Short Term Engagements

Our retainer-based model is designed for short-term engagements where companies can utilize our expertise and resources – from anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks – to achieve a specific need, goal, or mission in the Chinese market.


Consultant Rates



Senior Partner 450
Partner 350
Associate Partner 220
Engagement Manager 150
Analyst 110

Serica does not, under any circumstances, work on a commission or sweat equity only basis.

Engagement Process

  1. Receive an initial consultation for free (billed hourly thereafter) to discuss your needs and goals.
  2. Sign a ‘Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement’ to protect everyone’s interests. For mutual convenience and security, we send the agreement electronically (via Docusign) for e-signature.
  3. Receive profiles of the consultants we will assign to you along with a basic time estimate in a simple digital proposal that you can sign and pay online with ease.
  4. Engagement begins, and fees are deducted from the retainer at the rates stipulated above. If the volume of work is below the original estimate, you will be reimbursed the difference. If it exceeds the expected volume, you will be notified in advance to replenish the retainer.
  5. Upon completion, you can repeat the process or switch to a longer-term, more cost-effective engagement.


1. What is the minimum amount to retain Serica’s services?
The minimum amount to retain Serica is $15,000.

2. Can you work on a commission-only basis?
No. We do not work on a commission-only basis under any circumstances.

3. Does your pricing include expenses?
No. However, the contract we sign states that all expenses must be pre-agreed in advance and that receipts must be provided before any reimbursement can be made.

4. What currencies do you accept?
We accept USD, EUR, GBP, SGD, and CNY.

5. Why do you exclusively use digital contracts, proposals, and invoices?

The ability to receive, sign and pay electronically provides both of us with enhanced security and greater convenience.