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About Us

Overview

Founded in 2019 by Mr. Imran Assan and Mr. Samuel Chen, ASCENT is an Independent Global Fund Administrator dedicated to providing customized solutions to a wide range of asset managers, capital markets, family offices, investors private clients. Our fund services product offering specializes in Hedge Funds, Unit Trust Funds, Fund of Funds, Singapore Variable Capital Company (VCC), Private Equity, Managed Accounts, and Crypto Funds. Services that ASCENT provides include but are not limited to FATCA reporting, CRS reporting, US tax reporting, Middle office, Directorship, Corporate Secretarial, Corporate Accounting and Audit, Formation of Trust, and FX Solution.

OUR FOCUS AND VISION

Focus

Fund Administration is our core business and the foundation of our firm. ASCENT maintains dedicated well-trained staff with a local presence, unrivaled knowledge, and experience. Our staff understands service level responsibilities and is committed to meeting client expectations and deadlines. We focus on building and maintaining the integrity of our relationships.

Vision

We are an Independent Global Fund Administrator with a solutions-driven culture, providing strategic outsourcing capabilities through a unique blend of services delivered through our global footprint. We are a strategic business partner committed to the highest standards of service to our clients and their investors.

Our Leadership Team

MR. IMRAN ASSAN

Co-Founder

Imran has over 15 years of experience in auditing and accounting, having trained and qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with a Top 20 firm in London. He is actively involved in MGI Worldwide, an International network of accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting firms, serving as the area Leader for Asia and also serving as a member of MGI’s Executive Committee.

He brings extensive experience in liquidation, restructuring, forensic accounting and continues to advise international investors on efficient business structures for inward investment into Singapore. He also advises International Funds and local Fund Management Companies on various matters, including obtaining tax registration in Singapore so as to avail the tax exemptions for Investment Companies.

MR. SAMUEL CHEN

Co-Founder and Director

Samuel is an experienced financial service professional with over 10 years of experience in the alternative investment space across operations, asset management, and business development.

He is a Co-Founder and Board Of Director of ASCENT. Before founding ASCENT, Samuel held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Ensemble Capital Private Limited. Before Ensemble Capital Private Limited, he was Regional Head of Client Integration of Deutsche Bank, Singapore. Samuel has gained a wealth of experience from other companies like Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, and Citco Fund Services. He graduated from the University of Oxford Brookes with a degree in Accounting.

MR. KAUSHAL MANDALIA

Group Chief Operating Officer

Kaushal is a dynamic leader with over 10 years of extensive fund accounting experience. Prior to joining ASCENT, Kaushal held the position of Head of Operations at Apex Group Limited. He managed operations and client relations of sovereign funds in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South East Asia’s emerging markets during his tenure in Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas.

He has amassed a wealth of experience in overseeing large team development, end to end operations, and implementation of traditional and alternative funds from various jurisdictions globally. He graduated from the University of Oxford Brookes with a degree in Accounting.

WHY ASCENT

Client and Investment Driven

By focusing on proprietary solutions for core systems, we are best positioned to keep up with the dynamic nature of the alternative investment industry. We believe that we have been an innovator in the alternative investment space, and we continue to look for key differentiators to set us apart and help our clients and our partners succeed in their businesses. Our foundation is built for all operational, regulatory, and compliance aspects of the business. In ASCENT, we believe in reaching our valued partners and building personal relationships through local offices, operationally located alongside clients situated worldwide. ASCENT is sincerely committed to providing exceptional and cost-effective services with the industry’s highest level of expertise.

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