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.

Participants in this unique program have the opportunity to:

  1. Take part in a focused dialogue on business issues in Asia and individual countries
  2. Meet with U.S. Commercial Services senior officers from the U.S. embassies and consulates of 14 countries in Asia
  3. Directly engage with U.S. and Asian businesses during the official U.S. Department of Commerce trade mission

Devonshire-Ellis’ presentation will be the only event putting the opportunities and economies of China, India, Vietnam and emerging Asia generally into context, and will provide comparisons of the legal, tax and regulatory regimes in each. Dezan Shira & Associates maintains numerous offices throughout the region and co-wrote and published the most up-to-date China Business Handbook with the U.S. Department of Commerce. The report is available as a complimentary PDF download here. The firm, through its Asia Briefing subsidiary, has also produced its own business guides to setting up in China, India and Vietnam.

A delegation of some 100 U.S.-based business executives are expected to fly in to Singapore to attend the conference, with a further 500 delegates expected from U.S. and international businesses already established in the Asian region. This is a high profile event and will be of interest to all international businesses anticipating market entry into any of the emerging Asian markets.

Other U.S. officials speaking at the event include U.S. Ambassador to Singapore David I. Adelman and Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sanchez, while the event is also supported by International Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Business Federation, the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Manufacturers Federation and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Further details concerning the event may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce Singapore at

To contact Chris directly concerning FDI, tax and regulatory matters across Asia, please email him at He will be available for side meetings during this event.

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