Peter Fuhrman

Peter Fuhrman is Chairman & CEO at China First Capital, a Greater China-focused international investment bank and principal investment firm headquartered in Shenzhen. Founded a decade ago, China First Capital advises and invests alongside a distinguished group of clients, including industry leaders in China, both private sector companies and SOEs, financial sponsors, as well as global Fortune 500 and tech companies expanding in China. China First Capital is active in M&A (cross-border and China domestic) as well as cross-border buyout, tech and healthcare venture projects, both as banker and investor.

Peter’s insights and analysis on China, its economy, capital markets and investing roller-coaster are often published in international media including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asian Review. His Chinese-language articles also appear in Caijing (财经), one of the country’s leading business publications. He has guest-lectured at University of Michigan and UCLA Business Schools.

Born and raised in New York, Peter first came to China in 1981, part of the first intake of American postgraduate students.  He later completed his Masters Degree at Cambridge University and worked in Europe for a decade before returning to the US as CEO of a California venture capital company.  He switched from venture investor to operating executive, first as CEO of an entertainment finance company during its IPO process and then as founder and CEO of a California enterprise security software company that was later sold. He relishes the experience of living and working in China, as well as the chance to share opinions and outlook with HBS alumni. Hobbies: collecting Tibetan and Chinese antiques, cooking and eating.

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