About Dezan Shira & Associates

Dezan Shira & Associates is a pan-Asia, multi-disciplinary professional services firm, providing market entry, legal, accounting, tax, HR, technology, and operational advisory to international investors. Operational throughout China, ASEAN and India, our mission is to guide foreign companies through Asia's complex regulatory environment and assist them with all aspects of establishing, maintaining, and growing their business operations in the region.

Originally incorporated in Hong Kong in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates is now in its third decade of operations. With more than 30 years of on-the-ground experience and a large team of lawyers, tax experts and auditors, in addition to researchers, business analysts and IT professionals - we are your partner for growth in Asia.

We support clients from our 35 offices throughout China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Dubai, as well as from our 14 Asian Alliance partner offices in Australia, Bangladesh, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, and South Korea. Together, we make up one of the largest integrated providers of corporate services in the entire Asian region, including more than 600 professionals in Asia.

We also serve our corporate clients and partners beyond Asia, via liaison offices in Germany, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, as well as advise throughout the China Belt & Road Initiative regions. As members of accounting, tax, and legal professional alliances, we support our multi-jurisdictional clients with one-stop-shop access to services in more than 155 countries globally.

Our Services

Dezan Shira & Associates is a specialist practice that provides foreign direct investment services for international businesses looking to enter and expand their operations in Asia. Specifically, our services include pre-investment and entry strategy advisory, comparisons of investment destinations, due diligence, corporate establishment, tax advisory, accounting & reporting, treasury administration, financial review, internal audit & compliance, human resource administration & payroll, and ERP & financial system review.

In essence, we are able to guide clients through Asian familiarization, entry and operations. We hold our clients' hands throughout the entire process of Asian familiarization, business planning, and corporate establishment. We also provide comprehensive post-establishment operational support and advisory services, in the areas of administration, corporate or legal advisory, accounting, tax and finance, HR, payroll, and technology services.

This is why we believe that we are your partner for growth in Asia.

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Our Global Reach

We are a Pan-Asia practice with fully-integrated corporate offices working both locally and with one another to provide multi-jurisdictional advice and planning for businesses operating across Asia. Our expert staff regularly interact with and travel between our offices to pool, share, and enhance our already extensive regional intelligence on doing business. This unique aspect of our business model enables Dezan Shira & Associates to provide a concise, detailed and accurate picture on the latest developments in the local region as well as cross-regional tax and regulatory matters. Our solution sets provide unique comparisons to our clients with optimum business insights that other single-country firms cannot equal.

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Our Clients and Sector Expertise

Our clients consists of mid cap companies, subsidiaries of listed corporations, smaller family firms and larger multinational firms. We service thousands of corporate clients, headquartered in more than 100 countries around the globe, including approximately 70% from North America and Europe.

While many of our clients are Fortune 500 players, most could be deemed ‘fortune 5000’ firms, globally. We are as comfortable with entrepreneurs, as we are with well-established and scaling enterprises. Our diversified clientele allows us to strengthen the knowledge base that we continue to use in assisting our clients do business across Asia.

Our industry expertise has developed from over 28 years of supporting clients from across numerous industry sectors. Specialist and growth sectors include consumer goods and services, education, entertainment, environment, food and beverage, healthcare, ICT, manufacturing, Non-Governmental Organizations, professional services, as well as trade and e-commerce.

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Our Brands and Resources

  • To support companies’ investments and operations in Asia, we provide core expert advisory and corporate services through Dezan Shira & Associates, as well as regional thought leadership and business knowledge and market intelligence, and specialized applications and services through our brands and subsidiaries.

  • Our Brands

    We take pride in our family of brands, through which we offer specialized solutions and knowledge that empowers businesses as they journey towards strategic growth and operational excellence across the diverse landscapes of Asia's business environment.

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  • Asiapedia

    The firm sustains an exhaustive business library. Asiapedia is a collection of resources based on what we have learned about doing business in Asia. It’s the product of more than 300 team members collaborating across 35 offices in Asia, Europe, and North America.

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  • Asia Briefing

    Asia Briefing is an umbrella of regional publication titles, each of which includes articles, magazines, and technical guides that include Asia business updates and insights. Each region covers a mixture of topics including market entry, FDI, and operating throughout Asia from a Tax, Legal and HR perspectives. Asia Briefing covers the following regions China, Vietnam, ASEAN Countries, India, and Middle East.

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Our Asia and Global Alliances

  • ETL Group

    Dezan Shira & Associates is a member of ETL Group. ETL is Europe's largest tax and legal consultancy group and maintains a network of 870 firms in over 50 countries to provide unique range of consulting services to European businesses looking to expand.

  • Leading Edge Alliance

    Dezan Shira & Associates is a member of the Leading Edge Alliance, the world’s second largest global network of 226 accounting practices including 620 offices in 110 countries. Dezan Shira & Associates won the Alliance´s "Most Innovative Practice" – its highest award – and the "Recognition of Excellence" award in 2013, the prestigious “Edge Award” in 2014, as well as the “Outstanding Marketing Award” in 2016.

  • IR Global

    Dezan Shira & Associates is a member of IR Global, a network of legal and tax firms across 155 countries and jurisdictions. The network and its members specialize in legal, accountancy and financial advisory services, connecting clients and providing strategic global development.

  • Dezan Shira Asian Alliance

    Dezan Shira & Associates leads an alliance of highly capable firms in Asia to better support our clients’ activities throughout the region. Through this alliance, we assist with practice development and provide joint client services in smaller emerging nations across Asia.

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Trusted by Global Businesses

Our clients are headquartered in more than 100 countries worldwide - including Europe, the Americas, and Asia, ranging in size from start-ups, to mid-cap and large enterprises. Here is what our clients have to share about us:

Dezan Shira has played a crucial role in helping our China expansion from a RO to a full-fledged trading entity - through careful planning, in-person meetings, and qualitative strategic advice. The setup ... is particularly complex in China, but we were led through the legal and tax intricacies, regulations, and obligations towards local authorities smoothly. We were delighted to close the circle by inaugurating our China office with Dezan Shira’s help.
Ping has offices in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. We’ve been a client of Dezan Shira’s for 25 years, from setting up companies, to back-office services. Although many “big 8” firms think they specialize in Asia, ... Dezan Shira is the only firm that I know of with the breadth, depth, and expertise across the region. My compliments to the team for our 25 years of positive experience; I rely on, recommend, and trust you even more.
Dezan Shira & Associates’ excellent integrated corporate service solutions and strategic advice, have played a crucial role for us in implementing our Singapore expansion plans.
Dezan Shira assists Organica Water with our corporate secretarial services, financial and tax advice in Asia. Their availability and high-level professional services have led to a valuable long-term relationship, re sulting in global cooperation.
Our company had already been operating in Asia for years. However, Dezan Shira’s Business Intelligence team provided us with a country benchmarking study, that led us to make key decisions with our supply chain th...at has since increased our company's competitiveness.
From the complex Shanghai entity setup to tax advisory across several Asian jurisdictions, Dezan Shira & Associates provided us with value-added services that have allowed us to quickly grow and steady our business in the region.