Chris Torrens


  • Asia Pacific
  • Risk Assessments
  • Strategy and Deal Origination
  • Political and Economic Risk Monitoring

Chris Torrens is a Partner in Control Risks’ Greater China and North Asia region, based in Beijing. Chris heads up the North China geomarket and oversees the company’s growing Chinese client base, advising both state-owned and private Chinese multinational companies operating globally. In these capacities he has consulted with multinational and Chinese corporations across various industries on risk and strategy issues, particularly in relation to geopolitical and regulatory risks.

Chris was previously based in London as the Partner responsible for the Global Risk Analysis practice for Europe and Africa, managing a 40-strong team responsible for all political, operational and security risk analysis undertaken across the region, via both online and consulting channels.

Before moving back to London Chris was the China Director of Compliance, Forensics & Intelligence and General Manager in Shanghai. He also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Shanghai and for government relations and business advisory firm Batey Burn (subsequently acquired by APCO) in Hong Kong. He has spent more than 20 years in Greater China. Chris first worked for Control Risks as an Asia-Pacific analyst between 1989 and 1994.

Chris is a regular media commentator on geopolitical and compliance risk issues, and has been interviewed by the BBC, CGTN, CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg. His articles have appeared in the Economist, People’s Daily, Financial Times and specialist publications. Chris’s book, Doing Business in China, was published by The Economist Group in 2010.

Chris is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds an MBA from the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai. He has a BA Honours degree in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds in the UK and speaks Mandarin Chinese.


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