Strategy & Operations

Considered strategies for the important details.

Ankura’s strategy and operations experts serve as trusted advisors to private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, corporate board, and C-suite executives trying to grow and streamline companies in transition. Unlike typical firms, we are designed to act like owners of the businesses we advise; we are focused on value creation. It is ingrained in the way we structure our engagements, communicate with our clients, build our teams, price our work, and measure our success.

Acting like owners compels us to rapidly develop and deploy targeted operating plans in collaboration with our clients. We do this through a proprietary CPO framework and corresponding database that enable us to bridge the gap between traditional financial or performance metrics and the people, operating, and investment decisions that businesses must make every day.

Then, our senior operating experts actively drive to results – either through interim or hands-on management and advisory roles – to help our clients get the most out of their people, operations, and technology. To measure the impact, we again leverage the CPO framework to create tailored financial and operating dashboards that track progress against the operating plans we design, so we are held accountable for the value we create (and not just for PowerPoint presentations).

Our Solutions

Transaction Advisory

We advise clients across the transaction lifecycle, including during sourcing, pre-LOI evaluation, due diligence, 100-day planning, value creation, and exit.

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Growth Advisory

We collaborate with management teams and owners to devise and implement top-line growth strategies, annual plans and budgets, market and product expansion or diversification, follow-on acquisitions, new partnerships, and other major investments in growth.

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Performance Improvement

We design and optimize strategic operating plans to maximize EBITDA and cash flow at platforms, portfolio companies, distressed assets, underperforming businesses, and other organizations in transition.

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Financial Planning, Reporting, and Analysis

We enhance visibility and provide actionable information to owners and executives by developing or improving the full suite of finance and project management office functions required to plan, monitor, and report on progress at platforms or companies.

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Advanced Human Capital ™

Our work takes many forms, including, Human Equity Valuation™, enterprise-level culture change, labor strategy formulation, talent assessment, leader selection and succession, executive coaching, and executive team alignment. Regardless of the scope and scale of the assignment, we are distinguished by our ability to create measurable value from our clients’ human capital assets.

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Technology Advisory

Our unique perspective, informed by different functional, regulatory, and technical expertise, helps organizations grow and scale while at the same time addressing strategic risks and threats.

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Our Solutions Leverage the Expertise of:

Analytics & Data Optimization

The use of cutting-edge analytics, reporting, and business intelligence tools drive strategic decision-making through enhanced tracking and measurable results.

Bankruptcy Services

Our team of experienced bankruptcy professionals can assist in the full life cycle of the Chapter 11 process, starting from preparing a company for a potential filing to a successful exit.

Chief Restructuring Officer

Ankura brings executive-level, seasoned consultants to existing management teams when a company is struggling with the additional demands of a restructuring, including bringing experienced and additional resources to an otherwise frenetic and difficult reorganization process.

Company Restructuring Advisory

With a consistent process-driven approach aimed to stabilize, rehabilitate, and restructure the situation, our experts bring a level of stability to unstable situations, allowing for successful resolutions focused on creating value and maximizing recoveries among stakeholders.

Cybersecurity

Fundamental to modern enterprise strategy and operations is a solid information security foundation, and accurate insight into data assets and the cybersecurity risks to those assets. Our team of seasoned professionals helps provide an independent expert understanding of the cybersecurity risks, posture, compliance, and maturity of organizations as decision elements around strategy and operations.

Foreign Investments & Transactional Advisory

Our team provides deep insight and hands-on experience helping our clients succeed with their most complex international risks and opportunities.

Geopolitical Intelligence

Whether entering new markets or improving existing overseas operations, understanding the political and regulatory environments is critical to crafting an effective strategy and often determines future success. Our team analyzes the political, economic, social, technological, regulatory, environmental, and physical security factors companies need to understand to successfully operate in foreign countries.

Government Contracts & Grants

The performance of government contracts and grants often requires unique organizational strategies, processes, and operations due to specific compliance obligations and business practices when dealing with government entities. Ankura's team of experts helps clients design their strategies and operations for successful award of and performance under government contracts and grants.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is often one of the most important assets in driving value for an enterprise. Our professionals understand this and help organizations to extract the most value out of these assets that cannot be seen or touched.

Interim Management

Our interim management services provide seasoned consultants who have the hands-on experience and skill set to assume executive roles for distressed companies and companies in transition, including roles such as CEO, COO, CFO, controller, and treasury functions.

Visual Communications

Our seasoned professionals understand how critical communication is to our clients in resolving significant business issues. We develop solutions for all presentation challenges and 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.

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Josh Damon
Senior Managing Director
Beth R. Chase
Senior Managing Director
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