Dezan Shira & Associates, one of the largest business advisory firms in Asia, has established a U.S. presence by co-locating in Elliott Davis, PLLC’s Charlotte office on East Morehead Street. Elliott Davis, one of the largest tax, assurance and consulting services firms in the Southeast, and Dezan Shira are members of The Leading Edge Alliance, a worldwide association of independently owned accounting firms. It is this affiliation that drove Dezan Shira’s expansion in Charlotte where it currently has one representative, Jessica Tou. The firm says additional hiring is possible. Elliott Davis’ International Practice will work closely with Dezan Shira to bring both inbound investment to the Carolinas and outbound investment to Asia. Dezan Shira, which assists foreign multinationals entering into markets, selected Charlotte as its first American office to tap into the city’s financial and manufacturing sectors. The firm also lauds the region for its trade accessibility with China and other Asian countries. Together, Dezan Shira and Elliott Davis will provide a unique service solution to global clients providing exceptional due diligence in both markets and working to bring American products to China, where a growing middle class is demanding them. “The U.S. just recorded its highest level of exports to China – $100 billion last year. This demonstrates that China is now becoming a sustainable and increasing consumer market for U.S. products and services. We hope to help American firms export more to Asia and narrow the trade gap. Elliott Davis provides us a great platform from which to reach out to the U.S. market and assist American firms in getting to Asia,” said Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Principal of Dezan Shira.