Joanne K. Wood is the Founder and Managing Partner of Capital Eight, an investment banking boutique specialized in corporate finance and headquartered in Shanghai. She is also one of the longest serving foreign expats based in China, having lived and worked on the Mainland for over 30 years.
Joanne has previously worked in senior corporate finance positions with UBS, Jardine Fleming and GE Capital in Europe, the USA and Greater China, with more than 35 years of investment banking experience, 25 of those years focused on a wide range of China M&A, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, and infrastructure transactions. At Jardine Fleming, she was a member of the first dedicated team of M&A professionals based in Asia and was internationally ranked as a leading Asian-emerging markets corporate finance advisor. Listing many Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and Sino 400 entities amongst her clients, Joanne continues to advise companies on China domestic and cross-border investment strategies, capital structuring, fund-raising plans and transaction negotiations.
Joanne actively represents the foreign financial services industry in China, engaging in regular peer dialogue with the Chinese Government. She is Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce Financial Services Focus Group and was inaugural Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Greater China. Joanne has also worked with the UK Government to promote the adoption of PPP infrastructure financing in China and is a former Vice Chair of the EU Chamber’s Investment Working Group. She is a mentor to young and aspiring entrepreneurs in China, accredited by SOS Ventures globally, and currently acts as Non-Executive Advisory Board Chairman and Board Director for two tech start-ups in Shanghai.
Joanne is a regular speaker at international conferences and often asked for her views on China’s financial services industry and the China investment environment. Amongst other engagements, she has participated in the BBC’s globally televised debating series “Intelligence Squared”. Joanne holds an MBA from London Business School, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Adelaide, South Australia and reads, writes and speaks Mandarin.