Mercer hires Peter Kane as Principal to its Retirement business

28 April 2016

Mercer has picked up pensions consulting expert Peter Kane, who joins the firm from Noble Lowndes, as Principal. From the Glasgow office, Kane, on the back of 32 years of industry experience, is responsible for expanding the firm’s presence in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as supporting continued growth in the wider UK.

Prior to joining Mercer, Peter Kane was a Pensions Administrator at Noble Lowndes for almost three years; Kane was the head of a new business team with an eye to capture business from large UK employers. Previously, he was a Partner and New Business Director at Hymans Robertson for more than a decade, starting at the firm in 2002. Kane’s earlier roles include Divisional Director at SBJ Benefit Consultants, between 1996 and 2002; Director at Pointon York, between 1990 and 1996; New Business Consultant at Noble Lowndes, between 1986 and 1990; and Pensions Administrator at Noble Lowndes, where he started his career in 1983.

Kane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

The announcement sees Kane join Mercer as Principal, working from the firm’s Glasgow office. Kane will primarily be responsible for the managing the continued growth of the firm’s Retirement business in Scotland and Northern Ireland – as well as further enhance its wider UK presence.

“Peter is a great fit for Mercer,” comments Jason Kenny, Partner and UK Growth Leader for the UK Retirement Business. Kenny further states “Peter has proven experience in business development, strategic leadership, client relationship management and inspiring colleagues. Although he will primarily support our Retirement business in Scotland and Northern Ireland, I am confident that his broader consulting experiences will bring a real boost to our UK wide growth strategy.”


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.