Alpha FMC appoints new Executive Director for Asia expansion drive

23 February 2018

The London-based asset and wealth management consultancy Alpha FMC has appointed Michael Chaille to lead the firm’s expansion into Asia. Chaille has over 17 years of consulting experience in wealth and assets management.

Taking on the role of Executive Director in Asia, Chaille will be tasked with extending Alpha FMC’s regional offerings from its first Asian office in Singapore, as the firm embarks on a bid to expand its presence across the continent over the next few years – in step with the company’s aggressive recent growth strategy.

Founded in 2003 in the UK, the fast-growing firm currently has ten global offices, including a presence in the key financial markets of London, New York, The Hague and Paris, with Geneva added to Alpha FMC’s growing list of locales in March of last year, at which point the firm had registered nearly £44 million in revenues over the previous twelve months, compared to £6.7 million for the corresponding period in 2011.

Described by the consulting firm as a “significant step in Alpha’s global expansion strategy,” the latest senior appointment follows the company’s recent public listing on the London Stock Exchange, raising £125.4 million from its IPO, which the private-equity backed firm said at the time would enable it, through the pay-down of its debt facilities, to “invest more readily in future expansion.”

Michael Chaille, Executive Director at Alpha

“Over the past few years, we have focused on growing our presence in core UK, US and European markets, and we are very excited about the prospects for expanding our consulting services in Asia, and in particular Singapore and Hong Kong,” Euan Fraser, Alpha FMC’s Global CEO, said of the latest announcement, adding that the move comes in response to a growing demand from the firm’s clients for its specialist services in the region. 

Michael Chaille

Leading that response, Chaille brings to table over 17 years of consulting experience in the asset and wealth management sector – including experience implementing transformational operating model initiatives and digital strategies. Fraser said; “Michael brings with him a fantastic reputation, track record, and experience in developing premium consulting propositions. He is the ideal candidate to grow Alpha’s business in Asia.”

Chaille is not unfamiliar with the local market, having acted as a Partner and Senior Advisor for financial services consulting firm Chappuis Halder & Co. in Singapore since 2013 – following the firm’s purchase of Newtone Associates, a boutique management consulting outfit which Chaille had founded in Geneva in 2008, prior to which he had served as a Senior Consultant with Arthur Andersen (followed by BearingPoint) and a Senior Manager at capital markets consultancy m.a partners.

“I am delighted to be joining such a talented team and I look forward to contributing to the continued growth in Asia,” Chaille said of his appointment, “The need for transformation is today a permanent challenge for asset and wealth managers. Institutions not only need sharp industry expertise but also convictions and true engagement from the teams in charge of critical initiatives. I found these traits deeply anchored in Alpha’s DNA, which I found extremely compelling and made the decision to join Alpha a very easy one.”


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Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.