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Tanya Gross

Tanya Gross

Ankura55 Bishopsgate2nd FloorLondonEnglandEC2N 3AS

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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Data - Data Experts 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Tanya Gross is highlighted by clients as the “first port of call for any forensic investigations”. Another impressed source speaks of their “complete confidence in recommending her to any client facing a forensic IT problem”.

Questions & Answers

Tanya Gross is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in London. She has spent the past decade managing investigations and disputes involving unstructured, structured and semi-structured data. She has led large-scale evidence and disclosure management exercises in the UK, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Japan, the Middle East and the US. Tanya leads the team’s client delivery and practice development efforts across Europe, EMEA and APAC, including e-discovery, digital forensics, information security, structured analytics and custom solutions.

What motivated you to specialise as a forensic data expert?

Throughout my career I have had the privilege of supporting matters that have involved digital forensic investigations, analysing large corpuses of data for e-disclosure, and handling complex cyber-incidents for organisations. Every case is different which has enabled me to learn a multitude of skills, get exposure  to different types of software and technology solutions and work with great people and clients alike.

What has been your most interesting case to date and why?

The most interesting case to date was a sizeable ransomware investigation for a corporation listed on the London stock exchange, where most of their data and backups were encrypted.

It is often challenging to balance helping an organisation get back to business-as-usual operations whilst preserving data that is necessary for the investigation and root cause analysis. It is also important to help contain the issue and ensure any malware is identifed, isolated and removed.

Working as a team through a really challenging time is very satisfying as strong relationships are built if expectations are managed effectively. Cyber incidents are very fast- moving, using a team with a variety of skills will help the client through their crisis.

Which technology are you excited about at the moment and how do you think it will impact data investigation and disputes?

Artifical intelligence is driving a lot of change in our industry. It saves time and cost of analysis, and can quickly find key documents of interest or information that might not otherwise be found through human review and analysis. The efficiencies that can be gained through this technology are profound. But adoption is slow for disputes and investigations. It is important that consultants supporting the technology truly understand the results and can explain them simply to their audience.

How has covid-19 changed your practice and your clients’ data programmes?

We’ve adopted a collaborative approach to working using various tools and platforms that allow video and content sharing. 

Covid-19 has catapulted us into a culture where we must evolve and learn, which is excellent as so many efficiencies can be gained through using these solutions. I have found that I have met more people through  these  channels than I would have prior to covid-19, particularly in other jurisdictions. I am now able to add faces to names. Travel restrictions have meant we have had to adapt to meet the needs of our clients.

Up until recently, we were merely using audio calls, but now we try to call our clients using video to replicate a face-to-face meeting. This creates a more relaxed atmosphere, strengthens relationships, and makes working practices more inclusive.

From a practical perspective, we can collect data and artefacts remotely using forensically sound techniques – we always have. We have fully adapted to this new way of working and our clients have been satisfied with our results.

What do you enjoy most in your role as senior managing director at Ankura? 

I love seeing people grow and develop. I am a big advocate of people focusing on their strengths to thrive and succeed. Sometimes people need a helping hand to realise what those strengths are and encouragement to try new things and diversify.

I have had the privilege of seeing people grow, learn new specialisms, and feel excited about their career choices, which has been very rewarding. Recently I encouraged a team member to change roles based on her data collection and digital forensics skills.

She is absolutely loving the transition to her new role.

What is the greatest challenge posed by unstructured data in modern investigations? 

It’s essential to develop a strategy at the outset of an investigation for the collection and searching exercise. It’s crucial to scope which systems hold data that is of interest, in order to prepare and process it for the investigation and legal review. In recent years there has been a big focus on using machine-learning techniques to reduce data volumes, but if you develop a  focused,  targeted approach and sample the data of key individuals relevant to the  investigation at the start and develop a defensible methodology, you can keep the volume of data down to a manageable size. Machine learning should complement the approach and not used solely to reduce data volumes, otherwise it can be cost prohibitive. The methodology and process is the most important element.

Working closely with the legal teams helps guide and steer the approach, and communication and managing stakeholder expectations remains key.

What advice would you give to practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

Always try something new and don’t be scared to challenge yourself! Don’t be scared to fail. You can learn a lot about yourself and others through trying different things.

At the same time, work hard; be supportive of others;  and  recognise that everyone has different talents and strengths, but by working together, you can achieve great things. Build strong relationships with clients and listen to what they are trying to achieve; have those different conversations; and allow yourself to grow and develop.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I am content with what I have achieved to date. I have managed to do a lot in a short space of time and gained exposure to interesting projects through some exceptional mentors. If anything, I would like to refocus my attention to gaining a greater balance in work and life.

Global Leader

Data - Data Experts 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tanya Gross is highlighted by clients as the “first port of call for any forensic investigations”. Another impressed source speaks of their “complete confidence in recommending her to any client facing a forensic IT problem”.

Biography

Tanya Gross is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in London. She has spent the past decade managing investigations and disputes that involve data (unstructured, structured and semi-structured formats). She has led large scale evidence and disclosure management exercises in the UK, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Japan, the Middle East, and the US.

Tanya co-leads the data and technology practice. She also leads the team’s client delivery and practice development efforts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC), including e-discovery, digital forensics, information security, structured analytics and custom solutions.

One of Tanya’s strengths is leading and developing teams. She contributed to the growth and expansion of Navigant’s London team, ensuring the delivery of a broad variety of work in line with the global practice, and more recently Tanya spent time in Hong Kong to set up Navigant’s legal technology operations in the region, also acquired by Ankura. This provided the global team with a regional base to deliver work, expanding upon the teams’ global presence through the implementation of 24/7 working, delivering seamless support to clients where large data volumes exist.

As an accomplished practitioner, Tanya is able to convey the technical detail in a language her clients understand. Having worked in the industry for a long period, Tanya has a thorough understanding of the challenges involved in managing large scale data management exercises and has become a trusted advisor in her field. Her experience covers a wide variety of clients in both the private and public sector, including financial services, construction, retail and manufacturing, and a wide variety of issues including arbitration, litigation, intellectual property, fraud, antitrust/competition, regulatory and employment matters.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The “extremely knowledgeable” Tanya Gross is heralded for her profound expertise in a range of e-discovery and data issues.

Biography

Tanya specialises in managing investigations and disputes that involve data in event-driven scenarios (for unstructured, structured and semi-structured data sets). She has led large scale evidence and disclosure management exercises, tailoring the approach for how data is collected, searched, analysed and prioritised for review and then disclosed to another party in the dispute or a regulator. In recent years she has supported a number of complex cyber incidents - where systems have been compromised due to external threat actors - when an organisation is in a state of flux. These events require close program leadership, definitive decisions and management of key stakeholders, to help guide and support them through their crisis. Tanya provides this in combination with a skilled team of subject matter experts.
As senior leader of Ankura’s Data & Technology practice outside of North America, Tanya leads the team's client delivery and service operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), ensuring there is a focus on employing protocols and delivering value added solutions. This includes how they deliver and support work on cyber risk and information security, e-discovery consulting, digital forensics, data privacy and structured data analytics matters.
One of Tanya's strengths is leading and developing teams. Before Ankura’s acquisition of Navigant’s Disputes and Legal Technology segment, Tanya led Navigant’s Global Legal Technology Solutions team in the UK and Asia. In 2016 Tanya spent time in Hong Kong to establish Navigant’s Legal Technology operations in the region.
As an accomplished practitioner, Tanya is able to convey the technical detail in a language her clients understand. Having worked in IT and consulting for over a decade, Tanya has a thorough understanding of how to handle critical crisis situations to achieve the results necessary for her clients, she has become a trusted advisor in her field.
WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tanya Gross of Ankura excels in managing disputes surrounding unstructured, structured and semi-structured data.

Biography

Tanya specialises in managing investigations and disputes that involve data in event-driven scenarios (for unstructured, structured and semi-structured data sets). She has led large scale evidence and disclosure management exercises, tailoring the approach for how data is collected, searched, analysed and prioritised for review and then disclosed to another party in the dispute or a regulator. In recent years she has supported a number of complex cyber incidents - where systems have been compromised due to external threat actors - when an organisation is in a state of flux. These events require close program leadership, definitive decisions and management of key stakeholders, to help guide and support them through their crisis. Tanya provides this in combination with a skilled team of subject matter experts
As senior leader of Ankura’s Data & Technology practice outside of North America, Tanya leads the team's client delivery and service operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), ensuring there is a focus on employing protocols and delivering value added solutions. This includes how they deliver and support work on cyber risk and information security, e-discovery consulting, digital forensics, data privacy and structured data analytics matters.
One of Tanya's strengths is leading and developing teams. Before Ankura’s acquisition of Navigant’s Disputes and Legal Technology segment, Tanya led Navigant’s Global Legal Technology Solutions team in the UK and Asia. In 2016 Tanya spent time in Hong Kong to establish Navigant’s Legal Technology operations in the region.
As an accomplished practitioner, Tanya is able to convey the technical detail in a language her clients understand. Having worked in IT and consulting for over a decade, Tanya has a thorough understanding of how to handle critical crisis situations to achieve the results necessary for her clients, she has become a trusted advisor in her field.
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