Tim Hufler joins Alvarez as Senior Director in San Francisco

26 May 2016 Consultancy.uk

Alvarez & Marsal has picked up valuation expert Tim Hufler, who joins the firm’s Valuation Services in San Francisco as a Senior Director. Hufler brings with him more than 20 years of experience in valuation, including tangible and nontangible assets; he was most recently a Director within RSM’s Financial Advisory practice.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), Hufler worked at RSM US as a Director within the firm’s financial advisory practice for more than six years. His previous Director level roles include that of Mergers & Acquisitions with RealPage, serving the firm between 2011 and 2012, and Director at Grant Thornton, where he started in 2006. Prior to that, Hufler held management positions at a range of companies, including Huron Consulting Group for around a year from 2004; at Standard & Poor's Corporate Value Consulting for around a year; at KPMG Consulting for around a year; and at CarParts Technologies for two years.

Hufler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business.

Tim Hufler - Alvarez & Marsal

Hufler’s previous experience spans valuation services and expertise in assets, tangible and intangible, within almost all major industry segments. His more than two decades of experience in valuation has helped him develop unique valuation expertise in, among others, contingent consideration (earn outs), deferred revenue, in-process research and development (IPR&D), existing technology domain names (URLs), software and non-compete agreements. Engagements he has been part of include the development of a business case for a supply chain transformation at leading aerospace and defence company, the delivery of a financial feasibility study for an Asian auto manufacturer and several projects which included the development of return on investment (ROI) models and benefit tracking.

Hufler joins A&M as a Senior Director of its Valuation Services in San Francisco. The bolstering of its valuation expertise reflects, according to the consultancy, increased demand for valuation services from Silicon Valley active investors. Recent reports into M&A activity, the sentiment of private equity professionals and venture capital flows, among others, reveal that the investment scene is riding high, and as a result, investors are seeking to better understand the ‘real value’ of their assets, increasing demand for valuation expertise.

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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.