James advises major financial institutions on a variety of legal issues related to compliance, anti-money laundering, and securities fraud investigations. As a practicing attorney, he also has extensive knowledge of litigation, intellectual property and copyright law, contract drafting, and negotiating.
James has managed investigations and performed both consumer and regulatory compliance risk assessments for clients including Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, TD Bank and Saddle River Bank, New Jersey. His duties included the management of investigative teams in Dubai, London and New York, as well as being responsible for presentations to numerous regulatory bodies, including OFAC, the DOJ, and the District Attorney’s Office of New York County.
James served as managing attorney of a multi-billion dollar class-action securities and mortgage fraud complaint against one of the world’s largest financial firms. He worked as an AML investigator for IPSA International for client Washington Mutual Bank, and he did similar work for American Express Bank. He has deep knowledge of suspicious activity reports, correspondent banking relationships, look-back reviews, and due diligence on potentially exposed account holders. Mr. Wood also has significant litigation experience with firms such as Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and Steptoe & Johnson, and he has served as an attorney for clients such as Proskauer Rose and Marsh McLennan Cos. Mr. Wood is a member of the state bar associations in New York and Florida.
James has a Juris doctorate degree from New York Law School.