Maria Maher joins KPMG Advisory from AlixPartners

14 February 2014

Accounting- and consulting firm KPMG has appointed Maria Maher as a Director in the firm’s Competition Economics practice. She joins from counterpart AlixPartners and will focus on advising clients within KPMG’s forensic advisory team.

Maria Maher has over 20 years of experience in economics advisory, specialising in competition policy, competition law cases and regulatory inquiries, particularly across the telecoms and utilities sectors. Maher previously worked at NERA Economic Consulting in Washington DC and London. Prior to NERA, she was with the OECD in Paris, where she led the organisation’s work on competition and performance. As a senior economist at the OECD, Maria also developed a reputation for providing expert analysis on issues ranging from international trade agreements to corporate governance and sustainable development. The past two years Maher spent at AlixPartners, as a Director in its Competition Policy team, based in London.

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Nicola Mazzarotto, Partner and head of KPMG’s competition economics practice, says: “We are delighted that Maria has joined our team.  She is an experienced competition economist and brings a depth of knowledge that fits extremely well with KPMG’s economics and disputes practice.  Maria adds further strength to KPMG’s outstanding team of competition economists, with significant experience in areas such as market investigations and merger control.”

Maria Maher: “I am very excited to be joining at a time when the demand for competition economics advice from clients is increasing.  With attention growing on areas such as competition compliance and cartel damages, I look forward to working alongside colleagues who are experts in forensic accounting and data analytics, as these are areas of expertise that are particularly important in antitrust damages cases.”


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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.