On the cutting edge of modern finance TEXT: UNITED | PHOTOS: PEXELS
Looking for cross-border financial services with a personal touch and a hightech twist? Meet United, ten years young but packing a wealth of expertise, plus a passion to keep its clients – multinationals, investment industry players and wealthy individuals – successful and, above all, compliant. United is an independent service provider with nine offices worldwide, two of which are in the Benelux. To find out more, let’s hear from directors Marius de Groot (Netherlands) and Gérard Matheis (Luxembourg). The company was founded in 2009 by a group of financial industry veterans (including Matheis) with years of experience working for large multinational banks. Their drive was — and is — to 20 | Issue 74 | February 2020
provide truly personal service, and they are still the backbone of United. By now, United’s workforce has grown to some 150 legal, financial and IT experts.
can choose to outsource more or less to us over time, our services always blend seamlessly with their processes.”
The name United was chosen for a reason, Matheis explains. “It reflects our strong team spirit and the essence of what we do: unite disciplines, connect networks and cross borders to create the best solutions for our clients. Our people worldwide, management included, work closely together to give our clients the benefit of every office’s particular strengths.” But teamwork doesn’t stop there, De Groot observes. “Our experts are an extension of our client’s team, working side by side with them to help their business thrive.”
Asked what they mean by “truly personal”, de Groot replies: “Our people start from day one with their own client portfolio. Their mission: to get to know their clients and their needs, to become partners rather than just service providers, shouldering the responsibility that implies.” Matheis nods, adding: “Corporates and fund initiators like us because of our ‘boutique’ offering. We can create a custom service package for them, including only the services they want. Because they