Andrew Howarth is a partner based in Walkers' Cayman Islands office in the Regulatory & Risk Advisory Group. He joined in February 2017, bringing over five years' experience as a specialist financial services regulatory lawyer in London.
Andrew has provided regulatory advice across Walkers' diverse client base, however his clients are predominantly financial services businesses and specifically investment funds and service providers to investment funds. In particular, he has provided detailed advice to Cayman Islands fund administrators and fund managers.
He has advised clients on the practical impact of the developing Cayman Islands regulatory requirements; in particular financial regulatory applications and notifications, day-to-day regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, proliferation financing and international sanctions, automatic exchange of information (more commonly known as CRS and FATCA), virtual assets, economic substance, beneficial ownership, data protection, outsourcing and reliance arrangements, corporate governance and regulatory investigations.
He also has experience of transactions in the international market containing a regulated element. He was previously part of the team that advised a large private equity house on the purchase of a substantial fiduciary and fund administration business which, among other regulatory concerns, involved the coordination of regulatory filings across a number of jurisdictions.
Andrew serves as an executive committee member of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association and also attends various other industry body meetings.
He has been closely involved in the consultative process for the development of new legislation and regulation in the Cayman Islands.