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Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is an international corporate strategist, investment banker and expert on China. Since 1989, he has worked with China’s senior leaders and advised the Chinese government on matters of economic policy, industrial policy, mergers and acquisitions, science and technology, media and culture, Sino-U.S. relations, and a variety of international business matters. Dr. Kuhn advises leading multinational companies, CEOs and C-Suite executives, regarding formulating and implementing China strategies in a variety of sectors, including science and technology, energy and resources, industrial, media and entertainment, healthcare / medical / pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and financial services. He works with major Chinese companies on structuring their capital markets financing and M&A activities.

Talking to China

The irony about China, a senior Chinese leader told me recently, is that “when for more than a century foreigners thought we were so weak, we weren’t really so weak, and now when foreigners think we are so strong, we aren’t really so strong.”When American and Chinese political leaders interact, divergent perceptions are common. Americans focus on their huge trade ...

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Learn From the Stars

“Grand Thinking” makes great companies. I criticize CEOs when they don’t see its importance, and I am frustrated when they do see its importance but don’t make time for its development. CEOs tell me that they are beset with more pressing issues-an excuse that is real, but not legitimate. There is nothing more vital for making companies more valuable, and ...

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Investment Banking

Robert Lawrence Kuhn, an international investment banker and corporate strategist, is senior adviser at Citigroup where he focuses on China. He is editor in chief of a new book, China’s Banking and Financial Markets: The Internal Report of the Chinese Government. His articles describing and explaining investment banking, which advise business executives on how to optimize investment banking products and ...

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Globalization and Its Discontents

President George W. Bush’s grand vision is of a Western style “democracy world,” where all countries have a similar system of selecting their leaders in a majority-rule, one-person-one-vote, free election. Chinese President Hu Jintao’s grand vision is of an Eastern-style “harmonious world,” where all nations live together in mutual respect and peace, even though they have and maintain different systems ...

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12 CEO Diseases and How to Treat Them.

Before I became an investment banker, I studied to be a doctor. (I did a Ph.D. in anatomy/brain research at UCLA, never returned to medical school at Johns Hopkins, and 15 years later went to business school at MIT-but that’s another story.) An investment banker sees many businesses. In my case, running a firm doing M&A for medium-sized companies, I ...

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