Compass Lexecon hires Damien Neven as a Senior Consultant

01 July 2016

Economics consulting firm Compass Lexecon, a subsidiary of FTI Consulting, has hired Damien Neven as a Senior Consultant and member of the Compass Lexecon Advisory Committee. Neven works from the Brussels office and brings extensive economic competition experience to the team and the firm’s clients.

Damien Neven is the Professor of Economics at The Graduate Institute, Geneva, as well as teaching at INSEAD, the University of Brussels, the College of Europe and the University of Lausanne. His academic work is focused on applied industrial organisation and competition policy. Previous non-academic roles include Senior Academic Consultant at Charles River Associates and Competition Economist at the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission from 2006 to 2011, where he led the expansion of the firm’s Chief Economist Team from ten to thirty over a period of four years. In addition, Neven has provided expert advice to the Competition Commissioner on a range of matters, from policy to case assessment.

Neven holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a master’s degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain, and a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Damien Neven

Neven joins Compass Lexecon* as Senior Consultant and member of the Compass Lexecon Advisory Committee. The role will see Neven provide a range of Antitrust & Competition advice to the firm’s team and clients. He will work from the firm’s Brussels office.

Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director of Compass Lexecon, is “delighted” to welcome Professor Neven to the team. “He brings an outstanding and unique blend of academic, regulatory and consultancy experience, ensuring that he fully understands the competition issues facing both companies and governments alike” Padilla adds. “We know that his advice will be of great value to both our team and our clients.”

Neven says that he is “really pleased and excited” to be joining the economics consultancy. “I know from my own experience of their work just how justified their stellar reputation in the competition world is, and I am greatly looking forward to working with Jorge and his team of outstanding economists” states Neven.

* Compass Lexecon, a wholly owned subsidiary of FTI Consulting, was formed in 2008 from the merger of Competition Policy Associates, bought by FTI in 2006, with Lexecon, which was acquired by FTI in 2003. The firm provides law firms, corporations and government clients with clear analysis of complex economic issues, from legal and regulatory proceedings to strategic decisions and public policy debates. The firm has more than 400 staff, including 135 PhD. economists and econometricians and more than 160 other individuals with advanced degrees located in 17 offices.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

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.