AST was founded in 2005 by three senior chartered accountants and has a robust reporting and compliance infrastructure with over 300 clients, (companies, trusts and private individuals). The acquisition separated AST from its sister company, Jackson Fox, a chartered accountancy practice. Two of the founders of AST, Gordon Angus and Nick Walker, exited AST to concentrate on running Jackson Fox. Although Jackson Fox will now be separate, AST will continue to work closely with the firm. The third co-founder, Roger King will remain running the AST administration business with MJ Hudson.
AST was a well-established trust and company services business with a strong reputation and a highly experienced team. MJ Hudson was already present in Jersey as a law practice and listing sponsor, and in Guernsey also in administration and law. AST represented a valuable and timely cornerstone in MJ Hudson’s Channel Islands operations. In particular, the success of the legal and administration services already in Guernsey encouraged the firm that it could scale the AST business initially in its core offering and then later through the addition of wider MJ Hudson group services. More generally, it allowed MJ Hudson to offer AST the benefit of a London presence, alternatives focus and proven marketing expertise.
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