Deputy General Counsel
Mr. André A. Mon Désir was appointed to the position of Deputy General Counsel of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 1 March 2013.
Mr. Mon Désir first joined CIMA in 2007 as Legal Counsel, after serving for several years as Senior Crown Counsel at the former Government Legal Department, (now, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions) with special responsibility for the prosecution of serious and organized crime. While at CIMA, he provided legal and policy advice, was responsible for litigation on behalf of the Authority, and was actively involved in AML/CFT issues as well as the preparation of the Authority’s IOSCO application. He left CIMA in 2008 to become one of the youngest judges on the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago, where he remained for five years. Mr. Mon Désir is a certified Mediator and he also serves (from time to time) as an Acting Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He has served as an Acting Judge on the High Court of Grenada and the High Court of Anguilla, BWI.
Within the Legal Division, Mr. Mon Désir coordinates and manages the day-to-day operations and projects of the Legal Division. He provides directives and guidance to the legal staff on litigation and all aspects of research, preparing opinions and dispensing advice on a wide range of regulatory and financial services matters. His role also includes, among other things, providing advice and guidance to the Compliance Division on the full range of enforcement matters, as well as providing legal advice, guidance and leadership to the various Supervisory Divisions on matters relating to local and international financial services regulation. His areas of responsibility include providing legal advice on bank controllerships and liquidations, money services business, licensing and regulation of insurance business, fiduciary services, as well as investments and securities matters. Mr. Mon Désir is also responsible for conducting, as lead Counsel, all serious and high-profile litigation on behalf of the Authority. He has delivered speeches both locally and internationally on a range of topics including Mitigating the On-going Risks of Correspondent Banking, the Directors Registration and Licensing Law, 2014; Regulatory Enforcement in the Cayman Islands; and International Securities Regulation.
He is a Barrister and Attorney-at-Law with over 24 years’ experience. Prior to coming to Cayman in 2002, he worked in private practice as In-House Counsel. He also worked for the Ministry of the Attorney General as a Legislative Draughtsman, an Advocate Attorney in the Solicitor General’s Chambers and as a Senior Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Trinidad and Tobago. Over the years, Mr. Mon Désir has also been actively involved in teaching various areas of the law on a part-time basis at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, the University of the West Indies and at other private tertiary institutions. During that time, he also served as the Senior Legal Adviser and Staff Judge Advocate for the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
Mr. Mon Désir was called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago in 1994, having completed his LLB degree (With Honours) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and his post graduate professional qualification at the Sir, Hugh Wooding Law School where he attained his Certificate of Legal Education. He has also been called to the Bar in the Cayman Islands, England and Wales (non-practicing), and is a member of the Hounourable Society of Middle Temple. Mr. Mon Désir holds a Master in Laws Degree, from the University of London, and earned a Post-Graduate Certificate, specialising in Corruption Studies, from the University of Hong Kong. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Judge Advocate General School, in Charlottesville VA, USA, and he has pursued post graduate training in Italy in the fields of International Law and International Humanitarian Law. In 2012, he received his formal Mediator certification from the University of South Texas, College of Law.