Christoph Kaserer joins Oxera in Berlin as Associate

15 May 2015 Consultancy.uk

Economics consultancy Oxera has strengthened its German team with the addition of Christoph Kaserer. The financial advisory expert joins Oxera’s Berlin office as an Associate.

With offices in the UK (Oxford, London), Belgium and Germany, Oxera is one of the larger consultancies in Europe specialised in economics, litigation, regulation and corporate finance.

Oxera’s German office, based in Berlin, was opened in 2013, following growing demand from local customers and the resulting need to have an on-the-ground presence. Since the opening of the Berlin office, which serves as a hub for the DACH as well as Eastern European region, the practice has under the leadership of Michael Kraus grown in size.

Oxera welcomes new Associate

With an eye on increasing demand for its regional services, Oxera has decided to strengthen the Berlin team with Christoph Kaserer, Professor of Finance at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS). Kaserer is according to Oxera a “renowned expert” in the fields of corporate finance, project and infrastructure finance, financial markets, private equity, and asset management, and will contribute to related engagements in Germany and beyond. “Christoph is a fantastic addition to our network of Associates, who are leading academic and industry experts,” comments Tim Jenkinson, an Oxford-based partner at Oxera.

Head of the Berlin office Michael Kraus adds: “I am pleased to have someone of Christoph’s stature and outstanding reputation joining the Oxera Associate network. His deep experience and broad expertise will greatly support our capabilities in serving our German corporate and institutional clients and the international finance community.”

Tim Jenkinson | Michael Kraus | Christoph Kaserer

In a reaction on his new role, Kaserer says he is “honoured to join Oxera” and “looks forward” to supporting the firm’s economic consulting projects. Kaserer has been appointed as an Associate, and joins the likes of among others Marco Becht (Professor of Finance and Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles; based in Brussels), Bill Bradshaw (Oxford), former UK government Chief Economist Chris Riley (Oxford) and Keith Harris (Oxford).

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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.