Ramula Rajagopalan - Associate at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Ramula Rajagopalan


      United Arab Emirates
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      Ramula Rajagopalan has over ten years of experience specialising in regulatory compliance including company secretarial, audits and writing and implementing policies and procedures.

      As an Analyst at Waystone Compliance Solutions, Ramula is based in our DIFC office and provides incorporation and authorisation support services which includes resolving day-to-day compliance matters, company formations, regulatory licencing projects and handling matters relating to UAE Financial Free Zone registrars. In addition, Ramula provides ongoing AML and compliance support including reviews of clients’ compliance manuals, policies and procedures. Ramula also acts as Company Secretary for regulated firms, providing board support, maintaining statutory registers and compliance with filing requirements.

      Previously, Ramula worked as Company Secretary and provided in-house compliance support for a DFSA-regulated firm, IL&FS Global Financial Services (ME) Ltd, where she performed company secretarial functions, coordinating and assisting the Compliance Officer and MLRO of the company on matters such as AML, KYC, CDD, client risk assessment, world check screening and client on-boarding. Prior to this, Ramula was employed with Griffin Nagda & Co., Chartered Accountants, as Company Secretary in Dubai. Ramula’s responsibilities included offshore company formation and related corporate services for various jurisdictions, setting up both onshore, Free Zone and offshore companies in the UAE and other jurisdictions and close liaison with government departments to ensure all relevant documentation was processed and completed. Prior to moving to UAE, Ramula worked with well-established corporate houses in India in the financial services sector.

      Ramula is an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a qualified Law graduate. In addition, Ramula holds an International Advanced Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering from University of Manchester and is an Associate Member with the International Compliance Association, United Kingdom.

      Recent work includes:

      • Acting as Company Secretary for DFSA-authorised firms in the DIFC.
      • Assisting applicants to obtain DFSA authorisation for different categories including the preparation of their compliance framework in line with regulatory requirements.
      • Assisting applicants with DIFC incorporation and ancillary services following incorporation including developing a full suite of compliance documentation.
      • Providing assistance and advice in Registrar of Companies related matters including company updates on the DIFC portal.
      • Providing ongoing AML and compliance support including reviews of firms’ compliance manuals, policies and procedures.
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