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Equiom expands in the UAE with the acquisition of HOLT consultancy

20 Dec 2018

Equiom press release

20 December 2018

Equiom expands in the UAE with the acquisition of HOLT consultancy

Equiom, the international professional services provider is pleased to announce the acquisition of HOLT consultancy, an award winning professional compliance and risk management service provider based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).  HOLT consultancy is Equiom’s second acquisition in the UAE, following the partnership formed with the Links Group in September 2016, and further widens Equiom’s offering and reach in the region.  
HOLT consultancy was established in 2012 and represents Equiom’s first venture into the professional compliance and risk management services sector.  Led by Chief Executive Officer Ben Holt, the team at HOLT consultancy consists of experts in compliance and risk management who help both regulated and non-regulated firms set up and operate in or from the DIFC.  They also perform the mandatory Compliance Officer and MLRO functions for such firms on an outsourcing basis.
Equiom’s Global CEO Sheila Dean commented: ‘With the ever increasing importance of compliance within businesses today, the acquisition of this niche firm is a much welcomed addition to Equiom.  With the capabilities and expertise that the team at HOLT consultancy brings in risk management and compliance services, we will be able to provide a more complete offering to businesses in the region and ultimately serve our clients better.’
Ben Holt, CEO of HOLT consultancy added: ‘We have always been focused on developing our client’s business capability through premier quality and expert execution by focussing on their needs and providing business solutions.  By joining Equiom we will enjoy new opportunities for the growth of our business, as well as the ability to tap into a global network of expertise in a variety of new service areas which will ultimately benefit our clients.  We are really excited to be joining the Equiom family and look forward to strengthening our position in the UAE and continuing our expansion across the region in the future.’
HOLT consultancy will operate as HOLT consultancy, an Equiom company before being fully integrated as Equiom in late 2019.  An additional 11 staff members will join the Equiom Group.
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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 (Guernsey) Limited and Equiom Trust (Guernsey) Limited are licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited is licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority. Equiom (Jersey) Limited is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Equiom (Luxembourg) S.A is supervised by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), the supervisory authority of the Luxembourg financial sector.  Equiom (Malta) Limited is authorised to act as a trustee and fiduciary services provider by the Malta Financial Services Authority. Equiom Trust Services Pte. Ltd. is licensed by The Monetary Authority of Singapore. Equiom Trust Services (BVI) Limited is regulated by the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission. Equiom S.A.M. is authorised to act as a trustee and fiduciary services provider by the Ministry of Finance in Monaco. Equiom Trust (South Dakota), LLC (ETSD) is licensed in Guernsey by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and in South Dakota by the South Dakota Division of Banking.

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.