APAC country guides

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Fast business growth opportunities

Asia Pacific (APAC), a geographic area that includes much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, has become a key driver of the global economy. As the middle-class consumer market expands rapidly and opportunities open up, global investors will want to capitalize on this untapped region and prioritize the APAC region as a critical part of their expansion strategy.

World-class tech hubs are already long established in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Melbourne – and the innovative drive is spreading to other cities.

Business considerations

Doing business in Asia and Australia involve many considerations, including the following:

  • Understanding the government’s role in business, as this varies across the markets.
  • Registering the business and furnishing the required upfront capital, documentation, resources and personnel for the structure selected.
  • Complying with labor, payroll and hiring policies.
  • Understanding APAC accounting and filing taxes and regulations.
  • Knowing what to look for in local partners and investors.

  • APAC countries are typically business-friendly, with lower effective corporate tax rates than in Europe or the Americas. These local governments are competing to attract foreign investment, and this often means tax incentives or deductions. Across the region, regulators in the financial services industry are increasingly focused on transparency, improved governance and customer protection. This is creating a foundation for sustainable and profitable growth in the industry.

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    Frequently asked questions about APAC

    What are the risks of doing business in the APAC market?

    Doing business in the Asia-Pacific region isn’t without risks, including the potential threat of cybersecurity issues, which requires cross-border coordination. It also highlights the need for anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) due diligence.

    What is the compliance complexity of doing business in the APAC market?

    With a diverse range of languages, cultures and legal systems, the region features more time-consuming compliance requirements than does any other region, as noted in the 2018 Compliance Complexity Index, which ranks 84 countries based on the compliance burden in areas like corporate governance, company formation and directorship services.

    What is the APAC region?

    Asia Pacific (APAC) is a geographic area that includes much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and has become a key driver of the global economy. APAC is a vast region, home to over 4.3 billion people, which is roughly 60% of the global population, and it includes some of the fastest growing economies in Asia.

    What do I need to know to do business in the APAC region?

    Expanding business into APAC countries involves a variety of considerations, such as developing a solid market strategy, overcoming cultural and language barriers, and understanding the government’s role and business regulations. Our country guides provide more detail.

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