About Us

HLS Global Co., Ltd.,
HLS Global Tax Corporation,
HLS Global Social Insurance and Labor
Advisory Corporation

Established in 2001 as the Japanese arm of Hotta Liesenberg Saito LLP, HLS Global Co., Ltd. has provided superior professional services to both Japanese companies operating in Japan and foreign countries and to Non-Japanese multinational companies operating in Japan. Our professionals have extensive experience in multiple domains across diverse industries and include Certified Public Accountants, Certified Tax Accountants, Social Insurance & Labor Law Consultants, Business Consultants, Research Analysts, Sales & Marketing Experts and Business Development Specialists. Whether you are evaluating your plans for Market Entry, need help with Incubation & Operations or looking for Cross-border M&A and Tax Advisory, we can support all your business requirements through a wide range of services. Our professionals remain committed to support you by assessing your needs, helping to plan a strategy, implement solutions and accomplishing your goals.

HLS Global Tax Corporation was also established in 2012 to provide a range of solutions for advanced international tax issues facing our clients.

HLS Global Social Insurance and Labor Advisory Corporation was established in 2020 to provide comprehensive human resources and labor law support in Japan.

Our Firm

HLS Global Group is an international accounting and business advisory firm with a focus on providing superior services in the areas of accounting, tax, audit, advisory, and consulting. Founded in 1990, we pride ourselves in delivering the highest levels of quality and customer service while remaining cost-effective. We have grown to more than 200 professionals serving clients in the United States, Japan, Mexico, India, and Germany. While catering to the business requirements of Japanese subsidiaries operating in the United States, Mexico, India, and Germany we also provide comprehensive solutions to non-Japanese multinational companies operating in Japan.

Shunsuke Saito

HLS Global CEO

Our vision is to become the most trusted accounting and advisory firm in the world. To realize this vision, we aim to increase the quality of life and financial wellbeing of all of our stakeholders, including our valued clients, dedicated employees, and essential partners.

Despite the hardships of the last three years, we have sharpened our focus, ultimately driving positive change throughout our organization. We have leveraged technology and teamwork to embrace remote work, allowing us to provide even higher levels of service to clients around the globe. This would not have been possible without the creativity, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit of our employees.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Japanese companies are once again pursuing overseas expansion. With the formation of ASTHOM PARTNERSa new Japan-led accounting, tax, and advisory networkwe are in the perfect position to serve Japanese companies all over the world.

This year, once again, we invite you to join us and play a part in bringing the HLS Global vision to life.

Solutions for Your Success

What sets HLS apart from the competition?

Whether you are evaluating your plans for market entry, seeking help with incubation and operations, or looking for cross-border M&A and tax advisory services, we can support all your business requirements. Our professionals remain committed to supporting you by assessing your needs, helping to plan a strategy, implementing solutions, and accomplishing your goals to improve your bottom line. At HLS Global, we pay the highest attention to your needs and provide services with precision in both English and Japanese.

Success Stories

HLS Global is known for providing complete “end-to-end” services and solutions for your business. Here are some examples of what we can do for your company.

Private Italian Company


Bedding Import, Sales, and Service

Our client needed to outsource their financial accounting and HLS Global responded by providing a comprehensive suite of services to meet their needs.

Private French Company

Tax Services

Fragrance Import and Sales

Our client needed us to prepare amended return and request for reassessment forms. In response, HLS Global:
  • Examined and analyzed five years of data on consumer tax bookkeeping methods
  • Examined and submitted tax returns and prepared the necessary amended forms

Foreign Branch Office in Japan

Operational Outsourcing

IT Developer

Our client requested our attendance at a tax examination proceeding. HLS Global provided bilingual communication support, including translation and interpretation.

Private Japanese Company

Transfer Pricing

Automobile Parts Manufacturing and Sales

Our client wanted to outsource and improve accounting and financial operations. In response, HLS Global:
  • Developed and executed a global transfer pricing policy
  • Prepared transfer pricing documents for subsidiaries

American Subsidiary

Transfer Pricing

Automobile-Related Products Manufacturing and Sales

Our client came to us for support with outsourcing and improving accounting and financial operations. In response, HLS Global:
  • Provided bilingual communication support between the client and its parent company
  • Prepared tax transfer pricing documents

Private Subsidiary of Public Japanese Company

Audit & Assurance

Automobile Parts Manufacturing and Sales

Our client requested our attestment services and HLS Global responded through the verification and attestation of the client’s customers for VAT exemption in the EU.

Overseas Japanese Subsidiary



Our client requested our business evaluation services. In response, HLS Global prepared business evaluation documents regarding business reorganization.

Private UK Subsidiary in Japan

Audit & Assurance

HR Outsourcing

Our client requested an accounting audit and HLS Global conducted an audit in order to renew permission to dispatch workers.

U.S. Startup

Japan Market Entry

Semiconductor Manufacturing

Our client needed marketing and sales support and a virtual subsidiary office in Japan. In response, HLS Global provided:
  • Sales, marketing, and business development services
  • Localization support
  • A “Japan Desk” virtual office

Publicly Listed U.S. Company

Japan Market Entry

Technology Component Manufacturer

Our client needed us to analyze the Japanese market in relation to their business. In response, HLS Global:
  • Completed a comprehensive study of the market, including partner mapping and competitive intelligence
  • Worked with the client to create a strategic business plan for operating in Japan

Subsidiary of a Major Japanese Conglomerate

India Market Entry

Equipment Manufacturing

Our client needed us to analyze the India market and to provide marketing and sales support. In response, HLS Global:
  • Completed a comprehensive study of the Indian renewable energy market, including pricing analysis, partner mapping, and competitive intelligence
  • Supported sales and marketing activities in India, including participation in trade shows
  • Assisted the client with their strategic business plan for operating in India

Operational Outsourcing

Japan Market Entry

Education Services

Our client came to us for help with the outsourcing of consolidated accounting and operations. In response, HLS Global:
  • Liaised between the client and its consolidated subsidiaries abroad
  • Improved operations on consolidated accounting processes
  • Improved operations and systems for adjusting to internal controls

U.S. Subsidiary

Operational Outsourcing

Internet and Web Services

Our client was in need of financial accounting outsourcing and operations improvement. In response, HLS Global:
  • Liaised between the client and its parent company/regional HQ
  • Provided monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting and reporting to parent company
  • Improved financial accounting processes and requirement definition for systematization

Our Professionals

Our professionals have extensive experience in multiple domains across diverse industries and our core accounting business is staffed by several Certified Public Accountants and Certified Tax Accountants. All of our senior members have extensive leadership experience with the largest global firms and we remain committed to providing the highest quality solutions to our clients.

Our Associates

For over thirty years, Mr. Early, a global manufacturing industry veteran, has assisted international companies to enter, grow, and thrive in Japan. He effectively combines his strategic mind-set, strong communication skills, and technical background with direct knowledge of how to bridge the divide between Japanese and Western business cultures, particularly in the automotive landscape.

His career spans across companies such as TRW, Lucas Varity, Visteon, and Ricoh with executive-level responsibility for Japanese customers and the Japanese market.

Mr. Early has successfully enabled numerous international companies to either penetrate the Japanese market or transplant Japanese business elsewhere. Mr. Early holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Trinity College in Dublin Ireland. He speaks Japanese fluently and resides in Tokyo, Japan.

Mr. Thinnes graduated from the University of Berlin in 1992 and joined Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, a world-leading manufacturer of offset printing presses based in Heidelberg, Germany. After being transferred to the Japanese sales organization in 1996, he was involved in various positions in sales and technical marketing in Osaka and Tokyo as well as the integration of the local organization into the Heidelberg corporate structure.
When the group underwent major global organizational changes, Mr. Thinnes left the Heidelberg group to dedicate his experience in the Japanese printing industry and in the machine industries to establish local organizations for European equipment suppliers to the printing industry in Japan.

In his free time, Mr. Thinnes enjoys wind surfing and motor cycle touring through the Japanese countryside.

Having served at the original Windows PM at Microsoft Japan upon its foundation in Tokyo, he led the team to license Windows to every PC maker in Japan.

Since then, he went to Silicon Valley to start his own E-commerce startup (Series D).

He has vast knowledge of new business development in Japan, and specializes in Japan entry for startups and VCs through his Japan Roadshow business.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG, Mr. Carson joined a consultancy
serving the UK DTI’s Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland, working
primarily on inward investment missions from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, but also
assisting exporters.

Experience with Japan resulted in selection for the Executive Training Program in
Japan, run by the European Commission with Keidanren support. On graduation from
ETP, Mr. Carson was assigned to the British Embassy in Tokyo to head up the
administration of a two-year country-wide UK festival. Following that project, he moved
into the British School in Tokyo as Finance Director and Development Manager.

Mr. Carson Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, with a BSc Hons. in Psychology
and holds an International MBA from the University of Ulster Business School. He has
lived in Japan since 1995 and resides in Tokyo.

Our Partners

We also work closely with our Alliance Partners globally, and can leverage their expertise to provide Lawyers, Social Insurance & Labor Law Consultants, Business Consultants, Research Analysts, Sales & Marketing Experts and Business Development Specialists.

HLS Global Locations


Hotta Liesenberg Saito LLP

Los Angeles Office
(Global HQ)

970 W. 190th Street, Suite 900
Torrance CA 90502
TEL:(424) 246-2000
FAX:(424) 246-2005

New York Office

666 Third Avenue, Suite 2501
New York, NY 10017
TEL:(646) 589-8000
FAX:(646) 589-8005

Indianapolis Office

3925 River Crossing Parkway Suite 100 Indianapolis IN 46240
TEL:(463) 800-6150
FAX:(463) 800-6107

Chicago Office

1901 North Roselle Road, Suite 800
Schaumburg IL 60195
TEL:(224) 955-3400
FAX:(224) 955-3401

San Jose Office

2033 Gateway Place, Suite 500 (#562)
San Jose, CA 95110
TEL:(424) 246-2000
FAX:(424) 246-2005

Dallas Office

5851 Legacy Circle, 6th Floor
Plano, TX 75024
Phone: (469) 425-7095
Fax: (469) 425-7097


HLS Global Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Office

2-12-10 T&G Hamamatsucho Bldg. 6F, Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012 Japan
TEL: +81-3-6435-6596
FAX: +81-3-6435-6598


HLS Funakubo Gutiérrez, S.C.

Mexico City Office

Presa de la Angostura #23PB, Colonia Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico City, Mexico
TEL: +52-55-5203-5034
TEL: +52-55-5203-5035

Irapuato Office

Del Bosque 323, Las Reynas, 36660
Irapuato, Guanajuato
TEL: +52-462-104-5003
TEL: +52-462-104-5004


HLS-SJM Advisors India Pvt. Ltd.

New Delhi Office

Vegas Mall, Office Block – B, 8th Floor, Unit 883, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110075
Tel.: +91-79826 66136
Email: Info@HLS-Global.in

Ahmedabad Office

A – 413, Titanium Business Bark, Beside Railway underpass, Makarba, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380051
Tel.: +91-99749 97634
Email: Info@HLS-Global.in

Noida Office

Unit 304, 3rd Floor, Tradex Tower-1, Alpha Commercial Belt, Alpha-1, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh – 201310
Tel.: +91-97165 65576
Email: Info@HLS-Global.in

Neemrana Office Japanese Zone

Office No. 206, Regent Square Mall, CP-4, Japanese Zone, Neemrana, Rajasthan – 301705
Tel.: +91-83068 18030
Email: JapanDesk@HLS-Global.in

Lucknow Office

Office No. 22/181, Indira Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – 226016
Tel.: +91-93353 63533
Email: Info@HLS-Global.in

Gurugram Office

Level 1, Building No. 10, Tower A, DLF Cyber City, Gurugram, Haryana-122002
Tel.: +91-79826 66136
Email: JapanDesk@HLS-Global.in


HLS HWS Europe GmbH

Stuttgart Office

Kupferstraße 5, 70565 Stuttgart, Germany
Tel: +49 711 78892 380