Steven Kay QC is a co-founder of Oculus and serves as the Chairman of the company. Steven is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row (9BR – www.9bedfordrow.co.uk) and also leads 9 Bedford Row International (9BRi – www.9bri.co.uk). He is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law. Steven was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1977 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He has been in many of the high profile international trials in The Hague that have shaped international criminal law in the last 20 years: including OTP v Dusko Tadic; OTP v Alfred Musema; OTP v Slobodan Milosevic; OTP v Ivan Cermak; OTP v President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He has also advised Heads of State, governments and significantly important individuals upon strategies to deal with the complex legal, evidential and political challenges that they have faced not only in litigation, but also in their responses to opponents. Steven’s practice has involved him leading teams in large international investigations that have produced significant evidence to change the previously predicted outcome of a case and altered the internationally accepted narrative of affairs.
Steven’s practice has now developed beyond litigation to include the provision of wider services within the scope of international criminal law and politics. He has received commissions to analyse and report upon situations and problems faced by states as well as to advise and implement reforms to their criminal justice systems. Other clients have hired him for human rights cases, to challenge Interpol arrest warrants or sanction listings and to seek compensation for the wrongful seizure of assets. He recently developed with David Hammond, the universal test for self-defence at sea that could be applied by security firms in the protection of merchant vessels against acts of piracy that has been granted an ISO. He is co-chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee 2012 – 2016, a founder member of the ICLB (www.internationallawbureau.com), a founder member of the European Criminal Bar Association and ranked as a leading practitioner at the UK bar. Steven’s track record of his ability to successfully deal with large international cases and complex political and financial problems brings to Oculus a resource of proven quality for the service of our clients as well as the essential experience required to take responsibility for Oculus’s legal oversight.
James Chalmer is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company. James holds a BSc in Economics from the University College Cardiff and is a chartered accountant. He brings significant accounting and financial markets experience to Oculus.
In 1986 James qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London and subsequently became an Internal Auditor for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company until 1987.
In 1988 James was a Treasury Accountant for Elders Finance Group. From 1988 to 1996 James was the Chief Investment Officer of Ermitage UK Ltd, one of the first multi-family offices. During this period Ermitage grew from a small family office to one of the largest in the UK. Ermitage were one of the first major investors into Hedge Funds in the United Kingdom and helped the launch of some of today’s successful Hedge Funds. James also set up one of the world’s first emerging market investment funds while at Ermitage, the Ermitage Emerging Markets Fund, which under his guidance won numerous awards.
In 1996 James left Ermitage to become the Chief Executive Officer of Charles St Capital, an early stage investment firm for new Hedge Funds with a particular focus on Russia. Charles St Capital also made successful investments into some of today’s leading Hedge Funds.
As a result of the above success’s James became an independent consultant to a number of Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds and directly raised hundreds of millions of dollars for those investment funds. Much of this success was for firms based in Latin America and the United States of America.
In 2011, prior to co-founding Oculus, James became a consultant to North Square Blue Oak (NSBO), an Anglo Chinese investment firm, with a main focus on raising funds for diversified investment projects in his capacity as head of special projects within the company.
James’s career of over 30 years in the global financial markets combined with a strong grounding in accounting and auditing brings to Oculus significant financial s and accounting experience and oversight for the services of our clients.
Yousef Al-Majali is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and serves as Chief Operating Officer of the company. Yousef is fluent in Arabic, speaks basic Mandarin and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter. He brings significant financial markets, company operations and business development experience to Oculus as well as extensive market experience internationally, having worked out of the Levant, the GCC Region, North Africa, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, and The Far East as well as the United Kingdom.
In 2008 Yousef founded Salim Security Group Ltd, a private security company registered in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The company sponsored the Special Operations Forces Exhibition 2008 (SOFEX 2008 – www.sofexjordan.com) and ceased operations in 2010 amongst the coalition draw-down in Iraq and changing political circumstances in the Middle East. Between 2008 and 2011 Yousef also worked closely with Skytech International (also known as Skytech Helicopters) an international defence equipment brokerage based in Belgium, while registered with UK export control Yousef represented Skytech in a number of interactions with prospective clients, original equipment manufacturers and defence buyers at government level.
In 2011 Yousef co-founded Communication Management Consultants Ltd, also registered in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The company acted as the exclusive consultant in the Middle East’s Levant region to the Bell Pottinger Group (formerly owned by Chime Communications PLC). The business introduced government and corporate clients and promoted the Bell Pottinger Group’s financial PR and government lobbying services. During the same year Yousef also co-developed a fully systematic forex trading platform.
In 2012 Yousef was Chief Operating Officer of G Six International Group WLL, a Private Equity investment brokerage and principle investor focused on the Middle East region registered in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The company was owned by a leading member of the Bahraini Royal family and an Ultra High Net Worth Individual. In his capacity as COO Yousef was also the Middle East Director for and Board Representative to EON Reality Inc. (www.eonreality.com), a company registered in the State of California in the United States. Yousef worked closely with the Chairman of EON Reality and was responsible for business development and investment promotion to prospective international clients, including Sovereign State Investment Authorities, Corporates and High-Net-Worth Individuals.
In 2014, prior to co-founding Oculus, Yousef was a senior equity analyst for Camargue Capital Management LLP, a global long/short equity Hedge Fund based in London. Yousef identified equities of investment interest for the Hedge Fund, using bottom-up fundamental analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis during which time he had regular contact with leading investment banks and public company executives.
Yousef’s, international network, entrepreneurial track record and his significant business experience internationally combined with his professional experiences in both Private Equity and the Hedge Fund sectors brings to Oculus significant operational, global financial markets and international business experience and oversight for the service of our clients.
David Tinsley is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and is founder and a Director of 5 Stones intelligence (5Si – www.5Stonesintelligence.com) and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of 5Si, a strategic partner of Oculus which holds a $624mn contract with the United States government for asset forfeiture and asset recovery services. 5Si is a recognised world leader in financial investigations. David has a BSc and MSc in Criminal Justice and has completed his post graduate studies at Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David is a retired United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Supervisory Special Agent with a total of 32 years combined Law Enforcement and Intelligence experience. Over 20 of those years were spent as a DEA Supervisory Special Agent and DEA Special Agent based in Miami, Florida. David was responsible for the development, management, and execution of financial investigations, undercover money laundering investigations and related enforcement operations. He also conducted covert and overt investigative and intelligence operations on behalf of the DEA, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other elements of the US Intelligence Community.
David was the original architect and manager of 12 Attorney General Exempted Operations (AGEO) and Financial Undercover Investigations. He was the lead DEA Case Agent for undercover money laundering SARC/AGEO operations, which extended to the 10 largest US cities and 15 countries internationally. He has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Central / South America, and Europe providing leadership and direction for many of the DEA’s most successful and landmark operations. During this phase of his career, David perfected unique skill-sets with regard to intelligence collection, financial intelligence, money laundering, international business-banking acumen and developed an extraordinary global supply chain.
David managed the largest and one of the most successful DEA Enforcement Groups in the history of the agency, which was recognised for outstanding performance and consistently received the DEA’s highest award for group accomplishment every year. In addition, David served as the DEA-Miami Principal point of contact for Foreign Liaison Operational Law Enforcement Directors for the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Israel. David was selected to lead joint DEA/CIA financial intelligence teams that targeted global clandestine networks at the highest echelon of narco-traffickers, money launderers and terrorist organisations. David managed and coordinated global investigations that were sanctioned at the highest levels of the US government.
David is a thought leader regarding emerging financial threats and trends, as well as a leading subject matter expert concerning undercover money laundering operations, international banking investigations, clandestine payment systems and intelligence collection.
He is a pioneer in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) arena, designing one of the first governmental and financial industry threat assessment programs and has served as an instructor to Special Agents, Case Officers and Intelligence Analysts in the US, UK, Continental Europe and South America. David also developed AML Programs for the DEA, FBI, IRS, ICE, CIA, and the United States Attorney’s School of Advocacy. During his tenure he authored the original financial threat assessment for the DEA concerning the blended threat of emerging radical terrorist groups, drug cartels and black market payment systems and their threat to the US banking and finance communities. He is highly capable in the identification and neutralization of emerging financial threats and possesses extensive expertise in BSA/AML/OFAC, PATRIOT Act and Compliance US GAAP analysis.
David has testified before the US Congress and Senate Sub-Committees regarding money laundering issues, international currencies and intelligence matters. He represented the DEA at the 1997, World Chamber of Commerce for Gold Manufacturers and Distributors in Rome, Italy, regarding financial threats, international money laundering and the black market peso exchange.
While serving with the DEA, David received the DEA’s highest award – The Administrator’s Award of Honour for Investigations conducted on seven different occasions. He has attended over two hundred specialised training schools in Special Operations, Financial Investigations, Intelligence Collection, Communications Interceptions, Voice and Data Security, Advanced Internet Investigations, Internet Security and Interception, Methodologies for the Collection of Information and Intelligence, International Finance, International Banking, Management and Leadership and development and recruitment of Human Intelligence Assets (HUMINT).
David’s significant law enforcement and intelligence community experience, international HUMINT network and significant operational supply chain combined with his market leading expertise on leveraging government award payments brings to Oculus a powerful support structure and strengthens the strategic partnership between Oculus and 5Si at board level.
Michael Davies is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and a co-founder and Director of the Providence Group of companies and serves as the CEO of the Providence Group (Providence – www.providenceitf.com), a strategic partner of Oculus headquartered in the UK, specialising in the supply of intelligence training equipment and consultancy to international government clients and the international intelligence community.
Following his education Michael went on to join the British Army Corps of Royal Signals as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in telecommunications in 1997 and during this period Michael covered all strategic and operational covert intelligence gathering disciplines. During his 5 year career in the UK Special Forces, Michael specialised in technical surveillance and completed several operational tours including operations in the Balkan States, Mainland UK, MENA region and elsewhere.
In 2007 Michael went on to become the Technical Director of a United States Department of Defence counter-insurgency program and assisted in the successful $40mn contract award and delivery for the US government followed by a multi-million dollar contract award and delivery to another US DoD client. Following the completion of the program Michael went on to co-found the Providence Group of companies in 2009.
Michael has been a significant driving force behind the growth of the Providence from its inception into a multi-million pound global business that is recognised as a world leader in covert intelligence and counter terrorism product lines, consultancy and training. Michael’s ability to constantly recognise, adopt and in many cases develop emerging technologies and techniques ahead of the market has enabled Providence to achieve success in a significantly difficult market to occupy for any private company.
Richard Tickle is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and a Director of Bowline Defence (www.bowlinedefence.com), a large maritime security company. Richard served in the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment in the South African Army for many years. He completed several tours of active duty service in both Angola and South West Africa/Namibia, before becoming a lead instructor in mechanised warfare.
After leaving the military, Richard joined the Norwegian multinational company Unitor Ship Services, working first in Cape Town, then in Durban and then in London.
After leaving Unitor, Richard founded Maritime Protection Agencies based in London, which acted as the Southern African managing representative agent for two large and state owned refrigerated carrier and fishing fleets for several years. The agency was subsequently brought to an end following the independence of the State of Namibia.
Over the next 14 years, Richard held a number of posts in the defence industry. His last such role was with Dytecna (www.dytecna.co.uk), a defence engineering group, for whom he worked as a senior sales director from 2008 to 2011; this was a period during which there was an upsurge in the requirements of the British armed services for armoured, theatre level entry vehicles, force protection and other mobile assets for use in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Richard’s experience in the defence Original Equipment Manufacturing and Security industries and his business development network brings to Oculus supportive strategic relationships.
Alastair Kight is a Director of Oculus. Alastair has founded and sold several businesses since setting out on an entrepreneurial path in the early 1990’s. His experience in growing and managing private businesses, his partnership in a growing venture capital business and his strong commercial network brings to Oculus significant commercial expertise to help ensure that Oculus offers the best possible quality of service to its clients.
Richard is a Director of Oculus Financial Intelligence and our in-house legal counsel.
Richard holds degrees in law, economics and finance from Victoria University in New Zealand. Richard’s legal career has focused on complex financial disputes and investigations. Over the last decade, he has worked for a number of private practice firms on some of the largest disputes and investigations in the London market. These matters have included investigating the collapse of Enron; claims arising from the manipulation of Libor; claims concerning the front running of interest rate swaps; claims arising from the insolvency of Lehman Brothers; tax investigations; the renegotiation of failed securitisations; regulatory investigations into the mis-selling of complex derivatives; defending FX traders against allegations of currency manipulation; prosecuting fraud claims; asset tracing; freezing injunctions; enforcement actions; and the seizure of commercial aircraft and boats. As such, Richard brings a wealth of legal experience to Oculus’ financial investigations business.