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Dezan Shira & Associates and the UK: A 25-Year, £475 Million Partnership

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This year, Dezan Shira & AssociatesAsia operations turn 25 years old. We retain extremely strong ties to the UK, with both our Chairman and Founding Partner, Chris Devonshire-Ellis, and Partner, Adam Livermore, being UK nationals, in addition to several other British nationals employed throughout our offices in Asia.  We are members of the many UK chambers of commerce in Asia and well as several of the British institutional entities operating in Asia, including China, ASEAN, and India, where we have over 20 offices and several hundred employees.

Over the past 25 years, we have serviced over 300 UK-based businesses in China alone – an average of one every month for the past quarter century. Collectively, we have facilitated approximately £475 million of UK investment into China, making Dezan Shira & Associates a highly valuable, trusted, and consistent partner for British businesses in Asia.


With our Chairman being a member of the London-based Royal Overseas League, local chamber memberships in Asia allow us to continue to support British initiatives on a regional basis. We also work closely with several British legal and tax firms, with regular visits between the UK, China, and Asia by both parties.

Our UK-based clients

Typical British Dezan Shira & Associates clients are smaller listed companies, subsidiaries of listed companies, and small to medium sized privately owned companies. These companies range from world-renowned conglomerates manufacturing and selling their products around the globe, to smaller privately owned businesses, often with unique and innovative products and services.

The vast majority have found considerable success in China, adding value to their shareholders, generating additional employment opportunities in both China and the UK, and providing increased taxable profits for the UK government once Asia-generated profits have been consolidated into UK head office balance sheets.

Chris Devonshire-Ellis

British expertise in Asia

Dezan Shira & Associates monitors, analyzes, and keeps track of the many UK trade and investment initiatives provided by the UK government to assist UK-based businesses in selling products and services in Asia. Understanding the details of double tax treaties and applicable grants and incentives on offer in the UK and Asia can be the difference between success and failure when competing.

In addition to the evaluation of export and overseas incentives, and tax evaluations in China and Asia, our services to help British companies include obtaining the most financially efficient legal and tax structures for their Asian investments. The following are typical China focused services that Dezan Shira & Associates provide British clients. We provide similar services elsewhere in Asia:


Business resources

Our firm writes, produces, and publishes Asia Briefing, including its well-known China Briefing, ASEAN Briefing, India Briefing, Vietnam Briefing, Indonesia Briefing, and Russia Briefing publications, as well as the new Silk Road Briefing.

These publications have long provided educational support for business students in the UK, as well as providing a “how to” template for British businesspeople in the UK and Asia. This commitment to providing a free business intelligence service has cemented our reputation as one of the most knowledgeable practices in Asia.

Our expertise in doing business in the UK and Asia helps our clients succeed, and keep British businesses ahead of the game in Asia.

PrintDezan Shira & Associates and the United Kingdom: Country Brochure (Complimentary Download)

Our recent article on China – UK Trade: The Effects of Brexit‘ serves as an example of the insight we provide on the UK’s trade with Asia. As the UK enters a new era in its efforts to sculpt its trade outlook and policies, Dezan Shira & Associates is committed to its continuous support of UK initiatives across the region with our 25 years of experience serving British investors.

To learn how Dezan Shira & Associates can assist British companies in China and Asia, please visit our website service page at or email us at For further business assistance in Asia, please send your request here.

Further, to learn more about doing business in Asia, please refer to our Knowledge Sharing Platform.

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