ParenteBeard LLC has formed a “China desk” within the firm to provide clients with consulting services related to China, effective immediately.

“The China desk was created in response to the increased demand for high quality international consulting services for both inbound and outbound initiatives related to China,” said ParenteBeard chairman and CEO Bob Ciaruffoli in a statement. “Our firm recognizes the importance of providing exceptional client service that meets the specialized needs of our international client base.”

Headquartered in New York City, the China desk will provide an extensive line of services tailored specifically to clients either seeking to invest in China or China-based companies interested in expansion within the U.S. market.

Led by Joe O’Neill, ParenteBeard’s regional managing partner and tax practice leader, the China desk team will include international tax and audit professionals, including several members who are proficient in the Chinese, Cantonese, and Mandarin languages.

Additional expertise will be provided by partner Lawrence Gotfried leading the desk’s audit practice and partner Michael Mathisen as lead of the desk’s tax practice. Both bring years of international experience and knowledge to help spearhead this new international initiative.

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