Suzanna Ballabás - Senior Associate, Head of Data Protection UAE at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Suzanna Ballabás

      Senior Associate, Head of Data Protection UAE

      United Arab Emirates
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      Suzanna specialises in providing data protection, Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and compliance support to our clients in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (”ADGM”) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”).

      In a data protection capacity, Suzanna assists firms with the implementation of the DIFC Data Protection Law No. 5 of 2020 and its supporting regulations, identifying incompatible procedures and policies, assessing compliance throughout the firm. Suzanna also acts as a Data Protection Officer assisting firms with day-to-day data privacy matters including enhancing their data protection framework, drafting supporting policy documents and overseeing Data Subject Access Requests (“DSAR”).  In a compliance capacity, Suzanna assists with the day-to-day compliance requirements of DFSA-regulated firms which includes the assessment of compliance arrangements and compliance projects. This includes undertaking client file reviews, maintaining client policies and procedures, onboarding and classifying clients, completing gap analysis, preparing and executing remediation plans, and undertaking compliance monitoring programmes with detailed testing of firm’s systems and controls, identifying weaknesses and providing recommendations for remediation where required.

      Previously, Suzanna worked for RGL Forensics in the UK (now Baker Tilly) before relocating to the UAE to join Perella Weinberg Partners in the DIFC. During her time with RGL, Suzanna worked with the infrastructure team to implement GDPR requirements into the organisation’s framework, focusing on evaluating and developing the HR data flows and data inventories, creating a support framework for Data Subject Access Requests (“DSAR”). In her role with Perella Weinberg Partners, Suzanna provided local support to the international Head of Compliance, including detailed reports on the firm’s onboarding activity and compliance monitoring programme progress and supporting training for staff in the DIFC office. Suzanna also assisted with the preparation of regulatory returns of the Category 4 firm to the DFSA, management information reports and maintaining policies and procedures in line with DFSA regulations and international best practice.

      Suzanna graduated from Northumbria University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law.

      Recent work includes:

      • Roll out of the DIFC Data Protection Law 2020 for multi-jurisdiction firms
      • Conducting compliance monitoring programmes for Category 3C and Category 4 Firms within the DIFC and the ADGM
      • Updating AML and compliance policies and procedures.
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