James Smith Joins Ankura as a Senior Managing Director

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura) announced today the appointment of James Smith as a Senior Managing Director. Based in the New York office, Mr. Smith brings more than 18 years' experience conducting financial and economic analyses for complex litigations, regulatory and internal investigations, taxation disputes, and intellectual property-related valuations.

Mr. Smith's securities and financial sector experience has involved products across the investment spectrum: private equity, foreign exchange, mutual funds, fixed income funds, hedge funds, real estate, and insurance and relate to business planning, internal reviews and investigations, securities fraud and financial crimes, and investor disputes. He also works on cross-border and international tax-related matters and investigations.

In addition, Mr. Smith conducts trade secret and other intellectual property valuations in a range of industries, including health sciences, financial services, hospitality, consumer products, and technology. This work is often in the context of cybertheft.

He currently serves as an analytic exchange program fellow with the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on threats associated with intellectual property theft. He is also a member of Business Executives for National Security, a think tank that works with government partners to address the nation's most pressing challenges, including cybersecurity and domestic terrorism.

Before joining Ankura, he worked in the finance and intellectual property practices at Charles River Associates. Prior to CRA, he worked at Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett (later Hagler-Bailly and PA Consulting) in its energy practice, where he assisted corporations and governments with competition, privatization, and market design projects.

Ankura Co-President Philip Daddona stated, "Jim is a terrific addition to both Ankura as a whole and as a member of our growing New York office. He brings rich experience in complex litigation economic analyses and tax and regulatory issues, as well as his work with intellectual property brings further depth to Ankura's client service offerings. Jim's sincere and tireless focus on being a trusted partner with his clients and amongst his peers makes him another powerhouse addition to Ankura's growing roster of world-class experts in their fields."

Mr. Smith said, "It is an exciting time to join Ankura and I am looking forward to contributing to its continued growth and being a part of this winning and collaborative team whose respective experiences, expertize, and energy are bringing something quite exceptional to the marketplace."

About Ankura Consulting

Ankura Consulting, an independent business advisory and expert services firm, is defined by a culture of collaboration and focused on delivering unrivaled depths of knowledge to clients, addressing important opportunities and critical choices every day. Our Cybersecurity & Geopolitical, Investigations & Accounting Advisory, Litigation & Disputes, Regulatory & Contractual Compliance, and Turnaround & Restructuring professionals are proven cross-disciplinary and cross-industry experts who create the diverse and dynamic solutions required to navigate today's complicated world. At Ankura, we know that collaboration drives results.

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