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.

“Charlotte has long been a source of quality American innovation and finance and we are pleased to be placing our first American office in the city. We look forward to a long and successful cooperation with the business and financial community in the area and are excited about promoting our services in Asia throughout the region,” said Chris Devonshire-Ellis, the firm’s founding partner.

Devonshire-Ellis is also undertaking a tour of the United States and is lecturing about investment opportunities in China, India and Vietnam at the Hot Markets Watch Conference organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce in Cincinnati on March 22. He is a keynote speaker covering two topics:

  • China, ASEAN and Vietnam Cost Comparisons
  • China and ASEAN Financial, Regulatory and Due Diligence Considerations

Readers wishing to attend may contact Marcia Brandstadt at

Devonshire-Ellis will also be in the cities listed below and available for meetings should people wish to meet with him to discuss business in China and Asia. His expertise is in matters of emerging Asia foreign investment law, tax and business operations, however he is also able to discuss the potential opportunities and pitfalls for American companies operating in the region. He has been based in China for over 20 years and founded Dezan Shira & Associates in 1992. The firm now has twelve offices in China, five in India, two in Vietnam and one each in Hong Kong and Singapore. Devonshire-Ellis is based in Beijing.

  • San Francisco: March 19-20
  • Cincinnati: March 21-23
  • Charlotte: March 26-28
  • New York City: March 29-30

If you wish to meet or talk with Chris please email him directly at

Dezan Shira & Associates also co-authored the U.S. Commercial Service’s “China Business Handbook” which is now in its second edition and is available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore.


Dezan Shira & Associates provides foreign direct investment legal, tax and business advisory services to international companies throughout Asia, with approximately 50 percent of the firm’s client base from North America. The practice was established in 1992 and possesses some 20 offices throughout Asia. To contact the firm’s U.S. office,  please E-mail, visit or download the firm’s brochure here.