Global advisory and accounting network HLB takes on crucial role as Official Supervisor of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards

The award-winning network is tasked to guarantee that the Awards’ values of credibility, fairness, and transparency is maintained during the judging process throughout the series

  • HLB to further solidify the Awards’ unmatched reputation of recognising the valuable contributions of the ‘Gold Standard’ bearers in real estate
  • Strong partnership will extend the programme’s reach to the international stage, with HLB’s expanding network
  • 17-year-old Asia Property Awards series hosted a series of exclusive physical, virtual, and hybrid galas in 2022

BANGKOK, Thailand — 16 November 2022

For the second year in a row, PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, the most exclusive and prestigious real estate awards programme in the region, is grateful to have the support and expertise of HLB, the award-winning network of independent advisory and accounting firms in the globe, as the Official Supervisor throughout the year-long series.

The auditing firm’s presence in several countries, armed with local industry experts, has helped boost the presence of the 17-year-old awards programme, as well as strengthen its reputation of setting the ‘Gold Standard’ in real estate across the Asia region.

Jules Kay, general manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards & Events, said: “We are delighted to, once again, welcome HLB as the Official Supervisor of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. Their global network of industry experts will help solidify the credibility, fairness, and transparency of the programme and will aid in shining a spotlight on the best of the best in the region.”

Coco Ke Liu, chief regional officer in Asia Pacific & head of global business channels at HLB, said: “This is the second year of HLB’s strategic partnership with PropertyGuru as the official supervisor of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards.

Real Estate is one of HLB’s key sectors. We add value to our clients through professional services globally, and we contribute thought leadership with our sector expertise. The real estate sector is like a mirror to reflect how the world is opening up, gaining confidence, and exploring future growth.”

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.

In 2022, the auditing firm won the Network of the Year 2022 accolade at the International Accounting Bulletin Annual Awards in London, which recognises respected brands that consistently deliver high-quality professional services.

In the past five decades, HLB’s network — driven by their innovative, forward-thinking business approach — has been steadfast in their goal of creating value and maximising opportunities for clients in an array of industries, including real estate and construction, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail, among others.

“HLB shares the same vision of working with valuable partners like PropertyGuru for long-term collaboration in our shared business ecosystem, for long-term growth in the real estate sector. HLB is grateful to continue our role as the official supervisor of the region’s most exclusive and prestigious real estate awards,” Liu added.

Paul Ashburn, Co-Managing Partner at HLB Thailand (left); Coco Ke Liu, Chief Regional Officer, Asia Pacific & Head of Global Business Channels (centre); Jules Kay, General Manager, Asia Property Awars & Events (right)

As the Official Supervisor of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, a representative from the local HLB office will monitor all stages of the judging process to guarantee that all documents and all parties involved comply with the stringent 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 14 markets in 12 countries covered by the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards 2022 series, including Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Japan and Australia, as well the Grand Final in December when country winners from the aforementioned markets will gather to compete for regional accolades.

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.

The programme presented a total of 393 awards to the finest developers across the region as the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards hosted its online gala series for the second year running, along with small gatherings in select markets. The programme was viewed more than 437,000 times, reaching property seekers and investors from all over the globe.

This year, the exciting awards gala series will return in different formats, from exclusive physical gala presentations, to exciting virtual awards ceremonies premiering on and the official channels, to innovative hybrid programmes. The highlights will air on the History & Lifetime channels of the A+E Networks, the Official Channel Partner of the Awards, reaching more global audiences.

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