Pictured: Tracy Leung and Jeremy Fearnley, Head of M&A and Organic Growth – Asia
1. Give us a little background as to how your company started and what you do
My role is Assistant Manager of Corporate Communications for Equiom Hong Kong and Japan.
Equiom was established in 1978 as the Ernst & Young fiduciary business in the Isle of Man. Since a management buyout led by CEO Sheila Dean in 2006, we have developed into an international group with offices in 15 jurisdictions across the world.
Equiom is a global provider of professional services to corporations and high-net-worth individuals. We entered the Asian market through the acquisition of a local firm in 2015 and have since consolidated the market with four further acquisitions. Our business in Hong Kong focuses on private trusts and foundations, company set-up and secretarial services, bookkeeping and accounting, payroll, tax compliance and tax advisory.
2. Does your organization have a Canadian Connection? If so, what is the nature of the connection?
Equiom entered the Japanese market in 2017 through the acquisition of a local firm, Solid Japan, whose founder hailed from Canada and hence has strong roots in the country. As a result, our Canadian network widened considerably, and we have recently opened an office in Toronto to strengthen our offering in North America.
3. What is the greatest strength of your organization?
We pride ourselves on our outstanding team of talented professionals and subject matter experts with experience from multiple sectors and industries. This breadth of talent, combined with exceptional service standards, has made Equiom the multi-award winning business it is today. We speak eight different languages in our Hong Kong office alone, catering to the needs of our clients at a personal level.
4. Where do you see your company 5 years from now?
Our aim is to support our clients wherever they wish to trade or invest. To achieve this, we will continue to expand our global footprint through acquisitions and organic growth. At the same time we will bring in new service capabilities that deliver value to our clients and help them to address any issues or challenges they face. Five years from now, we will be a truly global business, facilitating worldwide capital flows with a range of outsourcing and advisory solutions.
5. Is there a guiding idea or principle behind your organization? If so, what is it?
At Equiom we believe in partnerships built on trust. We always place our clients at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service by thoroughly understanding our clients’ needs and have always encouraged a culture based on building long-standing, trusted partnerships.