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–  Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga –
China M&A Expert

Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga China expert The Asia Pacific Circle

Founder and Managing Partner, Polarwide




Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga is the Founder and Managing Partner of Polarwide, a Hong Kong-based corporate advisory firm specializing in cross-border corporate strategy and the execution thereof. Polarwide has built op over a decade of experience acting as the liaison between Asia and Europe, advising senior decision makers in both private and public sectors, most notably with regard to their strategy and in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

As an example, Polarwide was mandated by one of China’s largest State Owned Enterprises, ChemChina, to establish their Finance Company, whereby Van Scheltinga became the first foreigner ever approved by the Chinese authorities to be the CEO of an SOE Finance Company, assisting in developing and executing the Group’s outbound investment strategy.

Van Scheltinga previously spent 19 years working in various corporate and investment banking roles in both Europe and Asia, lastly as Asia Pacific Head of Chemicals, and Asia Head of Asset Based Finance both for ABN AMRO.

He is a member of BEDAC, the advisory body to the Hong Kong Government Independent Commission Against Corruption, member of the Executive Committee and Board of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. 

Daniël Van Scheltinga is also a regular contributor on Asian matters for the Financial Times, China Daily and other leading publications. He holds a Masters in Law, with a specialization in International Public Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands.


Read the Asia-Pacific business insights by Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga:


Trade Dispute Puts all Economies in Peril

In this Asia-Pacific Insight, Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga comments on trade war developments and on their negative economic impacts. Making a case for constructive competition rather than zero-sum game results, he writes that while peril is to be expected, some might be more patient than others.

Greater Bay Area: When opportunity knocks, it must be seized

In this Insight, M&A specialist Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga comments on the development of the Greater Bay Area project. Although it has been around for some time, what the Greater Bay Area really is about remains unclair for many. although "it took a few years for the world to become familiar with the Belt and Road Initiative", the author writes, "it will not take as long for the world to be impressed by the Greater Bay Area as it witnesses the area's transformation into a vibrant, prosperous, and green world-class city cluster".

Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga: insights on the Chinese M&A markets.

We recently interviewed Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga, a Hong Kong-based M&A advisor and Circle Contributor who provided some personal insights on the Chinese M&A markets. As the first Western CEO to a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise (SOE), Daniël has a unique perspective on how large Chinese companies think and operate. Hence, his interview provides very exclusive food for thought on how to do business in China, on the reasons and consequences of current US-China relations, on China's technology ambitions, and more generally on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its long-term impacts.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao ‘Bridge of Dreams’ has finally become a reality

In this China Insight, Daniel de Blocq van Scheltinga comments on the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. While not long ago the world thought that China was merely able to copy technology, he writes, the inauguration of the 'Bridge of Dreams' suggests that significant change has happened. Overall, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is not just a bridge. "The HZMB is a clear symbol of the New China: The old days of copycats are clearly over; it is breaking new ground and setting new standards for the world in many aspects of its economic achievements".