The Wall Street Journal: Louis Freeh, Ex-FBI Chief, Taps Old Skills in New Job

February 13th, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
February 13, 2012

Louis Freeh is a big name who likes to keep his business small.

After eight years as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Freeh now runs his own investigative firm and law practice, Freeh Group International Solutions LLC.

Louis Freeh is investigating Penn State’s handling of child-sex charges.

In recent months, he has taken on some of the toughest jobs available: conducting Penn State’s internal probe into its child sex-abuse scandal; becoming a trustee for creditors of the collapsed Wall Street firm MF Global Holdings Ltd. and investigating an SAT cheating scandal.

His investigative operation employs about 27 full-time lawyers and other professionals, and he keeps only about 10 major clients at any one time—often blue-chip companies, such as Daimler AG, which hired him to oversee compliance after settling charges it violated a U.S. antibribery law.

Mr. Freeh’s specialty, he said in an interview, is “a situation where there is a real consuming crisis that could lead to the end of an enterprise or a franchise or a brand.” He declined to say what he charges clients, but said his business is profitable and has no outside investors.

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