Christopher J. Lafleur

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Christopher J. Lafleur
Occupation Special Advisor For Government Relations And Regulatory Outreach In Asia Pacific, DTCC; Founder, LM Associates

Christopher J. LaFleur is a special advisor for government relations and regulatory outreach in the Asia Pacific region for the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. He is a former U.S. ambassador to the Asia region. LaFleur also founded LM Associates.[1]

In his role, LaFleur helps establish and manage the company’s political and policy relationships with sovereign legislatures, regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies across the Asia Pacific region. LaFleur reports to Dan Cohen, managing director and head of DTCC’s government relations group.[2]

LaFleur currently also serves as a Director of the Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Corporation, Japan and as Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation, a Japan think tank.


LaFleur served previously as U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia (2004-2007) and as vice chairman and head of government relations and corporate responsibility at J.P. Morgan Japan (2008-2011).

Prior to his service in Malaysia, LaFleur held a wide variety of senior U.S. foreign service positions managing diplomacy with Asia, including as director of the State Department's office of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1991-93), deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan (1993-1997), minister and deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (1997-2001) and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2001-2003).

In 2003-2004, he headed the State Department team in talks charting the future of the U.S. alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea and served as the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.