Hong Kong office receives Certificate of Incorporation for GLM
Guardian Life Management, Regional Manager Simon Parfitt accepted the Certificate of Incorporation for GLM to become a member of the Independent Financial Advisors Association of Hong Kong.
The mission of the IFAA is to be the voice of the IFA community in Hong Kong.
It engages with the regulators and seeks to strengthen professional independent financial advisory services to enhance Hong Kong as a preferred financial services centre.
Simon Parfitt said, “The IFAA committee approved our membership and it is another example of Guardian Life Management setting down deep roots in Hong Kong and demonstrating our commitment to ethics in finance”.
After the first full year in Hong Kong, Guardian Life Management has adjusted to the new market in Asia and has recently moved to new offices to help with the continued expansion.
The team have moved from Wan Chai to Sheung Wan district in order to be in a more central location and not to mention the better views over the harbour.
The Hong Kong team are looking to build on last year and are keen to establish themselves as a leading office.
Ian Sweet the director responsible for the Far East said, “ Hong Kong has the very real potential to match the performance of the Middle East teams.
They have a head start but we are seeking to build an effective and sustainable team to put us in the running.
The experienced individuals we have in Hong Kong are the foundations for our growth.”
The Chairman of the IFAA, Glenn Turner said “The IFAA sincerely welcomes Guardian Life Management as a Member, and sees this membership as a further strengthening of the quality and integrity of the financial planning industry in Hong Kong.”
The territory of Hong Kong left British control in 1997 and despite fears at the time Hong Kong has continued to prosper.
Last year saw a record number of workers seeking permits in the territory. Out of 30,000 applicants the charge for visas was led by the UK and US; 3,907 and 4,290 respectively.
This is in addition to the expatriates already in residence.
Senior Management & financial positions linked with low taxation and the widespread use of English have made Hong Kong an attractive destination for expats.
Fiona Foxton MD at Quintessentially said, “Hong Kong continues to attract strong global talent in particular from the UK.
Hong Kong is a place that rewards hard work, enjoys life to the full and offers something for everyone to feel at home”.
Guardian Life Management is seeking to expand the services it offers to expatriates and to the local community.