Deloitte FAS hires JP Morgan veteran Chris Nicholls

10 November 2014

Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (FAS) has announced the appointment of JP Morgan Executive Director Chris Nicholls as Partner of its Equity Capital Markets team. Nicholls will provide advice to companies coming to the market in London. The decision of Deloitte to strengthen its FAS team matches a trend of consulting firms hiring from banks to compete with their core businesses.

Chris Nicholls has joined accounting and consulting firm Deloitte FAS from investment bank JP Morgan Cazenove where he acted as Executive Director since 2007. Prior to working at JP Morgan, Nicholls worked for eight years for financial services firm Lehman Brothers and for four years for investment bank Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, giving him almost 20 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to this, he worked at the Audit & Business Advisory practice of Arthur Andersen.

As Partner of Deloitte’s Equity Capital Markets team, Nicholls will provide advice to companies that are seeking a listing, and to public companies on a variety of issues, including mergers and acquisitions. “We feel the time is right to strengthen the depth of our team, with Chris joining to lead and bolster our independent financial advisory proposition and to enhance our general PLC advisory offering to clients,” comments John Hammond, Head of Equity Capital Markets at Deloitte. “I am delighted to welcome Chris to the team and am particularly excited about the opportunities ahead.”

Deloitte FAS strengthens team

“I believe there is a great opportunity for Deloitte to build its position in the independent financial adviser market, with its traditional strength in IPOs and trusted relationships with clients,” comments Nicholls. The decision by Deloitte to hire a veteran banker to strengthen its team of advisers follows the trend of services firms increasingly moving into the financial advisory space to compete with banks’ core lending and advisory functions.

From banking to consulting
In the past year, the other Big Four firms also hired bankers from large investment banks. Just a year ago, PwC hired Rothschild banker Peter Whelan as Head of its new Equity Capital Markets Advisory Service, last October KPMG announced the appointment of James Agnew, currently Chairman of UK Corporate Broking of the Deutsche Bank, as Senior Member of its Capital Advisory Group who will join in 2015, and EY has hired Blaise Girard, former Head of Retail Investment Banking in Europe of America of Merrill Lynch.


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.