James H. Freis, Jr.

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James H. Freis, Jr.
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Occupation Interim CEO
Employer WireCard
Location Aschheim, Bavaria, Germany
LinkedIn Profile
Website www.wirecard.com

James H. Freis, Jr., is a lawyer and fincials technology and exchange executive who became the interim CEO of German fintech darling, Wirecard, after its CEO was arrested for fraud. He served briefly in that role, until the company was put into receivership and dissolved. [1]

Previously, he was the chief compliance officer for Deutsche Boerse Group. He was appointed to that role on March 17, 2014, taking over from Michael Steinicke effective April 1. He was responsible for overseeing compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements and company policies, as well as responsibilities towards supervisory authorities, among all DB Group entities. [2]

Freis joined Deutsche Boerse Group from the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Background[edit]

From 2007 to 2012 Freis was the director (CEO) of the United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the lead U.S. government official responsible for regulation of financial institutions for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing purposes, and head of the country’s financial intelligence unit (FIU) supporting law enforcement investigations.

He started his career in 1996 as an attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; served from 1999 to 2005 as senior counsel at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland; and then moved to the US Department of the Treasury as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement & Intelligence.

Education[edit]

Freis earned a degree in economics at Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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