Willin Belliard is a barrister at Fulcrum Chambers specialising in corporate investigations and complex commercial disputes in matters that involve offshore jurisdictions based on English law systems.

He has conducted investigations in relation to a wide variety of white-collar crime issues, including money laundering, bribery and corruption, amongst others.

He has many years of experience in the area of commercial fraud and the investigation of financial crimes.

Willin joined Fulcrum in 2019 after 3 years as an Employed Barrister, of which he spent 2 years with the London office of Kobre & Kim LLP, and one year with Prudhoe Caribbean, a law firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Prior to his career in law, he spent 12 years as a Financial Investigator and former head of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Financial Intelligence Unit, a unit that focused on financial fraud, money laundering and white-collar crimes. Willin is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Willin has investigated and coordinated several major fraud investigations including the (R v David Smith/Olint Corporation) which at one point, before Madoff, was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in the world.

Willin is also admitted to practice in the Bar of Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Experience

White Collar Defence & Advisory

Willin has significant experience of advising and representing clients in relation to a variety of white-collar crime and regulatory matters, including bribery and corruption, fraud, and money laundering.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • ENRC in relation to the SFO’s long-running investigation of alleged bribery and corruption in Africa.
  • Advice to the Government of Barbados in 2019 in relation to alleged corruption by officials, across various departments, associated with the former Government (which held office between 2008 and 2018) and private individuals and companies who had been the beneficiaries of a number of Government contracts during that period.
  • Investigations relating to allegations of corruption involving public officers on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Conducting face-to-face training and workshops for various commercial banks and financial institution Industry of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Designing and implementing the anti-money laundering training programme and manual for a law firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Chief investigating officer in the case of (R v David Smith/Olint Corporation) which at one point, before Madoff, was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in the world.
Bribery & Corruption

Willin has extensive experience on issues relating to bribery and corruption, including in relation to the UK Bribery Act 2010.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • Advice to the Government of Barbados in 2019 in relation to alleged corruption by officials, across various departments, associated with the former Government (which held office between 2008 and 2018) and private individuals and companies who had been the beneficiaries of a number of Government contracts during that period.
  • Turks and Caicos Islands, investigations relating to allegations of corruption involving public officers.
  • ENRC in relation to the SFO’s long-running investigation of alleged bribery and corruption in Africa.
Fraud

Willin advises and represents companies and individuals across a spectrum of matters involving allegations of criminal fraud, including complex fraud and false accounting. He was the chief investigating officer in the case of (R v David Smith/Olint Corporation) which at one point, before Madoff, was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in the world.

Money Laundering

Willin advises regulated and non-regulated clients on all aspects of anti-money laundering legislation.

Significant experience includes:

  • Advising a client as to whether a Suspicious Activity Report (“SAR”) should be filed.
  • Conducting face-to-face training and workshops for various commercial banks and financial institution Industry of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Designing and implementing the anti-money laundering training programme and manual for a law firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Investigations

Willin has significant experience of conducting corporate and financial investigations across a wide range of areas.

Significant experience includes:

  • Representing ENRC in relation to the SFO’s long-running investigation of alleged bribery and corruption in Africa.
  • Investigated and coordinated several major fraud investigations including the (R v David Smith/Olint Corporation) which at one point, before Madoff, was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in the world.
  • Advice to the Government of Barbados in 2019 in relation to alleged corruption by officials, across various departments, associated with the former Government (which held office between 2008 and 2018) and private individuals and companies who had been the beneficiaries of a number of Government contracts during that period.
Internal Investigations

Willin has significant experience of conducting internal and regulatory investigations across a wide range of sectors.

Significant recent experience includes: 

  • Scoping exercise for the Government of Barbados in 2019 in relation to alleged corruption by officials, across various departments, associated with the former Government (which held office between 2008 and 2018) and private individuals and companies who had been the beneficiaries of a number of Government contracts during that period.
Criminal & Regulatory Investigations

Willin has represented and defended multinational corporate clients as well as senior individuals in relation to investigations undertaken by a number of government agencies and regulators.

Significant experience includes:

  • ENRC in relation to the SFO’s long-running investigation of alleged bribery and corruption in Africa.
  • Turks and Caicos Islands, investigations relating to allegations of corruption involving public officials.
  • Chief investigating officer in the case of (R v David Smith/Olint Corporation) which at one point, before Madoff, was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in the world.
Compliance

During his tenure as head of the Turks and Caicos Islands Financial Intelligence Unit, Willin provided workshops and training to compliance teams, senior professionals, and business leaders in the financial and non-financial industry of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Significant experience includes:

  • Conducting face-to-face training and workshops for the Money Laundering Reporting officers and Compliance officers of the major commercial banks and regulated financial institutions in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Designing anti-money laundering and Suspicious Transactions Reporting procedures for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Sector Experience

Mining

Willin has significant experience in the mining sector and regularly represents clients in relation to investigations and compliance issues.

He has recently been involved in the SFO’s long-running investigation into ENRC concerning alleged bribery and corruption in the mining sector in Africa.

Extractives

Willin has significant experience in the extractives sector and regularly represents clients in relation to investigations and compliance issues.
He has recently been involved in the SFO’s long-running investigation into ENRC concerning alleged bribery and corruption in the mining sector in Africa.

Financial Services

Willin has significant experience in the financial services sector. Amongst other things, he was chief investigating officer in the case of (R v David Smith/Olint Corporation) which at one point, before Madoff, was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in the world.

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