Christopher Laursen joins The Brattle Group in Washington, D.C.

31 March 2016 Consultancy.uk

The Brattle Group has added veteran financial services regulator, Christopher Laursen, to its ranks as a Principal. In his new role, Laursen, who joins from Alvarez and Marsal, is tasked with providing financial services firms with expert knowledge on how best to navigate risk reducing regulations affecting the market.

Prior to joining The Brattle Group, Laursen worked at Alvarez & Marsal, where he started in 2014 as a Managing Director. Previously, he worked at NERA Economic Consulting as a Senior Vice President and Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Banking Practice for five and a half years. Earlier roles include five years at the Federal Reserve Board, where he started as a Head of Trading and Capital Markets in 2003, before a promotion to Risk Manager of Risk Policy and Guidance in 2007. Prior to this, he work as a Senior Financial Company Examiner for the Federal Reserve System, for more than eight years. Laursen started his career as a Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Christopher Laursen - The Brattle Group

Christopher Laursen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Miami, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School, and is a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional in Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.

The Brattle Group recently appointed Laursen as a Principal, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. In the new role, Laursen’s more than 25 years of financial services experience will be called upon to provide services, including deep insight into regulations affecting the financial market, to the firm’s clients. His “unique experience”, involving work crafting post-financial crisis regulations – as a member of Basel Committee’s Trading Book Group – to temper global risks within the financial services industry, will provide the firm and its clients with a means of navigating the new rules, says his new employer.

Brattle President, Alexis Maniatis, says that the firm is “pleased to welcome Chris to Brattle’s Washington, DC office”. He adds: “His experience as a former federal regulator provides our clients with deep insights into the complex regulatory issues facing large financial institutions.”

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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.