US-HQed BankerBay launches operations in China

BankerBay, the investment banking platform that connects qualified and vetted corporate deals with institutional providers of capital around the world, has announced the opening of the company’s new office in Shanghai, China, and the appointment of Pin Li, a seasoned executive in the Chinese capital markets, as the CEO of BankerBay’s operations in China.
“We’re very excited to open our platform to active participation by Chinese investors and businesses,” said Romesh Jayawickrama, CEO and Founder of BankerBay. “Providing an outlet for the huge Chinese appetite for external investment is a vital step in enabling BankerBay to fulfill its mission as the premier global platform for private investment.”
Founded in Singapore in 2014, BankerBay’s deal platform has undergone phenomenal growth in the last 18 months, emerging as the leading private investment platform worldwide. Focused on middle market investment opportunities, with deals in size between $10 and $200 million, BankerBay has seen the volume of deal flow activity surge in recent months, reaching the level in excess of $25 billion in new deal flow per month, comprised of between 600 and 700 new deals, from 145 countries.
“I am thrilled to be part of this effort to bring BankerBay to the Chinese market,” said Pin Li, “With it’s powerful algorithm and well-established investment platform, BankerBay provides an invaluable tool for Chinese enterprises and high-net-worth individuals that are looking to access a huge new set of opportunities for global private investment.”
In order to support widescale use of the platform in China, the BankerBay website is being launched in Mandarin and the company’s social media footprint is being expanded to support WeChat, which is the dominant communications tool in the Chinese market. “We are adapting BankerBay to China so that it is positioned to play a vital role serving as a bridge between Chinese capital and the global marketplace,” as Pin Li explains. “Even before the official launch of our Chinese language website, BankerBay has been receiving extensive interest from some of the largest financial institutions in China.”
Pin Li comes to her new role as CEO of BankerBay China with broad range of financial, commercial and management experience over the course of her career, equally adept in Asian and western markets. Most recently she served as Head of Capital Markets in China for GE Capital, where she had general management responsibility for establishing and maintaining the firm’s capital markets platform.
BankerBay’s Shanghai operation is its fifth office worldwide, adding to its headquarters in New York and sales and operation centers in Bangalore, Singapore and London. Reflecting the company’s global approach, BankerBay currently lists a total of $160 billion of private investment opportunities, which are distributed fairly evenly across major markets around the world, spanning developed and developing markets alike.
BankerBay uses a combination of sophisticated algorithms and human-assist curation (run by an experienced team of investment banking analysts) to make the most appropriate buyside-sellside matches for its subscribers, thereby helping to remove the barriers of time, geography and cost that separate investors from discovering new global opportunities. Members remain anonymous until the final introductions are made, after which the parties continue with their traditional deal-making process, while BankerBay transaction managers oversee the deal through the arc of its life.