Equiom Continues Expansion in the UAE with Launch of Equiom in the DIFC

DUBAI / ACCESSWIRE / March 21, 2019 / Leading international professional services provider Equiom is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Operating as Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited (DIFC Branch), the opening of the office is the next step in the company’s continued expansion and investment in the region.

The opening of Equiom in the DIFC marks the sixteenth office globally and the fourth office for the Equiom Group in the UAE. Equiom made its first entry into the UAE with the acquisition of Links Group (The Links Group Limited) in September 2016. Links is a corporate services provider with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that supports organisations set up in the region. In November 2018, Equiom acquired HOLT consultancy, a compliance and risk management service provider located in the DIFC. The opening of Equiom in the DIFC builds on the organisation’s growing presence in the Middle East and aims to provide a wider breadth of services for the group in the region.

The new Equiom office in the DIFC is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and will be responsible for the promotion of a full range of trust and fiduciary services. The company’s offering aims to meet the individual requirements of clients including high net worth individuals, family offices and corporations.

A particular focus for Equiom will be the provision of its unique ‘Private Office’ solution and End of Service Gratuity Trusts. For the latter, Equiom offers a trustee solution for organisations who wish to enhance their existing End of Service Gratuity obligations to their employees in line with UAE Labour Law.

Equiom’s presence in the DIFC will be headed by Gary Hales, Head of Equiom Fiduciary – Middle East (who is acting as the Senior Executive Officer). Gary commented: ‘I’m excited to be given the opportunity to support Equiom’s strategy in the region and I am looking forward to generating new business for Equiom in the DIFC. Having a presence in the DIFC will allow us to increase our range of services to clients locally while harnessing the international professional network of the group to also attract business from other parts of the world.’

Equiom’s Global CEO Sheila Dean added: ‘The establishment of Equiom in the DIFC is a very exciting milestone for us, allowing us to provide our core trust and fiduciary services to the growing Middle East market. We are looking forward to growing our already strong presence and furthering our ability to assist both current and new clients with all of their private wealth and corporate needs.’

For more information visit http://www.equiomgroup.com/en/meet-our-team/gary-hales/

Gary Hales, Head of Equiom Fiduciary – Middle East

About Equiom

Equiom is fast becoming the stand-out business in the professional services sector, with a strong presence in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and The Americas. It provides a range of innovative and effective business partnering solutions.

Equiom’s experienced and highly qualified teams support corporations and high net worth individuals around the world with their fiduciary and related support-service needs.

Equiom is an independent company focused on strategic thinking and quick responses to clients’ requirements. It is a thriving business, continually seeking to develop its product range, in order to provide both existing and potential clients with an unrivalled range of options and opportunities.

Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited (DIFC Branch) is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). For information on the regulatory status of our companies, please visit equiomgroup.com/regulatory.


About HOLT consultancy

HOLT consultancy Ltd (under the trading name HOLT consultancy) is an award winning professional compliance and risk management service provider, established in 2012 and incorporated in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) under commercial licence number CL1282.

HOLT consultancy operates in the financial services sector helping regulated and non-regulated firms to set up and operate in the DIFC. They are able to assist with Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) licence applications, outsourced Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer functions, governance and risk management solutions, as well as delivering compliance and AML training.

HOLT consultancy operates across numerous market sectors including re(insurance), asset management, wealth management, private banking, investment banking (M&A, corporate and project finance, trading, research), start-ups and branches. HOLT consultancy was acquired by Equiom in December 2018.

About Links Group

Links Group, an Equiom company, supports organisations who wish to set up, expand or restructure a business in the UAE, Qatar and wider GCC region. Combining business acumen with robust legal counsel, Links Group ensures its clients are protected at all times guaranteeing 100% owner control during market entry or exit, to build a business which they own and control.

Links Group was the first company of its kind to be endorsed by the Government of Dubai through a strategic alliance with the Foreign Investment Office (FDI) of the Dubai Economic Department. Links Group has an untarnished track record with hundreds of clients, who represent combined annual revenues of over USD 5bn to their respective economies. Links Group was acquired by Equiom in September 2016.