Month: June 2015

Featured Member: Richard Cant


Richard Cant, North America Director, Dezan Shira & Associates

How did you end up in your line of business?

My background is fairly traditional but my current role is somewhat unique. I am a lawyer/CPA from Australia that worked for a number of large law firms and Big 4-6 firms most recently as a Tax Partner at Ernst & Young in Sydney , Australia. In mid-2000’s, I moved to China to undertake some private business and ended up staying for 10 years- 5 years in Beijing, and 5 years in Shanghai. The stint in Shanghai was as the head of Dezan Shira’s Shanghai office assisting USA & European businesses establish their Chinese operations and operate those businesses with outsourced accounting, tax and other compliance services. I recently relocated from Shanghai to Boston as the head of Dezan Shira & Associates’ North American office to work more closely with our existing clients and partners in North America and develop new business and new partnerships.

We work very closely with Kahn Litwin & Renza CPA a large New England CPA firm with offices in Boston, Waltham and Providence.

How did you first get involved with ACG Boston and why did you become a member?

I was advised by a number of people in China & USA that ACG was the premier business & networking organization in the USA and the Greater Boston area. Also John Surrette a partner of KLR CPA is a Board Member of ACG Boston. I’m interested in connecting with PE & other financial services firms that have a connection with China & Asia.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I was the lead singer of a prominent Australian punk band in the early 80’s.

What is your most satisfying professional accomplishment?

Running a large professional services practice in Shanghai for 5 years, and relocating to the USA.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever had?

Recent travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday. Highlight was a sunset champagne reception in the Ankor Wat temple complex.