Effectively managing the administrative and statutory compliance responsibilities for your organisation is more than a box ticking exercise. You need a corporate and investor services organisation with the scale to master complex regulations across diverse jurisdictions. IQ-EQ Corporate Secretarial and Governance services provides an integrated and tailored corporate services solution across our international network of offices. To meet the challenges of operating in different jurisdictions and on capital markets for your company.
Our services include;
Company formation and implementation
We have highly responsive teams operating across our global network, with the expertise to understand your particular business requirements and your chosen jurisdiction who can offer the right support, quickly.
Board and AGM meeting support
Our global team of chartered company secretaries and administrators takes care of all statutory submissions in an effective and timely manner. The team arranges and minutes board, committee and shareholder meetings; prepares and distributes of Board and/or Committee packs; meeting attendance, providing advice and guidance and recording minutes and circulation of minutes and clear action points following each meeting and follow up. We also provide registered office and safe custody services; and act as a processing agent.
Financial accounting, reporting and consolidation of accounts
We offer support in bookkeeping, the preparation of annual and periodic management accounts, and the preparation, completion and submission of VAT and tax returns.
Regulatory and tax compliance
We have international tax services professionals with extensive experience on cross-border transactions and business operations, in various countries.
Outsourced business solutions
We provide a 360-degree solution to support your business including HR, payroll, offices and financial administration.
We also provide specialist services in the leading international jurisdictions of Hong Kong, Singapore, UK and USA.
In addition to supporting compliance with listing rules and regulatory announcements. We offer additional FCA services;
Direct FCA Applications
Should you want to become directly authorised by the FCA, or become independent after being an Appointed Representative, we can help you with the registration process.
The direct authorisation process is quite lengthy and complex, and can take up to 6-10 months, while the risk of submitting incomplete applications contributes to further delays. In order to become authorised, a firm must have appropriate policies, structures and processes in place.
Variation of Permissions (VoPs)
An FCA regulated firm which wants to change the scope of the business or add another regulated activity, has to apply for Variation of Permission (VoP). Any failing to report change or extension of activities is considered a breach of the FCA rules and may result in enforcement action by the FCA.
A typical direct application process for a VoP can take between 6-8 months. Incomplete applications or registrations can also pose a significant compliance risk, which often cause severe delays of the launch of new regulated businesses.
Our dedicated team of experts focuses on high quality and efficient turnaround of documents. From our experience, a comprehensive and well prepared application significantly speeds up the FCA approval process and, therefore, allows quicker time to market for the regulated entity.
We are able to assist in the US with FINRA, SEC and CFTC registrations.
Hong Kong Applications
We are able to assist with SFC applications.
We are able to assist with MAS licence applications for fund managers and financial advisers.