Globalization and M&A: Westward Bound

Despite growing appetite from Chinese companies to go abroad, those with active globalization strategies are often falling short of growth targets in their international operations. What are they failing to observe? Is your company ready to globalize? Moreover, what are the motivations or benefits for doing so?

We are pleased to be hosting Joel D. Backaler, the author of China Goes West, CKGSB EMBA student Li Kan, Managing Director of TCL Venture Capital, and Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance Li Xiaoyang at 5:30 – 7:30 PM on May 23 at CKGSB’s Beijing Campus to discuss these and other questions that you may have. Joel Backaler will present an overview of Chinese companies' expansion into international markets—drawing on his research, case studies and interviews with Chinese CEOs—followed by an in-depth discussion with Mr. Li Kan and Prof. Li Xiaoyang on and the opportunities and challenges that globalization brings.

Date: Friday, May 23, 2014, 6:00-7:30PM (Registration starts at 5:30PM)
Venue: Oriental Plaza 2/F, Tower E3, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, 1 East Chang An Ave., Beijing
Language: Chinese and English (with simultaneous translation)
Organizer: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
RSVP: If you wish to attend please register with your information of Name, Company, Title, Contact Information with Candy Han: | T: +86-10-8518-8858 ext. 3264 
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5:30 – 6:00


6:00 – 6:05

Opening Speech by Prof. Li Xiaoyang

6:05 – 6:25

Key findings from Joel Backaler

6:25 – 7:05

Panel Discussion: China’s Overseas M&A Moment
Panelist: Joel Backaler & Li Kan, TCL Venture Capital, Managing Director

7:05 – 7:20


7:20 – 7:30

Closing Remarks

About Joe Backaler

Joel Backaler is a Director at Frontier Strategy Group, a contributing columnist for Forbes, and a member of the National Committee on United States–China Relations. His work focuses on bridging the gap between Western and Chinese businesses, serving as an intermediary and advisor to executive leaders on both sides.

Following a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan and advanced Mandarin study at the IUP Center at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Backaler worked with Atos Consulting’s China state-owned enterprise practice in Beijing. During his subsequent career with Frontier Strategy Group, Backaler was part of the founding team of its Asia Pacific office in Singapore, where he worked with Presidents of Asia Pacific for American and European multinational companies.

Backaler is an award-winning blogger at and frequent contributor to mainstream global media outlets. He has lectured at Princeton University, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and regularly speaks at companies and conferences on the topic of Chinese overseas investment.

Backaler, a fluent Mandarin speaker, has worked and lived in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore.

About Li Kan

As Managing Director of TCL Venture Capital, Mr. Li Kan played a key role in the acquisition of TCL Thomson Electronics. He has worked as the Assistant to the President at TCL Thomson Electronics, as well as Global Human Resource Director. Before joining TCL, Mr. Li Kan was the Vice Education Consul at the Consulate-General of China in San Francisco. Mr. Li is especially experienced in multinational M&A, and holds a GPHR certified by the US GPHR.

Mr. Li Kan is currently a student of CKGSB’s EMBA program. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Nankai University in China and later an MBA from USC Marshall Business School. Mr. Li is devoted to studying the globalization of Chinese corporations and has participated in the writing of Mr. Zhongrao Zhao’s master’s thesis “How to build a world-class business in China” at MIT Sloan.

About Li Xiaoyang

Dr. Li Xiaoyang is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at CKGSB. He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics in 2011 from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Dr. Li formerly worked as a consultant for the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank in 2008 and as a business analyst for Bain & Company in 2004. He received an M.S. in Managerial Economics from the Queen's School of Business at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and an M.A. and B.A., both in Economics, from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Dr. Li teaches advanced Corporate Finance, and mergers and acquisitions to MBA students. Dr. Li has published articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Labor Research, and the Journal of Corporate Finance.

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