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Growth-Stage Technology Investor WestSummit Capital Adds Two New Partners

PALO ALTO, Calif. & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

WestSummit Capital, a private equity fund with a core focus on growth-stage technology companies that have a substantial presence or a strategic interest in China, announced venture capital and private equity specialist David Lam has joined the firm as managing director, and Elise Huang has been promoted to partner. With over $200 million under management, WestSummit Capital is focused on fostering business growth and technology innovation as well as job and value creation in the technology, Internet/new media, telecommunications and clean technology sectors.

David J. Lam Managing Director WestSummit Capital (Photo: Business Wire)

David J. Lam Managing Director WestSummit Capital (Photo: Business Wire)

Founded in 2010 by four former technology executives, Raymond Yang, Datong Chen, Jay Deng and John Yu, WestSummit Capital holds a distinctive position in the market as an investor with strong Chinese roots, decades of executive and operational experience in Silicon Valley and China, and thirty-plus years of combined technology investment experience at venture capital and private equity firms in the United States and in China.

The founding partners have worked together in different ways since the mid-1900's, graduated within three years of each other from China's prestigious Tsinghua University, and hold over 110 years of combined executive operating experience including three NASDAQ listings and one M&A transaction.

“WestSummit Capital is one of the first China-based funds to go global and our portfolio spans China, the United States and Europe,” said Raymond Yang, a co-founder partner and Managing Director of WestSummit Capital. “We believe 2012 is a breakout year for growth-stage companies interested in moving into the Chinese market. We view ourselves as a value-add, strategic partner with regard to China-value creation for the companies we invest in. That's where we add tremendous insight.”

Yang added, “Many executives are still wary of doing business in China because they do not know where to start or how to navigate in China's business culture. And conversely, Chinese-based companies feel the same way about expanding into the West.

“Everyone on the WestSummit team has deep industry relationships, solid credentials, and hands-on operational and investment experience in both the U.S. and in China. Our team knows first-hand the key role that transparency plays in creating lasting shareholder value, and understands what it takes to win in the global marketplace. David's addition and Elise's promotion reflect our ongoing commitment to extending our team's capabilities, reach and experience.”

The team

The WestSummit Capital partnership includes:

Two new partners with extensive private equity, technology and international investment banking experience and extensive industry connections:

Investment Portfolio

WestSummit Capital has been quietly building its portfolio over the past two years. The firm has lead or participated in investment rounds in companies based in the U.S., Europe, and China. Investments include:

  • Accent, supplier of a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) platform for smart meters (Italy)
  • GigaDevice, provider of NOR flash memory (China)
  • Inside Secure, provider of technology solutions for contactless payment and near-field communications (NFC) (France)
  • SilkRoad Technologies, cloud-based human resource management software solutions (USA)
  • Tilera, developer of a multi-core processors for Cloud Computing environments (USA)
  • Unity Technologies, 3D gaming development software platform (USA)
  • VeriSilicon, provider of custom silicon solutions and SoC turnkey services (China)

About WestSummit Capital

WestSummit Capital is one of the first China-based technology growth-stage private equity firms in the industry. The firm invests in companies that have a substantial presence in or strategic interest in China and focuses on the technology, media, telecommunications and enabling clean tech sectors. WestSummit has offices in Beijing, China and Palo Alto, USA. More information can be found on the WestSummit Capital website at: www.westsummitcap.com

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