HLS Funakubo Gutierrez, S.C. (“HLS Mexico”) started operations in June 2010 to respond to the needs of our U.S. clients with operations in Mexico. Our clients in Mexico can benefit from the renowned international services with the same vision, philosophy, and commitment that HLS Global is known for.
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.
Our vision is to become the most trusted accounting and business advisory firm in the world by ensuring 100% customer satisfaction.
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 PARTNERS—a new Japan-led accounting, tax, and advisory network—we 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.
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.
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.
In addition, we also work closely with our alliance partners globally, and can leverage their expertise to provide lawyers, social insurance and labor law consultants, business consultants, research analysts, sales and marketing experts, and business development specialists.
Partner in charge of Japan Desk
Partner in charge of Japan Desk
Atsushi Funakubo is a Mexican certified public accountant originally from Japan. He has audited and advised multinational companies for more than 20 years.Currently, he is the partner in charge of the Japan Desk of HLS Mexico, while also serving as statutory examiner for many entities, including the Liceo Mexicano Japonés AC, his Alma Matter that it is an important bridge between Mexican and Japanese cultures.
His extensive experience, mastery of three languages (Spanish, English, and Japanese), and his knowledge of different cultures make him a different professional who can offer clients unique perspectives. He started his career as an auditor for Deloitte and played a key role in the opening of Deloitte’s Reynosa office. He was promoted to partner in 2006. Mr. Funakubo joined the HLS Global group in 2010, in search of new professional goals.
He holds a degree in public accounting from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Elizabeth Baltazar was born in Mexico City and earned her BA in accounting from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). For the past 25 years, she mainly audited major domestic and international companies. She is currently a senior manager of HLS Mexico. She started her professional career as an auditor for Deloitte, where she focused on Japanese companies. She worked there for 11 years and was promoted to manager in 2001. In 2004, she accepted an accounting manager position for one of the most successful automotive repair chains in Mexico (Grupo RAMA), where she worked for 5 years. In 2015, she joined the HLS Global group to further her professional goals.
Jorge Gutiérrez is a certified public accountant who earned his MBA from Universidad Anáhuac México. He was appointed as general manager of HLS Mexico when the company was founded and made extensive contributions to creating a strong foundation for the firm. He has extensive experience in accounting and finance as well as international business. Mr. Gutiérrez has advised and served both multinational and Mexican companies for the past 20 years, including many Japanese companies in Mexico. Jorge started his career at Deloitte Mexico and worked there for 10 years, primarily serving major Japanese companies from a variety of industries. He has also been a member of the Colegio de Contadores Públicos de México since 1997.
After graduating with an accounting degree from Escuela Bancaria y Comercial, Mayumi Yamamoto started her professional career as an auditor in Deloitte Mexico, where she worked for 10 years. She has audited and consulted multinational companies for 18 years and has worked mainly in the manufacturing, service, and construction industries. Through an overseas program offered by Deloitte Mexico, she worked in the Deloitte New York office for 2 years. This experience gave her the opportunity to improve her English and gain a better understanding of American culture. Ms. Yamamoto joined HLS Global group in October 2011 and was promoted to partner in 2015. Her goal is to work collaboratively with the company to promote growth and enhance market positioning through the effective utilization of resources and the application of best practices.
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