Chris Rowland is an independent director and advisor specialising in providing independent board level governance and dispute resolution advice to a limited number of companies, partnerships, trusts and other financial structures.
He currently sits as a board director on a variety of investment companies and other entities in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the US, the Channel Islands and the UK.
Formerly employed at a ‘Big 4’ accounting and advisory practice in the Cayman Islands, Chris has over 19 years of experience working within the financial services sector in the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean, with the last 13 years primarily focused on dealing with hedge funds, alternative investments, SPV’s, trusts and the service providers to them.
Chris has acted as a liquidator of alternative investment vehicles and has been involved in the liquidation and investigation of other financial entities including insurance companies, captive insurance companies, regulated banks and trust companies and other trading entities.
A former law enforcement and government financial investigator, Chris also has significant experience in relation to fraud and financial investigations, anti-money laundering, regulatory matters and anti-corruption and sanctions. In his public sector roles, he worked closely with and advised various bodies, such as, the Cayman Islands Compliance Association, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. Chris has conducted investigations and provided testimony in the UK, US and Caribbean.
From many years of dealing with all manner of issues Chris has developed a deep insight into alternative investment and other offshore financial structures and products. Such issues include service provider responsibilities, valuation, redemption and side letter disputes, complex and illiquid assets and other issues such as communication and relationship break downs, fraud, claims, regulatory investigations, disputes, restructurings, indemnification practices, claw backs and litigation. This experience makes him ideally placed to provide leadership and strategic guidance to contentious and complex situations.
Chris is a Caymanian national who is permanently resident in the Cayman Islands. He is a Notary Public in and for the Cayman Islands and is qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and a Certified Director (Acc. Dir. – Chartered Secretaries Canada). He is a member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association, the Cayman Islands Compliance Association, INSOL International and the Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association in the Cayman Islands. Chris is also registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as an Approved Director.