Q&A: China Renaissance's Bao Fan hunts the next Alibaba

China Renaissance chairman Bao Fan reveals how he identifies China’s nascent technology champions and discusses tectonic shifts in Chinese shopping habits.

Bao Fan is the founder of China Renaissance, a boutique investment bank advising on Chinese technology companies.

Among the landmark deals the bank has worked on is the 2015 merger of Didi and Kuaidi, which created China’s largest ride-hailing firm. It was also an advisor on the $15 billion merger between Meituan and Dianping, which created the country’s largest internet-based services provider. China Renaissance was also a bookrunner on e-commerce giant JD.com’s $2 billion listing in 2014. More recently, it has worked on some of the latest technology IPOs, including iQiyi's $2.4 billion US listing and China Literature's $1.2 billion float in Hong Kong.

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