A&M adds trio to UK disputes and investigations practice

18 August 2020 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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Alvarez & Marsal has made three senior appointments to its UK disputes and investigation team. Robert Grosvenor has been appointed as Managing Director, while Matthew Negus joins as Senior Director and Samita Patel as a Director.

With over 4,500 people across four continents, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global professional services firm that provides advisory, business performance improvement and turnaround management services. The firm’s UK disputes and investigation practice helps resolve complex matters posing a threat to normal business operations, conducts incisive fraud investigations and forensic analysis for companies which go bankrupt, and identify solutions to help protect data from cyber-attacks, among other services.

New Managing Director Robert Grosvenor will lead the firm’s global privacy and data compliance services capacity. He has over 20 years of experience advising multinationals on global privacy, compliance and data regulation issues in sectors including financial services, life sciences, technology and media. His expertise ranges from designing and deploying global privacy programmes, through to assessing and mitigating privacy, digital ethics and data compliance risk. Prior to joining A&M, Grosvenor spent nine years at global consultancy Promontory, latterly leading the firm’s global privacy and data protection practice in London.

Robert Grosvenor, Matthew Negus and Samita Patel - Alvarez & MarsalCommenting on his new challenge, Grosvenor, said, “Data protection and privacy is clearly more important than ever as governments and companies grapple with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. With more data sharing and remote working, businesses should be considering the impact of on-going changes to their business and technology strategies on their privacy commitments and compliance with applicable data laws… With evolving regulations and enforcement activities in Europe and beyond, companies need to be more alert than ever to their compliance requirements.”

Senior Director Matthew Negus meanwhile most recently spent five years with Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, where he was a Senior Principal in the firm’s privacy and data protection practice. He previously led a privacy compliance function within BNY Mellon, and also held a data privacy consulting role with Big Four firm Deloitte. At A&M, he will be responsible for developing solutions to support clients address their privacy and data protection compliance obligations with a focus on digital transformation, operational restructuring and risk management.

Finally, Samita Patel arrives at A&M as a Director, with a remit to support clients with the design and delivery of their data privacy and compliance strategies and advising on business focused solutions for managing global privacy requirements. Patel also arrives from Promontory Financial Group, where she spent the last seven years of her career – becoming a Senior Principal in privacy and data protection in April 2020. In her previous role, she designed and led several multi-year international privacy change programs and engagements for clients across various sectors.

Head of Disputes and Investigations for A&M in Europe, Phil Beckett, said, “We are delighted to be expanding our team with the addition of Robert, Matthew and Samita’s expertise. Our clients are experiencing increasingly complex privacy and data protection issues, so their diverse skillset and depth of experience will be invaluable as we grow our practice here in Europe and around the world.”