Senior Industry Professionals
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Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is the Chair of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited, both publicly listed in Hong Kong, with the latter being a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index. Founded in Hong Kong in 1960, the Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key cities like Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang,Wuxi, Jinan, Dalian, Kunming,Wuhan, and Hangzhou.
In 1986, Mr. Chan co-founded Morningside in Hong Kong, an investment group engaged in many businesses in the U.S., Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and mainland China. It was among the earliest private equity investors in Hong Kong and mainland China. Since 2000, it has concentrated on venture capital: TMT in China and biotechnology globally. Morningside is strongly committed to social responsibility through the Morningside Foundation.
In Hong Kong and mainland China, Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convener of the Hong Kong Development Forum, a Vice President of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, and a Governing Board member of the China-United States Exchange Foundation. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund which restores cultural relics in China, and is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation in Beijing. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, and Founding Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Business Council. He is a former government-appointed Non-Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, former Chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council, former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute, and former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing.
Internationally, Mr. Chan is Chair Emeritus of the Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a founding Trustee of the African-Asian Society and a Director of the Board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and the Committee of 100. Mr. Chan is a former director of Standard Chartered PLC, Enron, and Motorola. He is a former member of the governing boards of the World Economic Forum, the East-West Center, the Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He is also a former member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.
Mr. Chan is active in education. He is an Honorary Court Member of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Trustee of the University of Southern California, and a Governing Board member of the Indian School of Business. He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University. He is an Advisor on Strategic Development to Tsinghua University, a Co-Chairman of the Hang Lung Center for Real Estate at Tsinghua University, and a Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the School of Management at Fudan University. Mr. Chan previously served as a Trustee of China Foreign Affairs University, a Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Real Estate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the International Advisory Committee of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, and the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He was a Brittingham Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Notable philanthropic programs and projects initiated or supported by Mr. Chan include: Morningside Music Bridge; International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM) where the Morningside Medals of Mathematics were awarded; Morningside Center of Mathematics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Morningside Cultural China Scholars Program at Zhejiang University; Morningside College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; endowed professorships at Harvard University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and The University of Hong Kong; and various scholarships and programs in Hong Kong and mainland China which have supported over 10,000 students. In 2014, the Morningside Foundation gave US$350 million to endow the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, named after Mr. Chan’s late father. In the same year, Mr. Chan and his wife gave US$20 million to endow the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at international conferences, and has published numerous articles in Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Japan Times. Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the California State University, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, and was conferred honorary doctorate degrees by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv University. Mr. Chan has received many awards for his contributions to society, which include: Builder of Bridges Award (Asia Society); The “Passing the Torch – Outstanding Figures of Chinese Cultural Heritage Protection” Award (China Foundation For Cultural Heritage Conservation); Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award (University of Southern California); Alumnus of the Year Award (California State University, Los Angeles); US-Asia International Public Service and Philanthropy Award (US-Asia Institute); Philanthropy Excellence Award (Committee of 100); Chern Prize (ICCM) for exceptional public service in support of mathematics; Grand Bauhinia Medal (HKSAR Government); Lifetime Achievement Award fAor Leadership (Hong Kong Association of New York); Rockefeller Award for Distinguished Philanthropic Service (International House); Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Leadership Award (Business Council for International Understanding); and the inaugural “Friends of Diplomacy” Award (Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the HKSAR). Mr. Chan is 70 years of age and resides in Hong Kong with his wife.
Bagrin Angelov is an M&A Executive Director in the Investment Banking division of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC) based in Beijing, where he is exclusively dedicated to China outbound M&A situations. Mr. Angelov has profound experience in supporting private multinational corporations and state owed enterprises with their cross-border M&A undertakings. To date he has advised on 100+ M&A deals globally (both in emerging and developed markets such as UK, USA, Germany, and Australia), with a combined transaction value of some US$100bn. Prior to CICC Mr. Angelov worked in the Investment Banking divisions of Barclays, ABN AMRO, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and a Middle Eastern SWF.
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2008 to present - FountainVest Partners (Asia) Limited
2008 to 2008 - Lehman Brothers (Hong Kong), Investment Banking Division, Financial Institutions Group
2006 to 2007 - Citigroup (Singapore) , Corporate and Investment Banking, Management Associate
2004 to 2006 - Micron Technology Asia, Test Engineer
EMBA from China Europe International Business School; Bachelor with First Class Honors in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore
Prior to his current role at Fullerton Health, Jeff served as the Chief Strategy Officer of WeDoctor, overseeing group strategy, capital markets, strategic investment and cooperation and international business expansion. Prior to that, he was the Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia Pacific at HSBC, where he was in charge and led all the TMT transactions across the region. Before joining HSBC, Jeff was a Senior Director with Credit Suisse Hong Kong’s TMT investment banking team. His coverage focused on capital raising for internet companies and high-profile traditional technology M&A transactions across Asia Pacific.
Jeff graduated from the University of Southern California in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Mr. Max Chen is a Partner and a founding member of Primavera Capital.
At Primavera, Mr. Chen led the firm’s investments in a variety of opportunities in the consumer and technology sectors, including investments in Alibaba Group, Cainiao Smart Logistics, Alibaba Local Services Group, Palantir, Lufax, iResearch, Vitaco Health and Linksure Global.
Prior to Primavera, Mr. Chen worked at the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in both Hong Kong and New York.
Mr. Chen received his JD and MBA degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School respectively and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College.
Charles Ching is a partner in the Corporate Department and the Managing Partner of Weil’s China offices. He regularly represents international and China-based private equity sponsors and corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, PIPEs and other investment transactions, particularly those with a China focus. He has also acted on some of the most prominent cross-border M&A transactions involving China in recent years.
Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, Charles is also named in The Best Lawyers™ in China 2020 and further earned the distinction of 2020 Private Equity and Venture Capital “Lawyer of the Year” in Shanghai. In addition, he is included in China Business Law Journal’s annual “A-List” for 2019 and 2018 as one of the leading lawyers in foreign firms in China.
Charles received his JD from Yale Law School and BA from Columbia University. He is a native Mandarin and English speaker and is qualified as an attorney in New York and a solicitor in Hong Kong.
Ernest Fung joined Tokopedia in August 2019 as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Finance. He is responsible for Tokopedia’s strategic initiatives, partnerships and corporate development. Prior to joining Tokopedia, Ernest was Senior Director and Head of International Corporate Development at JD.com from 2014 to 2019, where he led multiple investments across e-commerce, fintech, logistics and retail infrastructure. Prior to JD.com, Ernest was a Director of TMT investment banking at Citigroup for over a decade.
Raymond is the General Counsel, International, of China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong Limited with oversight of the legal, regulatory and enterprise risk management aspects of the Group’s international operations, principal investments and strategic initiatives around the world.
He has received various industry awards over the years, and was recently recognized as one of the most influential corporate counsels in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist for China and Hong Kong in 2017.
Prior to joining CTS, he spent more than 18 years in various senior management, corporate development and legal and compliance roles with leading diversified conglomerates, a bulge bracket investment bank, and in private practice with Wall Street and Magic Circle law firms where he focused on capital markets transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, technology and telecommunications, strategic initiatives and principal investments across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Raymond is a graduate of Columbia Law School, New York and The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives.
Brian is a Consultant with the Clifford Chance Hong Kong Corporate practice. Brian advises on M&A and strategic commercial transactions, with a particular focus on technology. Brian has a keen interest in fintech and emerging technologies and has advised on a wide range of technology-driven transactions, from early stage venture capital funding, to separations in large M&A deals and blockchain-based innovation projects for financial institutions and corporates.
Brian originally qualified as a lawyer in Ireland and is currently admitted in England & Wales and New York. Brian practices in Hong Kong as a Registered Foreign Lawyer.
Frank Jin is an Executive Director within Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions Department based in Hong Kong. He is currently the M&A Operations Officer for Asia Pacific.
Frank has over 13 years of experience practicing M&A. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Frank worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Standard Chartered and the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell focusing on M&A transactions and leveraged finance in New York and Hong Kong. Frank is dual qualified as a New York lawyer and Hong Kong solicitor.
Frank received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, in Biology and Commerce, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Frank’s M&A practice focuses on China-related transactions as well as those involving listed companies in Hong Kong and other venues.
Donald Lacey is Chief Operating Officer and a managing director at Ping An Global Voyager, a growth stage fintech and healthtech venture fund formed by Ping An Group. Mr. Lacey joined Ping An from Citigroup, where he worked as a managing director in a variety of corporate and investment banking roles across Asia Pacific. While at Citigroup, he led the bank’s advisory efforts on numerous high profile cross-border M&A and capital raising transactions for Asian insurance, banking and technology firms. Mr. Lacey commenced his career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. He has an SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Harvard Law School. Mr. Lacey serves as chairman of FinLeap GmbH, the European fintech company builder.
Jessica Lam is the Head of Strategy at WeLab – Asia’s leading fintech company – which operates WeLend and WeLab virtual bank in Hong Kong, Wolaidai (我来贷), Taoxinji (淘新机) and Tian Mian (天冕) in Mainland China and a fintech joint venture AWDA in Indonesia. The company also offer B2B enterprise solutions by partnering with traditional financial institutions which utilize WeLab’s technology to offer fintech-enabled solutions to their customers.
At WeLab, Jessica is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the group. She also provides oversight and advice on the development of strategic partnerships and projects including the establishment of the WeLab virtual bank.
Prior to joining WeLab, Jessica spent 12 years in investment banking with Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, London and Singapore. Most of this time was spent as a corporate finance banker executing M&A and capital market transactions, as well as strategic advisory, deal origination and relationship coverage of financial sponsors and corporates in Asia.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
For over 18 years, Ferish Patel has advised clients across the full-spectrum of corporate matters --- including private financings of all stages, IPOs, bank financings, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. This breadth of transactional experience has allowed Ferish to provide strategic guidance to founders, high-growth companies and investment funds on matters in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US. In so doing, he has assisted clients in raising over US$100 billion in public and private financings, involving equity and debt capital. In Asia, Ferish has led some of the most complex transactions for venture capital- and private equity-backed companies, including for Cred, FinAccel, Flipkart, Meesho, PhonePe, ZestMoney and Zilingo.
Ferish has practiced in New York, India, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has been based in Asia for ten years. Prior to joining Cooley, Ferish founded and led the Singapore office of Gunderson, and he previously practiced with Simpson Thacher in New York and Davis Polk in Hong Kong. Ferish is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.
Chris joined Telstra Ventures in 2015 to lead its investments in China. Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in direct investment and business development with on-the-ground investment practices in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, Southeast Asia and the United States. Most recently, Chris worked at Intel Capital Silicon Valley office and Beijing office, overseeing the investments in mobile internet, communications and enterprise software & services in China and Asia. Prior to that, he co-founded a venture fund based in Silicon Valley. Chris has a significant investment track record in Asia and the US including numerous successful exits in acquisitions and IPOs. Earlier in the career, he managed the business development activities in high-tech sector for Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific.
Chris holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and a MS in Control Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Hong Qiu is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Lazard Greater China. Ms. Qiu has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and private equity investment in Asia.
Ms. Qiu has advised on numerous cross-border M&A transactions involving Chinese companies, particularly in the power, energy and infrastructure sector. She is well-versed in China’s outbound M&A regulatory landscape, having close relationships with central and provincial SOEs and financing banks. She also represents international companies in their acquisition, strategic cooperation and divestment vis-à-vis Chinese parties.
Prior to joining Lazard, Ms. Qiu was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that she worked at Citi as a Director. She also served as Senior Investment Officer at EMP Global managing the AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund.
Ms. Qiu is a CFA Charter holder, a member of Thunderbird Finance Advisory Committee. Ms. Qiu received a Master of Business Administration degree with Honors from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.
Ms. So is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department and the co-head of Davis Polk's Hong Kong office. Her practice spans M&A and private equity matters. She has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and investments in Greater China and across Asia.
Ms. So has acted for global and Asian companies and investment funds in their strategic mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, pre-IPO financings, joint ventures, going-private transactions, PIPEs, restructurings and other securities and general corporate matters. Her practice covers a variety of sectors, including technology, media and telecom, energy/infrastructure, consumer/retail, healthcare/pharmaceutical, and financial institutions. In connection with her M&A/PE practice, Ms. So also advises clients on regulatory matters involving antitrust and competition, CFIUS and foreign investment reviews, and anti-corruption compliance.
Ms Ee-Ching Tay is the head of Southeast Asia M&A of J.P. Morgan based out of Singapore. In her current position, she advises clients on the full range of transactions including cross-border acquisitions, public takeovers, divestitures and joint ventures. She joined J.P. Morgan in 2011 after spending over seven years with UBS Investment Bank in New York. Before UBS, she was with Warburg Pincus and Standard Chartered Bank in Investment Banking in Singapore.
Ms Tay has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, having advised on over 50 M&A and capital market transactions totalling approximately US$90bn.
Ms Tay holds a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University of Oxford and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Esther Wong is managing director in SenseTime, also a founding partner of SenseTime’s AI fund with AUM of RMB 5bn. SenseTime investment focuses on investing companies in AI ecosystem and finding long term strategic partners.
Esther previously ran Equity Capital Market in Bocom International, China's fifth largest bank, where she was in charge of overseas IPOs and equity placements. Esther began her career 20 years ago as an analyst on Wall Street with ABN Amro; her last role in New York was Head of Sales and Trading for Cazenove Asia (acquired by JPMorgan) whereby she was the first Chinese and first woman to be appointed that position. She moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to support launching of CICC’s US office, and in the process, rated as one of Greater China's Top Institutional Sales by Asia Money Magazine 5 years on a row.
Esther graduated with Associate Degree in Hospitality Administration in Glion Institutes, Switzerland; followed by BA(s) in Economics and Political Science in SUNY Stony Brook.
Wendy Wysong is the managing partner of Steptoe's Hong Kong office. In her practice she focuses on regulatory compliance and white-collar defense of international laws, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), US sanctions laws and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and US anti-boycott laws, as well as government fraud and public corruption. She frequently advises companies investing in high-risk sectors and countries on sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, and export control related pre-acquisition due diligence and post-acquisition compliance program implementation.
Wendy represents clients throughout the United States and Asia in the logistics, defense, aerospace, healthcare, telecommunications, gaming, consumer goods, and energy sectors.
Ranked as a Band 1 practitioner by Chambers in its Asia Pacific and Global guides, clients report that Wendy is "at the top of her game technically" and "brilliant at bringing to bear a global picture of how regulators react." One insider noted that "she is the most experienced white-collar export lawyer that I know." Additionally, Global Investigations Review named her as one of the 100 remarkable women operating in the field of investigations around the world.
Her notable experience includes leading an international team that represented a Chinese telecommunications company charged with violating US export controls and sanctions, and securing the first ever "Temporary General License" enabling the company to stay in business during the multi-agency investigation.
As a former Assistant US Attorney in Washington and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement in the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), Wendy offers clients a unique combination of experience and insight as both a prosecutor and regulator before courts and agencies.
Stanley Yang is Executive Vice President of First Pacific and oversees the group’s corporate development and investment activities including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other portfolio company initiatives. Prior to joining First Pacific in 2013, Mr. Yang worked at Deutsche Bank where he led investment banking coverage for the diversified industrials sector in Asia. He also previously served as a director in Deutsche Bank’s mergers and acquisitions department, where he advised clients on transactions in Asia and the United States. Mr. Yang began his career in New York where he gained transaction experience in principal investments and investment banking. He received a BSc degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Xiaolin is a Director in JD’s Strategic Investment team, and is responsible for developing and implementing the group strategy of JD via investments and M&A.
Prior to JD, Xiaolin co-founded and held the title of Head of Business Development at YouJieYouHuan, a China fintech start up company
Xiaolin started her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in 2009, and was an associate in Deutsche Bank’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications team between 2011-2014. She was born and raised in China and received a full scholarship to study in Singapore and the US, graduating with a First-Honor Bachelor Degree (Major in Quantitative Finance) from the National University of Singapore.
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