Langston Sibblies, KC was appointed to the JLSC in accordance with section 105(1)(e).
Mr. Sibblies is a senior lawyer with extensive background in financial regulatory laws and on international standards on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing. He also has substantial experience in administrative law and policy development.
First called to the Bar in 1975 in Jamaica, Mr. Sibblies has practised law and worked in several jurisdictions, regionally and in Ontario, Canada. He was also called to Bar in Grenada (1983), Ontario, Canada (1990), the British Virgin Islands (1997) and the Cayman Islands (1999) and was later appointed Queen’s Counsel in the Cayman Islands in 2009. Mr. Sibblies holds Cayman Islands status and is a citizen of Jamaica, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK).
He joined the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) in 2000 as its first full-time Legal Adviser and was subsequently appointed General Counsel – Deputy Managing Director in 2008. He retired from that position in 2019. Immediately prior to joining CIMA, Mr. Sibblies served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat in the Cayman Islands Ministry of Finance dealing with various international initiatives impacting the Cayman Islands. In that capacity and subsequently as CIMA’s General Counsel, he represented the Cayman Islands and CIMA in various high-level meetings with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Monetary Fund, Financial Stability Board, International Organization of Securities Commissions, Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He has delivered varying comprehensive papers relating to the regulation of the Cayman Islands financial industry at several local and international fora.
During his tenure with CIMA, Mr. Sibblies was engaged in the negotiation of several memoranda of understandings with leading financial regulators in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan and China, among others. He also served as a member of the Cayman Islands Tax Information Exchange Negotiation Team when he was involved in the negotiation of several Tax Information Exchange Agreements with other countries. In this capacity, he attended meetings of the Global Forum on Tax Transparency in Paris and Mexico on behalf of the Cayman Islands Government.
In addition to his work with the Ministry of Finance and CIMA, Mr. Sibblies also served as a member and Chairman of the Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission (2004 – 2010) and is currently a member of the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Services Commission. In his latest assignment as an external consultant to CIMA, he assisted in the development of responses as it relates to the financial assessment of the Cayman Islands by the FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group. This assignment ended in late February 2021.
Mr. Sibblies currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Jamaica Financial Services Commission and is listed on the Roster of Short-Term Experts of the International Monetary Fund.
He has been appointed as a Member from 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2020 and was renewed for a further two years.