TAILORED & PERSONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

Astra are a company not tied down to a restricted selection of products, our hand picked services are of our own choice to really provide the best services for our clients.

A SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON

From investments to insurance, Astraasia has extensive expertise in providing independent financial planning for clients from all walks of life. Our team is focused on providing a personalised service that is designed to meet the requirements of our most sophisticated clients while being affordable and accessible to even our modest customers. 

We have an international team with a wide range of experience making sure that we can give each of our clients a personalized service to suit their needs.

WHO WE ARE

Astra Financial Services is an independent financial consultancy with international presence in Europe and Asia. From pensions, investments, protection, estate planning to mortgage and property solutions, we offer tailor-made financial planning to private clients worldwide. 

VISION STATEMENT

To be recognised as a leading, independent wealth management firm, offering tailor-made quality advice to expatriates worldwide.

MISSION STATMENT

To provide proactive and prudent advice, that will help our clients achieve financial well-being, allowing them to spend more time enjoying life's rewards.

OUR VALUES

At Astra we are dedicated to our five core values: 

Trust: we believe strong and successful relationships are built on trust.

Integrity: we are committed to the highest standards of business ethics and good governance. Being a member of the Federation of European Independent Financial Advisers (FEIFA), we adhere to their Code of Conduct.

Expertise: we are a team of professionals, who are dedicated to education and the concept of lifelong learning. We value our talented workforce, encourage and reward them in contributing to the full extent of their potential.

Passion: we are passionate about delivering the highest possible standards of client, employee and partner care, all the time.  We firmly believe that if you are passionate about what you do, then you will do it to the best of your ability. 

Client Focus: we maintain focus on our clients’ needs by constantly seeking to understand their goals, priorities and values, and adapting as they change over time.

 

OUR CLIENTS

We serve affluent individuals and families at every phase of their personal and professional lives, from the initial stages of wealth accumulation, through retirement and estate planning. This can mean providing holistic financial solutions to support their desired lifestyle, or covering a specific area of interest.

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.

Our Partner Companies


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.

MEET THE TEAM

JAMES HARTLAND

MANAGING DIRECTOR: ASIA

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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.

MARTIN KINSEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR: EUROPE

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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.

ADAM LEIGHTON

MANAGING DIRECTOR: EUROPE

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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.

 
 
 

DENIS KOROLEV

SENIOR ADVISOR

Denis joined Astra in the Philippines in 2017. He is responsible for extending business in South-East Asia. 

Denis has wide experience in financial industry and 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.

CONRADO CAPILI

ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

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.

DON VALDEZ

INVESTMENT MANAGER

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.

FLORENT RAIMY 

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Florent has been in the financial and insurance industry since 2013. He started in Switzerland as an insurance broker, specialising mainly in life insurance. After a successful spell, he moved to Mexico City, providing the locals and the expat community financial planning. He believes in integrity and is truly passionate with his career. He joined Astra Financial Services in 2020.

DOM HARTLAND

IT & SECURITY SUPPORT

Based in the United Kingdom, Dom has been in the IT industry for over 10 years learning about databases and other technology to bring the best and most secure solutions into Astra.

Dom has been working for multiple years now in the BI industry in the UK which provided Astra with some great new suit of tools going forward as well as some new reporting solutions.

BONNIE SIU 

SENIOR GLOBAL FINANCIAL PLANNER (ASIA FOCUS)

Bonnie has a wealth of experience working in the UK and Asia in various industries and has great connections who she has helped who are both Asian and European.

The background Bonnie has working in Asia and Europe and with her knowledge and experience of different investments makes her ideal to talk with clients who have business interests in both continents.

Bonnie is also a successful property investor who has invested in property in the UK and Asia as well as having built up her own investment portfolio.

VALERIE DALIJA 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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.

ALAN WEST 

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Alan comes from Derbyshire, England, and has been working in Central Europe for the past 15 years. 

He first trained as an accountant, before moving into the financial services, where he qualified in the
UK, and had experience in the UK with Friends Provident.  Alan has a wide range of expertise,
including sales, training, accounting, auditing and compliance.

DAVID WARD

SENIOR FINANCIAL ADVISOR

David has been working in offshore financial services since 2008, firstly in Russia, then China and has been in Papua New Guinea since 2014. David has a friendly, approachable style offering holistic financial solutions and specialises in offshore superannuation products specifically for expats living and working in PNG.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

In our brave new world large global companies very rarely care about their customers as often we have no choice but to accept the bank we use or the gas station where we fill up.

In many countries in Asia telephone companies also have a monopoly so literally don’t care at all about customers as we have no where else to go. Another example of this is low cost airlines which don’t even have offices or people to handle customer complaints.

 

For smaller niche business’s the opposite is true and looking after customers and being able to show you care about customers over a long period of time is key to maintaining and growing your business. In our transparent world it is easy for our potential clients to ‘google us’ or search social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook to see how customers feel about us.

 

The partners at Astra have been looking after clients wealth and financial needs for decades and we are proud to share references from clients who have known us for a long time.

 

If your looking for a wealth management company who cares about it’s clients and can demonstrate this over a long period of time please give us a call.

Leony Neeve

My husband & I have known James for decades and we initially met him when my husband worked in teaching in the UAE. During this time James met us regularly and set up various savings and insurance schemes to help us in the future. Neither my husband or I had a great knowledge of finance and James’s help was invaluable in making sure we made the right decisions with regard to our future.

 

I am a filipina and my husband was a UK passport holder. James made sure we had the right Wills and trusts in place should the unforeseen happen and took into account our different nationalities.

 

In 2013 my husband retired and we moved back to Manila to retire where we had a house. Shortly after moving my husband passed away leaving me with three fairly young kids. This was an overwhelming experience for me both emotionally and financially but I was fortunate to have my husbands family for emotional support & James to help me sort out my finances.

 

Having assets all over the world made things very complex but because James had set things up with a view to the future he was able to help me sort out everything with the help of my husbands brother & wife. I will be eternally grateful to James and his team for making sure that my finances are now properly arranged so that my kids and I can continue to enjoy the life that my husband would have wanted for us.

 

I would have no hesitation in recommending his services & advice.

Anthony

James has helped me with my personal financial planning over the last few years which has included freeing up my UK pension so I can access benefits earlier. I wanted an independent reliable financial adviser and wrote to the Citizens Advice Bureau and Watchdog. They sent my request for help to a number of people on their records and James was one of the first to reply. He has also been an expat himself for over 25 years so understands our situation and is able to discuss all aspects of our finances in a way which is easy for us to understand. So far all his advice and actions have cost me very little but I know I am now secure in my retirement and investments. He has also helped me re-write my Will.

James works closely with teachers working abroad and can help set up offshore savings plans and investments which are portable and tax efficient when you return to your home country.

The company James runs has offices in Asia and Europe so the best part about them is that they are able to continue to look after you and provide advise wherever you end up living or working.

Let me know if you are interested. I am sure he will be able to clarify the mysteries of the Malaysian tax regulations also and advise on reciprocity of our countries pension schemes. Finally I should add that

James is a really pleasant guy, easy to relax and get on with. His advice with me has always been right and delivered in a very non-pushy way. Those of us familiar with the recent changes in UK pensions and the National Teachers pension schemes and how much it has cost a lot of decent people will be pleased to know that he avoided me falling into those pitfalls.

Terry

Being a first time investor I was very nervous about handing my money over.  I need not have worried.  James and his team work very hard to produce fantastic results and at every step are looking after your investment. They are available at any time to answer any questions you may have and to talk you through how your investment is performing.  Having now had my funds invested for over a year I am very happy with the results.  Thanks James and Don.  

Isabelle Orion

Managing Director at Vuna Capital Trustrees

Being a first time investor I was very nervous about handing my money over.  I need not have worried.  James and his team work very hard to produce fantastic results and at every step are looking after your investment. They are available at any time to answer any questions you may have and to talk you through how your investment is performing.  Having now had my funds invested for over a year I am very happy with the results.  Thanks James and Don.  

Richard Browning

I met James in Manila where he befriended me all in the name of a game of squash! He unselfishly made it possible to play and we enjoyed many a game and conversation. Over time his knowledge and experience came to the fore and without any pressure he offered to help. His knowledge and understanding of the expat community and multi-national tax situations quickly became obvious and the trust he quickly built helped me secure what I think will be a brighter more secure long term retirement future. I cannot speak highly enough of him and his team and would happily recommend James and the Astraasia team

Gary Wong

Been working with James Hartland at AstraAsia Group for years.

If you happened to be an expat looking for someone who could understand your cross-border needs, you can rely on James especially for global planning related to your pension, insurance, investment, medical coverage.

 

Also, if you happened to be going through changes in your life like marriage, divorce or any major life events; James knows what you are going through, or he would have known someone that could help you.

 

James is definitely the source for your expat needs because he is very well versed with the offshore environment as he travels constantly around the globe for continuous expansion as well as relationship building with professionals.

 

Surprisingly, being so in depth with knowledge, he is humble in nature and is easy to talk to. I recommend you schedule a time with him and find out more for yourself.

Mark Turner

If you are looking for financial wealth guidance I would not hesitate to recommend James who I have know for over 25 years. A veteran in the financial services arena who offers a wide range of portfolio services to those aspiring or who already have wealth to invest further.

Tihana Ibrahimpasic

I have had a pleasure of working with James since 2011.

James is extremely motivated and knows how to inspire people around him, supporting them to reach their full potential. He is a very competent leader with an eye for detail, always embracing changes and looking to find new, more efficient ways of doing business.

 

James has a high sense of integrity in dealing with both his colleagues and clients. He is also a great fun to be around and has a good sense of humour.

Jocelyn Viernes

Integrity. That's one of the reasons why I enjoyed working for and with James. I know no one else more true and reliable than him. Everything I know about this industry and the people in them, I learned from James. He has become my benchmark for what a manager and a financial adviser ought to be.

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the global professional association for those advising families across generations. STEP promotes education and high professional standards among their members, and seek to improve public understanding of the issues faced by families.

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