The Team

Management Team

Mike Rowse
Chairman

is co-founder and Chairman of Barbican Capital. He became the first Director of the Financial Secretary's Office of Hong Kong SAR from 1997 - 2000, and from 1999 - 2000 was appointed concurrently as the first Commissioner for Tourism. In those twin capacities, he was the chief negotiator with the Walt Disney Company, leading to the success of Hong Kong Disneyland.

In July 2000, Mike set up Invest HK, the investment bureau under Hong Kong SAR Government, and was its first Director-General till to his retirement in December 2008. The agency won several awards during his tenure and was recognized as the best investment promotion agency in Asia.

Since his retirement from the government, Mike has been busy consulting multinationals in Hong Kong. He is also commentator on political issues for regular newspaper columns, and co-host of a radio show.

Lisa Tian
CEO

is co-founder and CEO of Barbican Capital. She has over 20-year investment banking and capital market experience with expertise in cross- border M&A and PE investment.

Lisa was Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Hua Xin and Chief Representative to Beijing from 2010 to 2015. She led IBD and GCM teams and completed many classic deals, including Yu Garden corporate bonds, Beijing Bank PIPE, Ping An’s global sales of Nanyang Engine, DEG’s sales of Kingentato V Stone, Mobile Eye’s global placement, and Lenovo’s acquisition of United Insurance, etc. . She started her investment banking career with CICC, the first Morgan Stanley JV in China, working with Dr. XU Xiaonian as an analyst. Lisa also worked as Managing Partner in Everpine Capital, as Partner in Vermilion Partners and as Project Manager on the McKinsey Working Committee of Ping An Group. She managed a wide range of cross boarder investments in FIG, consumer goods and industrial technology.

Lisa holds a MSc in Money and Banking from Mid- South University of Economics and Law, and a BSc in State Assets Management from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She is proficient in Mandarin and English.

Kamal Tayara
Partner

is vigorously engaged in global investment banking and venture capital activity. He is founder of KCP Capital, a Dubai-based advisory firm.

Kamal is a member of the board of various technology start ups in the GCC and North America. He has been engaged in the investment banking and financial transactions arena in the Middle East, Russia, Africa and other markets for a long as 20 years.

Kamal worked for top tier investment banks such as Merrill Lynch and Salomon Smith Barney from 1997 to 2003.

He holds Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut (magna cum laude) and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Kamal is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Victor Rowse
Partner

is a partner in Barbican Capital. He is an Associate Chartered Accountant (2004) with 20 years experience in financial services industry.

Victor started his career with KPMG in London 2000-2004 as a Manager on Financial Advisory Dept. Advised restructuring of Teesside Power Limited on banking syndicate with combined exposure of US$0.8bn on restructuring options in the aftermath of Enron, previous owners of this combined cycle gas turbine power station. Also advised restructuring of Swissair AG on its major asset disposal. Victor moved to China in 2005 and worked with Vermilon Partners as a Director in Shanghai office 2006- 2011.Transactions managed including sale of AsPacific Cargo to ND, a listed European logistics group and acquisition of Guolian Securities investment banking business by Royal Bank of Scotland and establishment of a new JV investment bank , etc.. Victor also invests in fitness industry and founded Prime Fitness, a high end personal training studio franchise in Beijing and Shanghai.

Victor graduated from University of Oxford and holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).He also attended two years Mandarin Chinese training in Beijing Language & Culture University.

Edmund Wang
Partner

is Managing Director of Barbican Capital. He has more than 15-year investment banking and PE experience, plus 10-year of corporate finance and business strategy development experience. His primary focus covers industries of consumer goods, healthcare and education.

Prior to joining Barbican he was a co-founder of IntelValley Assets Management which is specialized on VC and M&A in the industries of healthcare, consumer goods and TMT.

Before that Edmund worked as Director in Vermilion Partners, focused on cross border M&A for 10-year, 2005 to 2015. Thereof he led and co- led a number of deals with transaction value over USD 1bn for prominent international companies, including Diageo, MacDonald, GSK, CSL, Bupa, Smiths Medical, Kaplan, among others. Prior to 2005 he worked in the Strategy Development, Huatai Insurance Group, from 2001 to 2003, and as CFO of Monsanto from 1999 to 2001. Edmund started his career as financial analyst in IBM (China) in 1995.

Edmund holds a BSc of Business Management and a MSc of Corporate Finance from China Agricultural University and a PhD of Investment from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was also a chartered accountant of China (CPA). He speaks Mandarin and English.

Robert Lu
Partner

is Managing Director of Barbican Capital. He has over 15 years of experience in private equity, M&A, corporate advisory, and entrepreneurship; plus 5 years of experience as Finance Superintendent. His sector focuses include finance / fintech, healthcare, education, advanced manufacturing, new energy, environmental protection, and TMT, etc..

Prior to joining Barbican, Robert co-founded Hangzhou Zhiwin Capital and was Managing Director of GTJA Innovation Investment, both focused on private equity and domestic or cross border M&A investment. He also co-founded Shenzhen Maverick Technology and was co- founder of Beijing Garp Risk Management Training Centre; with each he helped the companies to develop rapidly within the first two years.

From 2006 to 2012, Robert was Advisor / Director of Vermilion Partners focused on cross border M&A / investment and corporate advisory; clients served include Diageo, Smiths Interconnect, Barclays, RBS, Robeco, BBH, Towers Watson, etc. Before that he worked as Finance Superintendent at PBOC Shenzhen Branch, from 1995 to 2000.

Robert holds a BE of Economics Management from Xi'an Jiaotong University, MA of Banking & Finance from PBOC Graduate School, and MBA from University of Maryland at College Park. He has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 2007 and was Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

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