Are You Struggling to Sort Out Your Existing Pension Plans Because..
You are too busy and don’t understand them.
The existing arrangement is with a company who are difficult to call or get information from which is easy to understand and the statements they send out are confusing.
Many of our clients think that because they have an existing pension or saving arrangement with a ‘big company’ it is being managed and looked after.
Meet The Team
Your Partners in Prosperity
Our clients are typically expatriates who need complex, personalised advice and access to an international range of financial products, to take advantage of their offshore status. Many of our clients may have unique questions with regard to their circumstances, where normally it is hard to get advice. This could, for example, be a situation where a client has a spouse of a different nationality, they possess assets in multiple jurisdictions and would need an internationally applicable investment strategy to preserve and grow their capital.
We are not tied to anybody and work with various providers to make sure we have a suitable range of products that fits individual needs. We cooperate with both large multinational and boutique firms and we do a thorough due diligence on each provider, to make sure it is geared to living up to our and our clients’ expectations.
James has worked as a financial adviser since 1989 and brings experience and detailed knowledge of the financial services industry to Astra. James believes that listening to clients and trying to understand their needs and aspirations, is the key to helping them achieve their financial goals and dreams. During this time, like most industries, financial services has and continues to undergo radical changes. James spends time attending forums and discussions, to make sure Astra is best placed to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our global clients.
Asia Managing Director
Martin has been providing offshore financial advice since 2003 in the Middle East and across Europe and now helps and supports clients across the globe. He has obtained qualifications through the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. His extensive experience has enabled him to assist his clients in all aspects of financial planning. He is well-versed in providing bespoke financial and investment advice to senior, high net worth individuals in multi-national organisations. Martin is committed to developing the business by striving for excellence in every aspect of the client experience.
Europe Managing Director
Adam has been in financial services, starting in 1999 with the West Bromwich Building Society, where he studied for and gained his Financial Planning certificates. He has also worked as an adviser for the Royal Bank of Scotland and then co-owned the company Astute Finance, before joining Star Capital Finance in 2009. Adam is now a Partner in Astra Financial Services and is helping drive the business forward in Europe and beyond.
Europe Managing Director
Adel is a conscientious and result-oriented Wealth Management Consultant with over 20 years of experience and has a sizable clientele in Hungary and Eastern Europe specializing in the areas of advisory management, risk assessment, and tolerance valuation based on client needs and provision of complex financial planning services for high net-worth and affluent clients.
She's also active in helping her clients benefit from long- or short-term investments and create a big impact on their portfolios taking into consideration the different risks and current financial situations her clients are in.
She is an associate of the CISI (Chartered Institute For Securities and Investments) in International Wealth Management and a member of the FEIFA (Federation of European Independent Financial Advisers.
Regional Director - Europe
For the past 12 years, Andrea has been delivering great value to clients as a highly qualified financial advisor, helping them plan ahead for their short-term needs and long-term goals. She is an enthusiastic, client-focused financial advisor, a well-organized individual, able to keep multiple priorities in mind while aiming for the best outcome for her clients. With her strong attention to detail, she is able to recognize small financial inaccuracies & communicating clearly with the client about possible changes to their accounts. Andrea is absolutely dedicated to the financial well-being of those she works with, and closely monitors financial market trends in order to quickly inform clients and modify accounts when necessary.
Jason has been working in the financial sector since 2002 and been providing offshore financial advise and support since 2008.
He has a wealth of experience in building investment portfolios for his clients and offering continued support so they can achieve individual financial goals.
He has worked in the CEE region for the last 9 years where he has built a solid foundation of clients across the region.
Country Manager - Europe
Denis joined Astra in the Philippines in 2017 where he was responsible for extending business in South-East Asia. In 2020 he opened an office in Moscow, Russia and concentrated on business in Europe.
Denis has been in financial industry since 2007 and got deep knowledge in financial services and banking products for private clients. He had worked as Head of Department in the Largest Russian Banks and got an expertise in wealth management, asset allocation and portfolio management.
Denis is always able to get the best solution for our clients based on their needs, demands and dreams about future
Tomas Marnix Koolhaas was born and raised in The Netherlands where he went to school as well. During his university studies he gained international experience in China, Switzerland and Spain.
His first job was whilst still at school developing fundraising programs for charitable organizations. After that he started working for a consultancy firm specialized in corporate governance within institutional financing.
For the past twenty years he has been involved in different advisory roles across Europe. In 2013 he made the switch to wealth management due to his desire to focus on helping private individuals. As a financial adviser he works with people from all walks of life and is highly respected by his clients.
Financial & Investment Planner
Stuart is active in helping professionals and families achieve their financial goals through fiduciary financial planning obligated to always act in the best interest of his clients, and practice full disclosure.
Working with Stuart has allowed his clients to organize their finances and make better decisions reducing financial stress and protecting what’s important for their families. He commits to giving his clients only the most comprehensive plans and advice to help them achieve their goals, build wealth, reclaim valuable time for family and friends and to live life to the fullest.
Stuart’s expertise include life and medical insurance planning, retirement and education fee planning, investments & savings.
Don is an experienced trader with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Investment Management, Strategic Planning, Market Research. Strong finance professional graduated from Ateneo Graduate School of Business and an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Marc Gulle has a decade of experience as a financial planner providing independent advice to clients globally. He aims to provide people with solutions that will help them achieve financial freedom. He is also active as an advocate promoting financial literacy and a resource speaker to various organizations and universities in the Philippines.
Marc is a graduate of BSBA in Financial Management at the University of Santo Tomas and was awarded Best in Investment Research. He holds international qualifications and is an affiliate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He also serves as the Corporate Secretary of the Finance Educators Association of the Philippines.
International Wealth Manager - Asia & Middle East
Conrado is based in our Manila office in the Philippines. In his past career, he played a vital role as a Client Relationship Officer in a well-known landscape company in Dubai. At present, he holds the position of the Administration Manager, working closely with consultants, clients and life companies, ensuring the business accomplishes its goals on a daily basis. Conrado not only runs the office in Asia but also works closely with consultants in Europe and the admin staff in Europe to ensure the smooth running of the business.
Milex is an experienced professional in corporate communications, advertising, research and marketing and has been exposed in different industries including logistics and transportation, hotel and recreation, and health and insurance.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Currently based in the Philippines, she is handling all marketing services for both Astra Asia Ltd. and Astra Financial Services.
Valerie is an Administrative Assistant in Astraasia Ltd. Philippines office. A highly approachable individual who has a pleasant attitude and a willingness to make a positive mark. She is determined and with an extensive experience in supporting mid and senior-level managers by providing them with consistent clerical support.
Valerie holds a degree of B.S. in Industrial Technology from Rizal Technological University of Manila.
Administrative Assistant - Europe
IT & Technical Support
John has extensive trading experience in a variety of markets, including the Philippine Stock Exchange, forex, and commodity market. He began studying financial markets in 2016 and has since expanded his knowledge. He specializes in chart technical analysis.
John graduated as Magna Cum Laude with a degree in BSBA Major in Financial Management from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is a member of the Investment team and helps with investment services for both Astra Asia Ltd. and Astra Financial Services.
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