Mott MacDonald boosts its global Aviation Practice

29 April 2015

Consulting firm Mott MacDonald has strengthened its global aviation and infrastructure finance business with the appointments of aviation experts Horacio Rossi and James Cole as Directors within its Aviation Practice. According to the firm, the two additions will boost its position as one of the most experienced aviation practices.

Horacio Rossi joins Mott MacDonald from civil engineering consulting firm CH2M Hill, where he acted as Project Director and Regional Aviation Lead for Latin America for more than six years. Prior to this, he worked as independent consultant for among others the European Commission, ICAO and Mott Mac Donald. Other roles include Regional Manager at Patagonian Airports and Project Director at Ushuaia International Airport. Rossi started his career in 1977 as Graduate Engineer at Previous experience, after which he came to work for Ministry of Public Works in Tierra del Fuego in 1981, where he worked for more than 16 years.

As Project Director at Mott MacDonald, Rossi will direct the firm’s technical advisory workload for governments, lenders and sponsors and help to structure, win and finance airport concessions globally. “Horacio brings significant global experience having successfully advised the winning bidders for both the Pulkovo and ANA privatisations. He has an expert understanding of how to win concession competitions and his technical advisory skills will strengthen our award-winning technical advisory team,” comments Chris Chalk, Mott MacDonald’s Aviation Practice Leader.

Horacio Rossi and James Cole, Mott MacDonald

James Cole, who joins as Director of Aviation Markets and Forecasts, moves to the firm from ACL International where he fulfilled the role of Managing Board Director for more than five years and of Director of Coordination for a decade from 1999 until 2009. Before this, the worked for BBA Airports, where he held several roles between 1993 and 1999, including Project Development Manager, Economic Regulation Manager and Head of Operational Planning. Cole began his career at airplane manufacturer Bombardier in 1987, where he stayed until 1991.

At Mott MacDonald, Cole will lead the firm’s global forecasting business and has been charged with delivering market insight in support of airport transactions, route development and master planning projects worldwide.

“We have reaffirmed our position as a leading provider of technical advisory and traffic forecasting services to the aviation market. James and Horacio will help us ensure that all our aviation projects continue to be delivered to the highest standard of quality and safety, providing investors with the market insight and optimisation potential of aviation assets worldwide,” says David Beare, Head of Aviation Transaction and Business Advisory at Mott MacDonald.


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.