Charlie Willcox, Counsel

FATCA/CRS and Regulatory Advisor

Charlie is a financial services professional with over 45 years of experience in the industry. He focused over the last 25 years on the areas of risk management and control, specifically internal audit, compliance and operational risk, in the wealth management and private client arenas in multiple jurisdictions.

Since 2012 Charlie has focussed purely on the FATCA and CRS reporting regimes, firstly project managing their implementation across the global group of a large multi-family office and subsequently assuming responsibility for ensuring ongoing compliance. He is an acknowledged expert in this area and now advises firms on all aspects of these regimes and regularly speaks at conferences and holds seminars on the subject.

Charlie has a strong focus on adding value by providing practical solutions to issues and problems identified but he is also not afraid to challenge management where business practices expose the firm to serious risk of regulatory breach or an unacceptable level of reputational damage.

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Focus Areas

  • Risk management and control
  • Specifically internal audit
  • Compliance and operational risk
  • Wealth management
  • RCRS


  • 2022 – Present Counsel, Alithis AG, Zurich
  • 2021 – Present FATCA/CRS and Regulatory Advisor, Helm AG
  • 2009 – 2021 Director (2006-2021), Stonehage Fleming S.A.
  • 2006 – 2009 Senior Compliance Manager and Group Internal Auditor, Stonehage Fleming Financial Services Limited
  • 2001 – 2005 Senior Manager, Financial Services Authority (United Kingdom)
  • 1998 – 2000 Senior Manager, Coutts & Co Group Operational Risk
  • 1994 – 1997 Senior Manager, Coutts & Co Group Internal Audit
  • 1974 – 1993 Senior Manager, NatWest Group


  • 1966 – 1974 Raynes Park Grammar School, London, United Kingdom


  • Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (UK)
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers