This year, our firm Dezan Shira & Associates, turns 25 years old in Asia. We retain extremely strong ties to the United Kingdom, with both our Chairman and Founding Partner, Chris Devonshire-Ellis, and Partner, Adam Livermore, being British nationals. The firm employs numerous British nationals throughout Asia, and has serviced several hundred British companies in China and the Asian region at large since 1992. We have grown over the past quarter century to have over 20 offices and several hundred staff across China, ASEAN and India in all major cities throughout the region. Of the total foreign investment we have facilitated over the years into China, a significant and valuable proportion - some £475 million - has been from British businesses, making Dezan Shira & Associates a long term, proven, and trusted conduit for British investment.

For further insight into our relationship with British investment over 25 Years, download the below complimentary report.

Our British Clients

Typical Dezan Shira & Associates clients are smaller listed companies, subsidiaries of listed companies, and small to medium sized privately owned companies. Many are well-known world class brands, while others are quietly producing innovative products and solutions. The vast majority have found considerable success in China, adding value to their shareholders, generating additional employment opportunities in both China and the UK, and providing increased taxable profits for the British government once Asia-generated profits have been consolidated into UK head office balance sheets.

Dezan Shira & Associates British Interaction in Asia and the UK

We have been members of numerous British Chambers of Commerce throughout Asia and have taken up membership both previously and currently with most of the British institutional entities operating in the region. Our Chairman is a member of the London-based Royal Overseas League, while local chamber memberships in Asia allow us to continue to support British initiatives on a regional basis.

Dezan Shira & Associates Educational and Business Briefings

Our firm writes, produces, and publishes Asia Briefing, including its well-known China, ASEAN, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Russia Briefing titles, and its new Silk Road Briefing title. The China Briefing website alone is in the top one percent of most visited websites, according to Alexa. These titles have long provided educational support to students in the UK studying for international business masters, as well as providing a "how to" template for thousands of British businesspeople in the UK and Asia. This commitment to providing a free, educational intelligence service has cemented our reputation as one of the most knowledgeable practices in Asia, in addition to helping launch the Asia-focused careers of many British graduates into British businesses.

British Knowledge, in Asia

We monitor, analyze, and keep track of the many UK trade and investment policies provided by the British Government to assist British businesses succeed in selling products and services in Asia. Understanding the details of double tax treaties and applicable grants and incentives on offer in the UK and Asia can be the difference when competing. Our joint British and Asian intelligence helps our clients win - and keeps British businesses ahead of the game in Asia.

  • Chris Devonshire-Ellis
    Title: Chairman, Founding Partner
    Country of Origin: Great Britain

    Most of our British clients are small and medium companies, with investments less than a million or in the low millions. Many will have started small, maybe with a Representative or Liaison Office, then graduated to a WFOE once they felt ready. A few have grown from zero to being billion pound businesses in their own right during that time. Others have been acquired or have branched out and expanded further into China and Asia; there´s been a lot of organic growth.

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