Jonathan Van Neste
+44 (1534) 849781

Jonathan is a qualified Jersey Solicitor (non-practising) with 10 years of experience assisting and advising on offshore legislation. Jonathan has also worked as a copy writer on crypto having a general interest in emerging technology, FinTech, DeFi and financial services regulation.

Jonathan’s career began in private practice dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters including trust disputes, regulatory disputes and HNWI divorce proceedings including assisting Advocates before the Royal Court and regulated entities going through JFSC review processes.

He then joined the Attorney General’s office to advise the Government of Jersey on the development of legislation, with particular focus on areas relating to the digital economy, competition and financial services. This included legislation relating to mergers and acquisitions, the creation of Jersey’s data protection framework for GDPR adequacy, charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts, and financial services legislation required for Jersey’s FATF compliance.

Jonathan most recently worked as a Senior Policy Officer of the Financial Services and Digital Economy team within Jersey’s Economic Development Department as the emerging technology lead where he led or assisted on the development of legislative and non-legislative initiatives relating to areas of the digital economy and FinTech including matters of electronic communication, utilising trust and foundation structures for data stewardship services, eKYC solutions for AML/CFT compliance and virtual asset regulation.

As a Senior Policy Officer Jonathan also managed the relationship between Government and arm’s length organisations including local regulators where he was successful in progressing a new contractual arrangement to facilitate Government’s ongoing grant funding.