Alistair Wellmann  M.A. (Hons)

Client Services Director Governance, Risk and Compliance - Middle East

Alistair leads Equiom's Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) division in the Middle East, specialising in bespoke compliance solutions for entities operating within the DIFC, ADGM, and onshore UAE.  He oversees a team of seasoned professionals assisting companies in obtaining regulatory licenses, developing compliance frameworks, and offering outsourced MLRO, Risk Officer, and Compliance Officer services.  

A proven leader in regulatory consulting and risk management, Alistair's strategic vision and expert guidance ensures Equiom's clients navigate the complexities of compliance with confidence. With over 20 years of experience across banking, regulatory compliance, and advisory roles in the Middle East, UK, and APAC, he provides unparalleled expertise to clients.  

Prior to joining Equiom, Alistair held senior roles at Scotiabank, where he led the Compliance and AML departments for EMEA, and subsequently APAC. Alistair has also made significant contributions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was Head of Compliance and AML for the Middle East stationed in the DIFC and at the UK Financial Services Authority in London where he worked in the Wholesale Policy Division.

Alistair holds an M.A. (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford, and completed his graduate legal studies at the College of Law, London.  He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005, and further distinguished himself as a Practice Fellow at the Hertie School's Centre for International Security, focusing on financial sanctions. 

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