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Daniel Mikkelsen

Senior Partner, London

Leads the risk advanced analytics work and is a leader of the operational risk, compliance, and control work in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa


Daniel primarily advises major financial institutions and has worked with more than half of the world’s top 50 banks, as well as many insurers, asset managers, and hedge funds. His main areas of focus are analytics, digital, risk, compliance, finance, and audit. Daniel has also worked on a range of strategy issues in retail, corporate, and institutional banking. In addition, he has recently worked on Brexit, productivity, trade, and other economic-policy issues.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • leading advanced analytics and digitalisation work for several major European banks
  • leading the operational risk and compliance work for most of the world’s top banks
  • supporting risk and finance organization and governance for more than ten major European and US financial institutions
  • examining risk culture and behavior for two major European banks—a global hedge fund, and a major standard-setting body
  • leading compliance and audit work for more than ten major banks and several major insurers and asset managers
  • supporting a comprehensive capital analysis and review and stress-testing work for five major US banks and three major European banks
  • developing credit and counterparty risk modeling, process, digitization, policy, organization, and optimization for more than ten major European and US financial institutions

Published work

Managing financial crime risk in digital payments,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

International personal-data transfer amid regulatory upheaval,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Privacy, security, and public health in a pandemic year,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Financial crime and fraud in the age of cybersecurity” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

What will Europe's e-privacy regulation mean for your business?” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Flushing out the money launderers with better customer risk-rating models,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

GDPR compliance since May 2018: A continuing challenge,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

The new frontier in anti–money laundering,” McKinsey on Risk, November 2017

Tackling GDPR compliance before time runs out,” McKinsey on Risk, August 2017

Sustainable compliance: Seven steps toward effectiveness and efficiency,” McKinsey on Risk, February 2017

The EU data-protection regulation—compliance burden or foundation for digitization?” McKinsey & Company, January 2017

Managing non-financial risk in banking: Paradigm shifts in the making,” McKinsey & Company, April 2016

Taking the stress out of operational risk stress testing,” McKinsey & Company, December 2015

Past experience

Oliver Wyman
Partner in the European risk practice; global lead of operational risk and compliance service line


Oxford University
MPhil, European politics, economics, and society

Oxford University
MA; BA, politics and economics