ARDL Webinar: Global Financial Services Regulation: views from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Mauritius

Speakers: Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Francesca Harte, Director, Directorate Enforcement, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius; Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

Chair: Paul Ozin QC

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020

Seminar Start Time: 18:00

This seminar, will take place remotely on an appropriate platform. Those signing up will be provided with a link in advance of the seminar. Please note that the seminar is open to members only and you are asked to confirm that you are a member before joining the event.

The ARDL membership page is https://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/


This remote seminar will address:

  • The risk-based approach to anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) assessments, taking account of recent guidance promulgated by the Financial Action Task Force.
  • The related issue of the impact of the global COVID-19 health crisis.


Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Charisma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in Guernsey since 2008 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2012. She has worked as a taxation specialist and in private practice, gaining a diverse range of corporate and commercial experience, including with investment funds, private equity, securities and regulatory work. She joined the Commission in 2011. She is a member of the Bailiwick’s Medical Registration Panel and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Guernsey Bar Course.

Francesca Harte, Director, Directorate Enforcement, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius. Francesca was called to the Bar of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999. She worked in the Financial Conduct Authority, United Kingdom in its Enforcement and Financial Crime Division and latterly in the Business Department of the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division, where she led multiple investigations relating to regulatory breaches including money laundering and fraud. As a seconded Advanced Associate to the Conduct Risk Division of the FSA (predecessor of the FCA) she advised and supported projects on current and emerging risks in the structured product design and development and financial promotions space.

Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Helen was called to the Bar Middle Temple and worked as a lawyer in London before moving to the Cayman Islands over 20 years ago. Since coming to the Cayman Islands she has worked as a trust manager for two international banks with a focus on Latin America and as head of compliance for two local administration companies specialising in fund administration and structured finance. Helen returned to legal practice and was called to the Cayman Bar in 2009. She has been working as legal counsel for the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority since 2011 and is a member of STEP.


 Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law, civil actions and international work.


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