What constraints and risks are associated with investing in and beginning new ventures in China? With the rapid development of China's economy, the growing private sector has become increasingly active. Entrepreneurs and international investors are attracted to China for the growth and opportunity, but are also faced with unique challenges. This panel will focus on overcoming these challenges and strategies for identifying successful opportunities in China.

M o d e r a t o r
Professor Thomas Liaw
Professor of Finance and Chair of the Economics and Finance Department, St. John's University

Thomas Liaw is Professor of Finance and chair of the Economics and Finance Department at St. John's University, New York. He speaks on investment banking and capital markets at executive programs, venues such as APEC and World Bank symposium, Canadian Securities Institute seminar, Information Management Network Masters Investment Management conferences, Korea Banking Institute conferences, Harvard China Review and Harvard Asia Business conferences, and Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations conference.

His new book Investment Banking and Investment Opportunities in China was released in July 2007. He has also published books and articles on investment banking, capital markets, stocks and bonds, and China's banking and securities markets. His principal areas of teaching and research include capital markets, asset management, risk management, and investment banking.

Professor Liaw served as president of the Chinese American Academic and Professional Society for 2005. He is a director of the State Bancorp, Inc. and State Bank of Long Island. He is an associate editor for Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies. He also serves as an adviser to several companies. Professor Liaw holds his doctorate from Northwestern University.

P a n e l i s t s

Ms. Anita Tang (KSM'99)
Managing Director, Royal Roots Global Inc.

Anita Tang is Managing Director of Royal Roots Global Inc.,, a U.S.-China business strategy advisor headquartered in Chicago with a liaison office in Washington D.C. and associates in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Focusing on U.S.-China business, Royal Roots specializes in formulating and implementing strategies, building and managing networks, and conducting business negotiations. Royal Roots' projects cover China, England, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.

During her eight years with four leading European banks in Hong Kong, Anita traded the entire spectrum of debt market instruments. One of the pioneers trading the derivatives market in the Asian time zone in the mid-1980s, Anita was the only trader in a European bank in Hong Kong that Federal Reserve New York phoned regularly to discuss the market.

Anita has extensive experiences in commodity futures trading and management and investment consultancy. She started her own trading and investment company in Singapore in 1989. Featured by the Singapore Futures Exchange as a successful trader, Anita appeared regularly in Exchange promotional materials and spoke in its local and overseas events. Anita also traded in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from 1996 to 1999. Since mid-1999, Anita started undertaking management and investment projects in the U.S.-China business sphere.

Anita was an invited speaker for in the 2006 "14th World Productivity Congress", held in Beijing, which was attended by over 1,000 delegates from 50 countries. She successfully hosted the CEO Roundtable discussion at Beijing in 2005. She is also regularly interviewed by the press to share her experience in U.S.-China business, among which are WTTW Channel 11, BusinessPOV, Financial Times, Crain's Chicago Business, Business 2.0, China Fortune, World News Journal and Xinhua News.

Anita graduated Summa cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.B.A. in economics. She also earned an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Mr. George Wang (KSM'02)
Founder and Chairman, Chinese Professional Network (CPN)

George Wang is the founder and Chairman of Chinese Professional Network or CPN (, a premier membership-based professional network with a focus on China. The collective insights, experiences, access, opportunities, relationship, and influence from CPN members have made CPN a leading resource for career and personal development. As a result, CPN has emerged as an integrated platform for top employers, educators, advertisers, and brands to reach China's high value population. Prior to CPN, Mr. Wang was a management consultant with Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney in Asia.

Mr. Wang received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management and B.S. from Dalian University of Technology.

Mr. Richard L. Wottrich
Managing Director & President, DSI Global M&A
Designated Member, IMAP

Co-Founder, IMAP Outsourcing & Logistics Industry Group
Member, IMAP Teaming Committee Member Association for Corporate Growth ("ACG")
Member, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

As Managing Director and President of DSI, Wottrich has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry, providing business owners with exclusive representation and consultation in mergers and acquisitions. Wottrich founded DSI in 1992 and, since its inception, has managed over two hundred transactions ranging from start-ups and private placements to middle market acquisitions and divestitures. DSI has closed transactions in 15 countries.

Wottrich is a past Board member, Chairman of the Board and President of the IMAP and currently serves on the IMAP Teaming Committee that creates international I-Banking terms of IMAP Partner firms. Wottrich was instrumental in taking IMAP to international levels, having assisted in bringing in the first six European Partners firms in 1998. Wottrich is a Co-Founder of the IMAP Outsourcing & Logistics Industry Group. Wottrich was the recipient of the 2005 first-ever IMAP Dan Denby Award, voted on by the investment bankers of IMAP for best representing the spirit and business purpose of IMAP internationally.

Wottrich has initiated M&A transactions in China, having delivered the lead platform speech at the "2005 Summit of CEOs and Career Managers of Chinese and Foreign Enterprises" in Beijing, CHINA on June 26th, 2005. Over 400 Chinese business leaders attended this first ever government-sanctioned Summit. DSI Global Consultant Anita Y. Tang, Founder of Royal Roots Global, is the DSI interface on Chinese mandates.

Wottrich has initiated M&A transactions in India, working with DSI Global Consultants Viji Sampath, past Director of International Acquisitions at ConAgra Foods, and Dr. Atul Wad, past Officer at the United Nations Center for Science and Technology for Development ("UNCSTD") in New York.

Wottrich is a Member of the Association for Corporate Growth ("ACG") in Chicago, IL USA, a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.