Alvarez & Marsal launches Disputes & Investigations arm in Spain

09 July 2019 3 min. read
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Juan Valderas has joined Alvarez & Marsal in Spain, tasked with leading and growing the firm’s newly established Disputes & Investigations practice in the Southern European country.

Fernando de la Mora, head of the management consulting in Spain and Portugal, said in a statement that he is delighted with the hiring of Valderas, describing him as a “professional with an outstanding career and qualifications.” 

Having recharged after a nine month sabbatical, De la Mora now leads a team of five senior professionals specialised in disputes advisory and support, fraud investigations, and forensic technology. Globally, Alvarez & Marsal is one of the leading consultants in this field, yet in Spain, a market the firm has been active in for over a decade, it until now lacked a footprint.

“Launching a Disputes & Investigations practice in Spain demonstrates our commitment to and growth ambition in Spain,” highlighted De la Mora, who has been with the firm and in the role since 2013. “Spain is one of our main markets in Europe.” The launch of the arm comes months after Alvarez & Marsal established the same practice in its Paris, France office.

Juan Valderas, Head of Disputes & Investigations in Spain

Across the continent, Alvarez & Marsal has 18 offices, from Amsterdam and London in Western Europe to Ukraine and Poland in Eastern Europe. In Spain, the consultancy works mainly for financial institutions, in particular banks, and public administration to solve operational, financial and regulatory challenges, as well as providing restructuring / turnaround management services. 

Before his sabbatical, Valderas worked at rival FTI Consulting, where he led the firm’s Forensic & Litigation wing in Spain. Previously, the Law and Economics graduate from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, spent eleven years at Deloitte, latterly as a partner and leader of the Forensic service line for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Earlier in his career, he served Big Four accounting and consulting firm KPMG for nine years, working both in Madrid and London.

As a forensic practitioner for more than 20 years, Valderas’ experience includes national and international investigations (fraud, corruption, accounting manipulation and other regulatory investigations), independent expert in litigation before both national and international arbitration courts (damages, loss of profit, commercial disputes, acquisition price adjustments, unfair competition) and insolvency related assignments (advisory, court appointed administrator). “Juan brings a lot of seniority to the firm,” remarked De la Mora.

According to a recent analysis of spending on consultants, the Spanish management consulting sector is buoyant. In 2017, revenues of the industry’s leading consultancies climbed 7%, and last year total fee income rose by a similar percentage, lifting the market value to over €1.5 billion. “We are confident about the Spanish consulting market and the future of the economy," stated De la Mora. 

Last month in Spain’s consulting scene, consulting giant Boston Consulting Group acquired Kernel Analytics, a data science and analytics consultancy with 90 professionals across offices in Barcelona and Madrid.