Dezan Shira & Associates is proud to announce that Richard Cant, former Yangtze River Delta Regional Manager, will be relocating to the United States to take on the role of Director of North American operations starting in early March.


Richard will work out of Dezan Shira’s U.S. liaison office in Boston, a strategic hub and the largest city in the New England region of the United States. Richard will work to expand the Dezan Shira and Asia Briefing footprints in North America. The primary focus will be working with new and existing United States and Canadian clients and partners in relation to outward investment into China, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other ASEAN countries.


Using our Boston location as a base, Richard will travel across the United States and Canada, engaging our key partners in the Leading Edge Alliance, as well as meeting with clients and providing hands-on service for those looking for help in China, India, Vietnam, Singapore, and the wider ASEAN region.


Alberto Vettoretti, Managing Partner, commented on the move, stating that “with our growing client base in North America, this move positions Dezan Shira to offer more personalized and convenient service to our clients, and furthers our commitment North American investment into Asia.”


Richard has spent the past five years with Dezan Shira as a Regional Director operating out of our Shanghai office, where he spent much of his time guiding North American and other foreign clients seeking to enter the Chinese marketplace or to expand their operations there. Richard also frequently presents on business and investment in Asia and the United States in front of numerous trade, international, and professional associations, speaking at over 40 events in 2014.


Richard is an Australian lawyer and CPA with over twenty-five years experience in business and commercial consulting both in Australia and China. He was previously a partner at Ernst & Young Australia. Richard holds a LLB from the University of Adelaide and a LLM from the University of Sydney. Richard’s expertise covers the following:

-          China and Asian Regional International tax Structuring

-          China and Asian FDI, including corporate formation, establishing a joint  venture and partnership, and other investment structures and strategies

-          Due diligence and M&A transactions

-          Transfer Pricing

-          Corporate and Personal tax filings

-          Trademark and patent registration



Chet Scheltema will replace Richard as Regional Manager of the Yangtze River Delta area, which encompasses our Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Suzhou offices. Chet was previously based in our Beijing office, where he oversaw the implementation of our international business advisory services.


Dezan Shira Associates was invited to join the LEA Global a decade ago and it has been a driver of our success in the North American market, partnering Dezan Shira with many strong, North American firms that are regional powerhouses in their markets, such as Kahn Litwin, and Renza. LEA is the second largest accounting association in the world, and has 220 member firms worldwide, operating out of 106 countries.