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SGG Group rebrands as IQ-EQ

Africa Global Funds
March 26, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

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SGG Group, the world’s forth largest investor services group, has announced a new name, visual identity and corporate website. 

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SGG Group, the world’s forth largest investor services group, has announced a new name, visual identity and corporate website. 

SGG Group has rebranded to become IQ-EQ.

IQ-EQ unites SGG, First Names Group, Augentius, Iyer Practice and Viacert under one single brand.

Mark Pesco, Group CEO, said: “Our new name brings together the rare combination of technical expertise with a deep understanding of the needs of our clients. To deliver for our clients depends not just on our ability to provide expert services, but equally on how well we know them and their business. We believe in personal relationships developed over time.” 

“As a brand IQ-EQ perfectly embodies this thinking and reflects who we are and what we bring to the sector. It also represents another hugely successful step on our journey and is something we’re all incredibly excited about.”

Serge Krancenblum, IQ-EQ’s Group Executive Chairman, added: “Once more, IQ-EQ acts as a positive disruptor in our industry. Our new name unifies our brands under a unique and vibrant new identity. It bonds our staff under one promise global technical expertise combined with a deep understanding of the needs of our clients. IQ-EQ  stands out from the crowd and promises our clients and partners the right balance of intellectual and emotional intelligence working perfectly together.”

IQ-EQ employs a global workforce of 2,450+ people located in 23 jurisdictions and has assets under administration (AUA) exceeding $400bn. 

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