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Compliance consulting

Midmar Capital works in partnership with Gem Compliance Consulting - an independent compliance consultancy with experience of working with a wide variety of investment firms and alternative asset managers. This enables us to provide a full range of compliance consulting services seamlessly integrated with any other non-investment services that we may be providing for you.

This can include advising on and managing applications for FCA authorisation and providing ongoing compliance monitoring and support. Typically, this will involve an assessment of your firm's systems and controls, your compliance governance arrangements and assisting with compliance reporting and preparation for regulatory visits and reviews.

Other compliance services available include preparing and maintaining all of your compliance documentation, such as compliance manuals, procedures and monitoring programmes; assisting with or managing other major projects such as permission variations and changes of control; and the preparation of your Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process ('ICAAP').

As we come from asset management backgrounds ourselves, we have a very good understanding of the regulatory, technical and commercial issues facing your firm. We understand the challenges faced by boutique investment or hedge fund management firms where the principals often have direct responsibility for compliance oversight in addition to other roles.

Gillian Gallacher is responsible for compliance consulting and regulatory services at Midmar Capital. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. During her career, she has held positions as Head of Regulation and Money Laundering Reporting Officer with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s life assurance, pensions and investment company and subsequently with Hewitt Associates, one of the world’s leading employee benefit consultancies. She also has experience on the regulatory side of the industry having spent two years as a Principal Regulatory Officer with Lloyd's of London.

Gillian has a law degree (LLB), and the full Financial Planning Certificate (FPC). She also has the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment Diploma in Investment Compliance, Investment Administration Qualification and Certificates in Risk in Financial Services and Global Financial Compliance. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (Chartered FCSI) and a member of the Personal Finance Society (Cert PFS).

Emma Jones is Compliance Manager at Midmar Capital. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Biochemistry from The University of Sheffield, she began her career in financial services in 2005.

After quickly climbing the ladder to a Team Leader position in Connells’ Mortgage Business Unit, Emma started working in Connells’ Compliance and Legal Services department as a Regulatory Risk Analyst.

Between 2007 and 2010 Emma obtained her Certificate in Mortgage Advice Practice and a Diploma in Compliance. Emma left her position with Connells in 2011 and joined Countrywide Principal Services Limited as a Technical Compliance Adviser.

In her role at Countrywide, Emma provided regulatory guidance on home finance, non-investment insurance and consumer credit related issues to Senior Management and Compliance and Legal staff within other Group subsidiaries, which included other directly authorised firms, their ARs and the Group parent company.

In 2014 Emma joined Midmar Capital as Compliance Manager.

Natalia Popova is Compliance Associate at Midmar Capital. Natalia has been working in financial services since 2012 after graduating with an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University.

Natalia’s first taste of financial administration was with JTC Group in Luxembourg where she served as as an administrator.

She then moved to Orangefield Group where she was quickly promoted and became an Account Manager, mainly working with real estate and oil and gas clients. At Orangefield, Natalia handled day to day client queries as well as the full life cycle of a company from onboarding and incorporation to dissolution.

In May 2016, Natalia joined Midmar Capital as a Compliance Associate.

Natalia also speaks fluent Russian, Dutch and French.

Agata Mackay is a Compliance Associate at Midmar Capital. Agata started working in financial services in 2016, a few months after she graduated from the Heriot Watt University having been awarded a degree in Interpreting and Translating in Spanish and French.

She worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland as a Premier Banking Officer before she secured a Relationship Manager role looking after her clients’ financial needs and handling their day to day queries.

Agata also achieved a Chartered Banker Certificate.

In December 2018, Agata joined Gem Compliance Consulting Limited as a Junior Compliance Associate.

Agata also speaks Polish, Spanish and French.
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