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Vincent Mekles is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York with more than 10 years of experience across the public and private sectors. Combining his legal, regulatory, and management experience, Vincent’s work with clients includes: performing complex internal investigations on a variety of sensitive matters; interfacing with federal and state regulators; developing and enhancing compliance programs to proactively mitigate legal, financial, and regulatory risk; advising state government entities on the development and roll out of large federally funded programs and projects; and providing independent third-party monitoring, audit, and reporting services for organizations that are subject to legal or regulatory scrutiny as a result of alleged misconduct or identified security including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) risks.
Before joining Ankura, Vincent served as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding. In that role, he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing all aspects of the state’s multibillion-dollar recovery effort following Hurricane Sandy, a presidentially declared disaster and the most destructive storm in New Jersey history. Vincent’s work included developing and overseeing efforts to identify and mitigate risks of waste, fraud, and abuse, and interfacing daily with various federal and state legal and regulatory authorities regarding compliance efforts and performance metrics.
Previously, Vincent served as a litigation associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. There, he focused on complex commercial litigations, corporate investigations, and regulatory actions. Vincent directly advised executive leadership and senior managers of various large, publicly traded and private corporations on governance matters, risk assessments, and litigation decisions. Vincent also had the honor of serving as a law clerk to Justice Jaynee LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Vincent’s professional experience includes the following: