Forensic Accounting & Financial Investigations

Converting financial data into financial stories.

Ankura’s forensic accounting and financial investigations team assists clients with challenging issues. Our team of top professionals are seasoned advisors with a wide range of experience in technical and forensic accounting, auditing, corporate finance, fraud, anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, compliance, eDiscovery, information technology, and complex data analytics. Many of our professionals have held senior investigative or enforcement positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Our team is composed of numerous certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, and former standard-setters and regulatory officials who have been deeply involved in some of the most challenging and high-profile financial and accounting advisory engagements and investigations ever undertaken.

At Ankura, we work collaboratively with our clients to provide our wide-ranging capabilities in forensic accounting and financial investigations in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. We have the experience and flexibility to scale our efforts to fit the size and needs of any matter and appreciate that every engagement is unique.

Our Solutions

Accounting, Fraud, and Independent Fact-Finding Investigations

Ankura’s collaborative approach to investigations draws upon our accounting, auditing, technology, data analytics, and industry professionals to assist clients in tailoring and executing efficient and effective investigative plans.

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SEC and DOJ Enforcement Matters and Consulting Assistance

We provide our clients a high level of informed experience and insight to effectively navigate through regulatory, agency, and governmental inquiries.

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Ponzi Schemes, Whistleblower, Embezzlement, and Kickback Matters

Our team members are experienced in the differences and nuances of each type of fraud investigation, and can assist clients in crafting tailored investigative plans.

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Anti-Corruption Investigations

In the face of allegations of malfeasance, our anti-corruption experts assist global organizations in navigating regulatory complexities with tailored investigative solutions.

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Compliance Program Reviews, Enhancements, and Remediation

Our professionals have a wealth of experience in designing, monitoring, and assessing the effectiveness of compliance systems, and can assist in the remediation and monitoring of issues going forward.

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Forensic Accounting Analysis and Reconstruction of Books and Records

Ankura’s multidisciplinary expertise in eDiscovery, data analytics, and financial modeling complements our accounting expertise and enable us to provide comprehensive forensic accounting solutions.

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Internal Control Risk Assessment

Our professionals have a wealth of experience in assessing the effectiveness of internal controls and compliance systems, and can assist in all stages of control issues, from proactive measures through remediation and monitoring.

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Analytics & Data Optimization

Our team has deep experience performing investigations using data analytics to identify suspicious activity, determine who was involved, how it was executed, and quantify the scope and magnitude of the scheme.

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Enforcement of the FCPA remains a top priority for the SEC and DOJ and has resulted in record setting fines and penalties stemming from FCPA violations in recent years. Our anti-corruption professionals have diverse backgrounds in forensic and technical accounting, auditing, corporate finance, government regulation, compliance, data analytics, and eDiscovery that enable Ankura to assist with every aspect of an anti-corruption investigation.

Anti-Money Laundering

We assist clients in understanding how misappropriation of assets investigations could involve the laundering of stolen funds.

Compliance & Ethics

Detecting financial crimes and other financial improprieties often requires an understanding of the gap areas in an organization's compliance and ethics program. Our team of compliance and ethics professionals helps clients assess their compliance and ethics programs to determine root causes of financial misconduct and noncompliant behavior.


Our experts provide the technology, workflow solutions, and expert testimony capabilities to assist our forensic accounting and financial investigations experts in identifying fact patterns within email, chat, and business documents.

Geopolitical Intelligence

With so much of the world’s growth occurring in developing countries, many business opportunities come burdened with the difficulty of operating in less rigorous legal and financial environments. We work closely with our expert economists and accountants to ensure investigations are undertaken with a full understanding of the social and political environment.


For matters involving forensic accounting issues, we can provide supplemental investigative services to provide clarity into relevant third-party individual and business relationships and interests.

Litigation, Arbitration, & Disputes

Financial distress will give rise to disputes and potential litigation. Our experts consult with CROs and management to evaluate matters from a liability and damages perspective to develop strategies and serve as expert witnesses when needed.

Visual Communications

We understand how critical communication is to our clients in resolving significant business issues. For matters involving forensic accounting issues, we work with our team of professionals to develop visual solutions for all challenges and make complicated information easy to understand. We develop the most effective presentations that best communicate and clarify all complex issues.

White Collar & Securities

Our team’s supplemental investigative services to provide clarity into relevant third-party, individual, and business relationships and interests.