Manos Kotronakis joins Alvarez & Marsal in Athens

04 December 2014 Consultancy.uk

Alvarez & Marsal has boosted its Corporate Restructuring practice in Greece with Manos Kotronakis, who joins as a Senior Director. Kotronakis transfers from private equity firm Global Finance, where he worked for more than 11 years. At Alvarez & Marsal he will, from the base in Athens, mainly focus on building the firm’s footprint in the financial services industry.

Manos Kotronakis has more than 20 years of experience in management and leadership roles in both fast-moving consumer goods and private equity. Prior to joining A&M, he was a partner and COO for Global Finance, a leading Greek private equity firm, serving on the Investment Committee and on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Between 1993 and 2000 he worked for Diageo, a premium drinks company, in Greece, London and Hong Kong.

Alvarez & Marsal - Athens

Per October Kotronakis has decided to move into the consulting industry, with global advisory firm Alvarez & Marsal his pick. The firm has been active in Greece for more than a decade, yet on-premise projects were executed through foreign offices until 2011, when it established its first office in the country. The Athens office focuses primarily on corporate restructurings and debt restructurings in the financial sector.

“Manos’ extensive operational experience in Greece and internationally complements our existing financial industry advisory services offering, allowing us to meet the evolving needs of both banks and borrowers. With corporate restructuring at the heart of our brand, we are excited to expand A&M’s ability to support the economic revival efforts in Greece,” says Peter Briggs, global practice leader of A&M’s Financial Industry Advisory Services practice. Marios Koliopoulos, country head for Alvarez & Marsal in Greece*, adds: “Our strategy in Greece is to grow our presence by leveraging our financial industry advisory services offering. The in-depth operational experience that Manos brings adds another offering that synchs with A&M’s corporate restructuring heritage. The combination of these two service areas provides a more complete suite of services to our clients in alignment with current market needs.”

Manos Kotronakis - Peter Briggs - Marios Koliopoulos

“I am delighted to join Alvarez & Marsal. I look forward to amplifying the firm’s extensive capabilities and helping our clients navigate the quickly changing economic landscape with practical turnaround management and performance improvement solutions,” says Kotronakis on his new challenge.

* Marios Koliopoulos was appointed country head for in Greece December 2013. Prior to joining A&M, he served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), the entity assigned to manage the €50 billion allocated for the recapitalisation and stability of the Greek banking sector within the context of the Greek bail-out program

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.