Jamie Bruce joins AMR International as Managing Director

17 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

Global management consultancy AMR International has named Jamie Bruce the firm's new Managing Director. Bruce, who has spent the past eight years working as an independent consultant, has been tasked with leading both AMR's Private Equity and Industrials practice. 

Founded in 1991, AMR International is a London based consulting firm that supports clients with a range of strategy consulting (e.g. strategy, business model design), management consulting (e.g. organisation design, operational improvement) and financial advisory (e.g. M&A due diligence, transaction support) services. The consultancy has since its inception grown its footprint to offices in four countries: the UK, the US (New York), France (Paris) and India New Delhi).

Last week the AMR International unveiled that it has added Jamie Bruce, a senior adviser with over 25 years of experience, to its ranks. Prior to joining the consultancy, Bruce worked for eight years as independent consultant, supporting a variety of clients with deals and transformations, including Epuron, a European wind power business. Previously, he worked for Management Consulting Group (MCG), the holding company for Alexander Proudfoot (an operations consultancy) and Kurt Salmon (a consultancy recently dismantled and sold to Solucom and Accenture*), where he served as a partner, and at real estate adviser Bruce Partners, in the role of partner. 

Bruce started his career in investment management, after which he joined The COBA Group in 1992 (a spin off from Bain & Company that specialised in M&A consultancy to the private equity community), where he over the period of six years worked his way up from Associate Consultant to Director. Six years after joining the firm, Bruce, together with four other entrepreneurial colleagues**, completed a MBO of the transactions arm, and together the founding team rebuilt the startup over a three year period into an advisory firm with circa 40 staff, generating revenues of nearly £5 million. In 2001, PwC acquired the business for a reported sum of £7 million, after which Bruce moved over to the Big Four firm, where he remained until 2003.

Denzil Rankine and Jamie Bruce

At AMR International, Bruce will focus on further expanding the firm's activities across the Events, Industrials and Media & Information Technology sectors. Reflecting on his move, he says, "I am delighted to be joining AMR at such an exciting time in its development. I am also looking forward to aligning my experience with AMR's deep industry knowledge."

Denzil Rankine, founder and Executive Chairman of AMR International, says he looks forward to working with Bruce, stating "With his 25 years of experience, we chose Jamie for his proven track record in strategy, M&A and operational improvement. His passion and specialist knowledge across a variety of sectors makes him a perfect fit for AMR."

He adds: "AMR has a reputation for delivering pragmatic, value-added advice to its corporate and private equity clients across strategy, operations, transactions, and data. Jamie will enrich each of our client propositions with his deep expertise in these areas." 

* Accenture acquired the retail consulting arm of Kurt Salmon in September this year, twelve months after the largest part of the consultancy was picked up by French origin Solucom (today Wavestone). 

** The four other team members: Nick Hewitt (he remained at PwC until 2010, in his last role serving as Global Leader of the firm's Strategy Group), Alastair Rimmer (today PwC's Global Head of Deals Strategy), Mark Parry (served PwC until 2014 and currently active as an independent consultant) and Daniele Cappelletti (today a partner at Deloitte).

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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.