Executive Vice President, Head of National Cause and Financial Crimes Detection Program
Omer Meisel leads FINRA’s National Cause and Financial Crimes Detections Program (NCFC), which includes the National Cause Program (NCP) and Complex Investigations and Intelligence (CII). Mr. Meisel leads teams that conduct investigations and examinations of firms and gather intelligence to detect financial crimes and inform FINRA and firms of emerging threats and risks to the financial industry.
Mr. Meisel most recently led CII and united the specialist groups of the NCFC under the CII umbrella, including the Special Investigation Unit, the High-Risk Registered Representatives Unit, the Cybersecurity Group, and the Vulnerable Adults and Seniors Team.
Under Mr. Meisel’s guidance, CII created the Cyber Analytics Unit in 2021 to better address the ever-changing nature of cyber and crypto asset threats and continue to enhance NCFC’s analytics-led decision making. He also realigned the Financial Intelligence Unit under CII. In 2022, he was selected to chair FINRA’s Crypto Hub, which includes representatives from across FINRA, and is tasked with enhancing crypto and blockchain regulatory capabilities.
Mr. Meisel returned to FINRA in 2021, after more than 22 years at the FBI, which he joined after working as an investigator at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), a predecessor of FINRA. In his last assignment at the FBI, he was the Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the FBI’s San Diego Division where he led the Cyber Branch (National Security and Criminal), the Counterintelligence Branch, and the Intelligence Branch. Mr. Meisel’s career as a Special Agent in the FBI included specializing in complex corporate and securities fraud, money laundering, financial crimes, and international terrorism investigations. He also served on the Enron Task Force as a senior investigator.
Prior to joining the NASD, Mr. Meisel worked as an investigator at the Securities and Exchange Commission and was a securities trader.
Mr. Meisel holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Strum College of Law and a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University.