Mr. Lawton was selected by Mr. Chen Yuan (now Chairman of China Development Bank) to help establish China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, as a modern central bank. He accomplished this by setting up risk management systems, investment strategies, and training staff in the early 1990’s. He was a strategist for China to insure a smooth return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. He was selected by China Everbright to set up their asset management department, launching one of the first private equity funds for foreign investors in China. He has been a Director of various CITIC Capital International funds since 2004. He also has worked with China Development Bank, COMPLANT, Sinomach, GMG, Sinosure, Trina Solar, Kunming Iron and Steel, Xinfadi Market, and many other Chinese institutions.
Over the last several years he has been working with several government agencies and private companies in the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere on issues of importance to Seagate. These include community development, alternative energy projects and regulation, job creation, affordable housing, and food production.