Founded in 2005, KAILAI Investments (formerly known as Clarity China Partners) is a China-based private equity firm with about US$350 million under management. KAILAI invests in growth-stage to mature businesses that are profitable or have significant underlying value and are positioned to capitalize on the growing domestic consumer demand in China, primarily in the following core industries: natural resources, renewable energy / cleantech, and consumer products and services.
The founding managing partners of KAILAI Investments, include Dr. David L. Lee and Dr. Sheldon Liu. David Lee has more than 20 years of private equity investing experience and was a founder and the President and COO of Global Crossing, a global broadband communications company, which he helped grow to over $50 billion market capitalization and over 10,000 employees. Sheldon Liu is a native of Shanghai with over 30 years of in-country investing and operating experience and extensive high-level government and business relationships across China. Sheldon was a founder and Managing Director of New Era Group, a leading high tech importer from the US into China in the 1980's and an advisor to numerous Fortune 500 multi-national companies in China.
KAILAI Investments has a full staff of China-based professionals in Beijing and Shanghai who are fluent in both Mandarin and English and skilled in local customs. The KAILAI team has deep knowledge of, and standing within, national and local markets as well as a broad network of senior level relationships with government ministers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, local officials and experts across China. Our professionals also have significant operating experience, years of capital markets expertise, and a global network of relationships to assist portfolio companies in driving growth, improving operational efficiency, increasing shareholder value, and raising additional capital, including potential IPO listings in China, Hong Kong, U.S. and/or Europe.