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Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a privately held, owner-operated, global advisory firm best known for its heritage in corporate restructuring. The Firm was founded in the US in 1983 by co-CEO’s Tony Alvarez II and Bryan Marsal, with mantras that continue to distinguish the firm today: “Results vs. Reports” and “Like What You Do and Who You Do It With”.
A&M prides itself on providing radically effective advice and highly experienced, hands-on support to organisations facing significant operational and/or financial challenges – situations that demand action, objectivity and measurable results in both the short and longer term.
Mavericks determined to challenge the prevailing approach to consulting; A&M’s founders have helped pave the way for what has become the fastest growing global professional services firm today. Our deep operational expertise and financial excellence delivers specialist operational consulting and industry know-how to management and investors seeking to accelerate performance, overcome challenges and maximize value across the corporate and investment lifecycles.
Our restructuring heritage has instilled in us a uniquely successful approach to helping clients in the turbulent times that businesses face today. We bring senior industry leaders, expert business advisors and seasoned operators who can act in both advisory and interim management roles. We combine extensive business leadership experience with a fact-based approach to get to the heart of our clients’ challenges quickly and then take a hands-on, operational approach to execution. Our approach to analysis and execution, which is in our DNA, is equally applicable to businesses at any stage in their development – from distressed businesses focused on strengthening cash flow and liquidity to healthy businesses looking to improve profitability, accelerate growth and adapt to dramatic changes in the markets in which they operate. Whatever the situation, we build strong, trusted client relationships and help businesses to adapt and succeed in a world in which the only constant is change.
Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice (GFD)
In the current economic climate, there have been an unprecedented number of regulatory changes, financial frauds and legal disputes. These and other events have resulted in regulatory interventions, investigations, litigations and arbitrations. Dealing with matters of a complex nature requires a broad range of skills and experience.
We develop solutions for our clients’ unique situations that use the significant and diverse set of skills and experiences of the firm. Our professionals excel at presenting their findings in regulatory, criminal, civil and other proceedings, and are recognized for their ability to articulate findings in a clear and meaningful way. Our core capabilities within Global Forensic and Dispute Services at Alvarez & Marsal encompasses financial investigations, expert services, competition & regulation, construction disputes advisory, compliance & business intelligence, cybersecurity and forensic technology.
Reason for the opportunity
Against this backdrop of unprecedented growth, an opportunity exists for us to strengthen the GFD business at the leadership level, within Forensic Technology, in order to strengthen the Senior Management team and expand FTS’s geographical footprint in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC. The successful appointee will play a key part in the further development of the practice, with emphasis on thought leadership as well as practice and business development.
Forensic Technology Services (FTS)
A&M’s Forensic Technology team comprises professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, who bring deep expertise in conducting digital investigations, managing electronic disclosure exercises and interrogating complex sets of electronic information including both structured and unstructured data. Our core areas of work include anti-bribery and fraud investigations, regulatory investigations, contract disputes, IP theft investigations and other litigation advisory services.
Forensic Technology Services include;
- Digital Forensic Investigations
- Electronic Discovery Management
- Applied Data Analytics
In today’s digital age, with more and more documents being created digitally, and with the widespread use of mobile devices, social media and instant messaging, apps, voice and audio data (especially in the Financial Services sector), the use of forensic technology presents an opportunity to gather and preserve evidence for trial in an extremely cost effective and efficient way. An understanding of opportunities that have traditionally existed in the legal space versus opportunities directly aligned to litigious or highly regulated corporations is a key area of differentiation with our experts. A&M is an advisory firm that focuses on providing innovative yet legally prudent approaches to digital investigations, information governance, and overall information risk services.
Our Forensic Technology team will also undertake proactive compliance advisory work in order to assist businesses in ensuring that they have adequate procedures in place to detect bribery and anti-competitive behavior. Additionally from a reputational risk perspective, the Cybersecurity team will work at board level to ensure that businesses have adequate procedures in place to monitor, detect and respond to cyber risk.
Furthermore, the significance of databases in investigations and litigation has grown exponentially over the last decade, creating a demand for consultants who can extract and analyze “raw data” and convert it into comprehensive reports.
Our professionals have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including engineering, information technology, management consulting, computer science, and information security. Many of our professionals have worked at the Big Four, the public sector, or other highly reputable advisory firms. We currently have strategically-located secure evidence labs in Dallas, Munich, London and Hong Kong to service our clients.
The preferred candidate for this appointment will be an action oriented self-starter with entrepreneurial flair. He/she will be comfortable working independently as well as part of a high performing team. Critically, they will bring a strong network of contacts in the US FTS community, with a successful track record of profitable sales and business development. Additionally, the successful candidate will also be experienced in identifying and attracting top talent into their team and managing a cohesive and productive business unit.
In addition the successful candidate will have;
- Deep understanding of the Use FRCP and state CPR discovery rules and Forensics market
- Strong network in the Chicago, San Francisco or Washington, DC community
- Expert testimony experience
- Demonstrable track record in Practice Development (Marketing/Sales and Business Development as well as team building and leadership)
- Experience in managing Regulatory inquiries (e.g. SEC, DOJ, FCPA investigations)
- Proven track record in managing large and complex international investigations and disputes
- Strong project management and leadership skills
- Thrives in a fast-paced, challenging, and unpredictable environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Objective, fact based approach to problem solving.
- Hands-on and non-hierarchical operator – relates well at all levels and cultures.
- Driven by values and integrity, straight talker, builds confidence and leads by example.
- Demonstrable ability to balance a high level view with detail.
- A natural ability to prioritize – especially in highly pressurized situations.
- Autonomous – Alvarez & Marsal has a flat structure with a self sufficient culture.
- Entrepreneurial spirit.
Academics and qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
Talent, culture and values
Attracted by our meritocratic culture and the opportunity to build a business with like-minded individuals, our people have joined Alvarez & Marsal from the Big 4, top tier strategy houses, private equity firms, hedge funds, leading financial services institutions and industry and commerce. Alvarez & Marsal is a fact based business, based on pragmatism, not subjective about the meaning of success. It is an environment that presents a real opportunity for ambitious recruits to grow and thrive – and those who do well, earn well. At A&M you will be given real responsibility as there are thin layers of management and responsiveness to crisis urgency is critical. You will thrive on autonomy and you will be adept at anticipating what your audience needs.
The culture of the business offers variety of skill, language, heritage and professional background and therefore is unique in terms of style and approach. This is a business where your colleagues are your best allies and ideally, your best friends. A business where good friendships thrive and trust is as true internally as with client. Furthermore, the values of the business which include integrity and fun as well as just reward for great work come to life when you become part of the team.