Axel Maassen is an Economist (Dipl. Volkswirt, Bonn University) with focus on Capital Markets Theory and Microeconomic Monetary Theory. Following his academic career he was trained as a Merchant Banker in Frankfurt and worked in the M & A field for some time. He came to Hong Kong in 1992 as a regional CFO of a metals and chemical raw materials trading company. Travelling in China intensively, he subsequently became a General Manager of a Joint Venture start up for medical pharmaceuticals and a General Manager of a large garment company. He is currently managing a small China/ Hong Kong Index Fund and devotes his time to arranging cross border private equity investments in Hong Kong and China.