Interview With the Investment Expert From China: How Yuan Wu Reached Where She is Today
As the most influential and distinguished expert in China’s financial investment, Yuan Wu has gained a great reputation for herself through the practice of numerous investment projects. After founding her own company in 2015, Wu has rewritten the local finance industry with her excellent leadership skills and unique insights. At the same time, she pays attention to the ecological environment and has always been advocating for agricultural development in rural areas, aiming to improve citizens’ income and life quality.
Can you give a brief introduction of your work experience in the finance industry?
I have been working in the financial investment field in China for more than 30 years and successfully led many famous projects with a total investment of over 7 billion yuan ($1.06 billion). At the same time, I have held important positions in the Bank of Communications, China Everbright Bank and SPD Bank. I started to work as Deputy General Manager of the Development Department of Societe Generale Hangzhou Branch in 2004 and was promoted to President of Societe Generale Bank in Shaoxing City as well as President of Financial Headquarters in 2008. By the time I left the bank in 2015, its general deposits in local and foreign currencies reached 10.5 billion yuan ($1.6 billion). Their various businesses were developing steadily and were highly recognized by local regulators, bank leaders and local enterprises.
You founded Zheyin Huizhi Capital Management Co., Ltd in 2015. What are the company’s achievements and what role did you play in it?
Zheyin Huizhi has now become a benchmark company in the industry. As the top leader and founder, I have led Zheyin Huizhi to customize comprehensive financial service solutions for more than 30 listed companies, such as Hengtong Group, SLEEMON, TeamSun, and have established in-depth cooperation with lots of brokerage firms and fund companies. Our business scale has also multiplied. At present, Zheyin Huizhi has filed and managed a total of 24 funds, and the overall scale of assets under management has exceeded 20 billion yuan ($3 billion), greatly improving its economic efficiency and winning a number of honors. The projects led by me are well-known and have become successful examples in the financial investment industry.
Can you share one project that’s led by you and has achieved some great outcomes?
In 2016, I shifted my investment attention to the old blocks renovation sector. And there was one of 80,000 square meters in Hongqiao District, Shanghai, which had been stalled for ten years due to financing difficulties. After my team and I stepped in, we abandoned the traditional mode of bank debt financing and initiated a 4 billion yuan first-second-tier linked industrial fund for old city renovation with Zheyin Huizhi as the manager, connecting the most famous primary project developer in Shanghai with a top 100 listed real estate company. The two parties invested 1.2 billion yuan. After that, I successfully obtained 2.8 billion yuan of priority funds through multiple rounds of negotiations with the bank. And the 4 billion industrial fund was successfully established and is now benefiting citizens’ lives.
Can you share some of your other accomplishments besides financial investments?
I have been invited to serve as the expert reviewer for many large investment projects in the industry like reviewing the investment projects of Epinocon and Wavelength Optoelectronics by Timesboro, a recognized domestic M&A investment expert for listed companies, and the investment project of new materials by Yanrui Asset, a well-known company within the industry, providing the most professional and authoritative evaluation opinions to ensure the smooth and successful implementation of these projects. My deeds have been reported by most mainstream media because of my great influence in the industry, such as Phoenix.com, Sohu.com, Times Figure, and also China.com.
You are also a philanthropist. Can you share some of the charity events you have participated in?
Yes. I bought tons of millet from Alxa League, a region that’s located in western Inner Mongolia, to support the management of ecological development and sustainable agriculture for the local community. The environment there is pretty arid and makes cultivation hard but is ideal for growing millet, which in turn makes the soil fertile as well. Since millet is the main source of their income, I decided to make some purchases. And I donated 100,000 yuan to a village in Sichuan Province to promote poverty alleviation and revitalization projects in the area. So the local farmers’ income and livelihood could be improved, too.