WHO WE ARE
Dynamic, Committed, Adaptable, Connected, Passionate
Based in the Cayman Islands, Clearwater is a regulated fiduciary services provider leveraging long-term relationships with global business partners. Our robust core infrastructure – both our intellectual capital and technology platforms allows us to provide the personal service we pride ourselves on.
Clearwater exists to bring a completely fresh approach to offshore governance and finance. We simplify and provide solutions in a pragmatic and committed manner. We are relentless in our focus to excellence of service.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Whilst all fund types and structures are serviced, partnerships that focus in areas of increasing societal and technological impact and advancement are welcomed - particularly ESG and digital assets. We are passionate about these innovations on a personal level.
Providing fiduciaries to Investment Funds and related entities catering to a range of different structures and strategies. We also deliver specific ESG governance expertise across our entire offering.
Independent Directors – A measured and pragmatic approach delivered in a very personal way
Highly skilled professionals who provide outsourced investment management and trade and execution services for fund entities, while assisting UHNWI with asset and portfolio management solutions, with a particular focus on the LatAm region.
Investment Management – Well informed tailored solutions
Anti-Money Laundering Officers
Our team has qualified AML specialists who provide regulatory oversight and reporting services to a variety of structures. These professionals keep abreast of the ever evolving global requirements for seamless regulatory compliance.
Anti-Money Laundering Officers – A turn-key, trusted solution for all requirements
Servicing mainly Fund Management and Holding Company businesses, Clearwater has professionals with the required expertise to provide bespoke tailored solutions for relevant entities.
Economic Substance – A bespoke solution
The Clearwater outsourced CFO team provides value to investment managers by either eliminating the need to hire a complete in-house finance & accounting team or functioning in a supporting capacity.
Outsourced CFO Services
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Our team possess a depth and breadth of experiences - both technically and geographically. We are an inclusive, multicultural team delivering our expertise in three different languages.
– Managing Director – Fiduciary Services
Todd is the Managing Director – Fiduciary Services at Clearwater Advisors in the Cayman Islands. He is a Member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and a Registered Professional Director with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.
Todd has over 21 years’ experience in the public accounting and investment funds industries with a particular focus on fund services, specifically the regulatory framework of the Cayman Islands. Todd has an extensive background in fund services, with first-hand experience working with AML compliance, client implementation, corporate services, fund accounting, shareholder services and global tax reporting.
Prior to joining Clearwater, Todd worked at Ocorian for two years, where he provided fiduciary and specialized directorship services to a wide range of investment vehicles. Before that, Todd worked at Maitland Administration Limited for nearly twelve years in a range of progressively more senior management roles. Prior to that, Todd spent three years at Fortis Prime Fund Solutions, in the Cayman Islands, where he worked as a Fund Accountant. Todd began his career in accounting, spending four years at Deloitte.
Todd has worked with the some of the largest and most sophisticated managers and advisors across Europe and the Americas, building a client service focused background and a track record of high profile experience.
Todd earned his status as a Certified Public Accountant in 2007, is an Accredited Director under the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Sonoma State University in California.
– Managing Director - CFO Services • CFO Services
Gregg is an extraordinarily well-respected figure in the investment fund sector. His industry experience, which
spans more than 2 decades, has made him an expert in the fields of public accounting, regulatory compliance, fund
accounting, financial reporting, and audit oversight.
Most recently, Gregg spent more than 15 years at Madison International Realty where he served as a Managing
Director and Chief Compliance Officer. During his time at Madison the Firm grew to approximately $8B in AUM.
His portfolio of responsibilities included the creation, supervision, and continuous improvement of the Firm’s
Compliance Program, including managing SEC examinations, as well as oversight of the fund accounting and
financial reporting function.
Prior to joining Madison International Realty, Gregg spent over 7 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an audit
manager in the Investment Management Group. During this time, he managed audit engagements of investment
companies, including all types of open and closed-end funds, both domestic and international, fund of funds, private
equity, and hedge funds. His responsibilities included maintaining a proficient working knowledge of US GAAP,
Investment Company accounting, and SEC reporting.
Gregg is a graduate of James Madison University where he gained a B.B.A. in Accounting, he is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Bernardus Ruard Buys
- Client Director
Bernardus is an experienced independent client director at Clearwater, he draws on more than twenty-two years of financial services experience, firstly as a corporate governance expert in the asset management sector, and later as an investee representative on the boards of regulated management entities, portfolio companies, investment platforms and investment holding structures. Bernardus is well versed in operational risk management and typically assumes oversight responsibility with respect to corporate actions, contractual negotiations, contentious matters, regulatory affairs, litigation, and service provider procurement.
In his capacity as a partner of Maitland Advisory Services he acted as speaker and panelist at the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Fund Forum. He subsequently distinguished himself in the crafting of bespoke multi-jurisdictional legal, tax, corporate and fiduciary solutions and structures for Brazilian and LATAM clients receiving service offerings from Cayman and the British Virgin Islands. Apart from his advisory expertise Bernardus also cultivated a nuanced understanding of operational and investment risk having acted in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer respectively of Marble Rock Asset Management, a global macro hedge fund manager which he co-founded in 2014, and KADD Capital a private equity manager focused on renewable energy and infrastructure investments.
At the turn of the millennium, Bernardus was cutting his teeth as a funds lawyer in the City of London, where he honed his skills in the establishment of alternative investment funds managed by London based institutional investment managers in various cross border jurisdictions. These investment vehicles included Investment Trusts, Absolute Return Open-ended Investment Companies, Single and Multi-Strat Hedge Funds, Private Equity Partnerships and listed structures domiciled in the Cayman Islands, BVI, Ireland, Luxembourg, Guernsey, Jersey, Malta, and South Africa.
Bernardus’ distinguished list of previous employers also includes Credit Suisse First Boston, Foreign & Colonial Asset Management, Gartmore Investment Limited and Ignis Asset Management. Over the past three years he has acted as non-executive director for private funds and investment holding structures for multi-family offices.
Bernardus has a bachelor’s degree in civil law (1997) as well as an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of Pretoria in South Africa in 2000 and was subsequently accepted to the roll of Mediators of the High Court in 2014 further to his higher diploma in International Commercial Arbitration received from the Queen Mary University of London. Bernardus has made various contributions to global industry bodies such as AIMA and the Standards Board for Alternative Investments, previously known as the Hedge Fund Standards Board, as regards industry best practice standards.
– Client Director
Andre Slabbert is a Client Director at Clearwater Advisors in the Cayman Islands. He is a Member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and a Registered Director with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Andre works on a wide range of securitisations, investment funds, insurance structures and corporate structures. In addition to Director Services, Andre specialises in Conflict Review, Accounting and Liquidation services.
Andre boasts more than 15-years’ experience in the financial services industry, working for prominent international financial services providers in the areas of audit and fiduciary. In addition to 6-years as a financial auditor with PKF, during his previous role at Ocorian, he performed and managed the FATCA & CRS compliance and reporting, Economic Substance compliance, and AML compliance for corporates, structured finance SPV’s and investment funds.
Further to his fiduciary and compliance expertise, Andre has extensive experience as a Voluntary Liquidator for Cayman entities. He served years in the role as an independent investment professional, performing Independent Conflict Reviews for Investment Advisors. His final role at Ocorian as an executive provided invaluable experience with the regulators, internal audits, and sub-committees.
Andre honed his client focussed service model whilst working with some of the largest and most sophisticated managers and advisors across Europe and the Americas. but he also recognises nuances of working with smaller managers, who needs a higher touch involvement and guidance to help them navigate and prepare for the ever-changing environment.
Andre is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, a Postgraduate Honours degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa and is an Accredited Director with the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada.
- Associate Director - Fiduciary Services
Lee is an Associate Director - Fiduciary Services at Clearwater Advisors in the Cayman Islands. He is a member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association.
Lee has over a decade of experience in the investment fund industry having worked in various roles, most recently as an AML Compliance Officer and a Money Laundering Reporting Officer for Cayman Islands investment vehicles. Lee has extensive experience in fund services with a particular focus on regulatory requirements, compliance and middle office services.
Prior to joining Clearwater, Lee worked for the Maples Group where he provided AML compliance services to a variety to investment vehicles domiciled in the Cayman Islands, United States, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands. Prior to his time at the Maples Group, Lee worked in management positions in both Northern Trust and State Street in Ireland where he specialized in middle office services.
Lee has worked with some of the world's largest and most sophisticated asset managers in Europe and North America and has developed a client focused reputation with a track record of client satisfaction.
Lee is a specialist in alternative investments having obtained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Charter. He is also a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Lee holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland.