Frances McLeod is a Founding Partner of FRA, head of its US offices and recognised in GIR’s “women in investigations” listing as one of the top 100 remarkable women in the profession from around the world. She is a former investment banker and has more than 27 years’ experience advising diverse clients on sanctions, anti-corruption, fraud, internal control, asset tracing and money laundering issues.
Frances has been deeply involved in all of FRA’s compliance monitorship work, including DOJ and SEC FCPA monitorships, a New York Department of Financial Services bank monitorship, the Ferguson City monitorship, a PCAOB monitorship and a DOJ fraud-related monitorship.
She led the team providing technical advice to the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering under a mandate from the Asian Development Bank and has provided expert advice in terrorism financing litigation cases. She served as an expert witness on counter terror financing in litigation involving an international bank and led FRA’s UN Oil-For-Food (OFF) investigation work.
Frances has extensive experience in addressing complex international data transfer issues, whether in regulatory investigations or cross border litigation. She led the FRA team responding to anticorruption investigation data requests in all jurisdictions for Alstom in the US, the UK, Brazil, Indonesia, Poland, Sweden, etc, which included addressing French data privacy and blocking statute issues. Frances was responsible for the design and implementation of claim evaluation and administration systems for the US$1.3 billion Swiss Bank and US$2.5 billion German Slave Labour Holocaust settlements.
Frances speaks English, German, French and Mandarin Chinese. She holds a master’s degree from Wadham College, Oxford.
Frances is an “Excellent practioner” she heads a top-notch team and is sharp and a pleasure to work with.
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