Laura Hardin Managing Director Alvarez & Marsal

17 October 2014

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has expanded its Global Forensic and Dispute Services team with the addition of Laura Hardin as Managing Director in Houston, an expert in global disputes.

Hardin is an international arbitration expert, and brings nearly 20 years of experience in business valuation, damages assessments, forensic accounting and consulting services in industries including oil and gas, power generation, telecoms and aviation. Hardin joins A&M’s fast-growing team of global investigations experts located at offices around the world, specialised in among others accounting investigations, employee misconduct, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, and competition.

“As international arbitration becomes the global standard for disputes, our clients will benefit from Laura’s deep experience in navigating foreign legal systems, especially in the area of asset recovery, which has become an increasingly challenging process,” comments Bryan Ruez, Global Co-Leader of Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services.


Laura Hardin-Alvarez & Marsal


Hardin joins A&M from Charles River Associates were she acted as Vice President for the past two years. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director at FTI Consulting for more than two years, and the two years before that Director at Navigant. She also held senior roles at UHY Advisors and PwC. During her career, she provided expert guidance on damage quantification, submitted evidence in international arbitration cases, and led billion dollar disputes with allegations of expropriation, shareholder disputes, breach of contract controversies and purchase price.

Hardin is a certified valuation analyst (CVA), and has an MBA degree from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature from Wesleyan University.

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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.