Ian commenced his career with a large international banking group before moving to the banking department of a regulatory authority in one of the Crown Dependencies. He then moved to an international accounting firm, ultimately heading up their Forensic Services Division for the Caribbean. Subsequently, Ian became the Global Head of Compliance with a multinational offshore law firm, before returning to banking with a Swiss Bank. In his banking role immediately prior to joining Etienne Blake, Ian managed two banks and a trust company in the region with over USD10B in assets and 80 employees.
Ian has a unique range of experience and a diversity of knowledge, gained both locally and internationally, which makes him ideally placed to provide commercial regulatory, governance and AML advice and assistance. Ian has held senior management and leadership positions in banks and trust companies in the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas and has first-hand experience dealing with the regulatory and tax agencies in the Cayman Islands as Compliance Officer and MLRO. He has an established a reputation as a commercially orientated compliance practitioner, who is adept at growing revenue whilst ensuring compliance success.
Ian has served as a committee member of both the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas Bankers Associations, as well as the Cayman Islands Compliance Association. Through these representative roles, he has been called upon to work with the Cayman Islands Government during several FATF reviews and has also been invited to present at a number of World Bank led seminars and workshops. In his own right, Ian is in high demand as a presenter for local and international compliance conferences.