Global advisory and accounting network HLB returns as Official Supervisor of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards

The accomplished network is charged with maintaining the Awards’ values of credibility, fairness, and transparency throughout the year’s judging process

  •  HLB to strengthen the programme’s unparalleled reputation for acknowledging the significant contributions of real estate ‘Gold Standard’ leaders 
  • The formidable partnership will expand the programme’s influence onto the international stage, leveraging HLB’s growing network
  • 18-year-old Asia Property Awards series resumes its in-person events across 13 markets, encompassing regions like Australia, China, and India 

BANGKOK — 31 August 2023  

Entering its third consecutive year, the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, the region’s preeminent and highly esteemed real estate awards initiative, is once again privileged to be joined by HLB. This globally acclaimed network of independent advisory and accounting firms will serve as the year-long Official Supervisor, contributing its expertise and support to the program. 

With a widespread presence across various countries and a team of local industry experts, the auditing firm has significantly elevated the profile of the 18-year-old awards programme. This collaboration has further reinforced the programme’s standing as the benchmark for excellence in real estate throughout the Asian region. 

Jules Kay, general manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards & Events, said: “We are pleased to announce the renewed participation of HLB as the Official Supervisor of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. Leveraging their extensive worldwide network of industry professionals, they will play a crucial role in enhancing the Awards programme’s credibility, impartiality, and transparency. Their involvement will also contribute to highlighting the most exceptional developers in the region.” 

Coco Ke Liu, chief regional officer in Asia Pacific & head of global business channels at HLB, said: “This is the third year of HLB’s role as official supervisor of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. This is a testament to the strength of our strategic partnership. HLB prides itself in leveraging global connections and resources to help our partners prosper in the business ecosystem.” 

Established in 1969, HLB has been extending its services to clients worldwide through its network of member firms spanning 159 countries. With an impressive roster of 32,839 partners and staff spread across 968 offices globally, HLB offers a comprehensive suite of services. These encompass an array of domains including management consulting, financial and legal advisory, technology solutions, risk assessment, global accounting and compliance support, sustainability auditing and reporting, private client services, and beyond. 

In 2022, the auditing firm achieved a remarkable feat by securing the Network of the Year 2022 award at the prestigious International Accounting Bulletin Annual Awards held in London. This esteemed accolade celebrates esteemed brands that consistently excel in delivering top-tier professional services of the highest quality. 

Over the course of the last five decades, HLB’s network, fuelled by its progressive and visionary business strategy, has remained unwavering in its pursuit of generating value and optimising opportunities for clients across diverse sectors. These encompass industries such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail, real estate and construction, among others. 

“The real estate industry is evolving in many ways. Over the years, there have been numerous technological advances and sustainable practices reshaping the sector. Our collaboration with PropertyGuru and years of practical experience allow us to quickly identify the challenges facing the market and recommend appropriate value-added strategies to keep our clients moving forward towards long-term prosperity,” Liu added. 

In their capacity as the Official Supervisor of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, a designated representative from the local HLB office will meticulously oversee every facet of the judging process. Their role is to ensure rigorous adherence to stringent standards, encompassing tasks ranging from scrutinising completed entry forms, actively participating in judges’ meetings, engaging in virtual or physical site inspections, to ultimately endorsing the final outcomes. 

HLB’s supervisory role covers all 13 markets in 11 countries featured in the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards 2023 series. These include Australia, Cambodia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan (Greater Niseko), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This role also extends to the Grand Final in December, where country winners from these markets will compete for regional accolades. 

Initiated in 2005, the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards has gained an unrivalled standing for its credibility, fairness, and transparency. It boasts an autonomous panel of judges in each market, consisting of industry experts and prominent figures. The programme conducts numerous annual gala events in various formats – physical, virtual, or hybrid – drawing the attendance of numerous C-level executives, notable industry personalities, and prospective property seekers from across the region. 

In 2022, the programme celebrated its annual gala series by bestowing a grand total of 498 awards upon exceptional developers throughout the region. As the current year unfolds, this captivating awards initiative continues its tradition of hosting prestigious in-person events, now complemented by live streaming on and the official channels. In the preceding year, the awards garnered an impressive viewership of over 950,000 instances, connecting with property seekers and investors from across the world.  

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