China: Reverting to the Mean



   Thursday, September 8th  |  China: Reverting to the Mean

China, the worlds second largest economy is expected to take the # 1 spot from the US some time this century. Before the industrial revolution however, China had the worlds largest GDP, and so the emergence of China is really more of a reversion to the mean. Today, China is driving to modernize its economy and transition from a low cost manufacturing hub to a high quality manufacturing hub with a robust service industry and thriving middle class.

As part of this larger effort, China is growing its financial services sector, including asset managers, hedge funds and private equity. They are attempting this with a more primitive capital market system that is being overseen by the Chinese communist party. As a result, there have been booms and busts, and cases of hedge fund managers being pulled off the streets by the police.

Join us on September 8 as we take a closer look into the Chinese economy, its capital markets and growing asset management industry.

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6:00 - 7:00 - Main program
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Arthur R. Kroeber - Head of Research at Gavekal Dragonomics

Arthur R. Kroeber is head of research at Gavekal Dragonomics, an independent global economic research firm, and editor of its journal China Economic Quarterly. He is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center, where his research focuses on China’s engagement with global economic institutions. Mr Kroeber is based in Beijing and New York.

Before joining Gavekal Dragonomics in 2002, Mr Kroeber worked for fifteen years as a financial journalist and economic analyst in China, Taiwan and India. He has written for Foreign Policy, the Economist, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Fortune and Wired and is a contributor to the opinion pages of the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. He is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Fernand Braudel Institute of International Economics, and the board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University.


Ted Wang - CIO of Puissance Capital

Mr. Wang is CIO of Puissance Capital and brings with him 18 years of global equities trading and investing experience. Mr. Wang was a Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co and during his 18-year tenure at the firm he held many leadership positions, mostly recently as Co-Head of US Equities Trading and Global Co-Head of One Delta Trading and a member of the Goldman Sachs Risk Committee. At his retirement, he was the most senior Chinese partner at the firm and was deeply involved in the firm’s strategy in China, where he developed extensive relationships with government officials, regulators, corporate and investing clients.

Mr. Wang has distinguished himself throughout his career at Goldman Sachs for successfully navigating many volatile markets. He also gained extensive operational expertise while managing various Goldman trading businesses globally, including operations, technology, credit and legal and compliance. Mr. Wang joined Goldman Sachs in 1996, was named Managing Director in 2002, and Partner in 2006.

Prior to joining Goldman, Mr. Wang co-founded Xeotron Corp., a company specializing in DNA biochips in Texas. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin, and a BS from Fudan University, China. He is co-chair of the board of trustees of the Museum of Chinese in America, a trustee of the China Institute, the Dunhuang Foundation, the Spence School, and a member of Committee of 100.


James Xu - Head of China Corporates North China - Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) China

Mr. James Xu joined Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) China in 2014, and is the Head of China Corporates North China, managing a team of 50 bankers and a portfolio of large Chinese companies (both State Owned Enterprise (SOE) and Privately Owned Enterprise (POE)) across various industries, which accounts for around 50% of SCB's corporate business in China. James is also the Head of SCB China Energy & Chemical industry, with deep industry knowledge and connection in China.

Prior to joining SCB, James has rich experience in banking business, and has held several senior positions at top international banks in Houston, New York and Beijing, including Societe Generale, Barclays Capital, BAML and Citibank China.Trained as an energy banker in the US, James has in-depth industry knowledge of natural resources industry, and has extensive experience in originating, structuring and executing a full range of financial products including, but not limited to, merger & acquisition advisory, debt/equity capital market transactions, structured financing as well as commodity linked transactions.

After returning to China in 2010, James has been instrumental in driving the business performance of both Citibank and SCB China with Chinese companies both domestically and globally, developing people and product capabilities across different sectors. Since 2010, James has been part of some landmark transactions by Chinese company, including CNOOC's acquisition of Nexen (the largest x-border corporate acquisition by Chinese company), Minmetals' acquisition of Las Bombas copper mine from Glencore, and Sinochem Group's USD bond issuance (the very first USD bond issuance by a Chinese company), as well as leading some highly structured financing transactions and x-border solutions for Chinese companies. James is very well connected with business circles in China, particularly in North and East China region, and has thorough understanding of Chinese business culture and political environment with his extensive experience in working with both SOEs and POEs, as well as government agencies, in China.

James received a BA in International Economics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and an MA in International Relations from Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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