Chris is a money laundering, financial investigations and asset recovery specialist with more than 15 years of experience in conducting international money laundering, fraud, financial crime and asset recovery investigations, as well as Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terror (AML/CFT)compliance reviews and remediation exercises.
Chris has broad experience working with regulated entities, financial intelligence units, AML/CFT supervisors, regulators, law enforcement and prosecutors to improve their effectiveness to detect, analyze and mitigate AML/CFT risks. He has a strong record providing technical assistance and operational support to countries through various stages of the FATF mutual evaluation cycle.
Prior to joining Kroll in Australia, Chris had set up and led Kroll’s Asset Tracing and Recovery team in London, where he spent eight years. He has vast experience supporting litigation and arbitration clients with forensic investigations and identifying and tracing assets to inform recovery and settlement strategies. He has led a broad range of asset-tracing and recovery engagements involving corporate entities, banks, high-net-worth individuals and sovereign states on behalf of law firms, financial institutions, private clients, regulators and government entities.
Prior to joining Kroll, Chris worked as a financial investigator and financial intelligence analyst with Australian law enforcement agencies, specializing in conducting cross-border money laundering, financial crime and asset recovery investigations.
Previously, Chris has also led complex financial crime investigations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, including leading a multi-year engagement with the Financial Intelligence Unit of Latvia to assist in responding to the designation of a local bank as a bank of primary laundering concern by the U.S. government. He has also conducted an investigative audit on behalf of the International Monetary Fund and international donors into a USD 2 billion fraud in Mozambique. In addition, Chris was also part of a team that investigated fraud and money laundering allegations within Ukraine’s largest bank, following its nationalization, as well as an investigation on behalf of the Central Bank of Cyprus into a bank of primary laundering.
Additionally, Chris has developed and implemented AML/CFT risk assessments to support AML/CFT supervisors with supervision and enforcement actions. He has also conducted a wide range of AML/CFT reviews and investigations for regulated entities, including an independent risk review of a European bank’s customers in response to concerns raised by local and U.S. authorities. Chris holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Melbourne. In addition, he received a diploma in applied AML/CFT from the International Compliance Association and a graduate certificate in fraud investigation from La Trobe University. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA Australia), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).