Dr. Hong Chen founded The Hina Group in 2003 and is our Chairman and CEO.
Dr. Chen has contributed tremendously to the growth of China’s TMT industry and New Economy. He has led more than $30 billion financing and M&A transactions since our founding in 2003, including the merger of 58.com and Ganji.com, the share swap between Baidu, Qunar, and Ctrip, the merger of AsiaInfo and Linkage, Wanda's acquisition of 99Bill, Alibaba's acquisition of AdChina, the financing of JD.com and Jia.com, and the investments of Baidu TakeAway, BEST Logistics, ChineseAll, ShengJing360, Hujiang.com, etc.
Dr. Chen himself is an entrepreneur icon and a highly respected new economy leader and investment banker in the Asia-Pacific. Prior to founding The Hina Group, Dr. Chen was Founder, Chairman and CEO of GRIC Communications, which he led to its successful IPO on the NASDAQ in 1999. Before GRIC, he was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Aimnet, a leading regional Internet service provider, which was sold to NTT/Verio in 1996.
Dr. Chen was the President and Chairman of the Asian American MultiTech Association (AAMA) in 2000 and 2001 respectively; AAMA is the largest Asia Pacific focused high-tech business and executive association in Silicon Valley with over 1000 members. He also served as the founding president of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA) from 2000 to 2003, the most prominent club of mainland born Chinese business leaders in Silicon Valley and China.
Dr. Chen received his Ph.D in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1982 at the age of 19.
Bill Zhao is currently the Managing Director of the HINA Group and Board Member of the Fortune Capital.
He focuses on RMB investment and M&A opportunities in TMT industry. He has advised on various M&A and Private Placement deals worth more than 2.5 billion USD and managed more than 0.5 billion USD fund.
Bill has served as Executive Officer of the Hunan Culture & tourism Industry Investment Fund and Senior Partner of the Fortune Capital. Also, he was Annual Adviser of the OCT, Vice President of the AliHealth and President of the Beijing FanHua East Media Consultant Company etc. During his tenure as Board Member and Senior Partner of the Fortune Capital, he was involved in more than 300 investment projects worth more than 15 billion RMB. The Culture & tourism Industry Fund of the Fortune Capital was awarded the " 2015 TOP10 Culture & media Industry Investment in China" by Chinaventure.com, "2015-2016 Top10 Investment Fund in China" by China Bridge Group etc. He leaded the investment of Gb which generated the highest expected return in the Fortune Capital.
In the HINA Group, Bill is responsible for Private Placement and M&A deals for clients including China Unicom, News Corporation, Huayi Brothers, CITIC Press, 99 Bill, 9 You etc.
Bill received his LLM from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and still serves as Mentor now. Bill is now working in the Beijing office of the HINA Group.
Lynn Liu is currently a Managing Director of The Hina Group’s investment banking division.
Lynn founded Aicent in 2000 with the vision of bridging the IP and wireless worlds through innovative mobile data services, and served as President & CEO for 13 years. Prior to Aicent, Lynn was a co-founder and COO for GRIC Communications (IPO in Nastaq in 1999). Prior to GRIC, she co-founded and held the COO position at Aimnet, acquired by Verio in 1996 and is now a subsidiary of NTT Communications.
Throughout her distinguished career Lynn has established a long list of successes in IP data service development including rollout, market penetration, and corporate leadership.
Lynn led over $1 billion transactions recently.
She has a B.S. from National Taiwan University, an M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and attended Executive Programs in the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Lynn is based in our Beijing office.
Jason Li is a Managing Director of The Hina Group’s investment banking division. He has extensive experience in TMT and emerging integration sectors, especially in High-technology, Consumption, Finance, Healthcare, Intellectual Technology and Infrastructure, and has played his role in a USD multibillion worth of M&As, spin-offs, restructurings, PE investments and debt financings.
Prior to The Hina Group, Jason served as Managing Director and Chief Representative of Pacific Crest Securities, a premier US based investment bank for technology. He built the entire China securities operation from the ground up with completion of over $2.7 billion in transaction in public offerings, M&As and private placements.
In his earlier years, Jason held senior roles at a number of MNCs, JVs, overseas and domestic enterprises, including Nokia, China Mobile, Motorola and GM, and played a significant role in corporate finance, venture capital, corporate strategies, marketing and product development. Jason received his M.S. in E.E. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his B.S. in E.E. from Tsinghua University.
Jason is based in our Beijing office.