Alberto Vettoretti was born in Italy and received his education in the UK where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Chinese, Economics and Management (Durham) and an MBA with a specialization in Chinese law (Staffordshire). He has been living in China for over 18 years and speaks and writes fluent Mandarin, Italian, English and Spanish.
Alberto joined Dezan Shira & Associates as an equity partner in September 1998. Over the years the company has grown into a pan-Asia organization with over 300 professionals and 18 own offices in China, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and liaison offices in Italy, Germany and the United States. The firm has also established in 2014 an alliance partnership with offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
Alberto directly oversees the global operations of the firm and in particular five offices in South China (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, and Hong Kong), two offices in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) and the firm’s Singapore Office. Alberto is responsible for the firm’s overall development in China, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2006, the firm was appointed as the China member of the Leading Edge International Alliance (LEA) of global accountants and auditors, LEA is the 2nd largest tax and accounting partnership world-wide.
Alberto is specialized in corporate structuring, tax planning and legal and management issues affecting foreign-invested enterprises in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam and sits on the board of directors of various multinational corporations in China and Hong Kong.
Alberto is currently the Vice Chairman of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Chairman of the South China Chapter. Alberto also previously served on the national Board of Directors of the China - Italy Chamber of Commerce and he is a former Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce, Guangdong - Shenzhen Sub Chamber.
In 2008, Alberto was also elected as a member of YPO (Young President Organization), PRD Chapter in which he still acts as Finance Chair.
Since 2011, he has been acting as International Advisor to the Guangzhou Government in recognition to his knowledge on FDI in the region and his continuous help to make the city an even better place for foreign investments.
Alberto has consistently contributed to the firm’s subsidiary publishing company, Asia Briefing Ltd., which produces a variety of titles related to doing business in Asia including; China Briefing, Vietnam Briefing, India Briefing and ASEAN Briefing. Alberto’s comments also regularly appear in international publications such as The Financial Times, The South China Morning Post, Il Sole 24 Ore, China Daily and a host of other local and internationally recognized publications.
Alberto is currently a guest lecturer at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari Challenge School Global Management for China