James H. Freis, Jr. leads Market Integrity Solutions, a consulting firm providing executive advice on global financial regulation, good governance, and innovative technology solutions.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Freis was Director (CEO) of the United States Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the lead U.S. Government official for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, and head of the country's financial intelligence unit (FIU). From 2014 through 2020 he was Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and Group Anti-Money Laundering Officer for the Deutsche Börse Group in Frankfurt, Germany, responsible for overseeing regulatory requirements and engaging with financial supervisors for Group entities on a global basis for this provider of financial market infrastructures. His career as an attorney began at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, followed by seven years in Basel, Switzerland at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Mr Freis is a graduate of Georgetown University, earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
In June 2020, he was brought into the executive team of Germany’s leading FinTech, Wirecard, to professionalize the global digital payments provider. On his first day, he disclosed internal fraud, was named CEO, and initiated a global restructuring, before eventually handing over into insolvency what had been a blue chip company with market capitalization in excess of EUR 24 billion.
June 23, 2021
From Regulator … to Crisis Manager A conversation with James H. Freis, Jr., former CEO of Wirecard AG. (12:10 BST | 1.10PM CEST)