Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Antonio III - Alvarez & Marsal Europe - MD of the Business Turnaround Specialists

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Antonio III - Alvarez & Marsal Europe - MD of the Business Turnaround Specialists

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MY BEST...

From a family standpoint, it was a great decision, but also from a career standpoint, as it allowed me a lot of personal freedom. I'd been very successful in the US and, over time, I'd have had the chance to grow, but Europe was a wide-open space for me.

I started the European practice - there wasn't a business out here in what we did, so I was setting up something that didn't exist. I had complete freedom, creativity and autonomy to revolutionise the way things were done here. I guess I was being very naive and ambitious.

I thought: 'Let's see if we can create a different approach in all of the markets in Europe.' And that is what we have done. The family is happy, the firm has grown, and I have personally grown. When I came, we were about 75 professionals worldwide. Today, we're 1,000.

MY WORST...

I didn't anticipate - given that it was a new market - how challenging it would be to start a business here. …

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