Bob Ennis joins Drake Star Partners as a Partner in New York

30 May 2017

Global M&A and investment advisor Drake Star Partners has added Robert (Bob) Ennis to its team as a Partner. Ennis, who joins the firm’s New York office, will focus on Digital Media, Interactive Advertising, Marketing Automation and Consumer Internet.

Prior to joining Drake Star Partners, Ennis held several senior positions in investment banking, having worked at Houlihan Lokey’s Technology, Media, Telecom Group in New York; MESA, a merchant bank and advisory firm that specialised in digital media and interactive marketing; and boutique advisory firm Petsky Prunier. At the latter M&A consulting firm, he was active in the firm’s M&A advisory and private placement practices. Ennis’ M&A clients have included Alloy,, Red Aril,, SkyMall, Escalate, Healthline Networks, Viant and Demand Media, and he has completed financings for clients including SpotXchange, BrightTag and Q1Media.

Previously Ennis, who holds an M.P.A. in Economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was Vice President of IAC/InterActiveCorp, where he was actively involved in over $6 billion of public and private acquisitions across a range of consumer internet verticals, and was Vice President of News Corporation, one of the globe’s top five media groups in revenue.

Gregory Bedrosian and Robert (Bob) Ennis - Drake Star Partners

Commenting on his move, Ennis said: “I am very pleased to join a global, fully integrated firm focused on servicing the technology, media and communications sectors. Drake Star Partners has demonstrated impressive growth and is well-positioned to continue to take share in the middle market. As such, I am eager to work towards the firm’s future successes and to contribute towards positioning Drake Star Partners as a leader in cross-border deal-making.”

Gregory Bedrosian, Managing Partner and Co-CEO at Drake Star Partners, said he is thrilled with the new Partner addition to the firm’s leadership ranks. “A veteran investment banker, Bob brings 18 years of experience serving the technology, media and marketing sectors, having worked with a number of prominent M&A and corporate finance clients. Bob will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to our senior team and central to Drake Star Partners’ own growth.”

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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.