New Partners for Quantuma in London: Paul Zalkin and Michael Kiely

11 October 2018

Business advisory firm Quantuma has continued its recent spree of appointments with two new Partners. The promotion of corporate recovery specialist Paul Zalkin to Partner is accompanied by Michael Kiely’s arrival at the same rank in Quantuma’s London office.

Corporate recovery and business advisory firm Quantuma recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with the reporting of the firm’s strong financial performance. Turnover for the year to 31 March 2018 rose to £10.4 million, an increase of 10% on 2017 levels. As the firm works to accommodate its growing client demands, Quantuma has welcomed aboard a multitude of new professionals.

Quantuma added five professionals to its offices in London, Bristol and Southampton over the summer. Later, the firm would add to that number with the arrival of new Corporate Finance Director Adrian Howells. Now, the firm has added a further two Partners to its London outfit.

Paul Zalkin

Paul Zalkin arrived at Quantuma two years ago, having joined the firm’s insolvency and restructuring practice as a Director in 2016. He has almost 20 years’ experience in mid-market corporate recovery, working across a wide range of industry sectors, including care homes, property and hospitality and leisure. Before joining Quantuma, Zalkin enjoyed spells with Moorfields, where he was a Director and Head of Property; Baker Tilly, where he was an Associate Director; and Deloitte, where he was an Insolvency and Restructuring Manager. In addition, Zalkin holds accreditations from the Joint Insolvency Examination Board and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

During his time at Quantuma, Zalkin has spearheaded the firm’s focus on the fintech and alternative finance markets, building several key relationships. He was part of the team responsible for establishing Quantuma’s relationship with a range of alternative finance platforms as well as championing Quantuma’s associate membership to the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, the UK’s self-regulatory body for peer-to-peer lending. As a result, Quantuma became the first restructuring business advisor to be admitted to the organisation. Following his promotion, Zalkin will continue to focus on developing existing relationships in key markets, as well as building on his practice as an appointment-taking insolvency practitioner.

Quantuma appoints two Partners to London office

Commenting on the promotion, Carl Jackson, Managing Partner at Quantuma, said, “In the two years that Paul has been with us, he has demonstrated his ability to generate the best returns for our clients, as well as building meaningful relationships and driving new business. The promotion is just reward for his accomplishments, not only in developing his personal practice, but the progress and initiative he has shown in promoting the wider firm in the alternative finance and fintech spaces.”

Paul Zalkin added, “For a mid-market restructuring and insolvency adviser there can be no better place to build a practice than at Quantuma - a uniquely dynamic and energetic firm with a fantastic range of complimentary services and a collaborative culture which adds real value to clients. The firm’s services, values and people are a pleasure to work with and I’m proud to be a partner contributing to a great success story.”

Michael Kiely

Michael Kiely brings over 25 years’ experience to Quantuma, having specialised in insolvency and restructuring, focusing on the retail, construction and financial services sectors. As a new Partner in Quantuma’s corporate insolvency and recovery team, Kiely will work alongside the firm’s partners to support distressed businesses. He will also look to build on existing relationships across a wide range of industry sectors to support the firm’s growth.

He arrives from auditing firm UHY Hacker Young, where he was an integral part of the leadership team, advising on high-profile transactions including the special administration of Hartmann Capital Limited. Before his 15-year term with UHY Hacker Young, Kiely also spent time with Baker Tilly, where he spent 13 years and was latterly a Manager. He holds an accreditation from the Joint Insolvency Examination Board and is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and The Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

Speaking on his new challenge, Kiely said, “The team at Quantuma is extremely dynamic, working on some of the most high profile and interesting cases. My new role will enable me to build on my current experience across both the construction and retail sectors, as well as build my network in new and emerging growth areas for the firm. I look forward to working alongside the team as it continues to become one of the UK’s leading business advisors.”

Carl Jackson added, “Michael will be a valuable addition to the restructuring team at Quantuma, having demonstrated his ability to handle sensitive appointments and generate the best returns for creditors and clients. This appointment comes amidst a period of rapid growth for Quantuma, particularly in London. This is driven by our continuing ability to attract large, complex and cross border assignments, and I’m confident that Michael will help us to build upon this in the coming months.”


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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.