The Power of Partnership: An interview with HKGCC
Friday 09 February 2018
Equiom Hong Kong's Managing Director, Laure Mathieu talks to Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) about Equiom Hong Kong and its position in the industry.
Is there an interesting story about yourself to share with other members, e.g. personal profile, profession and achievements?
'Equiom was established in 1978 as the Ernst & Young fiduciary business in the Isle of Man. Since a management buyout in 2006, Equiom has developed into an international professional services business with offices in 15 jurisdictions across the world, including Hong Kong since 2015.
I am Managing Director of Equiom Hong Hong and I joined the company in 2016 after my own business, Equation Hong Kong Limited was acquired. I have spent over 15 years in the region and my expertise lies in developing a wealth of European clients that operate in Hong Kong. Going forward my goal is to expand our client base to ensure a more regional and global reach.'
Equiom Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd joined the Chamber in 2007. Why did your company join HKGCC?
'Equiom became a member of the HKGCC as we believe in the power of collaboration and partnership. Through participation in various networking events it gives us the opportunity to interact with different members of the chamber and owing to the diversity that HKGCC offers, we get to connect with key stakeholders from different industries; top tiered corporations, individuals and members from other professional bodies and chambers of commerce.
Equiom values these interactions as we see ourselves as partners for our clients, rather than a service provider alone. Our business operates on a high level of trust and we strive to deliver our best to our clients. Therefore, understanding their needs and keeping informed of the latest developments are essential. HKGCC gives us a platform to be visible in front of our clients so we can demonstrate our values and the impact we have, but most importantly to establish ourselves as a key player in the professional services industry.'
A brief background of your company such as services/products, what makes your company stand out in your industry?
'Equiom is a global provider of trust and professional services to corporations and high-net-worth individuals. We entered the Asian market through the acquisition of AFP in Hong Kong in 2015, and further strengthened our position in the city by acquiring Equation and Heritage Trust Group in 2016, and Solid in 2017. 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. With low taxation and minimal government intervention, together with the robust banking system and well established legal system, Hong Kong is perceived as a premium hub for doing business throughout Asia and with Greater China. It will continue to grow as the base for both our international and regional business.'
Which activities/services of HKGCC do you enjoy the most?
'Equiom has been participating in networking events and attending various talks and presentations thus far. We certainly hope to become a more active member in the future, such as becoming a committee member of the Europe and Asia Group. We look forward to interacting with members from different backgrounds and the best practice knowledge that we will gain from it.'