NEW YORK – July 7, 2020 – Ankura, a global business advisory and expert services firm, today announced the appointment of John Riley as Senior Managing Director. Mr. Riley, who will be based in Washington, D.C., is a veteran of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), having served as the SEC’s Acting Chief Accountant in 1995, and brings over 40 years of collective experience as an auditor, regulator, consultant, and expert witness.
“We are excited to welcome John to Ankura’s deep bench of experts,” said Marc-Phillip Ferzan, Senior Managing Director and Risk, Forensics & Compliance Business Group Leader. “His previous leadership experience on the SEC staff, coupled with the broad range of accounting advisory counsel he has provided as a consultant on behalf of global corporations and law firms, makes him a formidable addition to the team.” Ferzan continues, “John’s judgment and regulatory perspective will be invaluable as we continue to help our clients navigate complex transactional, audit and disclosure issues.”
In addition to his tenure as SEC Acting Chief Accountant, Mr. Riley has led a variety of complex audit and financial reporting engagements. He is an expert at advising public companies on the application of generally accepted accounting principles to complex transactions and SEC reporting and disclosure issues. His experience also includes providing expert and consulting services to principals in civil litigation, respondents in SEC enforcement proceedings and management, and audit committees in connection with internal financial reporting investigations.
“During a time when the financial markets are increasingly intricate and volatile, I am excited to join a collaborative team with a strong reputation for assisting clients with a wide array of challenging situations,” said John Riley. “Ankura’s team of SEC enforcement and accounting experts has an outstanding reputation, and I look forward to working closely with thought leaders with such diverse and venerated backgrounds.”
Mr. Riley is a Certified Public Accountant and certified in financial forensics. He is also a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Virginia Society of CPAs. Mr. Riley holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.