Ankura Consulting

Ankura Consulting

Ankura is a global specialist consultancy, delivering projects in over 100 countries. We have built a global team of subject matter experts and seasoned advisors with hard-earned industry knowledge to create, protect and recover value.

Our dedicated and experienced sport practice understands the relationship between sport, business, and society. The growing popularity of many sports and the growing commercial opportunities create a dynamic environment to support investors, sport’s businesses, sponsors, sporting federations and other stakeholders.

We provide solutions to issues that face our clients, in key areas including governance, investigations, intelligence, finance & valuations, construction advisory and data analytics.


Our professional’s experience includes:

  • Leading cross-jurisdictional governance and compliance reviews for a global sports federation. This required assessment of controls and undertaking transaction testing across 50+ countries, resulting in bespoke recommendations around controls and governance.
  • Advising the Qatar government following their successful bid for the 2022 football World Cup on infrastructure and stadium planning including the procurement and contracting processes for contractors.
  • Formulating and programming the computer simulation that formed the basis of a settlement between the US National Football League (NFL) and former players relating to cognitive impairments caused by concussion.
  • Performing valuation work relating to Premier League and Football League clubs. Also engaged as an accounting expert in a matter relating to a Financial Fair Play dispute between an English football club and their governing league.
  • Acting as an expert for a global governing body in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Evidence focused on an investigation into alleged corruption and conflicts of interest for a senior elected official.
  • Performing a valuation of the diminution of the media rights acquired by a media company to a major global sporting event following the event organiser’s failure to enforce the sports star’s exclusive advertising for sponsors.
  • Collecting and analysing mobile devices in multiple cases for governing bodies and integrity units relating to investigations into match-fixing, doping and cyber issues.
  • Undertaking reputational due diligence on multiple transactions relating to the acquisition of and investment into sports assets. This work has assisted in de-risking deals by considering reputational and regulatory risks and associated mitigation.
  • Producing an expert report and provided statistical analysis on a player’s performance in a grand slam tennis tournament in an appeal of fines they received for allegedly poor performance.

Areas of Specialism:

Risk & Compliance

- Reviews of usage of development funding

- Anti-bribery, corruption, and integrity reviews

- Controls framework and governance reviews

- Organisational and governance reform

- Sanctions screening


- Integrity due diligence into the target investment and key individuals

- Valuations of sporting clubs, stadia, media rights and other assets

- Pre-acquisition anti-bribery and corruption due diligence

- Post-acquisition anti-bribery and corruption reviews

- Post-acquisition disputes

Investigations & Disputes

- Forensic accounting investigations including financial fair play

- Dispute and delay analysis for construction and infrastructure

- Expert witness on accounting matters, including valuations

- Ethical breaches and other misconduct matters

- Anti-doping & match fixing

- Bribery & corruption

- Complex fraud

Business Intelligence

- Understanding complex organisational structures and stakeholder mapping

- Reputational diligence on individuals and entities

- Asset identification and tracing

- Strategic intelligence

- Bid support


- Cybersecurity advisory and cyber incident response

- Forensic collection of data and mobile devices

- Data processing, hosting, and production

- Digital forensic analysis of devices

- Forensic data analytics and modelling

- Data leak response and investigations

Political Risk Analysis

- Security risk analysis for major tournaments

- Risk assessments for major event awarding

- Host city and country bid analyses

- Geopolitical country risk analysis

Office Locations:

  • Ann Arbor
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Brussels
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Delhi
  • Dubai
  • Fairfield
  • Frankfurt am Main
  • Gurugram
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Irvine
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Mumbai
  • Nashville
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Perth
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Riyadh
  • San Francisco
  • San Juan
  • Seattle
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Tampa
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Washington, DC


  • Street: 2nd Floor, 55 Bishopsgate
  • Postcode: EC2N 3AS
  • City: London
  • Country: United Kingdom


  • Telephone: +44 (0)7586 073002
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  • Jonathan Brown

    Senior Managing Director
    • +44 (0)7931 416050
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  • Felix Vetter

    Forensic Accountant
    • +44 (0)7887 431095
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  • Andrew Caldwell

    Senior Managing Director
    • +44 (0) 7774 923808
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  • David Dearman

    Senior Managing Director
    • +44 (0) 7901 898543
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  • Gary Davies

    Senior Managing Director
    • +44 (0) 7971 089252
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  • Tanya Gross

    Senior Managing Director
    • +44 (0) 7947 753354
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