Marsh promotes Nick Durant to head of Global Captive Solutions unit

14 July 2016 Consultancy.uk

Marsh has promoted Nick Durant, formally at Guy Carpenter, to the role of Global Captive Solutions practice lead. Durant's new mandate includes expanding the arm's footprint and taking command of the unit's more than 430 experts.

Nick Durant, in his most recent position, served as the global analytics sales leader at Marsh, taking responsibility for the institutionalisation of analytics proposition within the firm’s assortment of core offerings. Durant previously worked at Guy Carpenter, between 1998 and 2012, in a range of leadership roles at the reinsurer. 

Nick Durant - Marsh

Durant has per 1 July 2016 been promoted to the role of leader of Marsh’s Global Captive Solutions practice. Durant will take responsibility of the nearly 50 year old arm of the firm and will lead more than 430 experts managing 1,250 captive insurers globally. Durant takes up station in New York and reports to John Drzik, President of Marsh’s Global Risk and Specialties division. His predecessor, Chris Lay, takes over the leadership of Marsh Canada as its President and CEO. 

“Strategic advice and capital-based solutions have never been more critical for our captive clients,” Drzik says. “I am confident that Nick’s leadership will help us build on our current growth momentum and accelerate our innovation of new solutions.”

Durant adds: “As the world’s largest captive manager, organisations come to Marsh for a one-stop approach to innovative captive solutions, including advice, implementation, management, and actuarial services. I’m excited to lead this distinguished team and build on its success.”

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.