Adam Livermore is an equity partner at Dezan Shira & Associates. Born in London, he has been living in China for the past sixteen years and is proficient in Chinese and Japanese.
Adam is based in our Dalian office where he manages both client-facing resources as well as several internal functions for the firm. Adam has been exposed to most areas of the firm’s broad range of operations, but has a particular specialization in the areas of Human Resources in China, relating to both the legal and administrative aspects. He also possesses a comprehensive understanding of the key legal and accounting topics related to foreign direct investment in China. Having overseen Dezan Shira’s Indian operations for the past several years, Adam is able to compare and contrast these two huge, yet fundamentally different economies, and can provide insights into their respective business cultures and the operational challenges foreign investors face.
Before coming to China, Adam worked for nine years in Japan. During his time there he became deeply involved in commercial real estate finance, working at GMAC Commercial Mortgage. His work exposed him to the business areas of asset management, property management, distressed loan servicing, commercial loan origination and REIT structuring. Properties under Adam’s management at the time included office buildings, sports centers, distribution centers, supermarkets and mixed-use buildings. His focus was on the maintenance and disposition of these assets for the company.
Adam has co-authored a book with colleagues from Dezan Shira’s Dalian office entitled “Human Resources in China.” It provides in-depth explanations of the critical aspects that foreign managers need to understand when dealing with human resources issues in the People's Republic of China. He regularly contributes to Asia Briefing’s series of technical guides and provides technical insight for Asia Briefing's business websites. Recently a key focus of his is how to leverage ERP systems and other tools to integrate, localize and automate accounting work. Many of these articles have been syndicated in business publications worldwide.