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 150 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

Managing Partner

As we move beyond 2020, we face a new world filled with previously unimaginable challenges and opportunities. Technology has brought the world closer together than ever before, and HLS Global is poised to leverage new business approaches with our international team of experts to ensure that our clients achieve success wherever they are in the world.

We are continuously working to create new opportunities for our clients by shifting towards market-driven products and services powered by our talented workforce, our most important asset. Empowering our employees and providing them with ample opportunities to grow enables us to contribute more value to our clients and society. Our vision is to become the most trusted accounting and advisory firm for small and medium-sized Japanese companies around the world and for our stakeholders. We invite you to join us on our journey as we continue to expand our footprint throughout the globe.

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

Accounting

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

Advisory

Education

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.

As a senior advisor, Karl-Hans Rath brings over 35 years of tax consulting and accounting experience to HLS Global Co., Ltd. Karl launched his career in Germany and moved to Japan in 1985, living and working in the country ever since. During his time at a well-known office with German and Japanese lawyers, tax consultants, and Certified Public Accountants, he helped many foreign companies start operations in Japan and advised them on various business matters. He also served as the statutory auditor (“kansa yaku”) for many foreign companies in Japan. An active member of the international community in Tokyo, Karl has also lent his expertise to organizations such as the German School in Yokohama, the European Business Council (EBC) and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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.

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

USA

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

155 E. 44th Street, Suite 1300
New York NY 10017
TEL:(646) 589-8000
FAX:(646) 589-8005

Indianapolis Office

3925 River Crossing Parkway,Third Floor
Indianapolis IN 46240
TEL:(317) 472-2723
FAX:(317) 805-1723

Chicago Office

1901 North Roselle Road, Suite 800
Schaumburg IL 60195
TEL:(847) 517-6352
FAX:(847) 517-6347

Atlanta Office

4375 River Green Parkway, Suite 200
Duluth GA 30096
TEL: 678-206-2881
Fax: 770-232-9463

San Jose Office

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

Japan

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

Mexico

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

Aguascalientes Office

Av. Aguascalientes Sur #2729 Piso 2, Interior 11, Jardines de las Fuentes, 20278 Aguascalientes
TEL: +52(449) 176 0511

India

HLS-SJM Advisors India Pvt. Ltd.

New Delhi Office

LGF, Units 07,08,18
Eros Metro Mall
Sector-14, Dwarka, New Delhi-110075
Tel.: +91-11-2808-3118
Email: Info@HLS-Global.in

Gurugram Office

Level 1, Building No. 10
Tower A, DLF Cyber City
Gurugram
Haryana-122002
Tel.: +91-12-4672-8890
Email: JapanDesk@HLS-Global.in

Neemrana Office

Office No. O-206
2nd Floor, Regent Square
Japanese Zone, Neemrana
Rajasthan-301705
Tel.: +91-98-1150-3118
Email: JapanDesk@HLS-Global.in

Lucknow Office

Office No. 22/181
Indira Nagar
Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh-226016
Tel.: +91-93-3536-3533
Email: Info@HLS-Global.in

Germany

HLS HWS Europe GmbH

Stuttgart Office

Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft / Steuerberatungsgesellschaft
Gewerbestraße 17
70565 Stuttgart
Germany
Tel. +49 711 788 92 0