Sam Lydon joins HKA as Director in the EMEA Region

HKA, a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness and litigation support services, announces today that Sam Lydon has joined the firm as Director in the EMEA Growth Office.

Sam will report directly to Stuart Ells, HKA’s Chief Growth Officer for EMEA. Together, their focus will be to accelerate and support the growth agenda for the EMEA region, working with the EMEA Leadership Team in identifying and sourcing growth opportunities for the region, including securing individual senior talent, and team lift outs, as well as M&A opportunities that will underpin the firm’s growth journey.

“We are excited to have Sam join the HKA EMEA team. His wealth of experience in professional services will be invaluable as we pursue our growth ambitions.”

Stuart Ells, Chief Growth Officer, EMEA

Sam has more than 12 years of experience in professional and financial services. Most recently, he served as UK Chief of Staff at Avaloq, where he was responsible for the growth, strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations of the UK business. 

Prior to Avaloq, Sam was Senior Business Manager for Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) Europe & Middle East for over seven years, where he was a key member of the team responsible for the inorganic growth strategy – identifying and executing all M&A, team lifts and senior level recruitment activities. During his time with A&M, Sam successfully recruited a number of senior fee earning teams and individuals, and opened multiple offices across Europe and the Middle East as the firm grew significantly with a CAGR in excess of 30%. In addition, his role included the operational management of the corporate support functions and leading the project management office (PMO) in order to future proof and make the corporate support functions scalable for the continued growth of A&M in the EMEA region. 

Sam has also previously worked at IG and Deloitte, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. 

Sam said: “I am delighted to be joining HKA at this exciting time in its growth journey. I am looking forward to working with so many expert colleagues to achieve HKA’s ambitious growth plans and can’t wait to get started.”


HKA is a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation and dispute resolution, using our multi-disciplinary expertise to provide a comprehensive set of specialist services:

  • Expert, Claims and Advisory services for the capital projects and infrastructure sector
  • Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages services for all types of contracts, including commercial and investment treaty disputes
  • Consulting services to support companies working on US Federal Government contracts.

Headquartered in the UK, HKA brings a proud record of excellent service and high achievement to bear on today’s challenges. As trusted independent consultants, experts and advisers, we help clients manage disputes, risk and uncertainty on complex contracts and challenging projects.

We work with government agencies, local authorities, contractors, legal firms, and other professional service providers, as well as owners and operators, financial institutions and insurers. Clients have access to leaders and problem-solvers who decode complexity through collaborative working and innovative thinking, making the best possible outcomes a reality for our clients, every time.

As well as more than 500 expert witnesses, HKA now has in excess of 500 advisors and consultants – across 40+ offices in 18 countries – with the skills and experience that are essential to get to the heart of even the most complex issues. Our people have vast first-hand experience spanning all major industries and the world’s most complex megaprojects, as well as an international track record of achieving successful outcomes.

HKA’s global portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious commissions across a wide range of industries including buildings, industrial and manufacturing, power and utilities, resources, transportation infrastructure, technology, financial services, government contracts and non-profit.

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