Michael Pettis

Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Finance Professor, Guanghua School of Management at Peking University

Michael Pettis is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Finance Professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, where he specialises in Chinese financial markets. He has taught, from 2002 to 2004, at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management and, from 1992 to 2001, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is also Chief Strategist at Shenyin Wanguo Securities (HK).

Pettis has worked on Wall Street in trading, capital markets, and corporate finance since 1987, when he joined the Sovereign Debt trading team at Manufacturers Hanover (now JP Morgan). Most recently, from 1996 to 2001, Pettis worked at Bear Stearns, where he was Managing Director-Principal heading the Latin American Capital Markets and the Liability Management groups. He has also worked as a Partner in a merchant banking boutique that specialised in securitizing Latin American assets and at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he headed the emerging markets trading team.

Besides trading and capital markets, Pettis has been involved in sovereign advisory work, including for the Mexican government on the privatisation of its banking system, the Republic of Macedonia on the restructuring of its international bank debt, and the South Korean Ministry of Finance on the restructuring of the country’s commercial bank debt. Pettis is a member of the Institute of Latin American Studies Advisory Board at Columbia University as well as the Dean’s Advisory Board at the School of Public and International Affairs. He received an MBA in Finance in 1984 and an MIA in Development Economics in 1981, both from Columbia University.

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