North American consulting firm Linium opens an office in London

13 December 2016 Consultancy.uk

Linium, North American business consultancy, has expanded into the European market with the opening of its newest office in London. 

With a focus on providing financial services consulting, the new location enables Linium to assist European companies in addressing a host of timely financial issues, including the impact of Brexit and challenges associated with regulatory reform. Key areas of focus will include Financial Markets and Equities; Business Change and Transformation; Management Consultancy; with further specialisms in Enterprise Architecture & Target States, Regulatory Compliance and KYC Delivery Models, Lending Services and Loan IQ, and Risk and Finance. 

“We are delighted to expand Linium’s global footprint with the opening of our new location in the UK,” said Steve Shyn, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Partner of Linium. “The presence of our London office will create opportunities to provide Linium’s consulting services in the European market, particularly across the financial services sector, where the need for innovative solutions to enable agility and technology growth has never been greater.” 

North American consulting firm  Linium opens an office in London

With more than 16 years of experience, Linium’s consulting expertise in the financial services markets spans regulatory change, lending services including Loan IQ, risk and finance, business change and transformation, operational effectiveness, target operating models, cyber security, and robotic process automation. Linium’s proven capabilities are designed to assist the banking sector in navigating a myriad of evolving rules and regulations, mitigating compliance risks, reducing redundancies, and maximising operational effectiveness through tailored and innovative approaches that address critical issues and achieve results. 

“I am hugely enthusiastic about what the future holds for Linium and our customers within Europe and beyond,” said Linium Managing Director Dylan Coffey. “With an outstanding track record and demonstrated specialist expertise, Linium is uniquely positioned to provide financial firms with the knowledge and delivery to enable them to outperform in today’s complex and evolving environment.”

The opening of Linium’s London office comes on the heels of work the company has completed for clientele across Europe. Most recently, Linium, which has been named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies for the past five consecutive years, assisted a global UK bank in need of consolidating and moving all syndicate (agent) and participate (member) deals from legacy commercial lending systems into Loan IQ and decommissioning all legacy loan systems and sub-systems.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”