Arton Capital is part of the Arton Group, launched in 2006 in Canada, which specialises in international banking, financial advisory and investment consulting companies.
The company currently has a presence in over 15 countries and opened an office on the Caribbean island of Grenada in January last year.
Located in Singapore’s new business and financial district of Marina Bay, Arton said the new office is in Asia Square’s Tower 1 close to the headquarters of Julius Baer, Bank Sarasin and Lloyd’s of London.
The new operations will be headed by Philippe May –a “seasoned veteran” from the banking and insurance sectors, said the firm.
“We are thrilled to be on the ground and to have a real connection with the region’s culture and people to better serve our clients. What Dubai is for the Mena region, Singapore is for Asia, so it was only a matter of finding the right time to come,” said chief executive John Hanafin, who joined as company head in January.
“Philippe’s tremendous experience in the financial industry, coupled with unprecedented client services approach will be extremely valuable in bringing Arton’s brand, value and services to the region,” added Hanafin.
In May last year, Arton Capital launched its flagship Passport Index – an online tool ranking the benefits of each passport. In this year’s list, Singapore’s passport was named as the second most powerful non-European passport in the world, with Germany coming out on top.