GLAS Strengthens Asian Presence Through Partnership With Watiga, the Corporate, Trust & Funds Services Provider

March 07, 2024 14:35 Korea Standard Time

SINGAPORE--(Business Wire / Korea Newswire)--Global Loan Agency Services Limited (“GLAS”) is delighted to announce it has signed an agreement for Watiga Trust and Watiga Asia (collectively, “Watiga”) to join the GLAS network.

The transaction, subject to regulatory approval in Singapore, will significantly enhance the capabilities of GLAS in the APAC region.

Watiga’s particular expertise in alternative assets and cross-border investments in Southeast Asia will be a valuable addition alongside GLAS’s market-leading offering in loan agency, capital markets, and restructuring.


Watiga Trust is a Licensed Trust Company, regulated by MAS, and Approved Trustee for Collective Investment Schemes. Offering a range of tailored trust, fiduciary and custodian services, Watiga Trust is a member of the Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance, the Singapore Trustees Association, Singapore Venture and Private Capital Association, and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association. Watiga Asia offers a full suite of fund, loan and company administration services and is a member of the Singapore Fund Administrators Association.


GLAS has served the Asian market for several years, including roles in recent high-profile debt restructurings in China such as Evergrande and Sunac.

Watiga’s platform will allow GLAS to offer a broader suite of services, including those regulated by MAS, through an established team in Singapore. Additional investment will be made to expand the team’s local capabilities and ensure consistent client delivery globally, with GLAS’s existing APAC offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane providing additional operational support to Watiga.

GLAS Founders, Mia Drennan and Brian Carne, said:

“We are delighted to partner with Watiga as a highly respected, long-established business serving the Asian market. The shared ethos, client commitment and premium service delivery has been evident through our discussions, and the complementarity of service offerings will immediately add value for our combined client base.”

Watiga Founder and Managing Director, Matt Richards, commented:

“Watiga and GLAS operate with common values of excellence in client service and have deep industry expertise in their respective areas. The merger will allow us to best serve our combined client base and give our team opportunities for further professional growth. The transaction is a natural step for the business Kuan Lim and I founded in 2012 and ensures continuity for our clients. I look forward to continuing to lead the business with additional support and investment from GLAS.”

About GLAS

GLAS was established in 2011 and is the premier independent, non-creditor, conflict-free provider of loan administration and indenture trustee services. GLAS, which services more than US$360bn of assets under administration, is headquartered in London and has operations in the US, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. By integrating with Watiga, GLAS strengthens its position in Asia, with a team of over 30 experienced professionals in Singapore and a strong foundation for further investment and growth.

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Global Loan Agency Services Limited
Nicholas Farley
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