S.J. Grand Financial and Tax Advisory is a professional services firm that specializes in assisting foreign-invested companies and multinationals in China and South-East Asia. Established in 2003 in Hong Kong, we now operate a network of offices across China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen) and South-East Asia’s leading hubs of foreign investment.

Our professionals offer a wealth of expertise for the financial, tax and consultancy needs of companies operating not only in China but also in South-East Asia. Our team combines personal commitment with technical expertise to offer profitability strategies that are designed for improved performance, value creation and long-term growth.

More Than 20 Years of Experiance

We deliver value throughout the lifecycle of establishing, maintaining and expanding a business in Asia: set-up and cross-border asset transfer; creating and evaluating the best financial, tax and management structures for your company; mergers, acquisitions, private equity placement and preparing a company for an IPO.

With our hands-on experience of local regulatory frameworks and markets knowledge, we combine the ability, resources and reach of an international firm with responsive, personal attention to each client’s unique business goals.

Our Mission

“We commit every day to ensure safety and success to your operations in Asia”

Our Team is bound by a strong framework of ethical and personal values that are essential for a sustainable relation with our clients, and constitutes the base for our success in the Asian region.

Our Values


We deliver independent solutions our clients can rely on, that comply with legal regulations, secure the privacy, respect property rights and increase profitability.


We are proud of our ability to quickly adapt to changing environments and client needs so we are able to add sustainable value to our clients investments.


S.J. Grands professionals are committed to excellence in their work, whether it is a start up company or a multinational group.


We foster integrated teams of local and foreign experts to combine a fundamental understanding of the Chinese market with international business experience.


We are trying to operate our offices Co2-neutral and support reforestation projects in Fontainebleau France and Hebei province in China. Furthermore we offer complimentary consulting services to SMEs for financing emission reducing and energy efficiency projects.

Our Competencies

Our team combines personal commitment with technical expertise to offer profitability strategies that are designed for improved performance, value creation and long-term growth.

Our Team

Stephane J. Grand


Stephane Grand has over 30 years financial and legal advisory experience on foreign investment in China, specializing in capital structure optimization and management restructuring.

Through the early 1990s, he gained hands-on experience of the PRC legal system as an associate of the Beijing office of law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and with the World Bank Legal Reform and Private Sector Development Departments. He was a founding partner of US barcode technology firm Scanbuy, a senior consultant with Coltrin and Associates, New York, and with Claydon Gescher Associates, a consulting firm in Beijing specializing in Internet and Telecoms. He went on to head the Chinese practice of RSM International (audit and consulting) and created its tax and management consultancy practices. He founded S.J. Grand Financial and Tax Advisory in 2003.

He is a graduate of HEC Paris (MBA), La Sorbonne (Ph.D. in Chinese contract law) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD), and teaches courses on the legal and financial aspects of doing business in China as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Illinois. He speaks English, French and Mandarin.

Philip Ryden

Greater China General Manager and CFO

Philip is a senior financial executive with 25 years of experience who helps organisations achieve their strategies, objectives, goals and be best in class by providing senior management and investors peace of mind.

Prior to joining SJ Grand, Philip worked in finance for publicly listed companies, privately owned companies and non-profit organisations in Hong Kong and Europe across several industries including manufacturing, construction, hospitality/gaming, financial services and non-profit. Philip ran a number of large internal business transformation projects in the region for companies including The Hongkong Jockey Club, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, The International Red Cross, Barclays Bank and Philip Morris International.

Philip received LL.M from Stockholm University and holds licenses & certifications like CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE, LSSBB, PRINCE2. Philip speaks Swedish, English, French and Mandarin Chinese.

Rico Lu

Head of the Beijing Office

Rico Lu is Senior Manager at S.J. Grand. He is with S.J. Grand for 14 years and has progressed through the ranks to the senior managerial position. A Business English graduate, he then certified as Accountant in the P.R.C. and became member of ACCA. Rico leads the auditing and due diligence operations, he extensively understands the P.R.C.’s finance and tax regulatory landscape. He has a remarkable track record of negotiations with both customs and tax administrations. Rico’s major clients include Thales, Kan-pak (Golden State Food), FLO, KUONI Travel, FM Logistic, VALLOUREC, etc. Rico is native in Mandarin and speaks the English language.

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