Malcolm Riddell is president of RiddellTseng, a boutique investment
bank that advises leading international financial services and real estate companies on business, investment, and joint ventures in China, and on winning financing from Chinese investors and lenders.

He is also editor of China Debate, published by RiddellTseng. China Debate is an Internet platform that provides a forum for Chinese, Asian, and western thought leaders, as well as for Malcolm himself, to express their views on diverse China issues and that curates the best China research and analysis.

A Mandarin speaker, Malcolm lived and worked for 15 years in Taiwan and China, and brings more than 30 years of experience dealing with Chinese issues—including Chinese business, investment, government relations, and negotiation—to his work on Sino-western business and transactions.

As a lawyer, licensed to practice since 1976 and board certified in international law, he brings decades of experience in handling complex international legal issues.

And, as a former United States delegate to the United Nations, where he represented the U.S. at the Sixth Committee (international law) and was a legal advisor to the U.S. delegation at the UN Security Council, and as former Undersecretary of State for International Affairs in his home state of Florida, he brings senior level experience in international and government relations and negotiations.

Malcolm began his China career in 1978 as a CIA case officer in China Operations, serving also as a ‘Special Operations Group’ reserve officer, and at all times holding ‘Top Secret/Codeword’ clearances.

He left government service in 1984 to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University, and to study at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program, before joining Salomon Brothers investment bank in New York.

Seeing opportunities growing rapidly in Taiwan and China, he departed Wall Street in 1988 to establish RiddellTseng in Taiwan, then one of the ‘Four Asian Tigers.’ As the Chinese financial services sector began to open in the early 1990s, he led the firm into China.

With a strong first-mover advantage, he quickly built RiddellTseng into a leading regional investment bank, with over 20 Chinese and western professionals, one of the largest at the time, and developed a client roster of MetLife, AIG, Cigna, AXA, Zurich, SunLife Financial, Manulife, Eagle Star, Threadneedle, MFS, Citibank, John Portman and Associates, Baring Institutional Real Estate Advisors, Austrade, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Today, RiddellTseng advises clients on business in China; works with them from planning their China transactions to closing them; and represents them in negotiations with Chinese business people and officials. To these ends, Malcolm utilizes his network of contacts and alliances to create issue or transaction-specific teams of experts.

Malcolm brings his knowledge about and experience in China to his research and lectures at Peking University and Harvard University. At Peking University, he is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Peking University Law School and a member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Real Estate Law.

At Harvard, he is an Associate-in-Research at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a member of the Harvard China Fund Academic Committee. In  2009/2010, he was an Asia Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is an instructor for China real estate exec-ed programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD); please view his academic profile at

His research and lecture topics at Harvard and Peking University include: how to do business in China, how to do deals with the Chinese, and how to negotiate with the Chinese; China real estate industry, China financial services industry, and Chinese outbound investment; China business and political risk, and the rise of Maoism.

Malcolm is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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