Ankura promotes Liam Healey to senior managing director

03 February 2022 3 min. read
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Sydney-based turnaround & restructuring expert Liam Healey has been elevated to senior managing director at Ankura as one of a record number of promotions made by the consultancy worldwide.

Ankura has made 17 Senior Managing Director promotions worldwide, including Sydney-based turnaround & restructuring expert Liam Healey. Alongside Dubai-based member Kassem Younes, Healey was one of only two senior promotions made outside the US, in what was the largest round in the firm’s history.

“2021 was a year of many milestones for our growing global firm. These achievements are tied directly to our highly talented group of professionals making a difference in the marketplace each and every day, especially in an increasingly dynamic global business environment,” commented Kevin Lavin, who took over from founder Roger Carlile as Ankura’s CEO at the beginning of 2020.

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Founded in the US in 2014 upon Carlile’s departure from an Executive Vice President role with FTI Consulting (Carlile was also formerly KPMG’s Global Partner in Charge of Forensics Services), Ankura has since spread around the world – given a significant bump through the $470 million purchase of Navigant’s Transaction Advisory and Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology arms.

To compete with the likes of the McKinsey, the Big Four, and established local players such as KordaMentha and McGrathNicol, in 2019 Ankura launched its restructuring practice in Australia, headed by FTI recruit Quentin Olde as senior managing director. Olde in turn recruited former FTI colleagues Preeti Inchody and Healey soon after, the latter after six and a half years at the firm.

Altogether, Healey has two decades worth of cross-sector experience in turnaround, restructuring, and insolvency matters, with an earlier ten-year stint at FTI acquisition Taylor Woodings. In addition to insolvency expertise (receiverships, voluntary administrations, and liquidations), Healey advises clients on safe harbour and undertakes business and pre-lending reviews among other areas.

“Congratulations to my good friend and long-time professional colleague Liam on being promoted,” Olde commented in a post to LinkedIn. “Liam is a dedicated and experienced professional and a significant contributor to the Transactions, Turnaround & Restructuring team. I am very excited to have him as my partner as we continue to grow and develop the team and firm.”

In addition to Olde, Healey joins Perth-based construction disputes & advisory leader Chris Clark and cyber risk expert Shannon Sedgwick as Australian senior managing directors, the latter who joined the firm’s Sydney office in 2020. Locally, the firm also has seven or so managing and senior directors, among some 1,700 professionals serving clients in 55 countries worldwide.