David Liu

David Liu is the APAC regional managing director for the Growth Office, based in Hong Kong where he also serves as the City Leader.

David is an operating member of Kroll’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) Management Committee, and a member of the APAC Regional Board for Kroll’s Charitable Foundation. He leverages more than 20 years of experience advising and working with financial institutions, private equity sponsors, family offices, venture capital, law firms, and financial technology firms across engagements involving capital markets, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and digital assets.

David leads Kroll’s APAC growth strategy, innovation, client relationship management, and enterprise-wide initiatives along with our ESG advisory services in the region. David works closely with and advises private equity across the ESG life cycle from pre-transaction ESG due diligence and gap analysis, to post transaction design and assessment of ESG strategy and program along with further monitoring and measurement of progress as part of the ESG journey.

David also has extensive experience with initial public offering (IPO) and transactional due diligence working with financial sponsors, private equity, underwriters, and law firms to manage transaction risks including regulatory, sanctions, compliance, and ESG risks. Additionally, he has managed market-sizing, market entry and benchmarking assessment projects across APAC for corporate clients, international development banks and sovereign wealth funds.

Before joining Kroll, David worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the leading global research and analysis division of The Economist Group. As a leader of EIU’s consulting business in APAC, he was responsible for driving growth, along with helping financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, multinationals, and various government agencies to navigate and mitigate a wide range of economic, regulatory, political, operational and financial risks.

David’s additional experience includes managing business, strategy and operational risks for a venture-backed technology company in China focused on mobile payments and transactions. There, he spearheaded partnerships with telecom leaders such as China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Before that, he managed institutional banking partnerships at one of the top global financial institutions, where he worked closely with clients that included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

David is also a key advisor for Fintech, Regtech, and Green Finance accelerators and associations where he supports both venture and institutional companies. David holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has completed certificates for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme.

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