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2016

December 8, 2016

Ankura Appoints Elaine Lehnert as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Elaine Lehnert as Managing Director. Based in the firm’s New Jersey office, Ms. Lehnert will work within Ankura’s Investigations & Accounting Advisory group.

December 7, 2016

Ankura Appoints Paul Crisalli as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Paul Crisalli Jr. as Senior Managing Director. Based in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Crisalli will work within Ankura’s Turnaround & Restructuring group.

December 6, 2016

Ankura Appoints Michael Miller as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Michael Miller as Managing Director. Based in the firm’s Dallas, TX office, Mr. Miller will work within Ankura’s Turnaround & Restructuring group.

December 5, 2016

OPEC: Some Kind of a Deal from Vienna

The agreement reached by OPEC in Vienna on Wednesday to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels had an immediate impact on oil markets—causing WTI and Brent crude to surge over 10% from Tuesday’s close. Although the markets are celebrating the first OPEC production agreement since 2008, we assess the true impact of the deal to be far more obscure.

December 2, 2016

Can François Fillon Buck the Populist Trend in France?

Last Sunday, François Fillon won the presidential primaries of the French right party Les Républicains in a surprising landslide victory, beating his more centrist opponent Alain Juppé by 69.5% of the votes to 30.5%. Fillon casts himself as the viable market-friendly, non-populist alternative to the status quo...

December 1, 2016

A Line is a Dot that Went for a Walk: How Italy’s Referendum Could Cause the EU’s Next Crisis

On Sunday, Italians will vote in what may prove to be their most consequential constitutional referendum in the last seven decades. On the table is nothing less than a fundamental sea change in Italian politics, although a rejection could project the EU headlong into its next crisis.

December 1, 2016

Ankura Appoints Robert Bird as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Robert Bird as Managing Director. Mr. Bird will work within Ankura’s eDiscovery and Data Analytics practices within the Investigations & Accounting Advisory group. Mr. Bird will be based in Ankura’s newly established Boston, MA office at 60 State Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02109.

November 28, 2016

No End in Sight to Saudi Arabia’s Costly Intervention in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in the Yemeni civil war has already put a sizable dent in the Saudi government budget, and there is no end in sight. Since Saudi Arabia intervened in 2015, its military campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthis has little to show for it, al-Qaeda has gained a strong foothold in southern Yemen and the war is threatening the future vitality of the Saudi economy.

November 18, 2016

Morocco Proves Adept at Peacefully Managing Social Unrest

The video in October of fisherman Mouhcine Fikri being crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor provoked deep outrage and spurred demonstrations across Morocco. Fikri was a self-made man who struggled to pull himself out of poverty to help his family by building a fish trade business.

November 18, 2016

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Can Happen at the OPEC Annual Meeting

Saudi Arabia is already lobbying hard ahead of the cartel’s November meeting for OPEC to cut oil production to durably boost crude prices. A deal that will prop up oil prices is particularly important for Saudi Arabia. Low prices have left the country with a 15% budget deficit (2015), have made it more difficult to sustain oil exploration investments, and will disadvantage the sale of a 5% stake of Aramco on internat

November 17, 2016

France’s Right Primaries: What to Expect

On November 20 and 27, France’s right-wing party “Les Republicains” will hold its first primary to designate its candidate to next year’s presidential election. The primary is open to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation as long as they pledge to support the party’s platform and pay a $2 fee.

November 17, 2016

Ankura Appoints Richard Cameron as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Richard M. Cameron as Senior Managing Director. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Mr. Cameron will work within Ankura’s Healthcare Compliance practice within the Regulatory & Contractual Compliance group.

November 16, 2016

Ankura Appoints Corzine, Lohn and Bahadur to Risk, Resilience & Geopolitical Group

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Scott Corzine and Duane Lohn as Senior Managing Directors and Gary Bahadur as Managing Director.

November 15, 2016

Ankura Appoints Linda MacDonald as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Linda MacDonald as Senior Managing Director. Based in the firm’s New York office, Ms. MacDonald will practice in Ankura’s Investigations & Accounting Advisory group.

November 10, 2016

Ankura Appoints Prashant Lamba as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Prashant Lamba as Managing Director. Based in the firm’s Washington DC office, Mr. Lamba will practice within Ankura’s Regulatory & Contractual Compliance group.

November 9, 2016

UK High Court Decision Makes Brexit Timeline More Uncertain

A significant measure of uncertainty was injected into the Brexit last week following the November 3 UK High Court’s ruling that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without some action by Parliament. To do so, according to the High Court, would allow the Government to modify domestic law without the direct involvement of Parliament, something that is unconstitutional under British law.

November 3, 2016

Ankura Appoints William Bray as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of William Bray as Managing Director. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Mr. Bray will practice in Ankura’s Risk, Resilience & Geopolitical group.

November 1, 2016

Ankura Appoints Robichaux as Senior Managing Director and
Perry as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Louis E. Robichaux IV and Russell A. Perry to Ankura’s Turnaround & Restructuring group to enhance the firm’s capabilities in financial advisory and crisis management. Mr. Robichaux and Mr. Perry will be based in the firm’s Dallas office.

October 29, 2016

Saudi Arabia’s successful bond sale: Harbinger of grander things to come: For whom?

On 19 October 2016, Saudi Arabia wooed international financial markets raising $17.5B in its first international bond sale; a good omen for a government that wants to sell off 5% of its economic flagship, Aramco, in the next year. Should investors have confidence in the upcoming IPO?

October 24, 2016

Ankura Appoints Tenery to Lead Cybersecurity Practice

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Luke Tenery as Senior Managing Director to lead Ankura’s Cybersecurity practice within the firm’s Risk, Resilience & Geopolitical group. He will join Ankura’s Chicago office.

October 18, 2016

5 Things to consider when negotiating your textbook contract audit clause

One of the most important provisions in your textbook publishing contract is the audit clause, which will specify the conditions for how and when you can request and conduct an audit. In the absence of an audit clause, some publishers will still comply with a request to audit, although they are not contractually required to do so.

October 17, 2016

Ankura Appoints Pinsonnault as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Scott Pinsonnault as Senior Managing Director to Ankura’s Turnaround & Restructuring group. He will practice out of the firm’s Dallas office.

October 13, 2016

Ankura Appoints Pascale Siegel as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Pascale Siegel as Managing Director. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Ms. Siegel will practice in Ankura’s Risk, Resilience & Geopolitical group.

October 12, 2016

Ankura Appoints Gallagher as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Roy Gallagher to Ankura’s Turnaround and Restructuring practice. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.

October 11, 2016

Ankura Appoints Rowland and D’Amelio as Senior Managing Directors

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Chris Rowland and Vincent D’Amelio as Senior Managing Directors. They will be based in Dallas and New York, respectively. Mr. Rowland and Mr. D’Amelio will lead the firm’s new Financial Services practice within the Investigations & Accounting Advisory group.

October 7, 2016

JASTA: NAVIGATING THE COMPLICATED ROAD AHEAD

Last week, Congress overrode a Presidential veto to pass the Justice Against the Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)—a law designed to allow US nationals to sue a foreign state for injury occurring in the U.S. as a result of an act of international terrorism or a tort committed anywhere by an official or agent of a foreign state acting within the scope of employment.

October 5, 2016

Getting the Royalty Treatment

The relationship between publisher and author is an interdependent one. If the author doesn't write well and on schedule, the publisher has nothing to develop, market, and sell. On the other hand, no matter how well an author writes, the author isn't likely to see his or her book reach its full potential without the publisher's marketing savvy and access to distribution channels.

September 29, 2016

Ankura Appoints O’Malley as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Stephen O’Malley as Senior Managing Director. Based in the firm’s New York office, Mr. O’Malley will lead the eDiscovery practice within the Investigations & Accounting Advisory group.

September 28, 2016

Ankura Appoints Cook and Shahid as Senior Managing Directors

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Randall Cook and Waqas Shahid as Senior Managing Directors focusing on international trade and sanctions compliance offerings. They are based out of the firm’s New Jersey and New York offices.

August 30, 2016

Ankura Appoints Nelson as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Kayla Nelson as Senior Managing Director to further develop the firm’s data governance practice and enhance its capabilities in eDiscovery.

August 29, 2016

Ankura Appoints Ferat as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Jean‐Michel Ferat as Senior Managing Director. His capabilities in forensic accounting and fraud detection will enable him to strengthen both of the firm’s Investigations & Accounting Advisory group, and its Litigation & Disputes group. Mr. Ferat will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

August 24, 2016

Ankura Appoints Block as Senior Managing Director and Harris as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Jessica Block as Senior Managing Director and Jessica Harris as Managing Director. In conjunction with Ms. Block’s appointment, the firm also announced the launch of its Data Governance practice as part of the firm’s Regulatory & Contractual Compliance group. Ms. Harris’ appointment enhances the capabil

August 22, 2016

Ankura Names Chérie Schaible as General Counsel

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Chérie Schaible as Senior Managing Director and General Counsel. She will join the company's executive leadership team reporting to Ankura’s Chief Executive Officer, Roger Carlile.

August 18, 2016

“Brexit,” And Geopolitical Risk

The extent to which so many economists, political pundits, and financial advisors bet incorrectly that the “Bremain” faction would prevail in a referendum vote that became a subtext for issues much larger than frustration with the EU, underscores the need for disciplined and independent geopolitical analysis for businesses and investors with international interests.

August 15, 2016

Ankura Appoints Mundy as Managing Director and Gordon as Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Robert Mundy as Managing Director and Briana Gordon as Director. Mr. Mundy and Ms. Gordon each bring years of specialized experience in the consulting industry and will support Ankura’s growing healthcare valuation practice within the firm’s Regulatory & Contractual Compliance group.

July 11, 2016

Ankura Enhances Compliance and Investigation Capabilities

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Francesca Harker, Managing Director and Erin Dunn, Senior Director to enhance the firm’s capabilities in its Regulatory & Contractual Compliance practice and its Investigations & Accounting Advisory practice.

July 6, 2016

Ankura Enhances Investigations & Accounting Advisory Practice and Data Analytics Capabilities

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Mark McGrath and Christopher Harvey as Senior Managing Directors, Brian McDowell as Managing Director and Bradley Lohmeyer as Senior Director to enhance the firm’s Investigations & Accounting Advisory practice and its data analytics capabilities.

July 1, 2016

SunEdison Appoints New Finance Leadership; Names Philip J. Gund Chief Financial Officer

SunEdison, Inc. (OTC PINK: SUNEQ) today announced that it has appointed new leadership of its finance team, including Philip J. Gund, as Chief Financial Officer and Salvatore LoBiondo, Jr., as SVP, Corporate Controller, enhancing the Company's financial operations as the Company moves through the chapter 11 process.

June 23, 2016

Ankura Appoints Managing Directors to Growing Practices

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Michael Baumkirchner and Dennis Barrett to its Turnaround & Restructuring practice, and Jaime Minihane to the firm’s Risk, Resilience & Geopolitical practice.

June 7, 2016

A Crash Course On Royalty Audits

In the typical transaction between a book author and a publisher, the author grants to the publisher certain exclusive rights in a manuscript and, in exchange, gets from the publisher a right to receive a portion of the publisher’s proceeds from commercial exploitation of the rights granted.

June 6, 2016

Ankura Appoints Senior Professionals to SEC Enforcement Practice

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Martin Wilczynski, Jason Flemmons and Amy Gonce to the SEC enforcement and forensic accounting practice within Ankura’s Corporate Investigations and Financial Forensics Group.

June 2, 2016

Ankura’s Chase Perry Earns Certified Licensing Professional (CLP)

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that Chase Perry, a Senior Managing Director, has earned the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) credential. He joins a growing group of Intellectual Property (IP) professionals who have demonstrated they are dedicated to higher standards of practice in the licensing industry.

June 1, 2016

Ankura Establishes Charlottesville, VA Office at UVA Research Park

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that it has established an office at UVA Research Park, 1001 Research Park Blvd., Suite 100, Charlottesville, VA 22911 led by Marc Ferzan of the risk advisory and management practice.

May 26, 2016

Ankura Appoints Cornell and Hughes as Senior Managing Directors

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Kimberli Cornell and Carolyn Hughes as Senior Managing Director. Ms. Cornell and Ms. Hughes each bring years of specialized experience in the consulting industry and will support Ankura’s growth initiatives.

May 25, 2016

Brody and Mekles Join Risk Advisory & Management Practice

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Terrence S. Brody and Vincent M. Mekles to the firm’s recently launched Risk Advisory & Management practice. They will practice out of the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices.

May 24, 2016

Ankura Adds Four Senior Professionals to New York Office

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Anthony Milazzo, Javier Alvarez, Elias Psyllos and Jonathan Zambelli to the firm’s New York office.

May 23, 2016

Ankura Strengthens Turnaround and Restructuring Practice Group

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of M. Benjamin Jones, Roy Messing, Kasey Rosado, and Jerome Davis to the Turnaround and Restructuring practice in the firm’s New York office.

May 19, 2016

Ankura Launches Risk Advisory and Management Practice

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Marc-Philip Ferzan as Senior Managing Director to help launch the firm’s Risk Advisory and Management practice.

May 17, 2016

Ankura Consulting Group Agrees to Strategic Combination with ARPC

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that it has agreed to a strategic combination with ARPC, a financial and economic consulting firm with over 40 years of experience assisting law firms, corporations and governments with complex legal and business challenges.

April 18, 2016

Roger Holtzen Joins Ankura as Director in Visual Communications

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that Roger Holtzen has joined its group of professionals as Director in the Visual Communications consulting practice. Mr. Holtzen will be based in Ankura’s Atlanta office.

April 11, 2016

Ankura Consulting Group Acquires Marotta Gund Budd & Dzera, LLC

Ankura Consulting Group (“Ankura”), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that it has acquired Marotta Gund Budd & Dzera, LLC (“MGBD”), a nationally recognized turnaround and restructuring firm.

April 4, 2016

Chase Perry Joins Ankura as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that Chase Perry will join its group of professionals as Senior Managing Director in the Disputes and Litigation practice group. Mr. Perry will be based in Ankura’s Dallas office.

March 14, 2016

ENODO joins Ankura Consulting Group to present on Cuban Investment Opportunities

ENODO Global’s President, Jim Sisco, will present with Michelle DiGruttolo of Ankura Consulting Group at Knowledge@Wharton’s 3rd U.S. – Cuba Corporate Counsel Summit in New York City on Tuesday. The event explores legal, regulatory, and other challenges facing U.S. organizations entering Cuban markets.

March 3, 2016

Ankura Consulting Group Receives $100 Million Strategic Growth Commitment from Madison Dearborn Parnters

Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today that it has received a strategic growth commitment of $100 million from Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP). The commitment will be funded to support Ankura’s continued expansion as a leading, independent consulting firm focused on governance, risk, compliance and restructuring services in high-value sectors.

January 26, 2016

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Kevin Lavin as Co-President

Ankura Consulting Group, a business advisory and expert services firm, today announced the appointment of Mr. Kevin Lavin as Co-President of the Company. Mr. Lavin will also serve on its Board of Directors.

January 19, 2016

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Elizabeth Cordaro as Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a business advisory and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Cordaro as a director in Ankura Consulting Group’s Healthcare practice.

January 4, 2016

How To Deconstruct And Decipher Royalty Statements

Deciphering a royalty statement to determine whether your royalties Are being accurately reported can be frustrating for both first time and veteran authors. Royalty calculations should be relatively straightforward. That is, the contractually agreed-upon royalty rate for the Work, multiplied by the earnings received by the publisher.

January 4, 2016

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Deirdre Del Ré as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a business advisory and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Ms. Deirdre Del Ré as Managing Director. In addition, Ankura Consulting Group has established an office in Los Angeles at 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

2015

December 21, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Beth Rubin as Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, announces the appointment of Beth Rubin as Managing Director in the New York office.

November 2, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Anjula Garg as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, announces the appointment of Anjula Garg as Senior Managing Director in the New York office.

October 26, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Juli Saitz as Senior Managing Director Further Expanding its New York Office

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the expansion of its New York office with the announcement of Juli Saitz as Senior Managing Director.

September 29, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Expands its Atlanta Office with Key Hires

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the expansion of its Atlanta office with the addition of two key hires, Chad Paulin and Suzanne Sharpe, as Managing Director and Director, respectively.

September 28, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Erica Massaro-Hales as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Ms. Erica Massaro-Hales as Senior Managing Director. In addition, Ankura Consulting Group has established an office in Atlanta at 1170 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1200, Atlanta, GA 30309.

August 31, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Michelle DiGruttolo as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Ms. Michelle DiGruttolo as Senior Managing Director. In addition, Ankura Consulting Group has established an office in Washington D.C. at 1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036.

August 24, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces New Location for its Dallas Office

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, announced it has moved into its new Dallas office location at 16000 Dallas Parkway, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75248. The office’s new phone number is +1.214.200.3680.

August 17, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Philip Daddona as President

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Mr. Philip Daddona as President of the company. In addition, Ankura Consulting Group has established an office in New York City at 750 Third Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

July 13, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Angela Smith as Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Ms. Angela Smith as a director in Ankura Consulting Group’s Healthcare practice.

June 9, 2015

Mitigating Compliance Risks Posed By Physician Practice Losses

Physician practices owned and operated by health systems frequently report net losses, and those losses can be substantial in some situations. The table below provides profit and loss data for selected types of physician practices from the 2014 MGMA Cost Survey.

May 15, 2015

Physician Compensation Diagnosis Under Fire After Citizens Settlement

The proper compensation of physicians, and the ability to justify such compensation, continues to be a critical risk area for hospitals and other healthcare providers. Failure to pay physicians appropriately led to the unfavorable outcomes for the providers in the high profile Tuomey and Halifax cases.

April 30, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces the Appointment of Timothy R. Smith as Senior Managing Director

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Mr. Timothy R. Smith as Senior Managing Director.

April 15, 2015

Oil Prices And Capital: Winners And Losers

In 2014, twenty-two exploration and production companies successfully sold equity share offerings, but as access to capital tightens, greater vulnerabilities are beginning to emerge. Conversely, Shell’s announcement of their acquisition of BG Group has brought a fresh wave of speculation regarding consolidation in the sector.

April 7, 2015

Ankura Consulting Group Announces Appointment of Kelly L. Kittrell as Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

Ankura Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting and expert services firm, has announced the appointment of Mr. Kelly L. Kittrell, CFA, as Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer.

March 15, 2015

Black Gold, Red Balance Sheet

The increasing impact of depressed oil prices and its implications for global economies, the industry and its constituents has dominated the news cycle. As the geopolitics of oil play out, the post-financial crisis industry boom is looking increasingly like an unfulfilled dream as a result of the broad sweeping business implications the current cycle will have.

February 19, 2015

The Digital World

Headlines are dominated by our increasingly digital world. On any given day you read about cloud and mobile computing, the Internet of Things, predictive data analytics, and digital currencies, among other things.