Brian McDowell is a Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Atlanta, GA. Mr. McDowell is an accounting and investigative professional with more than eighteen years of experience. Mr. McDowell specializes in providing forensic accounting and financial fraud investigative services in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) investigations and corporate internal investigations conducted on behalf of audit committees and/or boards of directors, often arising from regulatory actions or whistleblower allegations.
Prior to joining Ankura in 2016, Mr. McDowell was a Senior Director at FTI Consulting where he worked as a core member of the global team providing investigative and litigation support to the Trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. In this role, Mr. McDowell worked closely with counsel leading teams of consultants performing forensic investigation, document review, and data analysis regarding the $65 billion Ponzi scheme and prepared summary findings of analyses used in drafting complaints against various parties and institutions.
Mr. McDowell also has recent experience in investigating allegations of inappropriate revenue recognition and accrual accounting by a $3 billion international public company. Specifically, he oversaw a large document review and data analysis effort and conducted witness interviews. He worked closely with clients and counsel to examine accounting records and interview witnesses to identify accounts and transactions requiring investigation, determine if violations of GAAP occurred, assess the potential financial exposure and communicate those findings to the Company as part of their investigation and restatement effort. He also assisted counsel in preparing for and participating in meetings with the Audit Committee and SEC.
Mr. McDowell has worked extensively with outside counsel in representing boards and special committees in a number of other complex, fact-finding accounting investigations stemming from whistleblower allegations and SEC enforcement and reporting issues. He also has experience supporting counsel in corporate restatements, stock option backdating investigations and earnings management investigations. Mr. McDowell has served clients and legal counsel in helping to design the review of large volumes of electronic and hard copy documents, conduct interviews, research GAAP issues and assess exposure, and prepare witnesses for testimony. He has conducted investigations and reviews of large and small organizations across a range of industries in the public and private sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, transportation, telecommunications, medical device, insurance, and health care industries, as well as government and not-for-profit entities.
From 1998-2001, Mr. McDowell served as a senior auditor in Arthur Andersen’s Assurance and Business Advisory Services Group.
Mr. McDowell received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from James Madison University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.