Wendy Schmidt is a principal in the New York office of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, and is the global service line leader for the Business Intelligence Services practice. Wendy specializes in developing background information on people and entities worldwide. Utilizing a range of open source data sets and Internet sources, along with traditional field investigative techniques, Wendy and her team are able to develop background information and intelligence virtually anywhere in the world.
Wendy's work includes sensitive investigative due diligence for financial and strategic buyers in domestic and international transactions. She utilizes these same skills to provide support in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and government investigations, complex business disputes, and to conduct asset searches. Her clients include government agencies, international and domestic law firms, corporations and financial institutions.
During the last twenty years, Wendy has led thousands of investigative research projects and numerous high profile international investigations in the U.S. and overseas. She is a co-author of Deloitte's annual "Look Before You Leap" report, a survey to gain greater insight into the issues of compliance and integrity risks that are increasing as a result of growth opportunities abroad. Wendy has been frequently quoted in the press on issues such as background investigations, integrity due diligence, and risks for investors in emerging markets.
In addition to serving clients, Wendy serves on Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's steering committee for the Global Retention of Women, and is a former national leader of Deloitte's U.S. Women's Initiative Network (WIN). In her role as a global WIN leader, Wendy is responsible for the development and oversight of programs aimed at the retention, promotion, and recruitment of women. She is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Women Lawyers and is also a board member and past president of the New York City chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Wendy was a litigator, specializing in complex litigation, including securites fraud, anti-trust and first amendment matters.
Wendy holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale College.
"The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest, but if it is judged worthy by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the understanding of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content." - Thucydides
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