WASHINGTON, DC — Ludwig Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based advisory firm specializing in strategic regulatory and risk management consulting for the financial services industry, announced they’ve welcomed banking-industry veteran James J. Hilton as partner. Hilton brings with him more than three decades of experience in strategy planning and regulatory compliance, reuniting with founder and CEO Gene Ludwig and prior colleagues, such as former Federal Reserve Senior Supervisor Rona Pocker, to advise leading financial institutions on the myriad of challenges they face.
For 16 years, Hilton served as a senior executive at Promontory Financial Group, where he managed the company’s most sensitive engagements. He was also Promontory’s executive managing director for the Americas, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s business operations. Hilton currently serves as chairman of Uphold, Ltd., a firm offering innovative solutions to consumers and institutions participating in emerging financial systems.
“Complex regulatory issues don’t come prepackaged into neatly-defined categories. The regulatory and risk landscape in the financial services sector is nuanced and ever evolving, and Ludwig Advisors is uniquely positioned to help financial institutions succeed,” said Ludwig. “We are fortunate to have a professional of Jim’s caliber to help lead the firm and oversee strategic initiatives for our clients.”
Before joining Promontory, Hilton focused on transforming trading in the capital markets space, both as the head of strategic planning and product management for the Prebon Group, and as general counsel for Chicago Board Brokerage, which operated the first electronic marketplace for trading and clearing U.S. Treasury securities. He began his career in the legal department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
“I look forward to working with Gene again. He has used his skills as a former bank supervisor and career banking-industry professional to assist financial institutions in navigating the most significant challenges the sector has ever faced. The team of banking and regulatory experts he has reassembled is unrivaled in the marketplace, and I am excited to partner with them to help our clients succeed in today’s ever-changing environment,” Hilton said.