifat holds an LLB(Hons) from the UK
  • Qualified barrister of England and Wales’
  • Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Chartered  Secretary and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Singapore

Notable Achievements

  • Led the remediation team to complete enhanced CDD of all high risk clients of Hawksford in Singapore
  • Co-developed Hawksford Singapore’s internal processes and procedures for enhanced CDD
  • In charge of implementing the New Regulatory Requirements in Hong Kong that came into effect in March 2018
  • Responsible for arranging necessary documents to fulfil the prerequisites under the New Licensing scheme for Trust or Company Service Providers in Hong Kong


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