WASHINGTON D.C. (May 1, 2019) – Ankura, a leading business advisory and expert services firm that leverages integrated risk management, governance, compliance, investigations, forensics, technology, turnaround and restructuring, and management consulting capabilities, today announced the appointment of financial and restructuring services expert and digital media strategist Michael Mortell to Senior Managing Director. Based in New York, Mr. Mortell brings over 25 years of experience in investment banking, finance, turnaround and restructuring, technology, and digital media advisory services along with established relationships in the North American middle market private equity community.
At Ankura, Mr. Mortell will utilize his significant experience, working alongside the company’s talented professionals and leveraging his expertise in management consulting, mergers and acquisition, private equity capital, and capital structure advisory to further the development of Ankura’s turnaround and restructuring, technology and digital media, and related practice areas.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Michael joining the Ankura team as we continue to strengthen our private equity capital offerings, supplement our talent depth in the restructuring and turnaround practice, and reinforce our commitment to providing clients with highly impactful solutions,” said Kevin Lavin, Co-President at Ankura. “From my experiences working with Michael, it is evident that he brings an unmatched level of dedication to his craft and understands the nuances of creating bespoke solutions for client matters. His M&A expertise and industry relationships in the private equity community coupled with a proven track record for success will be key assets to our firm as we continue to deliver tailored and effective solutions to our clients.”
Prior to joining Ankura, Mr. Mortell spent the last five years as a managing director and senior adviser for AdMedia Partners/GP Bullhound, leading marketing services and technology advisory firms, where he focused on providing M&A advisory and consulting services to technology, marketing communications, and digital media companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mortell was a managing director and group head of Prudential Securities’ Private Equity Financing Group executing private equity capital raises to clients in various industry groups, including technology, consumer, business services, healthcare, and energy, and was a member of the management committee that ran Prudential’s investment banking operations during a time of significant growth. Mr. Mortell also was a management consultant at a nationally recognized turnaround and restructuring firm where he provided strategic counsel and advisory services to troubled companies and their creditors.
“It is an honor to be joining Ankura’s team of talented industry experts and to work together with them in bolstering and expanding the firm’s financial advisory, M&A, restructuring, and technology and digital media capabilities,” said Michael Mortell. “Having worked with Kevin and other senior Ankura leaders in the past, it is evident that Ankura is made up of the best and the brightest individuals and I look forward to working with the highly respected management team and skilled professionals. I have been particularly impressed with the firm’s teamwork and strong growth and I am excited to leverage my background and experience to ensure our clients receive the innovative solutions they’ve come to expect from Ankura.”