Come and join AAMA’s annual networking event with Gavin Ni, CEO and Founder of Zero2IPO, and a panel of cross-border investment professionals at Harry Kellogg Auditorium, as Gavin shares with us the current state of China’s VC and PE market, followed by an exchange of insights with the panel on the latest trends in cross-border entrepreneurship and investment between the two countries. This is also the opportunity to meet with China’s leading fund executives, as well as top CEOs from 10 growth stage companies, who are part of the Tsinghua University China Entrepreneurs Training Camp in Silicon Valley.
6:00 PM to 6:40 PM Networking and Reception
6:40 PM to 7:00 PM Presentation – Gavin Ni, CEO and Founder, Zero2IPO
7:00 PM to 7:50 PM Panel Discussion with Gavin Ni
7:50 PM to 8:00 PM Q&A and Networking
Early bird (through July 9 ): $25 members, $50 non-members
Regular: $45 members, $65 non-members
Seating is limited; register early!
Gavin Ni, Founder, CEO and President, Zero2IPO
Gavin is the founder, CEO and President of Zero2IPO. In the past 7 years, Gavin is the Founder, CEO and President of Zero2IPO. He has built up Zero2IPO into the most influential and active venture capital research and advisory institution, as well as the most extensive venture capitalist and entrepreneur network in China. Gavin was once the President of Tsinghua Entrepreneurs Club (TEC) in 1998-1999 and founder and chief organizer of Tsinghua Business Plan Competition. He also served as the Editor-in-chief of China Technology Magazine in late 1999. Gavin was the active promoter of new economy, entrepreneurship and venture capital in China and has written and translated several books including “Digital Commerce” published by China Plan Press in 1998, an entrepreneurship Primer on Tsinghua Campus published by China Reform Press, “Venture Capital Tide” which was published by Guangming Daily Press in 1999, “Road to success” which was also published by Guangming Daily Press in 2000. Gavin was also invited to speak at many venture capital and hi-tech related events in Silicon Valley, Boston, Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other cities. Gavin graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master of Mechanical Engineering in 1999 and studied Finance as a Ph.D candidate in School of Economics and Management in Tsinghua University in 2000-2001.
Catharina Min, Partner, ReedSmith LLP
Catharina Min is the Office Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office of Reed Smith, an international law firm with 1,600 lawyers in 25 cities worldwide.
Catharina practices corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions law with an emphasis in representing both US and Asian clients in mergers and acquisitions, private financings and other corporate transactions. She also represents emerging companies in general corporate matters and financings.
In addition, she has extensive experience representing Asian clients (mostly Korean, Japanese and Chinese clients) doing business in the United States by way of acquiring companies or investing in companies.
She is a frequent speaker at many organizations, including AAMA, ASCEND, SV Forum and the Korean IT Network, covering topics related to cross-boreder transactions and venture capital financings.
She was named the Top 20 Women Leaders in Law by the Recorder Publication for California and 2013 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal
She is very active in her community, including the following:
Catharina earned her JD (1990) and BA from the University of Virginia and was the editor of the Virginia Law Review.
Andy Tsao, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Andy Tsao is a Managing Director with SVB Global Private Equity Services, working with SVB’s international private equity and venture capital clients. In addition, Tsao leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies with their international market expansion. He brings more than 20 years of experience banking dynamic companies in technology industries worldwide. In his roles, Tsao manages SVB’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms outside the U.S., and also helps international companies as they seek U.S. market entry and U.S. companies as they seek to expand abroad. In both capacities, Tsao provides these firms with strategic advice and banking services, including debt financing, based on a deep understanding of their needs. Previously, Tsao led and helped found SVB’s U.K.-based operation, SVB Financial Group UK Ltd, which was established in 2004. For six years, he was responsible for building senior debt relationships with high-growth technology, life sciences and clean technology companies in the U.K. and Europe. Tsao routinely speaks about technology and venture financing at conferences such as events held by the European Venture Capital Association, Israel Venture Association, TiE, and Silicon Dragon. Tsao is a TiE Silicon Valley and Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) Silicon Valley Charter Member. While based in London, Tsao founded and moderated SVB Financial Group UK’s Venture Capital Advisory Board, was a two-time European Tech Tour Selection Committee member, and served on Think London’s North American Task Force and the Advisory Board for Astia U.K. Before endeavoring to open the U.K. office for SVB Financial Group, Tsao was a Senior Vice President in Silicon Valley Bank’s Boston office, where he served as a technology lender and senior relationship manager focused on New England’s technology industry. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank in 1997, Tsao was a technology lender at BankBoston, and BayBank in Burlington, Mass. He began his banking career with USTrust in Boston in 1988. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston University.
Jay J. Yan, Partner, ReedSmith
Jay joined the firm in March 2011 and is a partner in the Corporate Group.
Jay practises in the areas of cross-border investment, including establishment
of wholly foreign owned enterprises, joint ventures, holding companies and
regional headquarters, mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, financing,
intellectual property, real estate, government affairs, international trade and
distributions, import & export control, labour issues, hotel management,
general corporate matters, litigation and arbitration, particularly with respect to
China and the United States.
Raymond Yang, Managing Director, WestSummit Capital
Raymond is Co-Founder and Managing Director of WestSummit Capital, a leading China-based global growth equity firm focused on helping high growth technology companies access the China market.
Raymond has more than 25 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience in the US and China technology sector. Prior, Raymond was Founding Partner of Taishan Angel Fund, the leading institutional angel fund in China. Earlier, he was also Managing Partner at Navi Capital Partners and a Venture Partner at Northern Light Venture Capital.
Prior, Raymond was the CEO of Linktone (NASDAQ: LTON), the leading wireless value-added services provider in China, where he led the company through a turnaround situation and took the company public on NASDAQ in 2004. Before Linktone, Raymond was a senior executive and entrepreneur at several high-technology companies in Silicon Valley and China, including Founder and CEO of RivalWatch and Founder and CEO of Saratoga Technology Inc.
Raymond is a Delegate Member of the World Economic Forum Davos Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. Raymond is a former Chairman of the prestigious Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC).
Raymond holds a Bachelors from Tsinghua University and a Masters from the Graduate School of China EPRI.
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