Navigant boosts IP team with Chris Spadea and Peter Hardigan

17 August 2017

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.

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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.