Stephen comes from Cork, Ireland. He received his Law Degree from University College Cork before moving to China to pursue his Postgraduate in Chinese Business & Language. He has lived in China since 2011. Stephen currently oversees Dezan Shira operations in Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta. His main responsibilities involve client advisory, partner maintenance and business development. His editorial resonsibilities ranges from writing the monthly South China Briefing, which talks about recent business related news in the PRD and article writing for Dezan Shira & Associates.
Stephen has first hand experience with the Chinese legal system having worked in a local Guangzhou law firm for 2 years. During this time he gained valuable knowledge on Chinese legal procedures and issues. His main areas of focus during this time was contract law, corporate establishment and foreign direct investment.