James Hunt is a Managing Director of the Due Diligence & Strategic Research (DDSR) practice in Stroz Friedberg’s London office. He leads a team of over 70 practitioners based in six offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Zurich, Dubai and Hong Kong, and is responsible for the oversight and management of the practice’s day-to-day operations. In this role, Mr. Hunt advises senior executives, internal and external legal counsels, compliance officers and MLROs, consulting on business intelligence, pre-transactional and third party due diligence, internal due diligence procedures, and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Hunt also coordinates and undertakes due diligence projects, litigation support and asset traces throughout Europe, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa. These projects are carried out for a range of financial services and corporate clients, to help them service various AML, FCPA and UK Bribery Act requirements. He has managed hundreds of complex, multijurisdictional regulatory compliance investigations. Notably, he has completed several projects in South Africa looking at issues surrounding black economic empowerment (BEE) ventures; counterfeit goods tracking and regulatory investigation support in West Africa; gathered intelligence on fraudulent distressed real estate investors in Ireland; and completed a number of pre-acquisition due diligence investigations for private equity and hedge fund clients in the UK and US.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Hunt was an Associate Director at Billiter Partners in London, where he was responsible for a team of researchers who produced pre-transactional compliance reports for Billiter’s financial services clients. As well as working alongside several investment banks and private equity firms, these reports were produced for nominated advisors (NOMADS), to help them comply with regulatory guidelines set down by the London AIM. He was also responsible for Billiter’s maritime and trade sanctions practice and wrote articles on sanctions and the associated OFAC and AML issues for financial institutions.
Previous to Billiter, he worked for Standard Bank across a number of business areas including Resource Banking and Market Risk.
Mr. Hunt has a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Exeter, and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He became a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) in November 2010, and was a founding Board Member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).