Cao Honghui, current Deputy Director General of China Development Bank’s Research & Development Department and CBD’s Center for Financial Research & Development, senior expert, a professor and PhD Supervisor of Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, specializes in financial market, macroeconomics, payment and settlement, researches about international strategies and investment management for a long time. During his time in CDB, he hosted strategic researches on areas covering Southeast Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Oceania and Latin America, and set cross-boundary business plans for China’s peripheral areas within Asia. He participated in researches of various major projects including “Connectivity and Cooperation within Asia” and “One Belt and One Road Strategy”, aiming at establishing a series of major projects in China’s peripheral areas within Asia covering transportation, energy, telecommunication and industrial park.
He served as a member of China International Financial Consulting Commission, a member of China Standing Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, an expert for eastern Asian Finance Cooperation, a financial consultant for APEC and World Bank, an advisory for United Nations Development Programme, a consultant for VISA and an industrial expert to China UnionPay, and assumed roles in several companies as independent chairman. He hosted a series of major subject researches at home and abroad. Besides, he took part in expert meetings held by Central Committee, and provided advice and consultations on a variety of major issues, as a host or participant, including Reform of RMB Exchange Rate Formation Mechanism, Strategy for RMB Internationalization, Capital Market Reform and Development Plan, Asset Securitization Pilot Plan, Banking Industry Reform Plan, Global Governance Report by United Nations, Progress Report of Financial Cooperation among East Asia, Performance Report of APEC Meeting of Financial Ministers, etc.
- CEO of Harvest Technology Investment. Prior to joining Harvest, Mr. Chen was CEO of ChemChina Finance Ltd. During 2008 to 2016, he closed 6 cross-border M&A transactions (around USD18.5 billion), including Adama (USD3.5 billion, Israeli), Elken (USD2.2 billion, Norway), Pirelli Tires (Euro8.8 billion, Italy), and KraussMaffei (Euro925 million, German).
- Adama deal was recognized as one of the ten Best Deals in 2011 by “New York Times”; Pirelli deal won 2015 regional deal awards by “FinanceAsia”.
- Responsible for restructuring, mergers and acquisitions of the 9 listed companies of ChemChina.
- MBA, University of Melbourne, Australia.
He Zhenwei is the General Secretary of the China Overseas Development Association (CODA), Visiting Professor of Dalian Maritime University, and a Senior Economist. He worked as First Secretary of the Economic Counsellor’s Office at the Embassy of China in Russia. In 2003, he returned to China and worked in the Foreign Investment Office of Heilongjiang Development and Reform Commission, and the Overseas Investment Office of the Foreign Investment Department of the National Development and Reform Commission. He then worked for CODA (a unit directly affiliated to the National Development and Reform Commission) in 2007.
Having experiences in local and central level development and reform commissions, Mr. He, a former diplomat, is quite familiar with overseas investment policies in China. In 2009, he took the lead in the foundation of the China Overseas Investment Fair, which has been successfully held for the last eight years and has had a positive impact on local and overseas markets. In recent years, Mr. He has led Chinese business missions to many countries and regions (including Russia, France, Spain, Kazakhstan, Kyrghizstan, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Peru, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain) looking for investment opportunities and has facilitated, as well as implemented, many cooperation agreements on investment projects.
Prior to founding Primavera Capital Group, Fred was Chairman of Greater China and a Partner at Goldman Sachs, where he was instrumental in building the firm's franchise in the region. He led some of the largest and most significant transactions in the firm's history, and served on the Goldman Sachs Partnership Committee, the Global IBS Leadership Group, the Pine Street-Goldman Sachs University Board, and the firmwide Culture, Diversity and Leadership Committee.
Fred is a respected economist whose main areas of research interest include macroeconomics, international finance and capital markets. He served at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, and he has advised the Chinese government on financial reform, SOE restructuring, and macroeconomic policies. Fred also served on the Hong Kong Government's Strategic Development Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.
Fred is currently the non-executive chairman of Yum China Holdings Inc (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, etc.), and is the member of several corporate boards, including Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co Ltd, Hang Seng Bank Limited, among others.
In addition, Fred is co-chair of the Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Council, a Trustee of of the China Medical Board, a member of the Advisory Committees for the Harvard China Fund, the Stanford Center for International Development, and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia University. Fred holds a Master in Engineering Science from Tsinghua University, and a Master and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
Fred holds a Master in Engineering Science from Tsinghua University, and a Master and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
Partnow & Co. was founded by Philip Partnow in August 2014. Mr. Partnow has over 20 years of experience in finance and has been based in Asia since 1997.
Mr. Partnow has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo after starting his career in New York. Prior to founding Partnow & Co. he was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asian M&A with UBS based in Hong Kong. Mr. Partnow started his career as a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and then joined UBS in Tokyo in April 2000 to focus on providing cross border M&A advice. Mr. Partnow founded Partnow & Co. to provide strategic advisory services in the vital North Asian markets of China, Korea and Japan.
Mr. Partnow is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
For additional information about Partnow & Co. please visit our website at www.partnowandco.com
Mr. Zhang has nearly two decades of legal experience. Before joining United Energy Group, he was the Director of the Project Management Division of the Legal Department of CNOOC Group. Other previous positions at CNOOC included Head of Consulting Team in the Legal Department and Acting Head of Merger/Acquisition Team in their Legal Department. He was a core member of legal team representing CNOOC on its USD15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen Inc.
He was recognized by Legal 500 and ALB as one of Asia Pacific’s top General Counsels. He currently also serves as a Committee Member for AIPN Model Contracts Drafting Committee. Before CNOOC Mr Zhang held corporate counsel positions in both CITIC Resources and PetroChina.
Mr. Zhang has sophisticated work experience on large-scale cross-border transactions with multinational companies. He has delivered legal opinions to Board and Investment Committee on major transactions and investments, is familiar with international oil and gas industry practices and has sophisticated business negotiation skills. He received the honor of “Expert on outbound investments” from China SASAC.
Mr. Zhang, as the author of ‘Cross-border mergers and acquisition: a legal and practical guide’ and ‘M&A: Great Era’, is also a guest professor of Beijing Foreign Studies University and a researcher of Renmin University of China.
Mr. Edward Yuan is a Managing Director based in Asia at AGIC. Prior to AGIC, Edward worked for Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) for 10 years, and co-led several successful cross-border investments including Weetabix Food Company (together with Bright Food Group) and Giant Interactive (previously NYSE: GA, now SZSE:002558)
Before BPEA, Edward worked in Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia and A.T. Kearney in Hong Kong and Shanghai
Edward holds B.E. of Automation of Tsinghua University in Beijing
Yiqing Wang is China Editor of Mergermarket, a global news intelligence service for advisors, private equity firms and corporates. Yiqing is leading a team of dedicated journalists across mainland China to cover PE/VC fundraising, M&A deals, PE buyouts and China cross-border M&A intelligence. Yiqing has been an investigative M&A reporter and researcher since 2009, writing industry news ranging from healthcare, new energy and financial service, etc. Yiqing achieved her master degree of multilingual multicultural studies from New York University.
As the Managing Editor in China, Lisha Zhou oversees all the products in China with main focus on PaRR and Dealreporter. She also takes care of all the Shanghai office administrative issues as the registered Bureau Chief of Shanghai Representative Office under the Mergermarket Consulting Limited. Joined the company in September 2005, she developed in-depth regulatory coverage of cross-border M&A transactions in China for mm, DR and PaRR. In recent years, she led the PaRR China team and built up profound content of antitrust investigations, anti-bribery issues and intellectual property related developments in China.