James Harding |Managing Director, Corporate Finance, ChinaVest Limited
James has been based in Shanghai since 2005. He is currently Managing Director at ChinaVest Limited, a China-based merchant bank and one of the pioneers of China’s venture capital industry. He advises both privately-held and publicly-owned US companies in China on cross-border strategic and financial matters including China market entry strategy formulation/execution and mergers & acquisitions. He primarily advises companies in the consumer sector including the fast-moving consumer goods, food & beverage, quick-service restaurants, retail, and logistics/distribution industries.
Prior to ChinaVest, James worked in Los Angeles at Kalis & Associates, the Los Angeles-member advertising agency of the Worldwide Partners. He developed and managed all advertising and marketing activities for retail and food & beverage companies including Wetzel’s Pretzels and The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles.
James has a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (with honors) and a B.A in Economics and Government (with honors) from Claremont McKenna College.