Dr. Mukesh Bajaj is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in Oakland. Prior to joining Ankura, Mukesh was managing director and global head of the securities & finance practice within Navigant’s disputes, forensics & legal technology (DFLT) segment, which was acquired by Ankura in 2018. Before joining Navigant, Mukesh founded AFE Consulting and served as its president.
Mukesh advises clients in matters involving economic and financial issues and has managed hundreds of consulting and litigation support assignments. Mukesh is an expert in matters relating to securities fraud, valuation of complex derivatives, intellectual property, insider trading, financial market microstructure, intangible assets, transfer pricing, interests in closely-held firms, warrants, restricted stock, and other complex contingent securities, and purchase price allocation studies. He has also consulted on financial strategy and acquisition analysis.
Mukesh has testified in various federal and state courts, the Superior Court of California, the State Board of Equalization in California, the US Tax Court, arbitrations, mediations, and in IRS Appeals proceedings. He has also testified in Canadian and Australian courts, testified in JAMS arbitration, and filed an expert report in the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
In addition to his work at Ankura, Mukesh has taught corporate finance, investments, and financial engineering courses in the MBA and Masters in Financial Engineering programs at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to his consulting practice, Mukesh was an assistant professor of finance and business economics at the University of Southern California where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in finance. Mukesh is the recipient of several teaching awards and scholastic honors, and has published several articles in leading academic and applied journals, such as The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Journal of Financial Research, The Journal of Applied Finance, International Economic Review, Research in Finance, The Journal of Corporation Law, The Journal of Derivatives, and Research in Law and Economics. Mukesh holds a PhD in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.