YURIKA PISTORIUS

EXECUTIVE HEAD OF GROUP

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE

Yurika appears in the
Top 100 Attorneys magazine.

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Yurika Pistorius

Yurika Pistorius was first featured as a Top 100 Attorney in 2020. Now, one year later, she continues to maintain the stellar career for which she was initially recognized for.

 

Yurika holds various roles within her organization, but her goal is wholly unitary—to ensure regulatory compliance, and to identify and combat cybercrime, money laundering, and data theft. An experienced and capable attorney, Yurika’s specific roles are as executive head of group legal and compliance, registered group compliance officer, money laundering compliance officer, and in-house corporate lawyer for Clientèle Limited Group, one of South Africa’s leading direct distributors of financial service products.

 

As challenging as her job sounds, Yurika effectively executes each responsibility with the precision of a surgeon. Whether she is acting as a strategic regulatory advisor, empowering the board and executives to proactively comply with applicable laws and regulations, or serving as the primary regulatory liaison officer, working with regulatory authorities, media, and press, Yurika ensures that the Clientèle Limited Group maintains their strategic objectives. Yurika adds, “Cybercrime security, anti-money laundering, data protection, and ethics are worldwide focus points and the COVID pandemic brought about a whole new set of risks to be identified and managed. It doesn’t matter where in the world you practice, these are global risks, which needs to be properly managed by all legal and compliance professionals.”  And, because compliance is always evolving and the practice has changed from being a predominantly legal advisory role to one that requires a diverse skill set, Yurika adds, “Compliance professionals must be well-versed on technology and understand the impact that technology has on our organisations and its direct relation to regulatory compliance, project and relationship management, negotiations, and cybersecurity. To support her ongoing efforts in that endeavor, Yurika further expanded her considerable expertise by completing Oxford’s FinTech Programme, obtained qualifications in COBIT (an IT management framework that helps businesses develop, organize, and implement strategies for information management and governance), and is currently pursuing her CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist), a global certification which is dedicated to fighting financial crime and allows for the prevention of money laundering. All of these further qualifications assist in understanding the changing regulatory landscape, the pain points of the organisation, and with assisting customers.

 

Yurika was awarded the designation of Internationally Certified Compliance Practitioner through the International Federation of Compliance Association and serves as a mentor to provide guidance to younger compliance professionals. She has practiced as a trial lawyer in civil and commercial litigation, and has the benefit of international experience, obtained in Switzerland and the U.S. With this breadth of knowledge, she has been invited to share her experience and knowledge with other industry professionals as a speaker for anti-money-laundering, fintech, and regtech conferences, as well as conduct and ethics summits in the U.K.

 

Yurika’s dedication to her career, her passion for guiding and mentoring in the legal and compliance field, and unwavering support of the Clientèle Limited Group is founded on her belief that not only do all people deserve a secure financial experience, but that security is possible with diligence and teamwork. For inspiration, she looks to a quote from the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Fight for the things you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

 

Yurkia Pistorius

Executive Head of Group Legal and Compliance

Clientèle Limited

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