Dezan Shira Directors Visiting St.Petersburg International Economic Forum: Aiming To Introduce Russian Businesses To Asia

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Dezan Shira & Associates are sending two high profile directors to the annual St.Petersburg International Economic Forum, which takes place from 6th to 8th June this year. It is Russia’s largest economic and commercial event and attracts thousands of international businesses and national leaders from around the world. Russian President Putin provides the opening speech, and each of Russia’s Provinces and major cities all exhibit. Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Dezan Shira’s Chairman, and Maria Kotova, Head of the firms Russian desk, will be attending.

The firm advises Russian clients on entering markets in Asia and has done for nearly 30 years. With 28 offices throughout China, Hong Kong, India, the ASEAN nations as well as Singapore and Vietnam, the firm boasts over 300 professional staff and an unmatched expertise in advising and assisting global businesses enter and then properly develop their Asian businesses. “China alone is the single largest consumer market in the world” says Kotova “Russian companies need to know how to sell to that market and often that involves new e-commerce platforms. We can assist build the link between Russian sellers and Chinese consumers.”

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Devonshire-Ellis continues “The sanctions placed on Russia have pushed Russian businesses into Asia. We advise a complete range of clients from the services industry to manufacturing and from banks to agriculture and mining. There is a lot of market potential for Russian businesses especially now as many Asian countries are agreeing Free Trade deals with the Eurasian Economic Union.”

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Russia Briefing is produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. The firm advises international businesses on investing, setting up businesses and administering them throughout the Eurasian region, including Russia, China, India & ASEAN, and maintains offices and partners in each of these countries and regions. For assistance with investing in Russia, or for Russian businesses wishing to invest in Asia, please contact Maria Kotova at or visit us at

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