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 28 years of on-the-ground experience and a large team of lawyers, tax experts and auditors, in addition to researchers and business analysts - we are your partner for growth in Asia.
We support our clients from our 28 offices throughout China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Vietnam, and from our 7 ‘Asian Alliance’ partner offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Together, we makeup one of the largest integrated providers of corporate services in the region, with more than 35 offices and 500 professionals in Asia.
We also serve our corporate clients and partners beyond Asia. Our firm maintains liaison offices in the United States, Europe, and Russia, and advises throughout China’s 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.
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.
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.
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, e-commerce, food and beverage, healthcare, ICT, manufacturing, Non-Governmental Organizations, Professional Services, Trade and E-commerce
Our Resources & Credentials
We are committed to providing business knowledge and intelligence to firms around the world which supports investing and operating in various markets throughout Asia, as a complement to our expert advisory and corporate services. We share this knowledge through Asiapedia, our knowledge resources center, and through our region-specific publishing brand titles that operate under Asia Briefing.
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 25 offices in Asia, Europe, and North America.
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, Russia and The Belt & Road Initiative.
Our Asia and Global Alliances
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.
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.