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Stephane J. Grand

STEPHANE J. GRAND

PRESIDENT, BEIJING

Stephane Grand has over 18 years financial and legal advisory experience on foreign investment in China, specializing in capital structure optimization and management restructuring.

Through the early 1990s, he gained hands-on experience of the PRC legal system as an associate of the Beijing office of law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and with the World Bank Legal Reform and Private Sector Development Departments. He was a founding partner of US barcode technology firm Scanbuy, a senior consultant with Coltrin and Associates, New York, and with Claydon Gescher Associates, a consulting firm in Beijing specializing in Internet and Telecoms. He went on to head the Chinese practice of RSM Salustro (audit and consulting) and created its tax and management consultancy practices. He founded S.J. Grand Financial and Tax Advisory in 2003.

He is a graduate of HEC Paris (MBA), La Sorbonne (Ph.D. in Chinese contract law) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD), and teaches courses on the legal and financial aspects of doing business in China as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Illinois. He speaks English, French, and Mandarin.

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CHRISTOPHE MARQUIS

MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHANGHAI

Christophe Marquis is head of S.J. Grand’s Shanghai operations and has over 10 years experience in financial strategy, market entry, tax and capital optimization projects for international companies and foreign-invested enterprises in China.

Christophe has expert knowledge of Chinese multiple investment and compliance issues, individual and corporate tax, financial modeling, and due diligence supervision. Before joining S.J. Grand in 2002, Christophe was financial manager at the international joint venture tax advisory RSM Salustro Zhongrui CPAs in Beijing. In 2005, he relocated to Shanghai as S.J. Grand Chief Operating Officer, and in 2009 was appointed Managing Director.

At S.J. Grand, Christophe has provided incorporation support and investment evaluations for more than 100 FDIs in mainland China. He has developed and advised on the financial model, capitalization and financing for numerous businesses across the F&B industry: bars, clubs and restaurants; high-end confectionary products; fast-food; wine businesses; as well as consulting on master franchising. He has also made major contributions to the consolidation, organization and technical elevation of the firm in its provision of tailor made services for both SMEs and MNCs. He is a graduate in Finance and Asian Studies of the EICD 3A Ecole Internationale de Commerce et de Développement in Lyon and speaks English, French, and Mandarin.

Rico Lu

RICO LU

SENIOR MANAGER, BEIJING

Rico is a Chinese native who acquired extensive experience in senior managerial positions. He has been with S.J. Grand for over 16 years and has proven a remarkable success in audit operations, audit risk management, financial due diligence, and negotiations with both customs and tax administrations.

Rico advises SMEs regarding the tax and regulatory landscape in China. He provided post-acquisition support to LACTALIS International, one of the world's top dairy group with its first subsidiary in China. He also played the chief financial officer for LACTALIS's newly acquired entity in Jiangsu province. He also conducted an internal audit for Domaines Barons de Rothschild Wine Estates Company Limited - LAFITE, one of the world’s leading producers of red wine which successfully opened its first winery in Shandong. Rico speaks Chinese and English.

Maxime Zhao

MAXIME ZHAO

ACCOUNTING MANAGER, SHANGHAI

Maxime has a wide array of experience in management accounting involving accounting treatments, system accounting, tax audit and portfolio, tax review, and health check and budget implementation. He began his career as a client accountant in Luxembourg and became established in client-oriented business relations with foreign investors.

Maxime provided invaluable services for both local and foreign-invested companies in China as a financial and accounting manager before coming to S.J. Grand. He is responsible for supervising and reviewing the works of the accounting team and ensuring quality output. He also works closely with financial managers, supervisors, and the top management for tax review, due diligence, tax structure, and client strategy. Maxime speaks Chinese, English, and French.

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JEFFREY JIN

TAX MANAGER, SHANGHAI

Jeffrey has an indispensable 20 years of practical experience in tax treatment concerning M&A and company restructuring. He formerly worked in both Chinese and foreign companies and provided a remarkable service to a high-tech enterprise as a tax advisor. At S.J. Grand, he is recognized for his expertise in tax solutions, cross-border taxation, and the optimization of both direct and indirect taxes.

Jeffrey propels businesses in establishing fruitful relations with China’s tax authorities and government or private banks. As an effective mediator, he is tactful at bridging gaps among financial institutions and public-private sectors to establish good working relations. Jeffrey speaks Chinese and English.