Cherise Cox-Nottage is presently the Head of the Legal, Compliance and Operational Risk Departments for the UBS Group. Prior to joining the UBS group in 2004, Cherise was recruited from private practice with Messrs. Higgs & Johnson, in The Bahamas, to assume the position of Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance for a rival Swiss Bank. Before returning to The Bahamas in 1993, Cherise practiced in a commercial set in London for 2 years post qualification.
Cherise is a graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury, (UKC), Canterbury, Kent, England and The London School of Economics Political Science (LSE), London University obtaining an undergraduate degree in law and an LLM (Master of Laws) degree, respectively. Cherise is a Member of the Bars of England and Wales and The Bahamas, a TEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a CAMS, with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. She holds an International Diploma in Compliance (with distinction), and an International Diploma in Anti-money laundering (with distinction) from the ICA (International Compliance Association) in the U.K. and the University of Manchester U.K. In 2013, Cherise obtained the certification of CAMS-Audit Specialist and was elevated to the level of Fellow of the ICA. In 2016, Cherise completed a certification program on Utilities Regulatory Oversight with PURC and in 2018; she was P3 Level One Certified.
Cherise has many notable achievements, including: twice serving as BACO President and currently as the First Vice President of CIArb, (The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bahamas Branch); spearheading the formation of theCRCA (The Caribbean Regional Compliance Association); establishing the Northern Bahamas Compliance MLRO Annual conference; securing national weekly publications of compliance matters in the Nassau Guardian; establishing the Founding President’s Award (scholarship); instituting a High School speech competition; and serving as a Director of the New Providence, Bahamas Chapter of FIDA (an international association of Women lawyers). She is also a member of ACAMS, and is an accomplished contributor to international publications (“The Cayman Review”, “ACAMS TODAY,” and IBA Arbitration News). She participates as a featured speaker in national and international conferences in the Caribbean region, the USA, Europe and in the Middle East. In 2012 Cherise was awarded the “Minister’s Cup” by The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) for her contributions to the Financial Services Industry in The Bahamas.
Cherise has served on the Advisory Board for ACAMS for the Caribbean and LATAM Region and also on several financial services committees and advisory boards of The Government of The Bahamas, including the Attorney General chaired committee on Financial Products and the FATCA and CRS Advisory Committees.