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Francesca Harker

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Washington, DC, USA

Francesca Harker is a Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group and is based in Washington, DC. Ms. Harker has over 8 years of experience addressing a variety of client needs, including corporate investigations, review of internal controls and procedures, monitorships and receiverships.

Prior to joining Ankura, Ms. Harker was a Senior Associate at BakerHostetler, LLC where she worked on a variety of fraud investigations including financial reporting investigations and enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission, criminal investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations, and market regulation misconduct arbitrations by FINRA. Ms. Harker routinely advised corporate boards and their executives on complex litigation decisions and implementing comprehensive compliance, whistleblower and anti- corruption policies. Ms. Harker also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and assisting with voluntary self-disclosure where appropriate. Ms. Harker also focuses her practice on government monitorships and receiverships.

Ms. Harker’s professional experience includes:

  • Internal Investigation – Investigated allegations of corrupt payments at a major international aerospace corporation and counseled the company on potential self-disclosure to relevant government agencies; implemented remedial measures and robust compliance program.
  • SEC Enforcement Action – Represented former Fortune 50 CFO in multiple state and federal lawsuits alleging accounting and securities fraud relating to multibillion-dollar restatement;
  • SEC Receivership – Led a multi-disciplinary team serving as counsel for court-appointed Receiver responsible for investigating, auditing, and recovering funds from $500 million Ponzi scheme;
  • SDNY Monitorship – Member of DOJ-appointed monitorship team tasked with assessing major international bank’s implementation of data privacy, government contracts, FCPA and other regulatory compliance policies;
  • Breach of Contract Claim – Second chair on jury trial for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims in which jury returned largest breach of contract award in New York City for that year.


JD, University of Michigan Law School

MSW, The Catholic University of America

BA, English and Psychology, Georgetown University


Admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.


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