Former Chief Risk Officer of Hong Kong Exchange & Clearing (HKEX) joins Samtrade FX as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer


Samtrade FX today announced that it has appointed Vic Tham, a veteran of the banking and finance industry, as its Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer (“GCRCO”).

Tham brings with him more than 30 years of experience, particularly in the field of risk and compliance. He had held major appointments in risk management at large financial institutions such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Asia), Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”), DBS Bank, and Morgan Stanley (Asia).

In his role as Global Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at Samtrade FX, Tham will consult and provide expertise with the aim of strengthening the emerging online trading brokerage firm’s internal controls, compliance, and overall risk management.

Mr Sam Goh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samtrade FX, commented on Tham’s appointment, “With his outstanding reputation and record in the field of risk management, Vic is a stellar addition to our team. As Samtrade FX continues to grow its reputation as the go-to online trading brokerage firm, we believe it is important to continue strengthening and fortifying our infrastructure and internal controls, while undertaking an innovative approach towards risk management that is able to adapt to the rapidly evolving business and regulatory environment. We are thus excited to tap on Vic’s expertise and know-how in this area.”

Samtrade FX, an online foreign exchange (“forex”) trading brokerage with a network of regional presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, has progressively expanded its operations since its establishment in 2015, with an extensive customer base of 50,000 trading across 8 countries. Samtrade FX also recently won "Best Trading Platform, Asia", "Best Forex Introducing Broker, Asia" and "Best FOREX ECN/STP Broker" at The London Trader Show 2020, which speaks to its strong reputation and credibility as recognised by the industry's top panel of experts and retail traders from around the world.


Vic Tham holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Accounting, and a BSc degree in Business Administration, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. He is also the Advisory Board Member (Risk Management) for the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science, Hong Kong University.

Tham had served as the portfolio manager of QEX Fund SP, and as the Chief Investment Officer of Pundi X Labs Pte, a fintech firm. Ltd. He formerly worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BAML”) from 2011 to 2018. He last served as BAML’s Chief Operating Officer, Asia, for Global Transaction Services & Regional Corporate Banking Business Controls. Before joining BAML, he was the Managing Director and Regional Head of Business Operational Risk, North Asia, Wholesale Banking, at Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he had also held major appointments such as Chief Risk Officer of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited; Vice President -Market and Operational Risk Management, at DBS Bank; and Vice President- Equity, Derivatives and Structured Products Operations at Morgan Stanley (Asia).


Samtrade FX is an online trading brokerage that provides forex trading and other related services. It was founded with the objective of providing traders with safe, easy, and low-cost access to foreign exchange markets. Samtrade FX’s founders and partners are all traders themselves and have extensive trading experience in forex and contract for differences trading. Its Advisory Board includes knowledgeable and experienced professionals who are able to provide clients with unrivalled professional advice.

Samtrade FX is incorporated in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines under registered number 25290 IBC 2019 by the Registrar of International Business Companies, and is registered by the Financial Services Authority of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to carry on the business of dealing in securities as a Principal. Samtrade FX is registered and regulated by FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada) under Money Services Business (MSB) with registration number: M19977589.