Nikolai de Koning

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

The Netherlands
T:+31 20 462 9407
The Netherlands
T:+31 20 462 9407
Nikolai de Koning

Nikolai de Koning


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Nikolai de Koning is a financial services lawyer (advocaat) based in Amsterdam. He focuses on financial services regulation, FinTech, environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, and compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) legislation.

Nikolai has a broad range of experience advising on domestic and cross-border regulatory and compliance matters relevant to financial institutions, including payment services providers, crypto service providers, electronic money institutions, investment firms, (managers of) investment funds trading venues, banks, insurers, insurance intermediaries and custodians. Besides advising on regulatory compliance, regulatory change, risk management, governance, trading, lending and custody, he advises financial institutions on applicable Dutch licence, approval and notification requirements and assists them in their dealings with the Dutch financial regulators.

Nikolai has a particular interest in and experience with FinTech. He advises on innovative financial services and products, including digital payments, cryptoassets market infrastructure, consumer credit (including Buy Now Pay Later), blockchain and distributed ledger technology. In addition, Nikolai has extensive experience with advising on ESG and AML risks, regulation and compliance issues.

Nikolai regularly acts on mergers and acquisitions and restructurings involving financial institutions. He has represented clients on a wide range of complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. In addition, Nikolai advises on, drafts and negotiates a wide range of documentation relevant to his clients.

Nikolai holds a Master of Law degree in Private Law from the University of Amsterdam and graduated cum laude from the Law Firm School.

Professional experience

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  • Advocaat, qualified in the Netherlands
  • Rechtsgebiedenregister van de Nederlandse orde van advocaten: Financieel recht
  • Listed in the register of legal practice areas of the Dutch Bar Association: Financieel recht

Nikolai is a frequent speaker and regularly writes articles on a wide variety of developments in Dutch financial services legislation for legal magazines Juridisch up to Date and Financial Law in Practice. In addition, he is an active blogger on the legal blog Regulation tomorrow, which reports on global financial services regulatory developments.

  • Association for Financial Law (Vereniging voor Financieel Recht)
  • Dutch Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Dutch
  • English