Randall H. Cook
Senior Managing Director

Former Prosecutor, In-House Counsel, & Army Officer

Randall H. Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience as a former federal prosecutor, in-house executive leader and counsel, Inspector General, law firm attorney, and US Army officer leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational, compliance, and risk mitigation challenges. Randy assists companies, organizations, investors, and counsel to navigate complex risks arising from national security concerns (including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and US trade controls); government and regulatory investigations and audits; and public and fiscal integrity issues.

  • Experience

    Prior to joining Ankura, Randy was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 aerospace technology companies, where he built and led global compliance and investigation programs focused on consistent, process-based risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation. These programs were a critical enabler for the companies’ successful navigation of consent agreements with the US Department of State.

    Randy also was an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal district of New Jersey, where he prosecuted numerous complex crimes while serving as District Coordinator for Counterproliferation Initiatives and as the Anti-Money Laundering District Coordinator for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Previously, he was an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he provided counsel and advocated for clients confronting complex regulatory issues in multiple industries.

    Randy served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Inspector General. He is currently assigned as an instructor in the US Army Command and General Staff College, where he teaches strategy and operational design to Army field-grade officers.

    Randy’s professional experience includes:

    • CFIUS Monitorships: Supervised design and implementation of CFIUS-required independent third party monitorship programs for: a global technology company that recently acquired software products used by US Government agencies; a global financial services company that was acquired by a Chinese multi-national conglomerate; and a sensitive solar power facility. In each instance, the program includes collaborative development and monitoring of sensitive data management, minimization, and security elements; training; incident identification and reporting; non-retaliation; insider threat; cyber security; system and product integrity assurance; and physical security.
    • Disaster Recovery Procurement Compliance Program Design and Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement a public procurement compliance program office in support of disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts for a large public utility following a catastrophic hurricane. The program office reviewed over $1.5 billion in procurement activity for Stafford Act compliance, conducted a compliance assessment and enhancement plan, and provided policy support and reporting in order to assure the utility’s credibility and the availability of federal disaster recovery assistance funds.
    • Compliance Risk Assessment and Prioritized Program Design: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design a post-audit compliance program for fortune 500 international manufacturer. Approach integrated existing enterprise processes and systems, and developed a project plan that enabled the enterprise to implement the program through phased, risk-prioritized, iterative enhancements.
    • Monitorship Investigations and Compliance Program Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement an internal investigations and related compliance program for a fortune 50 aerospace defense and technology company to satisfy the requirements of a Consent Agreement with the US Department of State. The program enabled the company to successfully implement an accountable, efficient investigation process and fulfill its compliance requirements to the satisfaction of the Consent Agreement’s monitor.
    • As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official for two fortune 50 aerospace technology firms, Randy built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as the “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100 percent success in resolution without enforcement action. Randy reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent over a two-year period.
    • As an Assistant US Attorney, Randy served as the lead federal prosecutor on over 100 cases involving trade controls, sanctions, government contracts, fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, bank and tax fraud, narcotics, war crimes, and terrorism. During his tenure, he tried five cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions, as well as interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
    • As a law firm attorney, Randy focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; CFIUS; trade controls; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; and corporate defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
    • As a Lieutenant Colonel for the US Army and the Army Reserve, Randy served as an Inspector General, conducted federal whistleblower and contract fraud investigations, and led organizational audits. As an Infantry Battalion Executive Officer, Task Force Operations Officer, and Company Commander, he provided mission-critical leadership, planning, coordination, and decision-making during multiple international and domestic contingencies.

     

     

     

  • Honors & awards

    • United Technologies Corporation Performance Impact Award

  • News & events
    • Practising Law Institute Webinar, 6/20/2018, “Conducting Compliance Risk Assessments and Benchmarking – A Systemic (and Price Effective) Approach,” with Gerald F. McDonough, and Waqas Shahid
    • Practising Law Institute Webinar: “Identifying, Measuring and Improving Your Integrity and Compliance Culture,” 4/24/2018, with F. Lisa Murtha and Gerard F. McDonough
    • Credit Suisse Washington Perspectives, 1/10/2018, Moderator: “Cross-Border Deals – Protectionism and Inter-Jurisdictional Challenges,” Washington, DC
    • Ankura Webinar, 1/25/2017, “Recent Developments in Trade Compliance: Enforcement, Automation, Customs and What This Means for Companies in 2017”
    • PLI Webinar, 4/7/2017, “Corporate Compliance in a Trump World,”
    • ECTI Webinar, 5/9/2017, “Making Lemonade Out of Consent Agreements: Why They Happen, How to Avoid Them, and What to Do if They Happen to You”
    • PLI Webinar, 6/23/2017, “Monitorships and Integrity Services: Practical Perspectives and Re-establishing Trust”
    • PLI Webinar, 8/9/2017, “Overseas Joint Ventures: Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Pitfalls”
    • Compliance Week, 5/2016, “Emerging Trends and Developments in International Trade Compliance,” Washington, DC
    • SAI Global CLE Webinar, 5/2016, “Building an International Trade Compliance Program”
    • Lockheed Martin Corporation International Trade Compliance Conference, 4/2016,“Regulatory Investigations and Voluntary Disclosures,” Washington, DC
    • UTC Performance Impact Award Conference, 11/2015, “Achieving Impact: Compliance Program Design and Implementation,” Hartford, CT
  • Insights & innovation
  • In the community

    • United States Army Reserve