James McGregor performs China advisory services for a wide variety of clients through his role as a Senior Counselor and International Advisory Council member for APCO Worldwide. McGregor is based in the firm’s Beijing office.
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Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an award-winning, independently owned global communication consultancy with offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO clients include corporations and governments; industry associations and nonprofit organizations; and seven of the top 10 companies on Fortune’s Global 500. APCO offers services related to business, industry and finance; media, public opinion and society; and government and public policy.
APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC) comprises more than 40 recognized global leaders, including former elected politicians, leaders of business and industry, academics at leading universities, world-class journalists and editors, NGO and nonprofit pioneers, diplomats and policy experts. All are top consultants with invaluable real-world knowledge, individuals who understand the complex issues clients face because they have encountered them – and successfully conquered them – in their own careers. Clients benefit from their high-level insights and rely on their informed, experienced opinions.
APCO Worldwide addresses clients’ interests and objectives through communication and public affairs consulting, combining a global perspective with local expertise to understand the issues, events and trends that impact businesses and organizations around the world.
Clients value APCO’s ability to help them navigate the complex and often converging worlds of business, industry and finance; media, public opinion and society; and government and public policy. APCO helps clients anticipate what’s next and smartly manage reputational, communication and business opportunities and challenges that affect their organizations, products, services or brands.
APCO’s diverse and hands-on global team of more than 550 experts comes from the environments clients need to reach – we are former elected leaders, journalists, ambassadors, business and nonprofit executives, government officials, market researchers, and communication and Internet experts. Led by seasoned strategists in 29 offices, APCO works to create and implement strategic and tailored solutions designed to advance clients’ objectives.
APCO Worldwide China partners with clients through every aspect of their business development. Since 1989, we have been serving clients’ interests in China in the following areas:
- government relations
APCO’s experts in China guide clients through the structure, agenda and priorities of China’s government authorities and develop their messages and strategies to engage with the appropriate people and departments to create more favorable business outcomes.
- strategic communication
Whether the goals are to enhance corporate reputation or manage a crisis, APCO’s team assists clients with communication and building strategic relationships with media, government, consumers, employees, investors or nongovernmental organizations.
- corporate responsibility
APCO helps clients understand and seize business opportunities from China’s rapidly evolving civil society, natural resources constraints, and other social and economic challenges.
- corporate advisory
APCO assists clients with:
- fielding market research, and developing and implementing strategies for inward China investment
- conducting partner identification and due diligence
- facilitating overseas investment promotion from China
- navigating the negotiation and approval processes surrounding mergers and acquisitions
APCO’s clients include multinational firms, leading Chinese companies, governments, chambers of commerce, issue-based coalitions, multilateral organizations and nonprofit interest groups. The team in China includes professionals from business, government, media, academia and civil society. We work daily with colleagues in APCO offices around the world to ensure consistency in servicing global clients and facilitating Sino-foreign trade and inward and outward investment.