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The Future of China Due Diligence: Where do you get your information and data?
Join three career China watchers to understand the past, present, and future of China's data and information landscape.
Understanding China’s economy and doing due diligence on Chinese companies have always presented challenges and defied global — and especially Western — standards and expectations. As independent journalism has all but evaporated and as all aspects of financial and economic policy are increasingly bent towards political Party interests, the situation has gotten even murkier in recent years. Join three career China watchers to understand the past, present, and future of China’s data and information landscape.
Bliss is a Principal with Control Risks. After a decade in China, she relocated to New York from Shanghai, where she led the business intelligence practice. Bliss is Control Risks’ Americas-based representative on China issues. She specializes in business intelligence and investigative due diligence, advising on a range of risks with reputational, commercial and compliance implications. Bliss has extensive experience on anti-corruption matters.
Prior to joining Control Risks, Bliss worked for a risk management firm in Shanghai on due diligence and investigations. She developed the company’s fraud awareness training program and reported on regulatory and geopolitical risks across China. Her China experience also includes working as an analyst with a financial services firm.
Bliss first came to China to Fudan University to research financial sector reforms following China’s World Trade Organization accession. She was invited to the East-West Centre in Honolulu to research Chinese international trade patterns. Bliss has a political science degree from the University of Georgia, where she was a Foundation Fellow.
A leading authority on China’s economy and financial system, Leland is the co-founder and CEO of China Beige Book International.
Leland is a frequent commentator on media outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio, CNN, BNN, BBC, and FOX Business, and he has served as a guest host of two of the financial world’s top morning news shows, CNBC Squawk Box and Bloomberg Surveillance. His work is featured regularly in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, Foreign Policy, The Hill, and South China Morning Post.
Before co-founding China Beige Book in 2010, Leland was a capital markets attorney based out of New York and Hong Kong and worked on the deal team at a major investment bank. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Hardy C. Dillard fellow and editor-in-chief of the International Law Journal; a master’s degree in Chinese History from Oxford University; a BA in European History from Washington & Lee University; and a graduate Chinese language fellowship from Tunghai University (Taiwan).
Leland is an elected member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Economic Club of New York, an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Global Interdependence Center, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council.
Bob Guterma is SupChina’s Chief Operating Officer. He lived in China for nine years, during which time he worked as an M&A-focused management consultant with Control Risks, a London-based consultancy. He later joined a venture-backed Chinese information services startup called Capvision Partners, which is now the largest primary investment research provider in China.
Since then he has held partner-level positions with digital agencies (Bantam Communications) and management consulting firms (Point86 LLC) where he has worked on large scale strategy, digital transformation, and communications projects with clients including PWC, McKinsey, Bain Capital, and more.
In between it all he co-founded and/or experimented with a number of venture-backed startups in the U.S. and Germany. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, conversational German, and native English, and he received a degree in Economics from Georgetown University and certificates in Chinese economic and political systems from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.