The Cross Border M&A Trends of Chinese Companies at the World Knowledge Forum 2014

January 27, 2018

On October 15, Dr. Li Xiaoyang, Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at CKGSB, and Li Kan, Managing Partner of Long Capital & Partners (Venture Capital in TMT sector) who is also a current EMBA student at CKGSB, will speak at the World Knowledge Forum (WKF) in Seoul, Korea.

Today, Chinese companies are actively pursuing M&As to enhance their standing in the overseas market. Over the past ten years, the number of M&As involving Chinese companies has increased significantly, with Chinese private companies become the primary force of acquisitions and many of them seeking targets overseas. The focus of Chinese cross-border M&As has also shifted from SOEs acquiring natural resources to private companies seeking new technologies and brands.

To learn more about the current situation of Chinese cross border M&As, CKGSB Professor Li Xiaoyang and Li Kan, Managing Partner of Long Capital & Partners and a CKGSB EMBA Student, will participate in the CKGSB MBA Session at the World Knowledge Forum 2014 held in Seoul, Korea. Established in 2000, the World Knowledge Forum is the largest business forum in Asia and brings together global leaders to address the importance of knowledge in meeting the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Under this year’s theme of ‘Invigorating the Global Economy’, notable speakers will include former French President Nicolas Sarkozy; Fan Gang, Director of National Economic Research Institute in China; Jeremy Rifkin, President, The Foundation on Economic Trends; and Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the executive board of Merck.

The registration fee for the three-day World Knowledge Forum for foreign passport holders who do not reside in Korea is $2,000.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11:10am – 12:10pm

Venue: Emerald, Level 2, THE SHILLA SEOUL, 202 Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Language: English
Cost: Registration is required
Organizer: Maekyung Media Group



11:10-11:15 Greetings, School & Speaker Introduction

11:15-11:40 Professor Li Xiaoyang’s speech

11:40-12:00 Discussion by Professor Li Xiaoyang and Mr. Li Kan

12:00-12:10 Q&A, Closing

Speakers and Panelists


Li Xiaoyang

Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at CKGSB

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.



Li Kan

Managing Partner, Long Capital & Partners (Venture Capital in TMT sector) and CKGSB EMBA Student

Li Kan was the HR Director and Managing Director of TCL Capital between 2009 and 2014, having previously worked for four years at TCL Thomson Electronics, the company that was created in 2003 from one of the most famous cross border M&A deals in Chinese private company history. While there, he held positions of special assistant to the CEO, Head of Investment and Deputy Global HR Director. He has extensive professional, academic and personal experience in cross cultural issues. Mr. Li is also a licensed as a Global Professional HR by SHRM (Society of HR Management of USA)

Li is an EMBA candidate at CKGSB, and holds a MBA degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and a BA from Nankai University.

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