Our
Team

Over 15 years of experience in developing solutions that work

As an intern at Equasia, I felt immediately welcomed throughout the firm. It is a very valuable experience to work in a multi-national consulting firm, particularly away from my home country of Brazil.

Vanessa A, Intern Equasia Shanghai

Hugo Muller

Director

Zach Lichtblau

Director

Choy Chan

Director

Paul van Brenkelen

Advisor and co-founder Eqologic

Hugo Muller

Director

Zach Lichtblau

Director

Choy Chan

Director

Amanda Chen

Senior Accountant

Rohan Patel

Analyst

Irene Au

Company Secretary

Krystle Morris

Compliance Officer

Jesse Liu

Legal and Compliance Counsel

Paul van Brenkelen

Advisor and co-founder Eqologic

Amanda Chen

Accounting

Irene Au

Company Secretary

Krystle Morris

Compliance Officer

Jesse Liu

Legal and Compliance Counsel

Hugo Muller

Director

Law  |  Corporate Advisory
hm@equasia-group.com

Experience

Before founding Equasia, Hugo was a lawyer at two leading law firms, a co-founder of a management consulting firm, and a founder of a transactional boutique.

Since coming to Shanghai in 2000, Hugo founded Equasia with the aim of helping clients to enter the China market. In addition to his work supporting companies from across the world, Hugo is an active investor, with a bias for value investing and sustainability. He also works as an investing coach.

Hugo holds an LLB and LLM from Leiden University.

Zach Lichtblau

Director

Law  |  Corporate Advisory
zl@equasia-group.com

Experience

Zach spent two years in Taiwan studying Mandarin Chinese and has gained some valuable experience as a business consultant there. Following the completion of his master’s degree, Zach came to Shanghai in 2005. He is a partner at Bonnard Lawson (Shanghai) and an Equasia co-founder.
Zach holds an MSc in International Management from SOAS, and a BA equivalence in East Asian studies as well as an LLB from Tel Aviv University.

Choy Chan

Director

Law  |  Corporate Advisory
cc@equasia-group.com

Experience

After working for a leading law firm in Rotterdam, where she qualified as a solicitor and an advocate, Choy joined Equasia in Shanghai in 2007. In 2010, she joined Bonnard Lawson as a partner. In 2018, Choy moved to Equasia’s Hong Kong office, where she is a director. Choy also has her own podcast “Choy’s Podcast – Life and Business in Asia” and the episodes can be found on choysworld.com.

Choy holds an LLB and an LLM from Rotterdam University.

Paul van Brenkelen

advisor and co-founder Eqologic

Experience

Paul specializes in ESG & corporate governance, sustainability projects, testing, inspection and certification (TIC) projects and start-up management.

Paul’s career has revolved around innovation and product development, working at leading third-party service providers for supply chain solutions. His emphasis is on consumer goods, agri-food and industrial applications. He is a builder of global solutions that reduce impact on people and the environment. Paul has acted as a project partner to businesses, industry groups and government departments in over 50 countries.

As a recognized expert and leader in his field, Paul is the co-founder of EQOLOGIC jointly with Equasia.

Paul holds a BASc in Agricultural Science from the Aeres University of Applied Sciences and an MSc in Agronomy from Wageningen Agricultural University, both in the Netherlands. He also holds post graduate diplomas on the role of non-executive directors. Paul is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the Swiss Business School with a thesis on corporate governance.

Amanda Chen

Senior Accountant

Accounting and Reporting | Central Services
ac@equasia-group.com

Experience

Amanda joined Equasia in 2008.

Amanda is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, banking issues and tax declarations. She also manages the invoicing of multiple entities by the admin team.

Amanda holds a BA in Business Administration from the Shanghai Maritime University.  

Rohan Patel

Analyst

Risk Management | EQOLOGIC®
rp@equasia-group.com

Experience

Before joining Equasia in 2021, Rohan worked with several start-ups in Hong Kong (medical devices, bio-sensors). To build on his experience and science background, Rohan then joined Equasia as an analyst. Rohan is responsible for supporting several of our service segments, in particular relating to ESG, sustainability, regulatory issues and risk services.

In his free time Rohan is very active in farming and theater (in no particular order of preference).

Rohan holds a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, with a minor in Kinesiology, from Hong Kong University.

Irene AU

Company Secretary

International Administration
ia@equasia-group.com

Experience

Irene joined the Equasia Hong Kong office in 2021. She is responsible for our company secretarial work. Before joining us, Irene worked as a secretary for 5 years in different industries.

Irene graduated with a BA in Corporate Administration from the Open University in Hong Kong. She is studying at the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Corporate Secretaries (HKICS) in order to become a Chartered Company Secretary.

Krystle Morris

Compliance officer

Compliance Officer
km@equasia-group.com

Experience

Krystle joined Equasia in 2017 and is our head of compliance. Her prior experience includes working as a client relationship manager at a financial advisory firm in Shanghai and as a credit analyst for a leasing company in Bogota, Colombia.

Krystle holds a BA in Finance and International Affairs from the Universidad Externado in Bogota, where she did her thesis in money laundering. She also studied Chinese at the Fudan University in Shanghai and has a ICA certificate in Managing Sanctions Risk.

Jesse Liu

Legal and Compliance Counsel

Legal and Compliance Counsel
jl@equasia-group.com

Experience

Jesse joined Equasia Hong Kong in 2021. He focuses on the legal, regulatory and compliance issues faced by clients investing in China.

Jesse is from Shanghai and holds an LLB and a BBA from China University of Political Science and Law, as well as an LLM from the University of Hong Kong. He passed the National Judicial Exam of the PRC in 2019. He also passed the securities industry qualification exam as well as the fund qualification exam of the PRC in 2019.