(Hong Kong, 4 January, 2021) – Equities First Holdings (“EquitiesFirst”), the global leader in asset-backed financing, has appointed Didier Zheng as Managing Director of the firm’s Beijing office. The announcement demonstrates the firm’s long-term commitment to the fast-growing Asian region, with the China market being one of the key priorities.
In his new role, Didier will be a part of the team driving origination strategies and exploring business opportunities for EquitiesFirst in Greater China. He will be based in Beijing, joining the Asia leadership team and reporting to Gordon Crosbie-Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Asia.
Gordon Crosbie-Walsh said today, “Our innovative ‘Progressive Capital’ solution offers diversification within the traditional credit space. China is one of our strategic priorities in Asia and we are committed to pursuing long-term financing partnerships. We are delighted to welcome Didier to our Greater China team: his appointment confirms our commitment to China and delivering our experience and expertise to serve institutional and independent partners.”
Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Didier was Chief Executive Officer at Dots Institutional Investors, an institutional investment organisation managing more than US$30 billion in assets. He also served as Deputy General Manager, Investor Relations and Executive Director, Fixed Income at Fosun International. Previously, he worked at international financial institutions including Shenyin & Wanguo Securities, BNP Paribas and Société Générale. Didier started his career as a diplomat at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Didier Zheng said, “I am excited to help drive EquitiesFirst’s ambitions for Greater China and introduce our unique financing solutions to partners. We have seen increasing demand from domestic investors for growth and expansion, presenting tremendous opportunities for our firm. Through providing efficient capital that overcomes the limitations of traditional financing, EquitiesFirst is able to serve Chinese partners and deliver liquidity solutions that are vital, transformative and will move them ahead.”
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