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The ASEAN region includes ten countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. These all maintain their own regulatory and investment laws and currencies, and all are at differing stages of economic development. It is important these differences are properly identified prior to investment. We can advise on the optimum ASEAN location for you in terms of cost comparisons, HR efficiency, production capabilities, management and service centers and local consumer market opportunities, as well as handling regional employment and multiple location and management / corporate consolidation issues.

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It is common to use Singapore as a Regional hub for ASEAN as all ASEAN nations maintain banking facilities in the country. Whether trading with ASEAN from Singapore, or intending to set up an ASEAN Representative Office, Trading Company, WFOE or JV, or simply register your trademark in any of the ASEAN nations, it is important you are given the correct advise. Our ASEAN offices in Singapore and Vietnam and local partner firms elsewhere can assist with providing you with the best solutions to your ASEAN needs and structuring. We often handle multi-locational requests.

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We can handle all your tax, compliance and admin needs, be it for one individual on the ground or for a fully fledged factory operation employing hundreds of workers. We can advise on the advantages of pertinent tax treaties and free trade agreements, potential tax exposure and minimization, tax comparisons, in addition to ongoing tax filing, bookkeeping and accounting and payroll services.

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The Dezan Shira & Associates Knowledge Sharing Platform is your essential resource for doing business in Asia. Here you can find market analysis reports, industry reports and studies of the current regulatory environment to help guide your Asian operations.

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Asia Briefing provides you with bespoke studies and ongoing monitoring of the issues most pertinent to your operations in China, India and the ASEAN region.

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  • Recruiting Practices in Vietnam: An Interview with Jon Whitehead
    Oscar Mussons, Associate
    Oscar Mussons, an Associate of Dezan Shira & Associates' operations in Vietnam, will speak with Jon Whitehead. Jon is the Country Manager for Robert Walters Vietnam. Robert Walters is a global, specialist professional recruitment consultancy working with clients across the region and the world. Together they will explore the...

  • Vietnam - New Workshop of the World
    As manufacturing costs in China, and locations around the world, continue to rise, investors are searching for the new low-cost destination for their operations. Vietnam has arisen as a key manufacturing location in Southeast Asia.

  • Establishing a Representative Office in Vietnam
    Liming Zhang, Manager
    In this podcast we will introduce the advantages and the procedures of establishing a representative office in Vietnam and the alternatives to the RO once its mission is finished.

  • How can Chinese Foreign-Invested Entities take advantage of ASEAN presented by Chris Devonshire-Ellis
    Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Chairman
    Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Founder of Dezan Shira & Associates, introduces ASEAN and the Asian Economic Community and provides market entry tips to Asia using Singapore as the Gateway.

ASEAN Briefing is produced by Dezan Shira & Associates, a professional services firm established in Asia since 1992. We provide legal, tax and operational services to foreign investors throughout our multiple Asian and Alliance offices and experienced team of 600 regional professional staff.

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