Andrew Pimlott, Brian Stuart and Simon Placks join Ankura

21 October 2021 2 min. read
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Global management consulting firm Ankura has strengthened its Data & Technology practice in the UK with three new senior managing directors: Andrew Pimlott, Brian Stuart and Simon Placks. 

Andrew Pimlott is a financial services expert having previously led financial crime investigations across the US, Europe, and the Middle East. He has led his clients, who are among the largest financial institutions, through complex and impactful regulatory and legal matters, and has on numerous occasions represented them before the US New York DFS, Treasury/OFAC, DOJ and FBI as well as EMEA regulators.

He specialises in financial crime, including anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, economic sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption investigations.

Andrew Pimlott, Brian Stuart and Simon Placks - Ankura

Pimlott joins the firm from FTI Consulting, where he was a partner in its Forensic Investigations practice. Before that, he was a partner at both Deloitte and EY, and earlier in his career served fellow Big Four firm KPMG.

Brian Stuart has over 25 years of experience in forensics and investigations (gained in consulting) as well as litigation support (gained at law firms). Prior to joining Ankura, he was a partner at FTI Consulting for three years, and before that he served EY for over a decade.

Stuart specialises in setting up large scale content review and e-Discovery exercises, such as designing and developing quality assurance plans. He has extensive experience working with law firms and corporates on topics including bribery and corruption, OFAC sanctions breaches, competition enquiries, product liability and contract disputes. 

Simon Placks has over 20 years of experience in technology consulting and research with a focus around client issues in legal operations and corporate investigations. In particular, he has specialist expertise in eDiscovery, legal technology, digital forensics, and monitoring for fraud and misconduct.

His track record includes leading large multijurisdictional eDiscovery engagements relating to financial crime, antitrust, and litigation. He has also led numerous cyber investigations, including those involving aggressive state-sponsored actors and organised criminals. Recently, he worked with clients to deploy enterprise-wide misconduct monitoring technology.

Prior to joining Ankura, Placks was a partner at Deloitte in its forensic technology practice in London. He has had prior roles as a digital forensic expert witness (at EY) and a software engineer (at Keith Borer Consultants), among others.

Commenting on the appointments, Olaf Larson, Global Head of the Data & Technology practice, said: “We are excited to have Andrew, Brian and Simon on-board and to help us drive our focus on data and technology.”

Globally, US-headquartered Ankura has more than 1,500 consultants and staff across 35 locations worldwide.