Riccardo Benussi is Head of European Business Development at Dezan Shira & Associates, based in Munich, Germany. There, he is the point of contact for our European clients and partners, working with businesses to expand and maintain their presence in Asia while liaising with local teams and partners.
Before taking on this role, Riccardo was based in Shanghai for over six years and managed an International Business Advisory team for Shanghai, Suzhou and Ningbo. Riccardo assisted foreign investors with strategic advisory. His areas of expertise include setting up of foreign invested enterprises and representative offices and intellectual property protection. His industry experience includes manufacturing, heavy machinery and food and beverage. Additionally, Riccardo heads the Italian Desk and co-heads the German Desk.
Prior to joining Dezan Shira & Associates, Riccardo Benussi worked on the trademark team at a Chinese IP law firms after gaining experience at an Italian-based IP firm in Rome.
Riccardo was previously a post-graduate fellow with the Italian Trade Agency based in Rome and Shanghai on the subject of internationalization of SMEs and IPRs. Riccardo holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Bologna and wrote his dissertation on well-known trademarks in China at the East Asian Law department. He speaks Italian, English, German and Spanish and is proficient in Chinese.