Founder Patron



Dr. Marcus Lee

Marcus Lee

Managing Director

HCH Investment Bank



Marcus Lee holds the position of Managing Director and Chief Economist- Greater China region, within Hampton Court Investment Bank. He was appointed Economic Advisor to Chinese municipal governments including Jilin and Heilongjiang. Since 2002 he has advice over 400 senior Chinese government officers including Provincial and City Party Secretaries, Mayors on foreign direct investment and public-private partnership.


Marcus is China leading Economist who has experienced life on ‘both sides’ of the world. On graduating as full scholarship recipient from The University of Hull (UK) with an honors degree in Accounting and Finance and PhD (Economics) at City University of New York, he started his career in New York as an Investment Banker. During his tenure in Wall Street, he works in several firms including REFCO managing a US$3 billion fund.


After returning to China in 2002, in the past 11 years, Marcus Lee has worked and done business in over 23 provinces in China. This has helped him to build a large Chinese CEOs in his client database across industries, including some top tier companies including China Petro, Huawei, Bao Steel, Shougang, China Merchant Bank, Bank of China, EXIM Bank of China etc. In 2009, he assisted the largest IPO in ChiNext (China Nasdaq) in Shenzhen.


Marcus is one of the prominent speakers on China Economy, business and Investment. He was invited as keynote speaker for APEC, ICIF, ASEAN, ASEM, Forbes, CAEXPO and World Economic Forum. At the inaugural 1st China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) in Nanning, China, Dr. Lee was invited to present at Ministerial Session along with former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Musa Hitam on “China-ASEAN FTA Partnership” He speaks regularly on “China-ASEAN partnership” at ASEAN Summit in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 subsequently.


In 2008, during the financial crisis, Dr. Lee was invited by PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the four representatives in the financial industry to present at Asia-Europe Meeting(ASEM). His recommendation on “Mechanism to achieve Financial Security” was accepted and presented to 40 Head of States during the forum. His idea was subsequently became a policy. In 2009, Marcus was invited as one of the representative from Banking industry along with Chairmen of Bank of China, Bank of Communication and EXIM Bank of China to present on“China-ASEAN Financial Partnership Opportunities on regionalization and internationalization of RMB” at the inaugural 1st China-ASEAN financial Summit in Nanning, China. In 2010, Dr. Lee presented “Strategies to promote Economic and Trade between China and Arab State” at the 1st China-Arab State Economic Forum held in Ningxia, China. Ningxia is the largest Muslin Province in China. PRC Vice Premier Hui Liang Yu officiated the event.


In 2004, Marcus Lee was appointed Chairman of International China Investment Forum (ICIF), a global think tank with a focus on China. Since inception in 2002, ICIF has been organized in over 40 countries, including briefing on Presidential and Prime Ministerial delegation. Currently, ICIF is the largest “China Go Abroad” forum, with objective to promote Chinese Capital Investment Abroad and Enhancing Trading opportunities among Small Medium Enterprise (SME). ICIF 2012 was held in Peru, Peru Minister of Energy, Ambassador of China to Peru, China Petro Latin America President was among the speakers.


He is author of several books on China business including international bestselling title “How toOutsmart China” – The Complete Guide to successful business in China, featured in CNN and Bloomberg. This China business practical guidebook has been sold over 100,000 copies reported by China Daily. In terms of academic, he is EMBA visiting professor to several FT50 business schools globally including New York, London, and Shanghai.


Marcus Lee sits on board of advisor to several listed company in China. He speaks 4 languages and 6 Chinese dialects. Marcus was included in “China 100 Who’s Who” by the Shanghai Financial News in 2005 along with Jack Ma of Alibaba.