James Emmett
Senior Advisor
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A background that encompasses both banking and digital assets at the most senior levels is extremely rare. It is one reason why James is such a powerful resource for our clients to have access to.

With a breadth of experience in international financial services covering business, fintech, transformation, operations and strategy across EMEA, Asia and the Americas, James has a particular focus on digital assets, payments and trade finance. He focuses on helping financial services firms identify opportunities and navigate the disruption arising from new technology and platforms. With James’ extensive knowledge of financial services, businesses can be sure they are setting the right strategies and building the best customer offerings to survive the turbulent times ahead.

Oliver Wyman’s profound understanding of financial services and disruptive technology makes them a natural partner for me.

Previously, James was Managing Director and CEO of Diem LLC (formerly Libra) and led the operationalization of the Diem reserve backed stablecoin and blockchain-based payment network. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of HSBC Bank Plc and HSBC Europe and held a number of positions across the HSBC Group including Chief Operating Officer of HSBC Bank Plc and Global Head of Trade & Receivables Finance.

James has served on the UK’s Payment Strategy Forum, the UK’s International Trade & Industry Group, the Banking Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce, the WTO Expert Advisory Group on Trade Finance, the B20 Trade and Investment group, and the boards of the Banker’s Association in Turkey and New York State.

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