• 1992

    Founding of Dezan Shira & Associates

    Dezan Shira Business Management Services (China) Ltd. is formed in Hong Kong with a remit to provide business advisory services to foreign investors in mainland China, including both post and pre-incorporation assistance, trademark registration, and related advice. The new company also opens a small office in Shekou, the deep water port of Shenzhen, which has become a focal point for foreign investment due to its special status as China‘s first ”Special Economic Zone."

  • 1993

    Dezan Shira acquires its first clients.

    The firm services its first clients, which involved various China trademark applications, representative office establishments and joint venture contractual reviews, mainly within the offshore oil industry. The practice hires its first Chinese staff.

  • 1994

    Beijing and Shanghai offices open.

    The firm changes its name to Dezan Shira & Associates, moves its Shekou office to downtown Shenzhen, and opens additional offices in Beijing at the Lufthansa Center and in Shanghai in the Sen Mao Tower.

  • 1999

    First issue of China Briefing Magazine published.

    To better promote the firm and to bring all marketing needs directly under its own control, Dezan Shira & Associates launches its first magazine: China Briefing. The issue is distributed throughout five-star hotels in Shenzhen and Guangzhou and immediately runs out of the 1,000 copies printed. Over the next decade, distribution becomes national with circulation reaching 25,000 copies a month.

  • 2004

    Opening of Dezan Shira's Dalian office

    Dezan Shira & Associates opens its office in Dalian.

  • 2006

    Opening of Dezan Shira offices in Zhongshan and Ningbo

    Further South China expansion is realized through the opening of an office in Zhongshan, serving the development of the West Pearl River Delta region. Additionally, as Ningbo's deep water port facilities are developed, and improved road, rail and air connections with Shanghai are built-up, the practice opens an office in the city.

  • 2010

    Qingdao office opens.

    China expansion continues with the establishment of an office in Qingdao.

  • 2013

    Dezan Shira's expansion as an Asia-focused practice

    As foreign direct investment flows increase throughout Southeast Asia due to the growing regional clout of the 10-nation ASEAN bloc, the practice rolls out a newly reinvigorated Asia Briefing portal. In line with Dezan Shira & Associates' Asia-focused approach, ASEAN Briefing is also launched, which contains details of free trade and double tax agreements throughout Asia, including those between ASEAN, China and India.

  • 2015

    Office opened in Dongguan

    Dezan Shira & Associates opens an office in Dongguan.

  • 2016

    HR and Payroll team creates ERP service

    IT, HR, and accounting expertise integrated into one dynamic ERP solution developed by our in-house team.

  • 2017

    25th Anniversary Celebrations

    On November 10 2017, Dezan Shira & Associates hosted a gala dinner in Shanghai to celebrate the firm’s 25th anniversary of doing business in Asia. More than 150 clients, partners, employees, and alumni joined this celebration event, sharing their story with Dezan Shira & Associates.

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