Los Angeles, CA — FocalPoint Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Shanghai, to be led by industry veteran Alvin Wang. This is FocalPoint’s first international office and the second new office opened this year.
Mr. Wang has wide-ranging experience raising capital and providing M&A advice for middle-market companies in the U.S., China, and Southeast Asia. During a career spanning 15 years at both bulge bracket and boutique firms, he has structured and executed transactions with private companies, multinational public companies, financial sponsors, and China state-owned enterprises, including cross border M&A, public listings, and financial restructurings.
Mr. Wang began his career at Lehman Brothers in New York before moving to Houlihan Lokey to help launch its office in Hong Kong. He returned to mainland China as a key member of Duff & Phelp’s office in Shanghai before founding the China operations of VSA Capital, a London-based investment bank. Mr. Wang completed his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University and a master’s degree at Boston College.
“FocalPoint attracted me due to its national U.S. coverage, broad array of service offerings, deep sector expertise in key industries, and momentum in the marketplace,” noted Alvin Wang. “We have been collaborating on transactions over the past several years and it just made sense to join their platform.”
Duane Stullich, Managing Partner, commented, “Establishing an office in Shanghai is an important step that extends our geographical coverage, allowing us better access to international buyers and capital sources in China and throughout Asia. There are also significant outbound opportunities that Alvin will help us access, namely U.S.-based companies owned by China-based private equity firms, family offices and operating companies, many of whom are looking to divest such assets.”
Nishen Radia, Managing Partner added, “Alvin and his five-person team not only are well-connected throughout China, but all of Southeast Asia. They have closed transactions in Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and numerous other countries. This region remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”
“After opening an office in New York in February, we are now expanding east. This is an important milestone in the firm’s 17-year history. The addition takes us up to approximately 50 bankers on two continents. Moreover, Alvin is a great fit into the FocalPoint culture, which is very important to us,” commented Rajesh Sood, Managing Partner.
About FocalPoint Partners
FocalPoint is an independent investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements, financial restructurings, and special situation transactions. With offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Shanghai, the firm provides sophisticated bulge bracket services to the underserved middle market. For more information, please visit www.focalpointllc.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.