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Introduction

Elm Lane International Holdings Inc (E.L.I.Holdings) was established in 1995 during a period when many overseas firms were beginning to look closely at conducting business in South-West China. Identifying a need to help these companies achieve their strategic goals in China, E.L.I.Holdings was founded by Wang Jian and Alice Childs.

At first the company mainly assisted UK firms to develop their marketing and distribution platforms in China. As the company grew it developed its own investments and created additional subsidiaries to handle different businesses. E.L.I.Holdings was also one of the founding members of Sichuan’s British Chamber of Commerce and one of the first foreign business consultancies in the region. The core business then, as now, was to provide assistance with investment, education, cultural exchanges and local relations in China. If you are interested in setting up any of the services with a Chinese partner and you would like to take advantage of the knowledge, we can help you achieve your goals on time and within budget.

Our Executive Board

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Jian(James) Wang

Chairman

Born and raised in China, but living and working in the UK since the late 1980’s, Jian Wang (James) has developed his understanding of both Chinese and Western business culture during his professional career. Together with Alice Childs, he established his advisory business, Elm Lane International Holdings (E.L.I.Holdings), in 1995 to provide investment...

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Born and raised in China, but living and working in the UK since the late 1980’s, Jian Wang (James) has developed his understanding of both Chinese and Western business culture during his professional career. Together with Alice Childs, he established his advisory business, Elm Lane International Holdings (E.L.I.Holdings), in 1995 to provide investment and trading advice in China.

E.L.I.Holdings was the first foreign investment advisory company in south-west China and remains the oldest “western” firm still operating there. Not only has James contributed to the growth of business between China and the UK, he has also contributed greatly to China-UK cultural exchange. In 1999, he established the Sichuan Centre in the UK, which has become a “window” into western China. During his career, James has participated in over 250 cross-border M&A projects and has served many reputable organisations, including Lornamead, Scottish & Newcastle, Geely Group, Inver House Distillers, Potterton Myson, Freightliner and Sichuan’s Tongwei Group. In 2010 James was instrumental in assisting the Geely Group in its acquisition of the Volvo Car Group from Ford Motor Company in a US$1.8 billion buyout. 

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Alice Childs

Co Chairman

Alice Childs has been creating businesses in China since 1990. She began her “China” education by studying for an undergraduate degree in Chinese and French at Westminster University, graduating in 1988. Her degree studies took her to Sichuan University in 1985/86 and she was later awarded a research scholarship from...

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Alice Childs has been creating businesses in China since 1990. She began her “China” education by studying for an undergraduate degree in Chinese and French at Westminster University, graduating in 1988. Her degree studies took her to Sichuan University in 1985/86 and she was later awarded a research scholarship from the British Council to study at Sichuan University in China in 1987/88.

Upon graduation, Alice worked at the Foreign Language Press in Beijing as a foreign expert and editor, translating famous Chinese works of the writer Zhang Xianling and Wang Meng amongst others. In 1989 she served as a personal assistant to the China Manager of Hopkinson Associates, a company that was at that time trading chemicals with many state-owned Enterprises across China. In 1992, she and her husband, James, started Magpie Enterprises, which was to be a precursor to Elm Lane International Holdings (E.L.I.Holdings) which they officially established in 1995. Alice comes from a long line of educators and has continued that tradition by gaining an MSc in Cross-cultural Studies of Child Development at Brunel University, and an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Aquisition in the Department of Education at Oxford University. She also leads the ELM Education business which focuses on improving the English language skills of Chinese students as well as preparing them for further education in the UK. She served as a Governor of Kelly College (now Mount Kelly) and is currently a Governor of Notting Hill & Ealing High School.

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Leo Wu

Chief Representative

Leo comes from a family of art and culture collectors. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, he worked with China's largest antique furniture company - Zhejiang Yonggan Antique Company, and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2006, taking care of their export, exhibition, market planning and also the...

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Leo comes from a family of art and culture collectors. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, he worked with China's largest antique furniture company - Zhejiang Yonggan Antique Company, and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2006, taking care of their export, exhibition, market planning and also the sales of domestic redwood furniture.

An expert in the research and collection of local culture, Leo has published literature works including 'Ningbo Furniture', 'Bone Wood Painting' and 'Wu and Wu Jiang Jing'; and sponsored the construction of Ningbo Furniture Museum.

In 2008, Leo set up a company to showcase his art work and restoration of classic furniture. One of his artwork 'Large Classic Shipping Drums' was awarded the Shanhua Award, the highest award of the arts in China.

After visiting London and The Swan at Tetsworth in 2014, Leo was keen to promote the cultural exchange between the East and West. Meanwhile, his impressive presentation about antique furniture and traditional culture in China held at the headquarters of Citibank in London received a favourable response. Leo has since been actively promoting visits and business trade between the Chinese and British government. He is currently setting up Ningbo Furniture Club London under New China Club.

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Our Advisory Board

Michael McErlean

Michael McErlean

Michael McErlean brings over 30 years of experience to E.L.I.Holdings where he previously served as a Managing Director and was involved in seeking new business opportunities as well as managing existing relationships with E.L.I.Holdings clients.

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Michael McErlean brings over 30 years of experience to E.L.I.Holdings where he previously served as a Managing Director and was involved in seeking new business opportunities as well as managing existing relationships with E.L.I.Holdings clients.

He has had an extensive career in investment banking commencing at Goldman Sachs where he worked in the Fixed Income Commodity and Currency division for over 20 years. He was also a Senior Project Manager at Deutsche Bourse where he had responsibilities as Director of Sales and Marketing of Eurex US, which was an entree into the U.S. listed derivatives industry.

In addition, he worked as a business development head at Communicating Limited, a London-based technology firm that provides software solutions to the capital markets industry. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Business Administration degree.

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Jerry Xu

Jerry Xu started working for Sichuan Airlines as an aircraft maintenance engineer, after graduating from the North-western Polytechnic University with a major in Aircraft Manufacturing Engineering.

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Jerry Xu started working for Sichuan Airlines as an aircraft maintenance engineer, after graduating from the North-western Polytechnic University with a major in Aircraft Manufacturing Engineering.

He then joined Eastman Kodak Company (China) in 1995 and helped expand the China market for Kodak's domestic products during his 8-year tenure there.

In 2003, Jerry decided to start his own business, acting as an agent to provide maintenance and service for the construction machinery industry and heavy duty trucks.

He then began his career with IBM in 2011 and is currently in charge of corporate finance leasing and consultancy services for IBM Leasing Company.

 

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Prof. Xiong Yu

Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and the Associate Director for Enterprise, Engagement and External Relations of Norwich Business School and a Lecturer in Operations Management and director of China Management Research Institute in Queen's University, Belfast.  His research focuses on sustainable manufacturing and supply chain strategies,...

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Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and the Associate Director for Enterprise, Engagement and External Relations of Norwich Business School and a Lecturer in Operations Management and director of China Management Research Institute in Queen's University, Belfast.  His research focuses on sustainable manufacturing and supply chain strategies, in the international environment. He is a company director of ADAPT Commercial Ltd, which is managing 50 million GBP Venture Capital fund(Low Carbon Innovation Fund),

 to invest in technology companies. He has recently forged a 100 million Venture Capital fund for the company and Chinese partner to support the start up companies between China and the UK.

 He is advising the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the UK about innovation collaboration with China, via his role as a core member of the China UK Innovation Expert Group run by the UK department of Business, Innovation and Skills.  In China he was appointed to be a member of the International Affairs Committee, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Chongqing(Chinese provincial parliament). He delivered keynote speeches in national events organized by Department of BIS, British Council, China Britain Business Council, China Ministry for Science and Technology etc.

His researches have been published in international leading/excellence level journals in his research areas, including European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*), International Journal of Production Research(ABS 3*), International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3*), Journal of Operational Research Society(ABS 3*), etc.  As principal investigator, He is constantly getting funding from national funding bodies including the British Academy, British Council, Technology Strategy Board, etc.

He is an active member of many academic networks. He is the founder/Chair/co-Chair of the following well known activities:  China Innovation and Development Association, the China UK Entrepreneurship Competition, and the International Forum on Innovation Oriented Economics.  He is also a Chartered Engineer in the UK.  Because of his academic contribution to the link between China and UK, he was invited by the London Olympic Organising Committee to be one of only two Chinese academics in the world as Olympic Torch Bearer 2012. He is a visiting Professor and Director of the Institute of Science and Technology Innovation Policy of Zhejiang University(3rd in China, QS World University Rank: 144,  ARWU Rank: 151-200), and visiting Professor of Chongqing University(28th in Chinese Ranking), and Central South University(15th in Chinese Ranking) in China.

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Nick Martin

Nick Martin has over thirty years of corporate finance investment banking experience including leading positions at Evolution Securities China, Durlacher Corporation plc, Collins Stewart Limited and J P Morgan Cazenove.

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Nick Martin has over thirty years of corporate finance investment banking experience including leading positions at Evolution Securities China, Durlacher Corporation plc, Collins Stewart Limited and J P Morgan Cazenove.

At Evolution China he helped establish and lead the leading mid-cap Investment bank in Europe specializing in China, receiving the Queen’s Award for Industry, the country’s highest honour for corporate business success in 2008, for growing the business by a compound growth rate of 123% per annum.

During his career he has executed transactions totalling over US$150 billion, mainly for quoted corporate clients and has been actively involved in start-up venture capital, development capital, private placing’s, privatisations and M&A activities as well as a multitude of IPOs and fundraisings. He has led or co-led transactions for a wide range of companies in Asia, UK, Europe and emerging markets and across a wide range of sectors, including particularly, technology, energy, retail, media, biotech/healthcare, telecoms, leisure/property and resources.

Nick was appointed (by Rt. Hon Margaret Thatcher) as a Cabinet Special Adviser 1988-89 to assist in privatizations and the energy sector. Nick is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute (its highest level) and a qualified barrister and holds an M.A. in Law from Cambridge University. He has served on a number of boards and governing Bodies in both executive and non–executive capacities. He has been appointed by Chinese/Asian companies, including the University of Cambridge, Westminster College and  the UK Government to a number of the UK’s largest NHS Hospital and Primary Care Trusts.

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Joseph (Jian) Wang

Dr Joseph (Jian) Wang is the Chief Consultant for Science and Technology Business Developments at E.L.I.Holdings Inc.

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Dr Joseph (Jian) Wang is the Chief Consultant for Science and Technology Business Developments at E.L.I.Holdings Inc.

He has a BSc and MSc from Sun Yat-sen University, Huazhong University of science and technology in China and a PhD from King's College London.  He has in total nearly 30 years experience of teaching and conducting scientific research and development at prestigious universities and research institutions both in China and UK. One of his patents in optoelectronics has been  developed into a new product and another of his successful developments: the world's first “white” lidar light source, has been incorporated into remote sensing systems by renowned American and British defense research agencies. This innovation has patent protections in over 16 countries including Britain, the United States, Japan, France and  Germany. During his  employment  from 1997 to 2014 as a higher and senior research scientist in the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Joseph conducted in depth research and published numerous peer reviewed papers in such frontier areas as differential infrared  absorption lidar  (DIAL), multi-physics simulation, isotope dilution mass spectrometry for greenhouse gas measurements, entangled photon metrology for absolute  radiance measurements, optical information processing, nano-characterization and  regulatory nano-toxicology.   He was awarded NPL year 2010 Rayleigh award. 

Joseph received professional training in trading technologies and promoting scientific and technological exchanges. He contributed to NPL’s engagements with its co-operators in China and assisted Chinese institutions out-sourcing scarce high-precision isotopic standards and also  NPL  exporting gas standards  for evaluating calorific value of natural gases to China national standard material centre and related oil and gas research institutions in China. NPL awarded him “Above and beyond silver award” in 2007.

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William Goodlad

Will has over twenty years experience in China and fifteen years association with E.L.I.Holdings. In 1999, he was E.L.I.Holdings' Chief Representative in Chengdu, consulting both for international companies trading and investing in Sichuan and for Chinese government and business delegations visiting the UK.

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Will has over twenty years experience in China and fifteen years association with E.L.I.Holdings. In 1999, he was E.L.I.Holdings' Chief Representative in Chengdu, consulting both for international companies trading and investing in Sichuan and for Chinese government and business delegations visiting the UK. At that time, he also co-founded the Sichuan Centre in London with Jian (James) Wang.

Previously, Will worked for the China Britain Business Council in Beijing, developing government relationships and promoting the interests of British companies in China. At the CBBC, he worked closely with the British Chamber of Commerce, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, initiating and developing the ‘Britain in China’ campaign, and managing its Chinese language magazine Ying Zhong Weilai.

More recently, he was a Publishing Director at Penguin UK, where he commissioned economics and science books, including many international bestsellers. He also worked for Text Publishing in Melbourne, Australia. Will received a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and studied Mandarin at Peking University.

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Gabriel Liang

Gabriel Liang has over 40 years of experience in auditing, taxation, management consultancy and corporate finance in Asia. He began his career with John Byrne & Co in 1969 in Hong Kong and after several years moved to KPMG where he worked in the management consultancy practice.

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Gabriel Liang has over 40 years of experience in auditing, taxation, management consultancy and corporate finance in Asia. He began his career with John Byrne & Co in 1969 in Hong Kong and after several years moved to KPMG where he worked in the management consultancy practice. In 1985 he moved to Taiwan as Senior Manager at KPMG where he advised clients on cross-border transactions. From 1992 to 2002 he worked as Head of the China Desk at KPMG UK where he was responsible for all business activities between the UK and Greater China. In 2002 he began work as a Managing Director at Holford Consulting Ltd UK where he specialist in brokering project financing deals in China. He successfully advised on deals totalling more than RMB 4 billion. He has been a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager with ELI Holdings since 2010.

Gabriel’s progressive business experience over his forty plus years in the China financial markets in dealing with the analysis of income and fund statements, balance sheets for investee companies and subsidiaries, project financing and consulting give him a unique experience and background. He is fluent in English, Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese and is at ease with dealing with a variety of customers, staff members and employees.

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Our mission

E.L.I.Holdings aims to promote companies and service providers in Europe and China, and to enable these companies to research and take advantage of the many business opportunities the regions have to offer. Our joint goal is to aid European clients to create successful businesses in China, and assist Chinese firms entry to European market.

Our long-term aim is to focus on our clients' needs in investment, trade, education and training. We are committed to increasing your presence overseas, maximising your benefits and helping to achieve your objectives. 

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Our partners

 Over the past 20 years, E.L.I.Holdings has developed successful partnerships with a number of internationally acclaimed organisations.

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