About us

A China corporate specialist with global standards.

About Acclime China

Your trusted partner in doing business in China.

If you’re expanding your business to China, you want a professional services firm you can trust.

At Acclime, our specialist team has grassroots knowledge and an acute local understanding of market-specific intricacies and nuances. We truly understand the best practices and go the extra mile to support our clients along their journey to making their business idea happen in China and beyond.

Acclime China
in numbers.

35+

Employees

20+

Years of experience

3

Locations

250+

Clients
Acclime Group

Part of the Acclime family.

Acclime China is a part of the Acclime Group – an Asia-focused premier corporate services specialist. Our regional network of grass-roots experts is pushing the corporate services sector with bold, innovative solutions that are seamlessly delivered to the highest global standards.

At Acclime, we understand Asian markets. With local experts everywhere from Singapore and Hong Kong to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos — we have grassroots knowledge and international nous. We are not paying mere lip service; our people are real experts on the ground.

We make everything seamless and simple, navigating turbulent changes in rules and conditions so you can focus on doing what you do best.


Brand values

Our beliefs unlock true potential.

Expertise.

Our local knowledge of complex Asian markets is unparalleled. But we get the big picture too — with a global perspective that will help your business interests prosper.

Agility.

We help you navigate the most complex aspects of operating throughout Asia. Applying speed and dexterity to win you success.

Innovation.

Innovative thinking and new technology are what makes Acclime different. Everything we do is geared to serve you and accelerate your business.

Collaboration.

Across Asian markets or in our own teams, working with you and for you, we believe combined efforts give the best outcome.

Empathy.

It’s emotional intelligence that really sets us apart, thanks to deep roots country-by-country. Driving your business forward with fairness and humility.
Locations

Find your Acclime expert.

Doing business in Asia? Beyond China, we can also help you advance in other key Asian emerging markets and major hubs.
Our people

Leadership.

In-country experts with an exceptional industry reputation and track record in China.

Ann Sophie de Meester.

Corporate Services Director
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Bram Voeten.

Business Development Manager
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Emily Shi.

Partner, Finance and Operations Director Beijing
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Gina Chen.

Operations Director
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Joy Lu.

Senior Accountant
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Maarten Roos.

Partner
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Maxime Van ‘t Klooster.

Partner, Director Beijing
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Michael Pronk.

Partner, BD Director Europe
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Peter Pronk.

Ambassador
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Robin Tabbers.

Partner
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Stella Zhou.

Director
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Ann Sophie de Meester.

Corporate Services Director

Ann Sophie is a director of Acclime China, co-manages the team and focuses on maintaining strong client relationships.

Before joining Acclime China, Ann Sophie was the Group Financial Controller for a Norwegian multinational, and she worked as director for corporate services at Chinese law firm R&P China Lawyers. Over several years working in China, she has built extensive experience advising foreign companies on tax compliance for various cross-border operations, including VAT and CIT optimization. She specializes in intercompany transactions, and reconciliation of financial statements so that they comply with IFRS and China GAAP.

Ann Sophie was educated at Aarhus University in Denmark, with a dual BA in Chinese and Business Administration. Ann Sophie also attended programs at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Shanghai Donghua University, and is fluent in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English and Chinese (Mandarin).

Bram Voeten.

Business Development Manager

As business development manager of Acclime China, Bram’s responsibility is to ensure that the needs of Acclime China’s foreign clients are met. He acts as a bridge between international clients and the company’s accountants and tax specialists.

Before joining Acclime China, Bram worked in a number of commercial positions. His client portfolios contained several of the world’s biggest retailers including Aldi and Walmart. Bram has built a strong understanding of both western and Chinese culture, which has proven to be invaluable to align mutual expectations.

Bram earned a Bachelor in Commercial Economics from the Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and focused his optional courses on doing business with China. He is fluent in English and Dutch, and always working on improving his Chinese.

Gina Chen.

Operations Director

Gina is the operations director of Acclime China. She manages the team of financial consultants and accountants to provide high-level corporate services to the subsidiaries of multinational and transnational companies in China; and plays an important role in Acclime China’s expansion through M&A activities.

She joined Acclime China from R&P China Lawyers, where she managed operations for the firm’s corporate service department. Her main expertise relates to bookkeeping, PRC & IFRS financial report, tax filing, tax planning & advice, risk control, corporate restructuring, financial due and financial advisory. As head of advisory, she is actively involved in complex tax matters and financial due diligence projects.

Gina graduated from Nanjing University and is PRC Certified Public Accountant. She is fluent in Chinese and English.

Joy Lu.

Senior Accountant

Joy is Acclime China’s senior accountant. She is in charge of some of the firm’s key accounts and co-supervises the accounting team.

Before joining Acclime China, Joy was accounting manager of US multinational, East Balt Baker Shanghai Co., Ltd. (the main burger supplier of McDonald and KFC in Mainland China) for ten years, and senior accountant of the corporate services department of R&P China Lawyers.

Joy graduated from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with a LL.B. in accounting. She is a PRC Certified Public Accountant since 2003 and is fluent in Chinese and English.

Maarten Roos.

Partner

Maarten is a partner of Acclime China and as executive director has overall responsibility for the business. He is leading the financial and operations managers, supports expansion efforts of Acclime China, and safeguards and continues to improve Acclime Group’s high-quality service level in China.

Originally from the Netherlands, Maarten has been in China since 1999 and is fluent in Chinese. He worked for a leading law firm Wang Jing & Co. in Guangzhou, and in 2010 joined R&P China Lawyers, a boutique Shanghai-based law firm that supports international companies in China. His passion is to provide M&A, legal, market-entry and corporate services to European, Northern American, and Australian companies that invest in China.

Maarten graduated from Leiden University (the Netherlands), and attended courses at Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University, the Hong Kong Open University, and Harvard Law School (Leaders for Lawyers, 2018). He is on the supervisory board of 30+ subsidiaries of multinationals in China, and he is an arbitrator of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai Arbitration Center / SHIAC) specialising in disputes on foreign investment, joint ventures and international cooperation, corporate law and contract law.

Robin Tabbers.

Partner

Robin is a partner of Acclime China. As executive director, he is also responsible for expansion, sales, and marketing, leads the business development and key accounts managers, and takes charge of Acclime China’s expansion through new client acquisitions and M&A.

He has been in China since 2010, when he joined R&P China Lawyers, a boutique Shanghai-based law firm that supports international companies in China. His focus lies with providing legal, market entry, intellectual property, and corporate services to western companies that do business in or with China or Hong Kong.

Robin graduated from Tilburg University (the Netherlands), with a background in international law and economics. He is on the supervisory board of the China subsidiaries of several multinational companies. Legal directories’ client feedback praises him for his no-nonsense, direct and going-the-extra-mile approach when it comes to structuring and advising them on their China investment.

Stella Zhou.

Director

Stella is a director of Acclime China, for HR and payroll services. She also heads the company’s administration department.

Stella started her career at Junhe Law Office in an HR role, and headed HR and payroll services for R&P China Lawyers. Her focus remains on dealing with all kinds of HR-related issues, from payroll and social insurance matters to employment on-boarding and termination. She is also the key person for Acclime China’s virtual HR manager program.

Stella is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese and English.

Emily Shi.

Partner, Finance and Operations Director Beijing

Emily joined the Acclime team in January 2021 as Partner. She is responsible for leading the finance team which, provide high-level commercial business service to customers. Emily also takes the lead in managing the daily operations of the Beijing office.

Emily Shi has worked in the accounting field for almost 20 years. Prior to Acclime China, Emily Shi worked as CFO for many western entities, including Hong Kong, American, and European based companies. With ample knowledge and rich accounting and management experiences, Emily is dedicated to providing international and professional service with integrity and passion.

Emily graduated from the Zhejiang University of South China with the major of English Language Literature. She has earned both international and professional accounting qualification and proudly maintains her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) certificate.

Jack O’Dwyer.

Director PRD

Jack is the Manager of the Acclime Group’s PRD office. He oversees the corporate service projects and supervises the accounting team.

Before joining Acclime China, Jack was the Manager of 1421 Consulting Group’s PRD office. He was also the founder of the International China Business Logistics Group.

Jack graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in International Relations, China Studies, and International Marketing in 2016. He then moved to mainland China and has gained experience working across a variety of industries. He has achieved HSK 5 certification and is fluent in Chinese and English.

Maxime Van ‘t Klooster.

Partner, Director Beijing

Maxime joined Acclime in January 2021 as Partner and Director of Acclime’s Beijing office. Furthermore, he leads the consulting department and is responsible for local business development and client relations.

Maxime was co-owner and COO of 1421 Consulting Group, which was acquired by Acclime. With over 7 years of experience in China, Maxime has advised clients in various industries on their strategy, market-entry, and local operations.

Maxime graduated from Maastricht University with a master’s degree in International Business and a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He also attended programs in Beijing, China, and Grenoble, France. Maxime is fluent in Dutch, English, and French.

Michael Pronk.

Partner, BD Director Europe

Michael joined the Acclime Group as Partner in January 2021 and serves as the head of business development and digital marketing in Europe. Michael is responsible for establishing strategic partnerships in Europe, finding potential clients, and establishing the name of Acclime within the Western world.

Michael Pronk was co-owner and CEO of 1421 Consulting Group, which was acquired by Acclime. Michael has 10 years of experience in international business development and marketing. Through his leadership, 1421 Consulting Group became a recognised brand in Europe.

Michael is an entrepreneur at heart, owning other business ventures in the Netherlands. Michael has a Fashion and Management Bachelor’s degree from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

Peter Pronk.

Ambassador

Since 1983, Peter has been a serial entrepreneur starting and partnering with over 24 companies across many different industries. In 2011, he founded 1421 Consulting Group which has supported over 250 global companies’ China-related business activities. In December 2020, 1421 Consulting Group joined the Acclime group where Peter will be the Ambassador of Acclime, supporting the BD team with bringing in new business. Peter is currently based in the Netherlands.

Peter originates from a meat “family” and The Hague. In 1983, he started his own meat processing company (P. Pronk Vlees B.V.), which he ran until 1997. Through various consulting assignments and his shareholding and management role at Swilion Business Consulting (1997 – 2005) he transitioned his work to the renewable energy sector. From 2005 to 2010, Peter was the Asia director for the Dutch wind turbine producer, Emergya Wind Technologies B.V. (EWT). In this role, he built up the market in Asia with an emphasis on China. In 2008, Peter moved to China with his wife and daughter. In April 2011, Peter started 1421 Consulting Group Ltd. with the goal of supporting Western companies doing business in China. From October 2018 until June 2020, Peter served as the director of a European Union-funded project called EUSME Centre, carried out by 6 Chamber of Commerce (London, Brussels and Beijing). In September 2020, Peter and his wife moved back to the Netherlands, where he now is the board member of an international meat company named F. Wellink Lekkerkerk B.V.

Peter holds a degree of life experience from the University of the world and likes to learn and experience more every day.

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