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Christopher S. Hillcoat, CCTS


President and founder of Metis Solutions LLC, Chris' 35 years of professional experience includes more than a decade as a consultant to banks and law firms, providing guidance on business strategy, compliance, training and other matters.  He has provided expert witness and litigation consulting services in both state and Federal litigation involving industry custom and practice and the role of the trustee under the Trust Indenture Act and in municipal, corporate and asset-backed financings.  He has also provided expert opinions on industry custom and practice in connection with business escrows and the role of the commercial escrow agent. 


Prior to founding Metis, Chris had over two decades of industry management and leadership experience.  He was the Group Senior Vice President and Division Manager for LaSalle Bank National Association’s Corporate and Institutional Trust Services Division for eight years, leading all aspects of institutional trust administration and business development, including Corporate Trust, Shareholder Services, Escrow Administration, Employee Stock Ownership Plan Administration, Land Trust, Employee Benefits, Safekeeping, and Domestic and Global Custody.  Before joining LaSalle, Chris worked for Boatmen’s Trust Company (formerly Centerre Trust Company) for 13 years.  He was the Senior Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Trust Division, with nine offices in seven states, leading Boatmen's Corporate Trust, Stock Transfer and Escrow product lines.

Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  He also holds Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He has held the Institute of Certified Bankers’ professional designation of Certified Corporate Trust Specialist (CCTS) since 1992.  Chris has served as a member of the Editorial Board for Network News and has written articles and made numerous presentations on litigation trends, professionalization, current issues, best practices, leadership and risk management. 

From 1996 through 2005, Chris served on the American Bankers Association's Corporate Trust Committee, chairing for five years.  He chaired or co-chaired the American Bankers Association's Capital Markets conference for five successive years since 2000 and continued as a member of the Planning Committee for the 2006 through 2011 annual conferences.  In addition, he was chairperson for the 2002 Investment Management Network Public Finance Conference.   

Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of Leap Learning Systems, a not-for-profit organization specializing in language and communication skills for disadvantaged children.  He chaired this Board from 2004 through 2009 and continues in leadership roles on Board committees.
Metis Solutions LLC
1428 Franklin Avenue
River Forest, Illinois  60305-1041
Phone: 708.366.8287