Over the next 2 months we are going to be taking a look at some of the speakers GWC has on slate for the Global Mobile Internet Conference on May 10th and 11th. The first one we are going to take a closer look at is Bruno Bensaid, an angel investor and founder of Shanghaivest. Bruno served as a moderator of a VC panel at GMIC2011 where the topic was “Becoming the next Zuckerberg” and will be bringing his expertise on financing startups back this year.
Bruno first came to Asia in 1997 when he moved to Singapore to join the finance team at Cisco Systems. He left Cisco in 2002 to assist with the launch of several international, VC-backed internet and mobile companies in China. This provided him with the first hand experience he needed as he transitioned into his next rolls.
In 2006, he established the Shanghai Chapter of Mobile Monday and began to delve in to the world of VC/PE fund advising. This was the right time to enter the industry in China, as we all know, and it paid off from Bruno quite handsomely.
After a year long stint with VenTech, a half billion dollar, French VC fund, Bruno co-founded Shanghaivest. Shanghaivest serves as an investment banking consultancy firm, based in, you guessed it, Shanghai.
The firm primarily focuses on cross-border merger and acquisitions between Chinese and European companies. Shanghaivest focuses primarily in the Renewable Energy, Fashion & Luxury, Retail, FMCG, Healthcare, Cosmetics, TMT (Telecom, Media and Technology), Transportation Equipment, and Light Industries.
In general, Shanghaivest typical consulting scenarios are:
- Chinese companies or investors looking for overseas targets to acquire or invest in;
- Western companies or investors looking for targets to acquire or invest in China;
- Chinese companies looking for financial or strategic partners overseas;
- Western companies looking for financial or strategic partners in China;
- Growth-stage companies (Chinese or Western-with-a-Chinese angle) needing to raise funds.
As to his angel investor credentials, Bruno has helped fund several local startups. He also sits on the Steering Committee of Angelvest, a China-based angel organization.