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Ankura Managing Director, Real Estate Advisory (Litigation Support & Valuation) in New York, New York

Ankura is a team of excellence founded on innovation and growth.

Ankura Real Estate Advisory Practice Overview

The Ankura Real Estate Advisory (AREA) practice has a unique real estate platform where we provide expert advice to our clients from front to back through the real estate life cycle. We identify, quantify, and align strategic and economic value in real estate portfolios, operating companies, and investments. AREA assists clients in real estate portfolios and business enterprises to achieve their short-, medium-, and long-term goals, and generate sustainable bottom-line results. Our resulting solutions are customized with the optimal combination of debt and equity, private placements, strategic partnerships, privatization, public private partnership financing, securitizations, incentives, and structured finance.

Role Overview

The AREA Managing Director role is an executive level position that originates, leads, and manages real estate client engagement team(s) and senior level client stakeholders through challenging situations including:

A variety of matters involving real estate investments, collateral, and securities require expert analysis and opinions related to valuation disputes, liability, damages, and prevailing practice. We are experienced with issues such as breach of contract, the fiduciary duties of principals, and loss of profits. Our experienced professionals review the facts, establish cause and effect, determine the implications of both quantified damages and mitigating factors, and provide appropriate testimony.

Our senior professionals present evidence as independent experts in mediation, arbitration, trial, and Chapter 11 cases.

Litigation Support & Expert Witness solutions include:

  • Real Estate Valuation

  • Partnership Disputes

  • Lost Profits/Damage Analysis

  • Capital Markets

  • Real Estate Cycles

  • Specialty Assets (Healthcare and senior housing, student housing, hospitality)

  • Search Results

  • Web Results

  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)/Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) Compliance

  • Due Diligence

  • Real Estate-Related Issues and Disputes

Valuation solutions include:

  • Valuation (Property, Leasehold, Portfolio, Real Estate Company, Purchase Price Allocation, Debt/Equity)

  • Valuation Management

  • Benchmarking and Best Practices

  • Regulatory Support (Reserve Analysis, Classification Analysis, Compliance)

  • Accounting Support (Financial Reporting, Purchase Price Allocation)

  • Complimentary Services (Environmental (ESA) Reviews, Property Condition Assessments (PCA)

Role Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant real estate litigation support including serving as an expert witness, and valuation experience within a consulting firm

  • An undergraduate degree from a top academic institution; advanced degree(s) and applicable professional certification(s) are preferred (MAI, CRE, RICS)

  • Experience in several of the following areas:

  • Early case assessment, risk analysis and pre-litigation strategy development

  • Persuasive, seasoned and credible expert testimony in federal and state courts, and in domestic and international arbitration

  • Investigations and forensic accounting, including corporate investigations, transactional intelligence, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act analyses

  • Litigation consulting and support, including evaluating the client’s and opposing expert witnesses

  • Sophisticated technology to aid investigations and e-discovery

  • Comprehensive trial services, graphics, and courtroom technology support

  • Partnership and JV disputes

  • Landlord-tenant dispute damages analysis and dispute resolution

  • Construction delay damages analysis and dispute resolution

  • Various CMBS/RMBS counterparty disputes, including breach of representations and warranties

  • Bankruptcy-related disputes - avoidance actions and preference disputes, solvency analysis, valuation disputes, plan confirmation issues, including interest rate and plan feasibility analysis

  • Proven success originating revenue independently through own established contacts generating a minimum of $1mm of revenue/year

  • Expertise defining, influencing, and driving change at executive levels and across the broader community of stakeholders

  • Exceptional negotiation skills with complex/sophisticated situations involving senior level stakeholders

  • Able to develop credible recommendations under shortened time constraints and imperfect information

  • Quickly recognizes critical areas requiring analysis and review while understanding the big picture

  • Experience synthesizing complex unstructured information rapidly and applies good business judgment driving quickly to deep insights into possible impacts and solutions

  • Expert written communication skills, self-directed with preparation of client ready document and presentation development

  • Articulate, persuasive, communicator who is adept at handling executive and difficult audiences well including ability to adapt style to audience

  • High energy style, flexible and adaptive, with the ability to work well in a very fast paced environment

  • Ability to adapt to complex client environments and situations

  • Proven track record of effectively planning for and proactively mitigates risks on projects and work streams

  • Ability and willingness to travel is required


Ankura is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where mutual respect and collaboration is paramount. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other legally protected status.