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He graduated at Tsinghua University with Ph.D. in economics and MFE at University of Oxford. He started his career from the People’s Bank of China, and then involved the establishment of Central Huijin Corporation, which is the largest shareholder of major Chinese strategic financial institutions. He joined CIC since its inception. He joined ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Corporation as Chief Economist and CIO in 2009. By the end of 2012, he went back to CIC as Head of European Private Equity Investment and moved to Research Department by the end of 2016. He is a lecturer at several Chinese leading universities. He is a prolific writer with almost 100 academic articles and 5 books in economics and finance.
Cao Honghui is the current Deputy Director General of China Development Bank’s Research & Development Department and CBD’s Center for Financial Research & Development. He is a senior expert, professor and PhD Supervisor of Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and specializes in financial markets, macroeconomics, payments and settlements, researches about international strategies and investment management for a long time.
During his time at 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.
In addition, 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.
Kenneth Koo , Managing Director of Orient Securities Investment Banking Co.,Ltd., in charge of Cross-border Business Department. Mr. Koo served as Managing Director of the Citi Asia Board Chairperson's Office and head of Asia Pacific strategic M&A. He led Citi's efforts to expand the group's business through investment and acquisitions and post-investment integration in Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Mr. Koo worked in Goldman Sachs for 7 years, engaging in M&A, equity and bonds in New York and Hong Kong. And he has worked for a law firm in financing, debt and corporate restructuring in New York. Mr. Koo holds a doctorate and has 24 years of experience in investment banking. He has provided transaction advisory service to companies in various industries in the US, Europe and Asia, including Legend Holdings Corporation Ltd., Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd., Sinotrans Ltd., MTR Corporation Ltd., Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Ltd., Hopewell Holdings Ltd., etc. Benefit from his family, Mr. Koo has a deep understanding of Brazilian society and culture and has abundant social resources there.
Dr. Yong Huang is the Director of the Competition Law Centre of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and law Professor of UIBE Law School. Currently, he is also appointed as a member of the Expert Advisory Board of the State Council Anti-Monopoly Commission and Chief Researcher of the Supreme People's Court Judicial Cases Research Institute.
Professor Huang has been entrusted by a variety of Chinese government agencies, legislative bodies and international organizations to conduct research projects in relation to competition law issues. These instructions come from: Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, Ministry of Commerce, State Administration of Industry and Commerce, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Justice, National People’s Congress, EU-China Trade Project and Asian Development Bank, etc.
Wei LU is the Investment Director of L’Oréal North Asia. She has approximately 15 years’ professional experience in M&A/PE/VC (Cross-border and Chinese market). Currently, she is in charge of investment projects (M&A, VC, and FOF) in North Asia, mainly China, Japan and Korea. Previously, she worked mainly in France and in the USA, at Credit Agricole CIB, KPMG Advisory, ICBC International. Wei holds an MBA degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master’s degree of EM Lyon Business school.
Mr. Leslie Zhang Weihua, the founder of Leslie school of law and business(www.leslie-ma.com), is a well-known expert on cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions and international upstream oil and gas.
Mr. Zhang graduated from Peking University with an LLM in Civil and Commercial Law and is currently
the General Counsel and Vice President of United Energy Group Limited (UEG). Before he joined UEG, Mr. Zhang was the director of project management division, legal department of China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Mr.Zhang has been involved in many landmark transactions in the global oil and gas field in the past dozen or so years and is well versed in cross-border M&A in both theory and practice. He was ranked among the best in-house counsels in the Asia-Pacific region for several consecutive years by The Legal 500, a world-renowned authority on legal counseling, and is also a member of the AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) Board. Mr. Zhang was awarded by ALB as One of the Top general counsels in China.
Mr.Zhang has published a number of articles on law theory and practice in both Chinese and English, including a monograph on cross-border M&A practice entitled Merger & Acquisition: All-Process Practical Guidance and Case Studies published on 2016 and several highly recognized books on cross-border M&A practice. Mr. Zhang co-authored three books on international petroleum practices and is often invited to give keynote speeches at various conferences around the world.
Mr. Zhang is a guest professor at several famous universities, and he is also engaged by A listed company as its board member.
Yiqing Wang is China Editor/Head of APAC Editorial Operations for Mergermarket, a global news intelligence service for advisors, private equity firms and corporates. She leads a team of dedicated journalists across Greater 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. She achieved her master’s degree of multilingual multicultural studies from New York University.
Ling Yang is China Editor for Mergermarket, a global news intelligence service for advisors, private equity firms and corporates. She co-leads a team of dedicated journalists across China to cover PE/VC fundraising, M&A deals, PE buyouts and China cross-border M&A intelligence.
Ling has been an investigative M&A reporter since 2011 with a special focus on private equity coverage on industries such as consumer/retail, education, and financial services. She achieved her master’s degree of International Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist 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.