Chinese lions run rampant in firm’s offices

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International guests entertained at Dezan Shira Beijing’s 15th anniversary reception

L-r: Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Sabrina Zhang and Alberto Vettoretti with the Lions

Beijing, November 30 – Guests from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, as well as Embassy officials from the United States, India, Canada, Germany, Austria and New Zealand, and several prominent banks and clients in addition to media from China Daily and CCTV all attended the Beijing anniversary of Dezan Shira & Associates last night at the firm’s offices in the Beijing Twin Towers.

The Lions Dance

Over 150 guests and staff enjoyed a spectacle as a traditional Lion Dance was performed, with Chinese 1930’s jazz playing in the background. Wines were also introduced courtesy of Torres China with imported Spanish, Australian and a rather encouraging Shandong vintage from Grace Vineyards – known for producing the best wines in China. Food was provided by the “Durty Nellies” Irish restaurant.

Sabrina Zhang carries out the traditional “painting the eye of the lion”

Introductory welcomes were given by Sabrina Zhang, the firm’s National Tax Partner, and followed up with a short speech by the Senior Partner, Chris Devonshire-Ellis. Gifts, including copies of the firms new history “The Story Of A China Practice” and various other memorabilia were provided.

The 15th anniversary of Dezan Shira & Associates in China underlines the practice as the oldest “non-big four” consultancy in the country, now with nine national offices and an international client base of over 1,700 retained multinational businesses. The final commemorative event will be in the firms Shanghai offices on December 7.

Guests networked until 10:30pm.