Overview

Dezan Shira & Associates is a pan-Asia, multi-disciplinary professional services firm, providing legal, tax and operational advisory to international corporate 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. With more than 25 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.

Originally incorporated in Hong Kong in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates is in its third decade of operations and has subsequently grown to support 28 offices and over 300 staff in our operations throughout China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Vietnam together with our alliance partners in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Our firm also maintains client liaison offices in the United States, Europe and Russia, and also advises on strategies concerning China's Belt & Road Initiative. We are members of the Leading Edge Global Alliance, giving us further access to another 620 offices across another 100 countries. This means we can handle multi-jurisdictional clients as a one-stop-shop.

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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 can hold our clients’ hands through the entire process of Asian familiarization, business planning, and corporate establishment. We can then provide post-establishment administration, financial, HR, payroll, and IT services.

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

Our clients are typically mid cap companies, either subsidiaries of listed corporations, smaller family firms as well as large MNC's. We have serviced clients from over 100 countries around the globe with about 40% of our client base from North America, 35% from Europe. Our clients come from industrial sectors such as engineering, architectural services, construction, auto and related components, infrastructure development, telecommunications, IT, consumer goods and services, e-commerce, import-export, light manufacturing, and business services.

While many of our clients are Fortune 500 players, most are within the Fortune 5000 globally. We are as comfortable with entrepreneurs as we are with well established businesses. Our diversified clientele allows us to strengthen the knowledge base that we continue to use in assisting our clients do business across Asia.

Our Resources & Credentials

Dezan Shira & Associates is committed to developing business intelligence and understanding of investing across Asia. The firm publishes significant and well-received business titles about each of the markets and disciplines in which it operates through its publishing subsidiary, Asia Briefing Ltd.

Asia Briefing publications include magazines, technical guides and highly rated websites concerning business developments across Asia, including China, ASEAN, India,The Belt & Road Initiative, Russia and Vietnam. The firm also sustains an exhaustive business library.

Our Professional Networks


  • Leading Edge Alliance

    Dezan Shira & Associates is a member of the Leading Edge Alliance, the worlds 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 jurisdications. The network and its members specialize in legal, accountancy and financial advisory services, connecting clients and providing strategic global development.


  • ETL Group

    Dezan Shira & Associates is a member of ETL Group. The group 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 their global reach.

  • Dezan Shira Asian Alliance

    We have formed our own alliance of smaller Asian firms to support our clients activities throughout the region. We assist with practice development as well as provide client services in smaller and developing Asian nations.

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