Investigations

Illuminating the path through the dark.

When confronted with allegedly illicit activity, it is incumbent on an organization and its key stakeholders to act swiftly and decisively in conducting a proper investigation.  A credible investigation can greatly protect an organization by not allowing potentially isolated issues from becoming more systemic, while also minimizing disruption to the company’s reputation and enterprise value.

Ankura’s professionals assist company boards, senior management, legal counsel, and government agencies in unraveling complex financial, bribery, and fraud schemes and communicating with relevant stakeholders and authorities.  Our team integrates the multi-disciplinary experience of former senior officials, investigators, and prosecutors with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Department of Defense (DOD), and other federal and state agencies; the perspective of former in-house investigative and compliance personnel for Fortune 50 companies and public organizations; cutting-edge technology, forensic, and data analytic tools; and unparalleled subject-matter expertise.

We have the experience and flexibility to scale our efforts to fit the needs of each unique engagement. We partner seamlessly with external or in-house counsel to deliver practical and cost-effective investigative solutions by providing the following assistance:

  • Respond to incidents and government inquiries
  • Conduct internal investigations and reviews
  • Prepare for and conduct witness interviews
  • Perform forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Perform data analytics
  • Engage in forensic accounting analysis and reconstruction of books and records
  • Create credible, risk-appropriate resolutions
  • Draft or review disclosures and reports
  • Build compliance investigations and corrective actions process
  • Facilitate interactions with government officials
  • Draft crisis response and communications

Our Solutions Leverage the Expertise of:

Analytics & Data Optimization

With any large investigation, the ability to understand and analyze large amounts of data, deconstruct systems, and identify anomalous activity is essential. Our analytics team works in concert with our experts to drive valuable insights through data-driven analytics.

Anti-Corruption

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.

Compliance & Ethics

An organization's compliance and ethics program should have a robust internal investigations capability. Our experts assist clients with their internal investigations as well as compliance program infrastructure to enable more effective internal investigations.

Cybersecurity

Ankura’s specialized cyber investigators leverage digital forensics, best of breed security technologies to provide answers and assurance to critical issues at critical times. Our cybersecurity investigations quickly and cost effectively identify the circumstances of key issues and reduce the risks and impact of security incidents and data breaches.

Data Governance and Compliance

Our team of experts has developed a unique, simplified, and consolidated approach that empowers entities of all shapes and sizes to maintain a healthy data ecosystem and enables better data oversight, compliance, utilization, and protection simultaneously.

eDiscovery

Our eDiscovery experts provide the technology, workflow solutions, and expert testimony capabilities to assist investigations experts identify fact patterns within email, chat, and business documents.

Forensic Accounting & Financial Investigations

For investigations involving financial or accounting matters, our team provides a full range of forensic, reconstructive, and technical accounting analysis, as well as assistance in dealing with government regulators and other stakeholders.

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.

International Trade Controls

International trade control violations present complex challenges at the intersection of technology, security, and complex regulations. Our team has deep expertise working inside organizations to achieve clarity and resolution.

Monitoring & Independent Oversight

We provide comprehensive, analytically-driven, and impartial oversight of organizations’ performance pursuant to imposed compliance and reform obligations, leveraging a deep bench of subject-matter experts tailored to address the unique demands of each engagement.

Visual Communications

For investigations involving financial or accounting matters, we assist in developing visual solutions that make complicated information easy to understand. We work with our team of professionals to develop the most effective presentations that best communicate and clarify all complex issues.

White Collar & Securities

We offer a full range of forensic, reconstructive and technical accounting analysis, as well as assistance in dealing with government regulators and other stakeholders.

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Martin Wilczynski
Senior Managing Director
Marc-Philip Ferzan
Senior Managing Director