WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ankura Consulting (Ankura) announced today the appointment of Jim Barratt as a Managing Director. Based in the Washington, DC headquarters, Mr. Barratt will join the firm's Investigations & Accounting Advisory practice. He brings more than thirty years of experience managing projects involving corporate fraud, compliance, anti-corruption and accounting enforcement proceedings brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
In the area of compliance and anti-corruption, Mr. Barratt has extensive international experience performing compliance reviews, risk assessments and independent monitor support. During his career, he has assisted a variety of companies in China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and other locations throughout Europe. He has also advised companies and their counsel on profit disgorgement analyses and approaches to government settlements related to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. He developed a corporate compliance function while serving as the interim Chief Compliance Officer of a $600 million global manufacturing company facing a DOJ FCPA investigation.
Mr. Barratt is also a seasoned practitioner in securities, regulatory and financial fraud matters, gaining experience both during his six years of service on the accounting staff of the SEC's Enforcement Division and in private practice as a consultant. During his career, Mr. Barratt has led numerous forensic accounting investigations, and has advised legal counsel in communicating investigation findings to audit committees, SEC and DOJ staff, and congressional committees.
In addition to his SEC experience, prior to joining Ankura, Mr. Barratt had over twenty-five years of forensic accounting and compliance experience at international consulting firms, as an auditor and consultant with a Big Four firm, and as the Deputy Director of Internal Audit for Computer Sciences Corp.
Martin Wilczynski, a Senior Managing Director with Ankura stated, "We're excited to welcome Jim to Ankura. As a deeply experienced and well-recognized practitioner, his diverse background will strengthen our growing anti-corruption and FCPA practice, and his SEC insight will add even more depth to our best of class regulatory team. Jim's dedication to our culture of collaboration and integrity, and his commitment to our team-based client service approach will make him an outstanding fit for Ankura."
Mr. Barratt is a CPA, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. He is also a member of the Association of SEC Alumni, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. He is a past chairman and trustee of the SEC Historical Society.