Tim Clissold has more than three decades experience of dealing with complexity in China. He specialises in dispute resolution and, over the past five years, he has recovered more than $300 million from distressed assets in China that had been written off by their foreign owners.

Tim is the author of the bestseller ‘Mr China.’ He has lived, worked and travelled in China since the 1980’s and personally negotiated more than a hundred business transactions there of value over a billion dollars. He specialises in complex situations where there has been a breakdown in the relationship between Chinese and foreign business owners. He has a proven track record of resolving difficult situations in a manner that both sides can accept.

Tim is a director of Henderson Far East Income and Baillie Gifford China Growth, two of the UK’s flagship quoted investment trusts, and served on the Strategic Advisory Board of Braemar Energy Ventures, the New York-based clean energy investor.

Tim’s books have been described as critical to understanding China by the World Economic Forum and Fortune Magazine. Time Magazine called his first book, Mr China, ‘an instant classic’ and it was translated into fifteen languages.

Tim’s aim is to contribute to a better understanding of China so that Westerners can engage and maximise their effectiveness there. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge University China Forum.

The Financial Times Shanghai correspondent wrote of his later book, Chinese Rules;

Read Tim Clissold, the British businessman whose book Mr China is probably the best I have ever come across about China. Now he has written another: it’s about what makes China tick – for foreigners who can clearly hear it ticking but can’t quite figure out why.


“There’s something about China, something so vast and so old that it takes you right out of yourself.”


“There’s something about China, something so vast and so old that it takes you right out of yourself.”


“One might not expect such poetry from a banker.”


As well as speaking on China, Tim uses his experience to coach management teams and boards how to navigate China. He also negotiates with Chinese counterparties on behalf of foreign clients.


A Recipe for Intergenerational Strife

Your editorial, ‘a Hong Kong crackdown would be a tragic error’ (August 15) reaches the right conclusion but it does not propose viable means to

Managing Risk in a Portfolio of China Stocks

Here Tim presents the results of a trailblazing study of more than 60 public China stocks that were attacked by sort sellers. By analysing the

‘The Future of UK-China Relations’

Not many years ago, a visiting politician made an important speech in Paris. His words are worth recalling: When I was a young man, I