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Michael Welch   [Download VCard]
Managing Director

Mike joins Freeh Group after an international career in both the public and private sectors.

Most recently, as the Director of Retail and Regulatory Investigations for the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) he managed an expansive staff responsible for investigating all regulated firms in the UK which engage with consumers. Mike is the only American to have held such a high-ranking position at the FCA.

Prior to the FCA Mike was the Global Head of Investigations for Standard Chartered Bank, the 4th largest bank in the UK with over 86,000 staff. He managed seven regional teams based around the globe that provided investigative support in 71 countries and developed the bank's investigative capabilities in the areas of forensic imaging, asset recovery, cyber intrusions/fraud, analytics-discovery, and comprehensive fraud training. He fostered collaboration with government and private sector entities by establishing external working groups in nine countries.

Mike held many executive positions during his 25-year career at the FBI including Assistant Director for International Operations, Acting Assistant Director in the Cyber Division, and Special Agent in Charge. He also served on the executive staff of two FBI Directors at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC.

While with the International Operations Division Mike managed a multi-million dollar annual budget, the bureau’s international investigative caseload, and all personnel stationed abroad while traveling to more than 70 countries leading the Bureau’s efforts to champion international investigative mandates and facilitate timely information sharing between foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

With the Cyber Division, he managed the National Cyber Investigative Task Force that combined personnel and resources from across the federal government and international partners to investigate and combat cyber incidents, and he also established and executed a national strategy to defeat, disrupt and identify priority threats.

As the Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, he led the Bureau’s statewide operations which included the federal law enforcement counter-terrorism response for national sporting events including the 2012 Super Bowl, Indianapolis 500, and the 2010 NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Early in his career Mike served as a Special Agent in the Washington DC, Miami, Indianapolis, and Kansas City field offices. He was also the Bureau’s liaison officer to the NCAA and professional sports leagues for 11 years.