Meet Arnoul d’ARSCHOT, Project Manager at ALTIOS

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Established in 1991, ALTIOS International is a leading firm focused on global expansion and cross-border investment services for SMEs and middle-market companies. Today, Altios owns 32 offices in 22 countries gathering more than 800 employees and is present across more than 80 countries. Since 1991, more than 5,000 companies have turned to Altios for assistance in their most complex strategies for international development, and we have conducted more than 10,500 successful projects.

We offer a wide range of services aimed at helping you set up, expand, and invest all over the world. Examples include market assessments, partner identification, subsidiary set up, recruitment, and facilitating cross-border investments.

The Singapore office of ALTIOS was established 7 years ago, and we’re always happy to connect!

What’s your role all about?

As Project Manager, I lead the Business Advisory and Development team in devising go-to-market strategic solutions that drive business growth, enhance operations, and accelerate expansion into Southeast Asian markets for multinational clients across different industries.

A lot of my job involves project management, as I need to plan projects, manage resources, and execute them to the satisfaction of our clients. Thankfully, the collaborative nature of my role means that I have the support of my reliable team.

My job also involves a lot of interaction with clients and relationship management – whether it’s presenting derived insights or business intelligence to C-suite level executives or discussing opportunities for collaboration with existing and potential partners, I always want to make sure that I’m able to provide maximum value.

What’s the hot topic in your sector right now?

Over the past year or so, we’ve served many foreign clients interested in getting involved with the local fintech scene. This is unsurprising given Southeast Asia’s emergence as a fintech hotspot in recent years; the establishment of some of the world’s most advanced fintech markets in Asia has created many opportunities for businesses and consumers.

Additionally, recent developments in the local fintech scene, such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) issuing of digital full bank licenses to the Grab-Singtel consortium and tech giant Sea, is a signifier of the liberalisation of the financial industry in Singapore and demonstrates how new players will take advantage of opportunities.

Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted traditional banking services, and that more and more people and businesses are going online, adopting fintech has become crucial to maintaining Singapore’s reputation as one of the world’s top financial centres. Thus, we foresee many more regional fintech investments in the years to come.

Why are you a member of AustCham in Singapore?

As I said, a large part of my job is developing and maintaining relationships with the business community here in Singapore, and AustCham is a great platform to do that. AustCham allows us to meet business with similar values and interests as ALTIOS, and that is invaluable to forming productive, long lasting, partnerships.

Where are your favourite places to go to relax in Singapore?

I really enjoy spending time outdoors with my friends. Some of my favourite spots are my condo’s pool / tennis, Tanjong Beach Club or MacRitchie Reservoir for a hike. There is nothing like sitting in the sun by the pool with a cold drink and in Singapore, we can do that all year long!

What are your predictions for the next 12 months?

It’s difficult to make predictions in such an uncertain time, but I hope that most residents of Singapore will be vaccinated, and that we’ll be able to resume travelling again. It would be nice to take advantage of the strategic location of Singapore to be able to visit some of our partners, clients, and friends across APAC.

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