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Summer Internship 2022, Disputes & Economics, Asset Tracing & Complex Investigations

Duration: 10 weeks. London. Multiple vacancies. Open to all STEM.

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Our Summer Internship Programme offers high-calibre students the opportunity to experience professional life at Ankura and gain valuable insight into our business and culture. You will work alongside experienced practitioners across the company on a wide range of complex investigations and asset tracing exercises.

How Do You Keep Pace with an Ever-Changing World?

By underscoring a commitment to investing in our professionals, practices, and offices worldwide, Ankura is able to meet the demands of our clients as they tackle complex challenges across the globe.

Our line of work does not tend to follow a prescriptive task checklist, and neither will your role. You can therefore expect to be involved in a range of investigative activities, ranging from desktop research such as searching databases and drafting client reports, to site visits and client meetings.
You will work closely with clients, legal counsel, and litigation funders and can therefore expect to gain exposure to a wide range of professional stakeholders throughout the programme.

The duration of the internship is 10 weeks from June to August. *Should the pandemic continue, and under government guidelines, the internship programme may be adjusted.

Asset Tracing & Complex Investigations Practice

Our Asset Tracing and Complex Investigations team provides investigative support to help clients in the legal industry solve complex problems typically in connection with various legal processes and disputes. The team sits within the Global Disputes & Economics practice which focuses on assisting clients with financial, investigations, accounting, and economic issues associated with complex litigation. Our casework typically targets a range of subjects such as individuals, corporate entities, and even sovereign state governments.

Our approach to delivering projects depends on each client’s specific objectives and the distinct stages of the relevant legal processes in which we are engaged. Some of our engagements might focus on locating an individual and their assets in anticipation of legal action in order to help clients understand the financial viability of bringing a claim. We might also be instructed at the post-award stage by clients who have obtained a favourable court judgment or tribunal award that they are seeking to enforce, or during the course of the legal proceedings themselves to assist with providing admissible documentary evidence to support clients’ various legal strategies. In all these cases our ultimate goal remains the same, that of providing actionable intelligence to help our clients draw their increasingly demanding commercial challenges to a satisfactory end.

What you’ll gain

Not only will our programme enable you to discover first-hand if complex investigations is the right career path for you. It will also enable you to develop transferrable skills that will serve you throughout your career regardless of discipline. Working alongside experienced professionals across multiple practices is a great way to help you make the right career decision, while developing your professional capabilities and network. You will also benefit from dedicated support from a performance manager/coach, peer “buddy,” and colleagues.

Our Programme is designed with a long-term vision in mind and could see you returning to complete your academic studies with a full-time graduate role on offer, allowing you to focus on continuing to excel in your studies.


Interns perform a wide range of tasks that may include:

  • Carrying out investigative research in multiple jurisdictions;
  • Helping to analyse client materials including financial data, legal filings, as well as property and corporate records;
  • Supporting business development initiatives through preliminary research, drafting proposals, and generating business leads;
  • Helping to prepare briefing memos for client meetings and supporting with meeting minutes;
  • Coordinating with Ankura colleagues in other practices on active project work as necessary (for example, there may be scope for our e-discovery, cybersecurity, or forensic accounting colleagues to assist or cross-sell their own work to our clients and vice versa);
  • Drafting client-facing deliverables including reports, visual outputs, and exhibits.


  • You will need to be in your penultimate year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or in your final year of an undergraduate degree with a one-year postgraduate place confirmed; and
  • You will need to have or be on course for a 2.1 undergraduate degree or above. While we welcome applications from all educational backgrounds, degrees, applicants from Finance, Economics, Law, Languages, Business, Politics, History, and International Relations, or similarly analytical and/or research-oriented courses would certainly be advantageous.
  • A working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as strong research, analytical, and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Initiative, adaptability, creative problem-solving skills, and an ability to work well in teams.
  • In addition to English, fluency in a second language such as Russian, Arabic, French, Portuguese, or Spanish, among others would be very beneficial (although not formally required).
  • A genuine interest in our investigative work and the broader industry and the curiosity and creativity to support with unravelling our clients’ complex problems.

To apply

Due to the expected volume of applications, we cannot accept incomplete applications.

  • Please submit an-up-to date CV along with a short cover letter outlining your motivation for pursuing a career in consulting with Ankura and your understanding of us as a business.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a timed written exercise remotely based on a practical case study which is designed to assess research, analytical, and drafting skills, which will be followed by two interviews with members of the team.

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Opportunity Overview

  • November 30th, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 10 weeks
  • London
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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