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Introduction

Elm Lane International Holdings Inc (E.L.I.Holdings) was established in 1995 during a period when many overseas firms were beginning to look closely at conducting business in South-West China. Identifying a need to help these companies achieve their strategic goals in China, E.L.I.Holdings was founded by Wang Jian and Alice Childs.

At first the company mainly assisted UK firms to develop their marketing and distribution platforms in China. As the company grew it developed its own investments and created additional subsidiaries to handle different businesses. E.L.I.Holdings was also one of the founding members of Sichuan’s British Chamber of Commerce and one of the first foreign business consultancies in the region. The core business then, as now, was to provide assistance with investment, education, cultural exchanges and government relations in China. If you are interested in setting up any of the services with a Chinese partner and you would like to take advantage of the knowledge, we can help you achieve your goals on time and within budget.

Our Executive Board

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Jian(James) Wang

Chairman

Born and raised in China, but living and working in the UK since the late 1980’s, Jian Wang (James) has developed his understanding of both Chinese and Western business culture during his professional career. Together with Alice Childs, he established his advisory business, Elm Lane International Holdings (E.L.I.Holdings), in 1995 to provide investment,...

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Born and raised in China, but living and working in the UK since the late 1980’s, Jian Wang (James) has developed his understanding of both Chinese and Western business culture during his professional career. Together with Alice Childs, he established his advisory business, Elm Lane International Holdings (E.L.I.Holdings), in 1995 to provide investment, trading and government relations advice in China.

E.L.I.Holdings was the first foreign investment advisory company in south-west China and remains the oldest “western” firm still operating there.Not only has James contributed to the growth of business between China and the UK, he has also contributed greatly to China-UK cultural exchange. In 1999, he established the Sichuan Centre in the UK, which has become a “window” into western China and has received official as well as social recognition. The efforts of the Sichuan Centre have been highly praised by both Mr. Hu Jintao (former Paramount Leader of the People’s Republic of China) and Mr. Tony Blair (former UK Prime Minister). During his career, James has participated in over 250 cross-border M&A projects and has served many reputable organizations including Lornamead, Scottish & Newcastle, Geely Group, Inver House Distillers, Potterton Myson, Freightliner and Sichuan’s Tongwei Group. In 2010 James was instrumental in assisting the Geely Group in its acquisition of the Volvo Car Group from Ford Motor Company in a US$1.8 billion buyout. James was a founding member of the British Chamber of Commerce of Southwest China and served as its first Vice-Chairman, he also has served as Vice-Chairman of the Sichuan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Sichuan People’s Standing Committee. In addition he is a Chengdu Youth Federation Honorary Advisor.

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Alice Childs

Co Chairman

Alice Childs has been creating business in China since 1990. She began her “China” education by studying for an undergraduate degree in Chinese and French at Westminster University, graduating in 1988. Her degree studies took her to Sichuan University in 1985/86 and she was later awarded a research scholarship from...

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Alice Childs has been creating business in China since 1990. She began her “China” education by studying for an undergraduate degree in Chinese and French at Westminster University, graduating in 1988. Her degree studies took her to Sichuan University in 1985/86 and she was later awarded a research scholarship from the British Council to study at Sichuan University in China in 1987/88.

Upon graduation Alice worked at the Foreign Language Press in Beijing as a foreign expert and editor, translating famous Chinese works of the writer Zhang Xianling and Wang Meng amongst others. In 1989 she served as a personal assistant to the China Manager of Hopkinson Associates, a company that was at that time trading chemicals with many State Owned Enterprises across China. In 1992, she and her husband James, started Magpie Enterprises, which was to be a precursor to Elm Lane International Holdings (E.L.I.Holdings) which they officially established in 1995. Alice comes from a long line of educators and has continued that tradition by earning an MSc degree in cross cultural child development from Brunel University as well as a MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Development from the Department of Education at Oxford University. She also leads the ElM Education business which focuses on improving the English language skills of Chinese students as well as preparing them for university education in the UK. She currently serves as a Governor of Kelly College (now Mount Kelly) as well as Notting Hill & Ealing High School.

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Our Advisory Board

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Sir David Brewer

Sir David Brewer was Chairman of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and President of the EU-China Business Association from 2007 to July 2013.  He was a member of the CBBC Board and Honorary Treasurer from 1991 to 2007, and started their Financial Services Committee in 1993.

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Sir David Brewer was Chairman of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and President of the EU-China Business Association from 2007 to July 2013.  He was a member of the CBBC Board and Honorary Treasurer from 1991 to 2007, and started their Financial Services Committee in 1993.

He is a Holder of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government Magnolia Gold Award. He is a Vice-President of the Great Britain-China Centre, having been Chairman from 1997 to 2004.

He is the Chief Advisor of the Advisory Board of the Association of Chinese Financial Professionals in the UK (ACfPU), and is also an Advisor to DealGlobe, the Chinese electronic M&A company.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Tullett Prebon SITICO (China) Ltd., and the National Bank of Kuwait (International) PLC, and a Senior Adviser to Travelex.

Sir David's career has been in insurance broking, with Sedgwick and Marsh.  For Sedgwick he set up the Group office in China, in Beijing in 1981, and obtained the first broker's authorisation for Sedgwick in 1983.  Prior to that he lived in Japan for three years, 1976-1978, and set up their office in Tokyo.  In 1986 he established their representative office in Mumbai.

He was Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Marsh Ltd., the company which bought Sedgwick, from 2007-2009, and was a Non-Executive Director of LIFFE Administration and Management fro 2009-2013.

Sir David was Lord Mayor of the City of London for the year 2005-2006, and was appointed  Her Majesty"s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London in 2008. 

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Simon Yang

Xiaoxing (Simon) Yang

Simon Yang is the Chief Adviser of E.L.I.Holdings focusing on China and UK business consultancy, financial services, cross-border transactions and government relations. He has more than 30 years extensive experience in energy, banking services, international trade and investment.

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Simon Yang is the Chief Adviser of E.L.I.Holdings focusing on China and UK business consultancy, financial services, cross-border transactions and government relations. He has more than 30 years extensive experience in energy, banking services, international trade and investment.

Simon previously studied at Chongqing Petroleum School in 1978, under the Administration Department of the China’s Petroleum and Fuel Industry, and later obtained his degree in University of International Business and Economics, where he further enhanced his strong interests in the field.

Due to the substantial growth of the Chinese economy in recent years, and in light of his background and experience, Simon has spent a large amount of time on studying overseas mergers and acquisitions. Apart from working as the Chief Adviser of E.L.I.Holdings, Simon also works as the Chairman of two Chinese leading oil field technology development companies in Beijing.

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James Chen

James Chen is Chairman of Hollyhigh International Capital, the first investment banking firm to specialise in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in mainland China. James Chen worked as a trader at China Great Wall Financial Company before establishing Tsinghua Unisplendour Investment Company and Hollyhigh in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

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James Chen is Chairman of Hollyhigh International Capital, the first investment banking firm to specialise in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in mainland China. James Chen worked as a trader at China Great Wall Financial Company before establishing Tsinghua Unisplendour Investment Company and Hollyhigh in 1997 and 1998 respectively. His work at Hollyhigh has engaged him in M&A transactions for international corporations such as Lafarge, Shell, SK and Scottish & Newcastle.

He is a member of the finance committee in the China National Democratic Construction Association Centrality (CNDCA) as well as the chairman of the China M&A Elite Club. He also serves as the chief editor of China M&A Review and has published “Winning the Deal” and “M&A Revolution”.

James Chen graduated from Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management in 1993. His alma mater selected his deal between Teda and the Meilun Group to be its first M&A case study. He has also lectured at many renowned institutions, including Harvard University and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and was an adviser to the Beijing Olympics organization.

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Michael McErlean

Michael McErlean

Michael-McErlean brings over 30 years of experience to E.L.I.Holdings where he previously served as a Managing Director and was involved in seeking new business opportunities as well as managing existing relationships with E.L.I.Holdings clients.

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Michael-McErlean brings over 30 years of experience to E.L.I.Holdings where he previously served as a Managing Director and was involved in seeking new business opportunities as well as managing existing relationships with E.L.I.Holdings clients.

He has had an extensive career in investment banking commencing at Goldman Sachs where he worked in the Fixed Income Commodity and Currency division for over 20 years. He was also a Senior Project Manager at Deutsche Bourse where he had responsibilities as Director of Sales and Marketing of Eurex US, which was an entree into the U.S. listed derivatives industry.

In addition, he worked as a business development head at Communicating Limited, a London-based technology firm that provides software solutions to the capital markets industry. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Business Administration degree.

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Nick Martin

Nick Martin has over thirty years of corporate finance and investment banking experience, including leading positions at Evolution Securities China, Durlacher Corporation plc, Collins Stewart Limited and J P Morgan Cazenove.

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Nick Martin has over thirty years of corporate finance and investment banking experience, including leading positions at Evolution Securities China, Durlacher Corporation plc, Collins Stewart Limited and J P Morgan Cazenove.

At Evolution China he helped establish and lead the leading mid-cap Investment bank in Europe specializing in China, receiving the Queen’s Award for Industry, the country’s highest honor for corporate business success in 2008, for growing the business by a compound growth rate of 123% per annum.

During his career he has executed transactions totaling over US$150 billion, mainly for quoted corporate clients and has been actively involved in start-up venture capital, development capital, private placing’s, privatisations and M&A activities as well as a multitude of IPOs and fundraisings. He has led or co-led transactions for a wide range of companies in Asia, UK, Europe and emerging markets and across a wide range of sectors, including particularly, technology, energy, retail, media, biotech/healthcare, telecoms, leisure/property and resources.

Nick was appointed (by Rt. Hon Margaret Thatcher) as a Cabinet Special Adviser 1988-89 to assist in privatizations and the energy sector. Nick is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute (its highest level) and a qualified barrister and holds an M.A. in Law from Cambridge University. He has served on a number of boards and governing Bodies in both executive and non–executive capacities. He has been appointed by Chinese/Asian companies, including the University of Cambridge, Westminster College and  the UK Government to a number of the UK’s largest NHS Hospital and Primary Care Trusts.

 

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Susan Sun

Susan Sun is an art connoisseur, collector and lifestyle ambassador based in China who has actively been involved in cultural exchanges between China and Europe for the last two decades.

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Susan Sun is an art connoisseur, collector and lifestyle ambassador based in China who has actively been involved in cultural exchanges between China and Europe for the last two decades.

Appointed in 2012 as the Beijing Ambassador for La Biennale des Antiquaires, Susan has also been recognized by the Chinese National Women's Association by making their list of the “100 Remarkable Chinese Women of the past 30 years”.

Susan is the founder and a board member of the Luxemburg-based investment vehicle called the China Art Fund and is also the chairperson of high-end interior design company, Smart House Library, which has since 1998, not only delivered the best in quality design services but also has promoted a new ‘modern’ lifestyle to Chinese consumers.

Susan has also previously worked as an investment banker, spending a total of 20 years at ABN AMRO and Credit Lyonnais in areas including M&A’s and IPO’s in Hong Kong and China.  Susan holds a BA from Anhui University/ Tsinghua-HEC.

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William Goodlad

Will has over twenty years experience in China and fifteen years association with E.L.I.Holdings. In 1999, he was E.L.I.Holdings' Chief Representative in Chengdu, consulting both for international companies trading and investing in Sichuan and for Chinese government and business delegations visiting the UK.

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Will has over twenty years experience in China and fifteen years association with E.L.I.Holdings. In 1999, he was E.L.I.Holdings' Chief Representative in Chengdu, consulting both for international companies trading and investing in Sichuan and for Chinese government and business delegations visiting the UK. At that time, he also co-founded the Sichuan Centre in London with Jian (James) Wang.

Previously, Will worked for the China Britain Business Council in Beijing, developing government relationships and promoting the interests of British companies in China. At the CBBC, he worked closely with the British Chamber of Commerce, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, initiating and developing the ‘Britain in China’ campaign, and managing its Chinese language magazine Ying Zhong Weilai.

More recently, he was a Publishing Director at Penguin UK, where he commissioned economics and science books, including many international bestsellers. He also worked for Text Publishing in Melbourne, Australia. Will received a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and studied Mandarin at Peking University. He is also a co-founder of THINKBLUE, a new UK-based organization dedicated to marine research.

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Gabriel Liang

Gabriel Liang has over 40 years experience in auditing, taxation, management consultancy and corporate finance in Asia. He began his career with John Byrne & Co in 1969 in Hong Kong and after several years moved to KPMG where he worked in the management consultancy practice.

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Gabriel Liang has over 40 years experience in auditing, taxation, management consultancy and corporate finance in Asia. He began his career with John Byrne & Co in 1969 in Hong Kong and after several years moved to KPMG where he worked in the management consultancy practice. In 1985 he moved to Taiwan as Senior Manager at KPMG where he advised clients on cross-border transactions. From 1992 to 2002 he worked as Head of the China Desk at KPMG UK where he was responsible for all business activities between the UK and Greater China. In 2002 he began work as a Managing Director at Holford Consulting Ltd UK where he specialist in brokering project financing deals in China. He successfully advised on deals totalling more than RMB 4 billion. He has been a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager with ELI Holdings since 2010.

Gabriel’s progressive business experience over his forty plus years in the China financial markets in dealing with the analysis of income and fund statements, balance sheets for investee companies and subsidiaries, project financing and consulting give him a unique experience and background. He is fluent in English, Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese and is at ease with dealing with a variety of customers, staff members and employees.

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Prof. Yu Xiong

Professor Yu Xiong is the Chair of Technology and Operations Management in Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University.

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Professor Yu Xiong is the Chair of Technology and Operations Management in Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University.

Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and the Associate Director for Enterprise, Engagement and External Relations of Norwich Business School and a Lecturer in Operations Management and director of China Management Research Institute in Queen's University, Belfast.  His research focuses on sustainable manufacturing and supply chain strategies, in the international environment. He is a company director of ADAPT Commercial Ltd, which is managing 50 million GBP Venture Capital fund(Low Carbon Innovation Fund),

 to invest in technology companies. He has recently forged a 100 million Venture Capital fund for the company and Chinese partner to support the start up companies between China and the UK.

 He is advising the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the UK about innovation collaboration with China, via his role as a core member of the China UK Innovation Expert Group run by the UK department of Business, Innovation and Skills.  In China he was appointed to be a member of the International Affairs Committee, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Chongqing(Chinese provincial parliament). He delivered keynote speeches in national events organized by Department of BIS, British Council, China Britain Business Council, China Ministry for Science and Technology etc.

His researches have been published in international leading/excellence level journals in his research areas, including European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*), International Journal of Production Research(ABS 3*), International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3*), Journal of Operational Research Society(ABS 3*), etc.  As principal investigator, He is constantly getting funding from national funding bodies including the British Academy, British Council, Technology Strategy Board, etc.

He is an active member of many academic networks. He is the founder/Chair/co-Chair of the following well known activities:  China Innovation and Development Association, the China UK Entrepreneurship Competition, and the International Forum on Innovation Oriented Economics.  He is also a Chartered Engineer in the UK.  Because of his academic contribution to the link between China and UK, he was invited by the London Olympic Organising Committee to be one of only two Chinese academics in the world as Olympic Torch Bearer 2012. He is a visiting Professor and Director of the Institute of Science and Technology Innovation Policy of Zhejiang University(3rd in China, QS World University Rank: 144,  ARWU Rank: 151-200), and visiting Professor of Chongqing University(28th in Chinese Ranking), and Central South University(15th in Chinese Ranking) in China.

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Our mission

E.L.I.Holdings aims to promote companies and service providers in Europe and China, and to enable these companies to research and take advantage of the many business opportunities the regions have to offer. Our joint goal is to aid European clients to create successful businesses in China, and assist Chinese firms entry to European market.

Our collaboration between the CBBC (China Britain Business Council) and UKTI (UK Trade & Investment), and our connections with governmental organisations, particularly in South-West China, have successfully served some of the world's best known companies including Volvo Car Group, Geely Group, and Dalian Wanda International.

Our long-term aim is to focus on our clients' needs in investment, trade, education and training. We are committed to increasing your presence overseas, maximising your benefits and helping to achieve your objectives. 

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Our partners

 Over the past 20 years, E.L.I.Holdings has developed successful partnerships with a number of internationally acclaimed organisations.

Latest news & events

The Inaugural Deal in Car Manufacturing History - Geely & Volvo Acquisition

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Founded in 1986, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) began to specialise in the automotive industry in 1997 and over the following years, focused on technological innovation, and personnel training.

China’s First Domestic Whisky Production - Scottish & Newcastle

2014-11-18 16:05:47
Scottish & Newcastle plc was a brewing company head-quartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, which expanded significantly from its home base to become an international business, with production volumes of production and sale of beer in China growing almost tenfold.