"Actis offers a unique global platform with a laser focus on growth markets. That sets it apart from all of the other global funds.”
A Shanghai native, Max moved to Australia when he was 18 years old, studying at the University of Canberra and then training as a senior tax consultant with Ernst & Young in Sydney. He moved to Hong Kong in 1999 and over the following nine years built a solid investment banking career with Credit Suisse, HSBC and Citigroup, focusing on the Chinese market. In 2008, Max was part of the founding team at US$2.5 bn HOPU Investments where he worked on some of its most high profile deals including the acquisition of a large stake in China Construction Bank from Bank of America and a significant joint investment in Mengniu Dairy with COFCO.
Max joined Actis in September 2012, attracted by a firm that offers global support based on a deep understanding of growth market issues and solutions, as well as a local team with a strong record of success in China’s increasingly competitive private equity market. Max led the firm’s first take private transaction of 7 Days Hotels (now rebranded as Plateno Group) in China, and the firm’s investment in one of China’s leading consumer biscuit brands, Jiashili. He is a board member of Plateno Group and Jiashili.
Max is a certified Chartered accountant.