Shane Nainappan

Senior Specialist, Asset Recovery

Shane joined the Basel Institute in December 2023 as Senior Specialist, Asset Recovery for the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) in Tanzania. He previously worked at the Institute as Senior Asset Recovery Advisor from April 2017 to March 2021.

Shane joins us from the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where he was the Head of Operations for the newly established Economic & Financial Crime Bureau of Guernsey. Admitted as a Barrister in England and Wales in 1994, as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1995 and to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 1999, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge across a broad spectrum of legal practice. Shane spent his early years as a Civil Litigator, then serving as a Senior Crown Prosecutor for over 17 years and more recently as a Senior Law Enforcement Officer in Guernsey.

Shane’s practice over the last 25 years has focused primarily on the preservation and recovery of assets, initially for financial institutions and, subsequently, transnationally for governments. With experience of working in the UK, South East Asia, the Gulf and East Africa, he is adept at enhancing cross border cooperation to improve the level of engagement between jurisdictions with the aim of influencing domestic and inter-government policy, the repatriation of illicit proceeds and the enhancement of prosecution rates in line with global developments.

As an accomplished Financial Crime and Cross Border Specialist, and in recognition of his work as a Prosecutor with the United Kingdom Crown Prosecution Service, his time in the Gulf and wider contributions to law and order representing the UK, Shane was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Honours Lists of June 2015.