Ankura has appointed Simon Michaels to the newly created role of chairman of Ankura’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. He will be based in London and will be part of Ankura’s executive leadership team.

Michaels spent more than 20 years in the business restructuring practice at BDO UK LLP, where he became a partner, then head of the business restructuring practice, followed by eight years as BDO’s UK managing partner and a member of the board of directors of BDO International. Most recently, Michaels led BDO’s corporate advisory practice.

Ankura chair and CEO Roger Carlile said: “We created this role of chairman of EMEA and APAC to bring a greater global focus and emphasize the importance that Ankura places on growing its business in these regions.”