Chris is a Director at Ernst & Young (EY) and leads the firm’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice in New Zealand. He has nearly 15 years of experience providing consulting services in the Financial Services sector – specialising in Financial Crime compliance, regulatory response and investigations – to clients based in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australasia.
Chris has worked with global financial institutions and asset managers to address regulatory requests and enforcement, improve and assess anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption compliance programmes; and lead financial crime investigations.
He has a strong knowledge of KYC/CDD/ECDD frameworks and customer risk-ranking protocols, as well as expertise in the use of investigative technologies. He has led several engagements that were under regulatory order aimed at assessing financial crime frameworks for gaps, remediating compliance programmes and conducting technology-assisted look-back investigations into suspicious transactions and customers. He has also led several financial crime benchmarking projects for global banks, assisting them in understanding industry practice surrounding KYC frameworks and correspondent banking.
Prior to joining EY, Chris held executive positions at several boutique consulting firms. He started his career as a journalist, most recently covering Criminal Justice for The New York Sun. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).