China Law and Tax – Myriad Issues, a Multitude of Innovations

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Chris Devonshire-Ellis began Dezan Shira & Associates before China’s legal services industry was codified, and when business and foreign investment laws were rudimentary. The practice is now a multinational business with 17 Asian and 2 liaison offices spread across 6 countries. This episode deals with some of the more innovative solutions the practice has dealt with when dealing with investments into China.

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Jun. 15 – While Dezan Shira & Associates certainly had humble beginnings, our concentration on foreign direct investment enabled the practice to develop sensibilities that foreign businesses alone possess when investing into China. In my view, spreading the practice too far by also going after domestic clients – regardless of the huge amounts of potential business out there – was going to interfere with receivables issues (as discussed here) and would diminish our focus on solving the problems of foreign investors. However, dealing with foreign investors in China can be complicated and adds additional layers of competency – and this costs more money. For example, all of our Chinese staff must speak and write fluent English – an educational bonus that adds another 30 percent on top of standard salaries. Several also speak additional languages such as German, Spanish, French and so on – Dezan Shira & Associates has always been a multilingual practice. For example, we also publish China Briefing in Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Continue reading…

Setting Up a Practice in China – 20 Years Ago

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Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Jun. 12 – My firm, Dezan Shira & Associates, celebrates 20 years of operations in China this year. However, the landscape for establishing a professional services firm today, compared with 1992, is very different. Continue reading…

Devonshire-Ellis & U.S. Commerce Dept. – Trade Winds Asia, Singapore May 16

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Dezan Shira & Associates founder to speak on China, India, Vietnam and emerging Asia

May 3 – Chris Devonshire-Ellis, founding partner of Dezan Shira & Associates, will be providing a keynote address at the annual U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Winds Asia event, held this year in Singapore from May 16 to May 18.

This program, now in its fifth year, promises to deliver tangible bottom-line results, as demonstrated by a proven track record of success in Turkey (2008), Poland (2009), Brazil (2010) and Mexico (2011), attracting well over 1,000 international business executives from across the United States.

As an official U.S. Department of Commerce multi-sector trade mission, Trade Winds Asia offers participants a unique venue for connecting to business opportunities in Asia. Singapore, the host city for Trade Winds Asia, is an ideal launching point for expansion throughout the region. Continue reading…

International Accounting Bulletin Names Dezan Shira Network Second Largest

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Global billing hits US$2.6 billion in 2011

Apr. 9 – The Leading Edge Alliance (LEA Global), of which Dezan Shira & Associates are China and India members, has been ranked by International Accounting Bulletin as the second largest international association of independent accounting firms for 2012.

LEA Global is an international alliance of independently owned accounting and consulting firms. Established in 1999, The LEA has more than 180 member firms worldwide with collective annual revenues of US$2.6 billion. There are approximately 100 countries represented in the association. Continue reading…

Dezan Shira & Associates Repositions Key China Personnel

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Apr. 3 – Dezan Shira & Associates has reshuffled their senior management team, moving three key personnel from China to other locations throughout Asia.

Olaf Griese, previously regional partner in Shanghai, has relocated to Delhi, India as partner of the firm’s India practice. Griese has been with the practice since 2006 and is a graduate of the Institute of Political Science, Paris. His role in Delhi is essentially one as country manager where he will be responsible for developing the firm’s presence in the Indian market. The firm provides corporate establishment, business and tax advisory services, in addition to on-going accounting and compliance matters for foreign investors in India. The firm currently has five offices in the country. Continue reading…

Dezan Shira & Associates Opens United States Office

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Dezan Shira & Associates’ Charlotte office at 700 East Morehead Street

Founder Chris Devonshire-Ellis also set to conduct U.S. lecture tour covering China-ASEAN due diligence and regulatory comparisons

Mar. 12 – Dezan Shira & Associates, the specialist foreign direct investment legal and tax consultancy, has opened an office in the United States. The office is based in the downtown financial district of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is currently headed by Jessica Tou, who has relocated from the firm’s Beijing office. Charlotte is the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City, and the city is the home of Bank of America. Charlotte is also home to a significant number of Fortune 500 companies, in addition to possessing a large auto and energy-driven corporate sector. Continue reading…

Relax. South China Exports and Manufacturers are Doing Just Fine

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Op/Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Feb. 1 – With some media spotlighting potential problems in South China – and one blog even going so far as to suggest smart Chinese businessmen are queuing up to attract orders, only to deliberately declare bankruptcy – it’s time to look again at the realities of the situation. The actual business environment in South China is something we are qualified to discuss with some knowledge – our firm, Dezan Shira & Associates, has four regional offices there (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Zhongshan) and has conducted business in the region for 20 years, while our Regional Partner Alberto Vettoretti is an adviser to the Shenzhen Government. Continue reading…

Dezan Shira & Associates Hits 20 Years in China

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Dezan Shira & Associates' China partners, directors and senior managers. Responsible for several hundred employees, over 3,500 MNC clients in China and 12 China offices.


Interview with Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Jan. 9 – Dezan Shira & Associates celebrates its 20th birthday in China during 2012, making it one of the earliest foreign investment practices operating in China.

“I recall setting up in Shenzhen,” says the firm’s founder Chris Devonshire-Ellis. “It was during the very early days, and only a handful of professional services firms were in China at the time. Coudert Brothers and Freshfields were the big blue chip law firms, and I don’t think all of the Big Four had arrived in 1992 either. Most firms were in Beijing and a few in Shanghai, and the majority of these were Hong Kong-based practices. China hadn’t even liberalized their domestic legal and accounting industry at the time. Nearly all Chinese lawyers, accountants and auditors worked for the government; there was very little private enterprise in professional services back then.” Continue reading…

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