How We Provide Support to American & Canadian Companies throughout Asia
Dezan Shira & Associates is a leading foreign investment (FDI) advisory firm in Asia. We assist US and Canadian businesses set up, grow, and operate in the region. Our multi-disciplinary professionals have provided a range of services that facilitate business success for over 30 years from our 29 offices and 13 Asian Alliance partner offices in APAC.
Clients can obtain comprehensive, integrated business solutions from our combined capabilities as a CPA, law firm, IT service provider, and business intelligence supplier. These blended and tailored services assist clients throughout the whole process of their investment, from site selection and corporate establishment to post-establishment operational and administrative support.
Over one million US and Canadian readers also gain knowledge on the business environments of Asia through our publishing subsidiary, Asia Briefing, and its briefing sites – China Briefing, Vietnam Briefing, India Briefing and ASEAN Briefing – every year.
Our clients consist of mid-cap companies, subsidiaries of listed corporations, smaller family firms and larger multinational enterprises. We service thousands of corporate clients, headquartered in more than 100 countries around the globe, with 40% of our clientele headquartered in North America.
While many of our clients are Fortune 500, we are as comfortable with entrepreneurs as we are with well-established and scaling 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 industry expertise has developed from over 30 years of supporting clients from across numerous industry sectors. Specialist and growth sectors include:
- Consumer goods and services
- Entertainment and sports
- Environment and cleantech
- Information technology
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Professional services
- Trade and e-commerce.
Businesses with multiple presence in Asia can receive our assistance with each of their offices’ local compliance requirements. We support clients throughout China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Dubai, as well as from our Asian Alliance partner offices in 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.
Our overseas offices, including our US-based office in Boston, provide an added layer of real-time support for clients who are headquartered outside Asia. Our international business advisors there serve as a point of contact for our North American clients and partners, working with businesses to expand and maintain their presence in Asia while liaising with our local teams and partners.
We are members of numerous North American organizations that help facilitate trade and investment in Asia – whether physically located in Asia or North America – and cooperate with many more associations, economic development units, and governmental agencies.
In Asia, we partner with organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce China and Canadian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam to educate their members on local compliance matters.
In North America, we collaborate with World Trade Center chapters, international trade associations, country-specific groups, trade agencies, industry associations, and individual law and accounting firms to help US and Canadian companies to understand where and how to do business successfully in Asia.
Globally, we are members of leading professional associations that lend us an extensive network such as the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), an alliance of major independently owned accounting and consulting firms; IR Global, a multi-disciplinary professional services network spanning over 155 jurisdictions; and ETL Global, an international business alliance representing over 50 countries.
Keep Up to Date on Asia
Through our publishing subsidiary, Asia Briefing, and its briefing sites, over a million US and Canadian businesspeople gather the information they need to make informed decisions in Asia every year. The regional Briefing brands that fall under Asia Briefing include China Briefing, Vietnam Briefing, ASEAN Briefing, India Briefing, and Silk Road Briefing.
Underpinned by Dezan Shira & Associates’ expertise and on the ground experience in Asia, our dedicated Asia Briefing editorial team regularly publishes business intelligence articles, industry spotlights, economic analyses, and regulatory updates to keep North American businesses up-to-date and knowledgeable of the fast-paced business environments in Asia.
Subscribers of our content receive the most noteworthy news and analysis from the US and Canadian perspectives in their inboxes monthly. They also receive invitations to events we organize to provide clarity on current, pertinent issues for businesses. If interested in receiving these regular updates, please subscribe here.
Access Our Expertise
Clients, subscribers, and partners can tap into our expertise for free in a variety of different ways, such as through Asiapedia, Asia Briefing, and our events.
We maintain an exhaustive business library on our website, Asiapedia. This library is a collection of resources based on what we have learned about doing business in Asia. These include on-demand webinars, guides, reports, and other practical know-how resources that come directly from our professionals in each region.
Asia Briefing, our publishing subsidiary, not only regularly publishes news about Asia’s business environments, but also releases reports, magazines, and technical guides, including our annual Doing Business guides – which break down the various aspects of doing business in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, ASEAN, and India. Our technical guides on HR & Payroll and Tax & Accounting provide in-depth expertise in those disciplines in Asia, while our magazines tackle current issues and opportunities in the market.
Another way we share our expertise is through our events, held both in webinar and seminar format. Every month we hold events on topics pertinent to American and Canadian businesses. Topics such as profit repatriation from China, opportunities in Vietnam, adding an ASEAN market to your Chinese supply chain, US trade policy in Asia, and more. You can browse and register for our globally held events on the events page.
Why work with Dezan Shira
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.
Dedicated advisors knowledgeable about Asia’s business environments, opportunities, and risks seamlessly support companies with offices in multiple jurisdictions.
A full suite of services that can be integrated to provide practical and effective solutions for simple to complex business needs.
Strong partner network including governmental and business organizations across Asia to provide value-added services, advice, and contacts.
Asia’s markets made accessible through business-related news and analysis on Asia Briefing and its sister publications.
We are a pan-Asia, multi-disciplinary professional services firm, providing market entry, legal, accounting, tax, HR, technology, and operational advisory services tailored to help businesses and investors manage the unique hurdles of international business, across jurisdictions, and in each market.
Pre-Entry Intelligence and Advisory
Business intelligence is a critical component of the decision-making process when considering where and how an investment in Asia should be made. Our cross-regional Asia team can help your business with its strategic direction.
M&A and Due Diligence
Each M&A transaction requires a unique approach to set-up procedures, regulatory barriers, as well as the required due diligence considerations to close the deal and set the stage for future business growth with minimized risk.
Corporate Establishment and Legal Advisory
The incorporation and structure of your investment define the early stages of your Asia expansion and impact your future success. A well-planned legal structure can help to make the difference.
Tax and Accounting
Tax laws and regulations throughout Asia are continuously being updated and refined while international accounting standards vary greatly in practice. Our team of professionals is accustomed to navigating this fast-paced environment and providing local expertise.
HR, Payroll and Global Staffing / PEO
Managing personnel in Asia requires a robust approach to local regulations and customs. Our services are designed to help foreign-invested companies with compliance and best practices.
Technology and Digital Transformation
We understand that Asia’s Information Technology (IT) environment is unique and encompasses the need to understand different languages, regulations, and software. Our advisors can help you find the digital solution you need.
Contact Our Experts
Since its establishment in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates has become one of Asia's most versatile consultancies with more than 600 lawyers, accountants, auditors, HR professionals, business intelligence and technology experts, delivering fully integrated services from more than 35 global offices. Our North American desk leadership team:
Trusted by Global Businesses
Our clients are headquartered across the United States and Canada and range in size from start-ups to mid-cap, and large enterprises. Here is what our clients have to share about us:
Asia Insights for North Americans
North American businesses are increasingly looking to expand and adjust their supply chains and go-to-market strategies across Asia. Watch and read what our experts have to say on the deeper issues in this regard:
- GuideDownload from our Doing Business in Asia 2023 guide series for the fundamentals of setting up and operating in Asia.
- webinarChina’s Reopening after Zero-Covid - Progress Report
- webinarExploring Southeast Asia’s 2023 Outlook – Opportunities and Trends
- case-studyAdjusting Inaccuracies in Financial Statements via Due Diligence
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