Maria Kotova 


Maria Kotova is a Head of UK and Ireland Desk and Senior Advisor at Dezan Shira & Associates based in their Shanghai office. With a strong understanding of China and ASEAN regulatory issues, business environment factors, and industry services, Maria advises foreign businesses on corporate formation, taxation and legal issues for their investments in China and SE Asia.

Maria is also an in-demand speaker at international events on legal, tax and financial issues in SE Asia, and acts as a subject-matter expert at conferences and seminars organized by business associations and partners in UK and Asia. She consistently contributes business intelligence publications and  insights on doing business in Asia and is recognised as a thought-leader throughout Asia and beyond.

Prior to joining Dezan Shira & Associates in 2013, Maria worked in both international and domestic business advisory firms in China. Her work included analysis on corporate tax structuring, equity transfers, profit repatriation issues, cross border transactions, analysis of legal and tax implications under M&A and corporate restructuring of Asian groups. Maria has been living in China for 9 years.

Maria has a master's degree in Management and Chinese from South China Normal University and a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Relations from Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University. She also holds a certificate in Chinese studies from Liaoning University.


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