Daniel Rechtschaffen

Senior Analyst

  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Risk Assessments
  • Political and Country Risk
  • North America
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Daniel Rechtschaffen is a Washington DC-based political and regulatory risk analyst for North America. He joins the DC office after spending ten years in China, where he covered Greater China and Northeast Asia for Control Risks. His specialties include geopolitics, investment restrictions, sanctions and export controls, as well as the evolving global economic, political, regulatory structures driving a shifting risk environment for companies. 

Recent tasks that Daniel has worked on include:

  • Developing US-China-Taiwan and other regional conflict scenarios and triggers, as well as ongoing monitoring to help countries assess their risk exposure to the region.
  • Assisting a European technology firm in its acquisition of Taiwan-based semiconductor companies by providing a comprehensive risk assessment and scenarios detailing the geopolitical, economic, and regulatory risks associated with the semiconductor sector and global shifts in the semiconductor supply chain.
  • Providing a client with an overview of Canada’s sanctions regime, including the formal and informal considerations taken when listing or delisting an individual or company.
  • Conducting a risk assessment as part of due diligence for a firm considering a private equity investment in an IP service provider with operations in mainland China.
  • Analysing the political and regulatory risks for a multinational technology company caught between US export controls and sanctions, and anti-foreign sanction trends in mainland China.
  • Completing a risk assessment for a private equity firm on trends in Hong Kong likely to impact the firm’s investment and operating environment, including with regard to technology and information, national security, and policy alignment with the mainland.
  • Conducting threat assessments in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea for an international automotive manufacturer.
  • Before joining Control Risks, Daniel worked in government relations for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, where he managed the Chamber’s relations with the US government, AmCham’s policy and advocacy papers, and the company’s California initiative. Daniel was one of the founding editors of Sixth Tone, a Shanghai-based news agency, and his articles have appeared in a range of publications, including Slate, Forbes, The Diplomat and Quartz.

    Daniel has a master’s degree in China Studies from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in history from Concordia University. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

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