HLB appointed as Official Supervisor of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards

7 April 2021

BANGKOKPropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, the region’s most exclusive and prestigious real estate awards programme, are pleased to welcome HLB, the global network of independent advisory and accounting firms, as the Official Supervisor.

Through this partnership, HLB will help strengthen the 16-year-old awards programme’s reputation as the ‘Gold Standard’ in real estate in the Asia Pacific region, boosted by the auditing firm’s global presence and expertise in the international property market.

Jules Kay, managing director of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards & Events, said: “We are pleased to have HLB join the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards programme as our Official Supervisor. Their expertise and global reach will enable the Awards series to reach greater heights and ensure continued credibility, fairness and transparency — crucial values the Awards have been known for throughout its 16-year history.”

Marco Donzelli, Global Chief Executive Officer of HLB, said: “HLB appreciates greatly the opportunity to become the Official Supervisor of the judging process of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. With more than 50 years’ practice in global contexts and the pursuit of quality and integrity, HLB is confident that we bring a level of credibility to this leading awards series in the real estate sector in Asia.”

Founded in 1969, HLB serves clients through their member firms in 159 countries, with 32,839 partners and staff in 968 offices across the globe. Their services range from management consulting; financial, legal, technology, and risk advisory; global accounting and compliance services; sustainability audit and reporting; private client services; and more.

With their pro-active thinking and creative business approach, HLB’s network has dedicated the past five decades to creating value and maximising opportunities for clients in an array of industries, including real estate and construction, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail, among others.



“In part thanks to our strong global real estate expertise, we are able to share best practice, as well as add value to our clients’ local and global growth. We look forward to our collaboration with PropertyGuru, to add value to both the local and global real estate communities,” Donzelli added.

As the Official Supervisor of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, a representative from the local HLB office will be involved in all stages of the judging process to ensure that everything and everyone abides by the standards, from reviewing completed entry forms to participating in all judges’ meetings, to joining virtual or physical site inspections, and approving the final results.

HLB’s supervisory role spans all 16 markets covered by the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards 2021 series, including Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Japan and Australia, as well the Grand Final in December when country winners from the aforementioned markets will gather to compete for more regional accolades. The Grand Final will be supervised by Paul Ashburn, HLB’s co-managing partner in Thailand, who has been part of the Asia Property Awards programme since its first gala event.

Launched in 2005, the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards has an unparalleled reputation for being credible, fair, and transparent, with an independent panel of judges in each market comprising industry experts and luminaries. The programme hosts several annual gala events in physical, virtual, or hybrid formats, welcoming hundreds of C-level executives, senior industry figures, and property seekers from around the region.

A total of 384 country and regional awards were presented to the finest developers in the region in 2020, when the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards launched its online gala series –– the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. The series was viewed more than 516,000 times and reached viewers and property investors in more than 75 countries worldwide.

This year, the exciting awards gala series will premiere simultaneously on the same day on AsiaPropertyAwards.com/tv-podcast and the official channels on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. The highlights will air on the History & Lifetime channels of the A+E Networks, the Official Cable TV Partner of the Awards, reaching even more international audiences.





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HLB partners with leading technology innovator Botkeeper

22 March 2021

LONDON – HLB, the global advisory and accounting network, has announced a strategic partnership with Botkeeper, a leading ‘service as a software’ provider and industry disruptor. This exciting new partnership will enable HLB firms to provide even greater client capacity and service experience through innovative technology that will automate accounting and give hours back to staff to focus on client advisory services.

Jim Bourke, HLB Global Advisory Leader, says “A key driver of what we’re doing here at HLB is identifying and placing leading-edge technologies in the hands of all our firms around the globe.  We know that through embracing technology we’ll continue to be empowered to deliver advisory services to our clients and partnering with Botkeeper is only going to enhance our offering. This partnership is just one of the many ways we’re embracing technology to take our services to the next level.”

This exciting new partnership between Botkeeper and HLB speaks to HLB’s mission of helping HLB firms with their continued digital transformations and aligns perfectly with the network’s strategy of building future-proof organisation of leading advisory professionals.



“My favourite partnerships are with those organizations who share our vision and purpose, hence my excitement to announce Botkeeper’s partnership with HLB” said Enrico Palmerino, CEO at Botkeeper. “Botkeeper was built to empower accountants by automating tedious and repetitive processes, digitally transforming paper heavy accounting practices, and expanding the human potential of accountants by allowing them to be more strategic and thoughtful. Simply put, we want to help our partners ‘achieve a leaner, greener, keener vision,’ which is HLB’s core focus.

Botkeeper has built a first-of-its-kind model that alleviates firms of their accounting challenges and also connects their partners with businesses in need of support. Using a unique combination of machine learning, practice management tools, and skilled accountants, Botkeeper removes the barriers of accounting by automating the manual and labour-intensive work that is needed to deliver clean financial results. Botkeeper is furthering enabling the accounting profession by providing a new lead generation option to help facilitate the growth and prosperity of firms using their solution. This means Botkeeper wants to help firms by optimising efficiency and profitability to drive growth, lead generation, and revenue opportunities.





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Agility in face of challenging year leads HLB to 12% growth

18 March 2021

LONDON – HLB, the global network of independent advisory and accounting firms, has announced global revenues of $3.28 billion, a 12% growth increase from the previous year.

In its newly published Global Annual Review, 2020 saw HLB gather pace in its transformation into a future-proof organisation. Despite the challenging year, the network’s exceeded expectations and continued its progress to its 2023 vision, Shaping Our Shared Future. has been spearheaded by many factors, Including:

  • 23 acquisitions and 15 newly appointed firms
  • Continued focus on diversification into advisory services, leading to a 26% increase in advisory fee income
  • Particularly strong growth in Europe and North America, which saw a 33% growth in fee income
  • A 12% rise in overall headcount

 



Marco Donzelli, HLB Chief Executive Officer says: “2020 was an unprecedented year, which makes me even prouder of the agility and resilience our firms have shown during this time. Our continued adoption and investment in technology to change the way we work enabled us to respond rapidly to virtual working, while ensuring the business continuity of our clients. Technology also allowed us to prioritise and support the wellbeing of our people as they navigated the various challenges brought on by the pandemic. While we enter 2021 in a strong position, and in light of the global vaccine rollout, we’re cautiously optimistic about the future. Guided by our strategic vision, our focus remains the same and I am confident we will continue to move forward and achieve our 2023 objectives.”

HLB now ranks as a Top 11 network by global combined revenues and global headcount in the latest World Survey published by International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) for the year ended December 2020.





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HLB expands its reach in Ecuador

22 January 2021

QUITO – HLB’s expansion into Latin America continues, as it welcomes its newest member firm in Ecuador.

The firm, previously known as EW Group will now trade as HLB Ecuador jointly with the existing HLB member firm in the country, HLB Consultores Moran Cedillo, which was established 27 years ago and has offices in  Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca. EW Group is one of Quito’s leading professional services firms with expertise in audit, tax and financial advice, accounting and in legal and tax services. Established in 2014, the firm’s client base covers a variety of industries including airline, health, manufacturing, oil, gas & energy, and retail. The firm’s office is in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.



The firm is led by Managing Partner, Santiago Torres. Commenting on joining HLB, Santiago says: “For our firm it is an honour to be a member of such an important international network. Our professional experience and people will be our best assets as we approach this next exciting chapter. By joining HLB, we will improve and grow not only for our clients, but also our people.”

Marco Donzelli, CEO of HLB, comments: “We’re pleased to be welcoming EW Group and expanding our capabilities across this region. This forward-thinking firm will position HLB as a leading network in Ecuador and give domestic and international clients a competitive advantage.”

Working in close collaboration, our two member firms in the country will now provide the full range of services and geographical cover, creating a strong HLB Ecuador brand in the marketplace.





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Business leaders remain confident in a challenging year

14 January 2021

LONDON – Despite global economies reeling from the impact of COVID-19, business leaders are confident in their ability to generate growth in 2021, even as their expectations of global economic growth decline. This is one of the key findings from HLB’s Survey of Business Leaders – Achieving the Post-Pandemic Vision: Leaner, greener and keener which launched today. To gain insights into the concerns and priorities of business leaders in 2021, HLB surveyed 583 clients and other business leaders in C-suite positions across five continents.

While business leaders are worried about the implications of the pandemic, they believe that the pandemic will ultimately provide a unique opportunity to rebuild back better.

Commenting on the findings, Marco Donzelli, HLB’s Global CEO, says: “2020 was a year like no other. The contraction of global economies saw many organisations having to rethink their transformational plans and focus on survival. Yet within these exceptional times comes opportunity and we are already seeing signs of the next phase of growth. In addition, a mindset shift is happening across all businesses with social imperatives taking higher priority. The future is still uncertain, but we have found that the vision for the post-pandemic world is leaner, greener and keener.”

A crisis that made us think
As expected, the global pandemic is having an impact on the outlook for economic growth and although vaccines are now being rolled out, much uncertainty remains. 81% of leaders are worried about the implications of the pandemic and nearly 54% expect the rate of global growth to decline this year. However, others recognise that often disruption creates opportunity. This could explain why 42% of leaders plan to bring new products or services to the market and 76% are confident in their own ability to grow revenue over the next twelve months. While economic uncertainty remains a top concern for business leaders (over 77%), issues such as geopolitical uncertainty, regulatory change and social instability remain top concerns and will have an impact on the post-pandemic business climate.

From East to West, evolving strategies for recovery.
While business leaders in different regions and industries are united by the same preoccupations, they have different action plans for growth. The first to emerge from the worst of the pandemic, China’s business leaders are the least concerned about the impact of COVID-19 (67% vs 81% of their global peers). They are also least concerned about economic uncertainty (62% vs 77% of their global peers). This sense of being ahead of the recovery curve is also evident in the activities business leaders are focusing on in the next 12 months. The US and the UK business leaders share their top three priorities — improving efficiency, reducing costs, and building organic growth. Executives in China are also focused on operational efficiency; however, they are more intent on launching new products and services (53% vs 42%) and more likely than their peers to be seeking strategic partnerships (41% vs 27%) and collaborating with entrepreneurs (29% vs 21%).



Thank goodness for technology
Technology has played a crucial role in ensuring businesses not only survive but thrive through the pandemic. Investments in new digital technologies and capabilities, previously positioned further down on strategic roadmaps, have become a necessity to maintain operations, with 35% identifying this as an area of weakness to be addressed over the next 12 months. Not surprisingly, nearly 50% of leaders ranked ‘cloud computing’ as the most important technology for enabling future success. With increased cloud-based operations, cybersecurity becomes a higher priority. So we were surprised that less than half of the leaders we spoke with (47%) were concerned by potential cybersecurity issues, and even fewer (13%) identified digital security as an operational weakness.

Missing the human touch
Digital platforms have saved many businesses through the pandemic. However, they have also introduced new and different challenges. 84% agreed that it’s been difficult to foster the ‘human touch’ in these times of social distancing and remote working. The ability to collaborate (with colleagues and clients) is most missed, selected by over half of business leaders and over a third of respondents (37%) also acknowledge the difficulties of sparking creativity via digital means.

Diversity – a salient competitive driver
Diverse talent and their thinking bring the edge leaders increasingly seek to drive innovation and execute at speed. It is no wonder that 85% agree that building diversity in the board and workforce is increasingly important. In fact, 82% of business leaders are certain that a more diverse and inclusive workforce will ultimately improve their financial performance. In addition, 93% acknowledge that it is more important than ever to ensure equal support and opportunities for all their people.

New talent imperatives
The talent marketplace has also been impacted by the pandemic. Despite new opportunities to fill gaps with remote hiring, 47% of leaders still see ‘access to talent’ as a risk to their operations and over a quarter (26%) identify ‘talent acquisition’ as an area of weakness needing improvement. Yet businesses are still struggling to find the ‘right fit’ for their organisations, leading an increasing number of leaders (21%) to collaborate with entrepreneurs to fill in the gaps in skills and technical capabilities. More flexible working will undoubtedly continue, so employers are now turning their attention to creating a happier workforce. Staff physical and mental well-being is a top priority for 93% of employers, an especially reassuring figure, considering the emotional toll on workers in 2020. Having a strong employer brand, backed by internal organisational policies, promoting well-being, is just the first step towards wider transformation. The decisions businesses make today regarding larger societal trends will directly reflect on their brand at large, facilitating or hindering their ability to win over new consumer demographics, as well as recruit new talent. In fact, 91% of leaders believe that how they respond to events that impact society reflects on their brand and on how customers think of them.

Rebuilding back better
For many businesses, the ‘reset’ caused by COVID-19 is an opportunity to reflect on their business model considering new social imperatives. A large majority of leaders (91%) are confident in their ability to successfully steer the business in a new direction in response to the impact of COVID-19. To survive the disruption, most leaders are understandably focused on increasing resilience: 65% plan to further increase their operational efficiency and cost reduction is a priority for nearly half (48%). But, responding to events which impact on society and the planet is not only positive for brand and customer perception. In fact, 77% of business leaders see the recovery phrase as an opportunity to make changes to their business to profit in the low-carbon economy of the future. The decisions business leaders make every day, to adapt and survive will determine whether they will succeed or fail.

Momentum for the next cycle of growth
Last year we asked business leaders if they were ready for the execution challenge of the next decade. Already, structural changes in 2020 have accelerated the end of some sectors and the beginning of others. Early adopters are seeking out new differentiated growth opportunities in countries, segments and in sectors across the globe. Some have moved quickly to make the most of these opportunities which present themselves at points of disruption and change. Future winners will find that the pandemic has provided a helpful catalyst to adapt to new business models, embed digital and ensure a strong pipeline of diverse talent and ideas required to rebuild their businesses to be leaner, greener and keener.

About our research
Between September and November 2020, HLB has collected 583 survey responses from business leaders across 55 countries and a range of industry backgrounds. Responses were collected via an online survey tool or telephone interview. The research sample was selected and controlled via HLB firms with their CRM data. In addition to the quantitative data, six in-depth CEO interviews were conducted via video calls.

A copy of the full report can be found here

Note that not all figures in this report sum up to 100% as a result of rounding percentages, excluding neutral responses or when respondents could choose more than one answer. The base for all figures is 583 (all respondents) unless otherwise indicated.





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HLB launches Sustainability and CSR advisory services

7 December 2020

MALTA – As global organisations recognise the importance of sustainability and the benefits for growth, HLB launches its support for businesses through its sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) advisory services.

Part of HLB Malta, HLB Sustain CSR will enable the launch and development of this new service offering globally. Playing a pivotal role in HLB’s diversification plans, HLB Sustain CSR specialise in developing and embedding sustainability strategies for organisations to gain competitive advantage and resilience through compliance, business optimisation, business growth and managed business risk. Their expertise ensures global organisations create strategic sustainability roadmaps for success, especially in these uncertain times.



HLB Sustain CSR is led by Managing Director Manosij Ganguli, who will take on the role of Global Sustainability Leader for the network. Commenting on joining HLB, he says: “Together with the other Directors in the senior leadership team – Vijay L Narasimhan and Eddy Quah, we are delighted to join the HLB family and we look forward to working with all the HLB firms in providing these advisory services to clients globally.”

Marco Donzelli, HLB CEO says: “Not only is sustainability a key business imperative, but it’s been proven to help businesses not only sustain but evolve through uncertain economic times. That is why the launch of our new sustainability and CSR advisory services could not have come at a better time. Our collaborations with our clients will be deepened by the expertise that HLB Sustain CSR provides, as we work together to create a more sustainable future for us all.”    

The addition of HLB Sustain CSR moves HLB closer to the vision of achieving our Shaping our Shared Future objectives and becoming a future-proof organisation.





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HLB appoints Chief People Officer to drive network talent strategy

30 November 2020

LONDON – HLB, the global advisory and accounting network, has announced the hire of Marina Kooijmans, as the organisation’s global Chief People Officer (CPO).

Marina will lead the network’s people strategy towards HLB’s 2023 objectives and drive the HLB culture around the brand’s core values and organisational purpose. An important part of her role will also be the further development of HLB’s diversity & inclusion programme.



Global HLB CEO, Marco Donzelli, said: “Our people at are the heart of everything we do, and a key driver of our success. That is why I am thrilled to welcome Marina to HLB. Marina’s track record of success in talent strategies will be essential to our journey of creating a professional environment our people at all levels can thrive in.”

Marina added: “It is an honour to be HLB’s CPO at a time when our values-driven purpose is more important than ever. It is a moment of unprecedented challenges and opportunities to invest in the development of HLB’s people and help the organisation in shaping a shared future for our people and clients. Working together in an environment and culture where everyone feels safe, valued, respected and heard”.





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HLB expands its reach in the United States

2 November 2020

HOUSTON – HLB continues its growth in the United States, with the appointment of Briggs & Veselka Co., LLP as the newest member firm of HLB USA.

Briggs & Veselka Co. is a top 100 firm in the USA and is Houston’s largest independent accounting firm with expertise in audit, advisory, tax planning, and compliance as well as forensic, valuation, and litigation support. The firm also brings its two subsidiaries: Pathway Forensics, which provides digital forensics and cybersecurity services, and B&V Capital Advisors, which works with entrepreneurs in selling their businesses or making strategic purchases of new product lines or other companies.

Founded in 1973, their expertise covers a variety of industries, including agriculture, construction, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, hospitality, maritime, manufacturing, real estate, restaurants and retail, and non-profit. The firm’s main office is in Houston, with four other locations throughout Texas.



Lisa Benson, Chief Regional Officer for Western Markets commented: “Briggs and Veselka is an ideal addition to HLB. Their focus on growth and international clients has already provided referrals within the network and collaboration opportunities with other firms.”

The addition of Briggs & Veselka continues our transformation and moves us closer to achieving our Shaping our Shared Future objectives.





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HLB expands its global reach and welcomes HLB Scope Kazakhstan

28 October 2020

NUR-SULTAN – HLB expands its global reach as it welcomes HLB Scope Kazakhstan as its newest firm in Kazakhstan.

HLB Scope Kazakhstan was established in 2012 and is a leading professional services firm with expertise in accounting, advisory, financial consulting and legal services. The firm’s client base covers a variety of industries including oil and gas, construction, medical, logistics and investment funds. The firm’s main office is in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, with an additional office located in Almaty.



HLB Scope Kazakhstan is led by Managing Partner, Saltanat Tazhibaeva. Commenting on joining HLB, she says: “I am proud to be joining HLB and look forward to working with my colleagues around the globe. Being part of this award-winning and dynamic organisation is important for us as we continue to deliver quality services. We are very excited about the opportunities this collaboration affords our clients.”

Marco Donzelli, CEO commented: “We are pleased to welcome HLB Scope Kazakhstan. Their expertise, particularly within the energy and not-for-profit industries, is crucial within the Central Asia region and I am confident they will be of great service to clients not only within this region, but globally.”

HLB Scope Kazakhstan will work in collaboration with our existing firm to strengthen the service offering of HLB in Kazakhstan. This addition continues HLB’s transformation and moves us ever closer to achieving our Shaping our Shared Future objectives.





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HLB expands its reach in Luxembourg

21 October 2020

BELVAUX – HLB expands its global reach as it welcomes Aumea Partner as its newest member in Luxembourg.

Founded in 2013, Aumea Partner is a professional services firm with expertise in Audit and Assurance services. With an office based in Belvaux, Luxembourg, the firm provides mainly external and internal audit services, compliance, regulatory and advisory services.



Managing Partner Michele Perez says: “HLB maintains a constant awareness of trends and opportunities, highlighting national, international and global expertise. Joining HLB constitutes a major milestone in the development of our services and in the deepening of our relationships. We are very happy to join HLB, and we look forward to the new synergies this will create.

With the addition of Aumea Partner, HLB is continuing our transformation and moving closer to achieving our Shaping our Shared Future objectives.





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HLB volunteers 7,393 hours to aid local communities in their COVID-19 recovery

19 October 2020

LONDON – On Friday 9 October, HLB came together to support COVID-19 recovery in local communities for #HLBCommunities Day.

The network’s global Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, #HLBCommunities Day, saw HLB collectively volunteer 7,393 hours through 1,111 participants across 31 community projects.



This year’s #HLBCommunities Day saw diverse initiatives take place across the world, all with the common theme of helping local communities deal with the impact of COVID-19. Firms took part in projects including donating PPE equipment to healthcare charities; collating food and clothes donations for local food banks; donating time and resources to medial centres through to fundraising challenges.

Marco Donzelli, HLB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “In these unprecedented times, our communities need us now more than ever. Which is why despite the various lockdown measures and safety precautions that needed to be followed, it was wonderful to see so many projects taking place. That is because for HLB, giving back is deeply embedded within our culture, and days like #HLBCommunities Day remind us of that. It’s our chance to share in the impact we create as a global organisation.”





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HLB expands its global reach and welcomes HLB Surlatina Chile

15 October 2020

SANTIAGO – HLB expands its global reach as it welcomes HLB Surlatina Chile as its newest firm in Chile.

The firm – established in 1971 and previously Grant Thornton Chile – is one of the country’s leading professional services firms with expertise in audit, tax, outsourcing, IT & process consulting, as well as legal services. HLB Surlatina Chile’s client base covers a variety of industries including financial, retail, manufacturing, construction, agribusiness, technology, as well as the health, education, and public sectors. The firm’s main office is in Santiago, the capital of Chile, with a second office in the city of Concepción.



HLB Surlatina Chile is led by Managing Partner, Jaime Goñi. Commenting on joining HLB, he says: “This union will give us greater flexibility, speed, freedom and a vision of the future that will translate into greater national coverage of offices, and at the same time the entry of new partners.”

Marco Donzelli, CEO commented: “We are pleased to welcome HLB Surlatina Chile. Their reputation of providing personalised attention to clients and their wide range of capabilities is unique in Chile and is fully aligned with the strong profile HLB has built in the Latin America region.”

The addition of HLB Surlatina Chile continues our transformation and moves us closer to achieving our Shaping our Shared Future objectives.





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