Navigant boosts IP team with Chris Spadea and Peter Hardigan

17 August 2017 3 min. read
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Navigant has hired intellectual property experts Chris Spadea and Peter Hardigan, both of whom have a background at Charles River Associates. The additions are aimed at allowing the firm to better serve its clients in a range of IP related valuation challenges and disputes.

International consulting firm Navigant has expanded its Intellectual Property (IP) practice with the addition of two new Managing Directors. The firm’s IP arm, which is couched within its Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology (DFLT) segment, is headed by industry veteran David Yurkerwich, who joined the firm in March. The team also includes Navigant IP experts Jim Pampinella and Renee Wong. The firm hopes the new expansion of the team will enable them to better serve clients in a range of industries, while facing questions related to assessing, valuing, and managing IP assets in the present innovation economy.

Chris Spadea joined the team as Managing Director, bringing more than 20 years of licensing and portfolio sales experience to the team. Prior to joining Navigant, Spadea worked as a Senior Director at intellectual property asset holder Intellectual Ventures. His earlier career involved seven years at the economic research consultancy Charles River Associates (CRA), where he rose to the rank of Vice President. Spadea holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

His role at the firm will be focused on supporting clients with the maximisation of the firm’s client proposition value, as well as the creation of valuations to fit the needs of the firm’s clients.

Chris Spadea and Peter Hardigan - Navigant

Peter Hardigan has also joined Navigant as a Managing Director, but will focus on supporting clients in a variety of areas of expertise, including Intellectual Property; licensing and strategy for the Life sciences; and entrepreneurship. He previously worked at Access Innovation where he was the firm’s CEO for eight months, and prior to that he spent over two years at medical device developer Theranova, in various roles, including Vice President, Senior Advisor and Corporate and Business development. His earlier career was relatively broad, including roles such as Chief Operating Officer at Lexington Technology and Senior Consultant at IBM. Hardigan holds a Bachelor of Arts in from the University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Columbia Business School.

“Our team creates value for clients by combining timely, competitive information and state-of-the-art valuation methodologies using advanced data and analytical tools to deliver practical business solutions,” said Lee Spirer, Chief Growth and Transformation Officer at Navigant. “The rapid evolution of IP policies and business models creates new opportunities and risks for organizations in a complex and rapidly changing global environment.”

The team works closely with the wider practices of the consulting firm, from which it can also draw on various resources, with clients including legal counsel, owners and investors across all industries.

The expansion follows Navigant’s recent efforts to similarly broaden their Energy practice meanwhile. The firm boosted its Global Energy advisory with the hire of six senior advisors back in June.