Paul Brabant and Paul Thompson promoted at AlixPartners UK

17 January 2019

Global consultancy AlixPartners has announced the promotion of two new Managing Directors in the UK. The appointments of Pauls Brabant and Thomas come amid a raft of 22 similar announcements across the firm’s global network.

2018 saw a busy year for AlixPartners, with the firm routinely called upon to aid companies with restructuring and administration work, as a slowing economy drew multiple casualties. With further uncertainty ahead in 2019, the firm has bolstered its capacity to deal with heightened demand by appointing a number of Managing Directors across its international offices.

In the UK, this saw two professionals ascend to the role. Paul Thompson will assume the position in AlixPartners’ Corporate Services wing, while Paul Brabant will take on the job in its Investigations, Disputes & Risk team. Both appointments are in AlixPartners’ London office.

Paul Brabant and Paul Thompson promoted at AlixPartners UK

Paul Brabant brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, having worked in a variety of roles in the global legal sector. He has acted as a lawyer, an electronic discovery expert, and a software development executive in the US, France, and the UK. With AlixPartners, Brabant advises lawyers in cross-border disputes and investigations, while leading on internal and regulatory investigations for high-profile clients. As a former legal technology executive, he incorporates automation, machine learning, and predictive modelling into his practice. He holds a Juris Doctor from Washington College of Law at American University.

Paul Thomson is Head of Operations for the EMEA region, and now Chief Operating Officer EMEA. Thompson has nearly 20 years of experience in professional services firms. In that time he has led acquisitions and restructuring internal operations to identify cost savings, and has implemented shared service centers and internal infrastructure. He is a qualified ACA accountant and has lived and worked in both the US and UK. He has also had extensive experience working across Europe and Asia throughout his career.

Elsewhere, AlixPartners completed a further 17 Managing Director appointments in the US and three in Europe, spanning all of AlixPartners’ service areas as well as its internal Corporate Services function. 

Simon Freakley, Chief Executive Officer at AlixPartners, said, "I am delighted to announce the promotions to Managing Director, effective January 1, 2019. Every one of our new Managing Directors has proven to be an outstanding professional by consistently delivering exceptional results in all of their endeavors. I wish them every success in the next phase of their careers at AlixPartners."

The promoted Managing Directors are:


Neto Alexander (Performance Improvement, Los Angeles)
Jeremy Borys (Corporate Services, Detroit)
Charlie Braley (Turnaround & Restructuring Services, Chicago)
Steve DuBuc (Performance Improvement, Detroit) 
Jeff Goldstein (Performance Improvement, Boston)
Sudhar Govindarajan (Performance Improvement, Chicago)
Steve Hilgendorf (Performance Improvement, Chicago)
Brooke Hopkins (Investigations, Disputes & Risk, Dallas)
Kristina Isakovich (Performance Improvement, Boston)
Nitin Jain (Performance Improvement, New York)
Regina Lee (Investigations, Disputes & Risk, Houston)
Alexandre Marian (Performance Improvement, San Francisco)
Robb McWilliams (Turnaround & Restructuring Services, Dallas)
Nenad Milicevic (Performance Improvement, New York)
Brad Mroski (Investigations, Disputes & Risk, Dallas)
Luca Ridolfi (Performance Improvement, New York)
Nick Samanich (Performance Improvement, New York)


Sophie Barbe (Turnaround & Restructuring Services, Paris)
Jochen Gottschalk (Digital, Munich)
Clemente Honorati (Performance Improvement, Milan)


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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.