HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - May 3, 2016) - Two of the region's leading firms celebrated the launch of their new joint venture with a cocktail event held at Club Lusitano last Wednesday, 27 April. CSR consultancy firm SynTao and professional services firm Ascent Partners have partnered to create new brand Ascent SynTao.

Ascent SynTao will provide CSR consulting with a particular focus on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting which is now a requirement for all companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong owing to new legislation put in place earlier this year. The two firms will each draw on their wealth of industry experience, with Ascent Partners' well-established compliance experiences and financial competency complimenting the solid footprint in sustainability and environmental consultancy of SynTao.

Simon Mak, CEO of Ascent Partners Group Limited, expressed his excitement about the new venture, "We are very happy to be working alongside SynTao; with their CSR consulting expertise and our history of serving over 300 listed companies, we both have a lot to offer. We look forward to building on the success of our recent launch event in what promises to be a powerful and rewarding union."

Dr. Peiyuan Guo, General Manager of SynTao, added that "With our mutual support and appreciation dating back to both business' inception, Ascent SynTao is a natural progression of our relationship. We are incredibly proud of the new brand and are excited to leverage our knowledge and experience in order to achieve advancement in sustainability."

Mr. Simon Mak, CEO of Ascent Partners, spoke at the Ascent SynTao Launch Cocktail

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About Ascent Partners -- Ascent Partners is one of the leading professional service firms in the region, which provides independent valuation services, corporate advisory (including environmental, social, governance reporting), cost management and technology advisory to 300+ public-listed companies and multinationals in Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

About SynTao -- SynTao is one of the earliest CSR consultancy firms in China, and provides CSR consultancy services and research to domestic companies and multinationals in China. SynTao is the first certified training partner from China for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to provide G4 certified training in China. Its subsidiary, SynTao Green Finance, is approved by the Climate Bonds Initiative as the first green bond verifier in China. SynTao has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Washington DC.

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