Paul Coates joins CBRE as Executive Director

22 December 2017

CBRE has picked up former Royal Bank of Scotland Managing Director, Paul Coates. He arrives at the firm as an Executive Director and Head of Debt and Structured Finance for EMEA, tasked with meeting team demands in its fast-growing debt and structured finance segment.

Paul Coates was most recently at the Royal Bank of Scotland; working, throughout more than seventeen years at the institution, in increasingly senior roles. Most recently, between 2008 and 2017, he was a Managing Director and the Head of UK Real Estate Finance at RBS. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a Managing Director in the firm’s Real Estate Securitisation (UK and Europe) segment, having joined in 2001.

Coates joins CBRE as an Executive Director and Head of Debt and Structured Finance for the EMEA region. The role will see him, in concert with Executive Director Marco Pampin, tasked with the continued expansion of the firm’s team in the EMEA region, as well as increasing its debt advisory mandate. On both these fronts, the firm has had a relatively busy period in the past 18 months, with a total of 50 debt deals across Europe totalling €6 billion, and three new leadership hires. He will work with a team of 30 in the segment; the former holder of the role, Steve Williamson, will, meanwhile, take on the new role of Chairman of Debt and Structured Finance for EMEA.Paul CoatesCommenting on the appointment, Richard Dakin, Managing Director of Capital Advisors at CBRE said that, “We always strive to give our clients a significant competitive advantage by delivering the best teams, expertise and market intelligence available from across our unrivalled global platform.”

Dakin added, “Paul is highly regarded throughout the industry and has the experience to help us deliver the strategic growth that is required for us to continue to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients. With our deep real estate knowledge of the global markets combined with our disciplined financial expertise, CBRE is better positioned than anyone to offer the full breadth of real asset and finance optionality.”

Speaking on his new role, Coates said, “I am delighted to be joining CBRE’s market leading Capital Advisors business and the best real estate platform in the world. I am looking forward to working with and developing the team to build on the existing strong track record of success and to seizing the growing number of advisory opportunities presenting themselves in the market currently.”


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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.