Michael is the Managing Partner of Reed Smith LLP’s Beijing Office. He has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, corporate finance and financing work in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. His equity capital markets experience extends to acting for both investment banks and issuers in relation to H-share, red-chip and A+H share transactions. He was lead partner as Hong Kong counsel on the world's first simultaneous A+H share offering, the IPO of ICBC, the largest IPO in the world at the time of issue. In M&A, he has extensive experience in acting for purchasers and investee companies in regional and PRC M&A transactions, including private equity and strategic investments. Whilst his practice spans a multitude of industry sectors, including consumer products, agribusiness as well as media and entertainment, Michael has particularly rich experience in energy and natural resources as well as alternative and clean energy projects. He has recently advised offtakers under ERPAs with PRC CDM project owners in both contractual positions and contentious matters involving ERPA price negotiations.
Michael is named in the "The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers 2011 - 2014” as a leading capital markets lawyer. Michael is also named in the “Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2013” as one of the leading lawyers in China. He is also nominated by in-house counsel and peers as one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise from China in Capital Markets in the Guide to Leading BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) Practitioners 2013.
Julian studied Chinese and Management in the UK, and East Asian Studies at Harvard and first came to China in 1994. Julian joined the UK Civil Service in 2007 and returned to Beijing in 2012. Julian was Commercial Counsellor for Energy at the British Embassy, focusing on infrastructure, offshore wind and civil-nuclear.
Julian is also the vice-chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China.
St. John has over 15 years’ experience in Beijing working with foreign companies operating across China, and Chinese companies going global. He regularly advises on government engagement, public policy issues, market access challenges and cross-border M&A and looks forward to bringing these experiences to the Exco.
Ms. Lilia Wan joined Standard Life Aberdeen in 2014 as the China Country Head. Ms. Wan’s main responsibility include developing and implementing Standard Life Aberdeen’s strategy and plan in China, building up connections with government authorities, regulators and strategic cooperation partners and expanding the Standard Life Aberdeen’s brand in China’s market.
Ms. Wan is also taking the role of the Company Secretary to Heng An Standard Life (“HASL”), the joint venture of Standard Life Aberdeen in China. Ms. Wan jointed HASL in 2007 and served as the Company Secretary and the GM of Legal Department.
Ms. Wan has played a key role in helping HASL to achieve the first pension license for foreign investment in China and since March 2019 was appointed as the responsible person leading the formation of the Heng An Standard Pension Insurance Company. Subject to further regulatory approval, Ms. Wan will take Chairmanship of the HASL Pension after the regulator formally approves its formation.
Before Ms. Lilia Wan joined HASL, she had worked with Huaxia Law Firm, China Investment Bank Shenzhen Branch, China Development Bank Shenzhen Branch, Asian Institute of International Financial Law of the University of Hong Kong, and Fortis Bank Shanghai Branch, taking a variety of roles and responsibilities.
Ms. Lilia Wan is also the member of the Pension Committee of the China Insurance Asset Management Association, actively engaging on the development of China’s pension market.
Ms. Wan studied at the Peking University, the Guangzhou Sun Yat-Sen University and the University of Hong Kong, and got her doctorate in the University of Hong Kong.
Yuan is the Financial Times’ deputy Beijing bureau chief. She mainly covers China's technology sector and policy. She is particularly interested in the intersection of technology with politics, censorship, civil society, digital security and labour issues. Yuan is the co-founder of Rethinking Economics, a charity headquartered in Manchester, UK that campaigns to make economics teaching more relevant to the 21st century.