Dezan Shira Opens New Offices in Suzhou and Tianjin

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New licenses bring number of China offices to 12

Aug. 16 – Dezan Shira & Associates has recently announced the opening of two new offices in Suzhou and Tianjin. The firm, which next year celebrates 20 years of service in China, specializes in handling foreign direct investment into China and provides legal establishment, tax structuring and on-going accounting, internal audit and related business advisory matters to clients investing in China.

Suzhou Office

The Suzhou office is based on Donghuan Lu in the Xing Dong Huan Commercial Building, and is being headed up by Fabian Knopf, who has moved from the firm’s Shanghai office. The Tianjin office is sited in the Global Center on Nanjing Lu and is being managed by Henry Zhu, who has recently joined the firm.

The new offices join the firm’s other licensed China offices in Beijing, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, as well as Hong Kong.

The practice has also extended its reach in recent years to include offices in India and Vietnam, a partnership in Russia, and is in the process of finalizing a presence in Mongolia.

Tianjin Office

“We are strongly committed to China and these new investments demonstrate our intent,” commented Chris Devonshire-Ellis, founding partner and principal of the firm. “The challenge of China today is to provide service on a truly national basis and that means having multiple locations. We will continue to develop our China practice and invest in it for the longer term, and expect to be opening additional offices each year for the foreseeable future.”

Suzhou has long been a successful hub for attracting foreign investment as its close proximity to Shanghai and well-developed infrastructure has made it an attractive and less costly alternative. Tianjin was a German Treaty Port in the last century and has long been the defacto port servicing Beijing as well as central and western China.

Dezan Shira & Associates Suzhou can be contacted via phone at 0512 8686 8717 or email at, while the Tianjin office can be reached at 022 8787 7998 or email at

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