AML specialist joins Walkers – The Royal Gazette

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Updated: February 04, 2022 16:52

Industry veteran April Thomas has joined Walkers Professional Services Bermuda as a director and will lead the fiduciary and regulatory compliance teams.

WPS said Ms. Thomas has extensive experience navigating Bermuda’s regulatory environment with over a decade of experience providing fiduciary and corporate governance services to a variety of corporate structures and Bermudian trusts.

Prior to joining WPS, Ms. Thomas worked as an advisor and compliance officer at a trust and corporate services provider with offices in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

She is a Professional Member of the International Compliance Association, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Qualified Trust and Estates Practitioner. She sits on the committee of the Bermuda Chapter of the International Compliance Association.

Partner Jonathan Betts said, “We are delighted to welcome April to our growing team. We consider the provision of professional services to be an essential part of our strategy in Bermuda and, when combined with our industry-leading legal services, we are well placed to provide both domestic and international clients with a single integrated service. “

WPS said it has strategically strengthened its offering in Bermuda, with the appointment of Ms Thomas expanding the team to 12 field staff.

In 2021, the Bermuda team added Otelia Scott, Director of Corporate Services, and Karen Crowe, a Chartered Secretary who provides bespoke corporate secretarial and governance support services to Bermuda companies.

This year, Walkers said, it will launch innovative regulatory compliance services in Bermuda, including independent AML audits, AML/ATF training programs and the provision of outsourced AML agent roles, in which Ms Thomas will be heavily involved. .

Ms Thomas said: “I am delighted to have joined Walkers and look forward to working with some very talented and reputable colleagues.

“I am particularly pleased to be involved in Walkers’ ambitious project to provide the jurisdiction with industry-leading regulatory compliance services that will greatly benefit and strengthen Bermuda businesses.”

The WPS Global Team was recently recognized as the “Best Offshore Fund Administration Service Provider” for a fourth consecutive year in Creditflux’s fifth annual CLO Census for services provided to the global loan bond market. guaranteed.

April Thomas: Joins Walkers Professional Services Bermuda (Photograph provided)

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