Peter Colegate

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Peter Colegate is a Partner in the Corporate Group and Global Head of Appleby’s Technology and Innovation Group. His practice is focused on privacy, data protection and strategic corporate-commercial and regulatory work in the technology and innovation sectors.

Peter has a keen interest in emerging technologies and has worked on numerous blockchain based offerings and smart contract projects across multiple jurisdictions. A privacy and data protection specialist, Peter is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and sits on the Cayman Islands Government’s Working Group on Data Protection. Peter has written and spoken extensively about privacy, data protection and new technologies across Asia and the Caribbean region, recognising that regulatory issues are often the threshold question for new business models, products and services. He is a founding member of the Blockchain Association of the Cayman Islands, a member of the Financial Services Legislative Committee Fintech Sub-Committee, the Cayman Finance Fintech Innovation Lab and the Fintech Professionals Association.

In 2020, Chambers and Partners ranked Appleby’s Technology and Innovation Group as Band 1 for Offshore Fintech and Peter was recognised as a “notable practitioner”. Legal 500 named Peter as a ‘Rising Star’ noting him as a “subject matter expert, responsive and detail-oriented” for Regulatory and Compliance.

Prior to joining Appleby in January 2017, Peter was a member of Hogan Lovells’ technology, media and telecommunications group in Hong Kong and helped build the firm’s privacy practice in Asia.

Peter is admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands, as a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands, as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practicing) and was a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong.

Recent contributions include:

  • One Trust Data Guidance: Cayman Islands: Regulation of virtual assets
  • The Lawyer Magazine: Protecting Personal Data from the Corona Virus
  • Cayman Financial Review: Technology and Privacy – is the GDPR already out of date?
  • IFC Economic Report: As the Blockchain revolution moves offshore, what are the challenges?
  • Blockchain briefing – key takeaways from London, Singapore and New York
  • AlphaWeek: How best to protect your investment in a Cayman Islands based crypto hedge fund
  • Property Magazine: Trademark Talk: Cayman Calling
  • GDPR and the Data Protection law – two sides of the same coin
    Could Blockchain technology revolutionise financial services in Cayman?
  • Bernews: Protecting Personal Information- are you prepared?
  • Cayman Compass: Data protection law places new obligations on businesses
  • Cayman Funds: Protecting Personal Data is the industry prepared?
  • Appleby eAlert: Comparing GDPR and PIPA – is there a difference?


Representative experience:

  • Acting as lead counsel on the structuring and issuance of ERC20 tokens for an innovative blockchain-based identity management network;
  • Advising on the establishment of a decentralised peer-to-peer casino platform;
  • Advising on the issuance of the first all-in-one digital wallet to manage digital identity and Ethereum tokens;
  • Advising a blockchain based platform designed to catalyse trade financing in emerging markets;
  • Advising a leading international technology company on the e-commerce, data privacy and music licensing aspects of launching its online music streaming service
  • Advising a leading Chinese mobile chat service on the global (200 countries) launch of its new VoIP service*
  • Advising a bank on the privacy and data protection implications of using biometric technology for customer identification
  • Advising a leading payment service provider on commercial and regulatory aspects of their electronic and mobile payment services
  • Advising a global smartphone application service provider on pan-Asia regulatory issues prior to the launch of its app-based data storage service*
  • Advising a leading international technology company on the regulatory requirements for the launch of its internet TV service
  • Advising a leading technology business and a global health insurer on pan-Asia data privacy aspects of their respective health information apps*
  • Advising two global banks on the bank secrecy and data privacy implications of transferring customer data to overseas regulators*
  • Advising a worldwide provider of telecommunications services on the regulatory and licensing requirements for launching machine-to-machine services in Hong Kong*(*experience prior to joining Appleby)


  • LLM Commercial Intellectual Property, Nottingham Law School
  • LLB (joint honours), University of Keele


14 Jul 2021 | News

Recent updates of the Cayman Islands Economic Substance Regime bring certain Partnerships into scope

On 30 June 2021, the Cayman Islands Government gazetted an amendment of the ES Schedule Regulations ...

10 Dec 2020 | News

Appleby Ranked Tier 1 in Chambers’ Inaugural Offshore FinTech Guide

Chambers and Partners has published its first-ever Offshore FinTech ranking, naming Appleby as a Tie...

9 Jul 2020 | Analysis

Operating in the “new normal”

With businesses facing unprecedented challenges in 2020, data protection and cyber security regulati...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
8 Jul 2020 | News

Appleby releases Offshore Data Protection Guide

Leading offshore law firm Appleby announces today it has launched an Offshore Data Protection Guide ...

2 Jul 2020 | News

Covid-19: Protecting Personal Data – the New Normal

One unanticipated consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the huge increase in the collection ...

19 Jun 2020 | News

Appleby partners with ‘Collision From Home’

Appleby is partnering with Collision, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference, to showcase...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
7 May 2020 | News

Cayman Proposes Virtual Assets Framework

While much of Cayman’s financial services legislation was written before the recent blockchain rev...


28 Oct 2021

BVI – Protecting Personal Data: Are You Prepared?

The BVI Data Protection Act, 2021 (DPA) came into force on 9 July 2021. Drafted around a set of EU-...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
7 Oct 2021

Regulatory Round-Up: Cayman Islands Q3 2021

Appleby Cayman’s Our latest Regulatory updates for the Cayman Islands up to Q3 2021.

22 Jun 2021

Appleby contributes Cayman chapter to Chambers’ Blockchain 2021

Appleby has authored the Cayman Islands chapter of Chambers and Partners’ “Blockchain 2021” gu...

2 Feb 2021

Cayman – Full steam ahead for leading funds domicile

In this article, leading offshore legal service firm Appleby, discusses some of the key regulatory c...

31 Dec 2020

Cayman Regulatory Newsletter Q4 2020

Appleby Cayman’s third quarterly publication of the year focuses on regulatory developments, inclu...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
14 Dec 2020

Technology & Innovation Update Q4 2020

Technology & Innovation Update Q4 2020

Contributors: Peter Colegate
1 Dec 2020

2021 Technology & Innovation Guide

With data protection laws in more than 120 countries around the world, personal data is now viewed a...

30 Oct 2020

When Worlds Collide – How COVID is Connecting Technology with Natural Resources

Dating back to the beginning of 2020, the natural resources sector has been extremely active at both...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
1 Oct 2020

Will Personal Privacy become a COVID Casualty?

As the world enters the second wave of COVID, there is a growing risk that the erosion of personal p...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
30 Sep 2020

Cayman Regulatory Newsletter Q3 2020

Appleby Cayman’s third quarterly publication of the year focuses on regulatory developments, inclu...

Contributors: Peter Colegate

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