Drake Star Partners London promotes Kasper Kruse Petersen to Partner

07 February 2018 Consultancy.uk

International M&A consultancy Drake Star Partners has promoted Kasper Kruse Petersen to Partner in the firm’s London office.

Kasper Kruse Petersen joined the firm’s London office as a Principal in 2013, and has led the closing of six transactions focused on FinTech and marketing technology, with most notably the private placements for Tradeshift and ZappiStore, and Dialogue’s sale to CLX Communications. Since joining, Kruse Petersen also led the London team of analysts and associates in their day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining Drake Star Partners, a corporate finance consulting firm with ten offices globally formed through the merger between Redwood Capital and LD&A Jupiter, the Dane Kruse Petersen worked for the M&A wing of RBS for six years and over five years for Nordea Markets, the international markets operation of Scandinavian banking group Nordea. 

Kasper Kruse Petersen, Partner

Commenting on his promotion, Kruse Petersen said: “London is at the helm of a digital revolution, harnessing the very best from robo-advisory solutions or programmatic native advertising.” His statement is backed by recent research by Deloitte and All Street Research, which found that London is indeed the best placed hub globally for FinTech service and investment, ahead of Singapore and New York. 

He added, “For the past five years, we have been at the centre of this technological revolution in FinTech and marketing technology, working with exciting digital growth companies. I am thrilled to have my work at Drake Star recognised at this level and look forward to building on our sector expertise.” 

Since launching in 2004, Drake Star Partners completed over 300 transactions, of which 70% had a cross-border character. The firms London office is based in Mayfair, with other hubs located in New York, London, Paris, Munich, San Francisco (opened in October 2017), Los Angeles, Berlin, Amsterdam, Geneva and Tokyo.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.