Simon Littlewood has nearly four decades’ experience founding, investing in, raising and structuring capital for, and advising businesses across a wide range of industry sectors, several of which he has taken to listings on stock markets worldwide.
Simon Littlewood is currently CEO of a China based Family Office, director of and advisor to various private equity funds globally, and director of and advisor to a number of private and listed companies around the world.
Known for his ground-breaking and innovative design of financial products and structures, and pioneering approach, Simon has worked in both developed and emerging markets, including Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East, SE Asia, & Latin America, with the last 18 years focusing on Greater China. Described by the Financial Times as “one of the most prolific investors in China,” he was among the earliest foreign investors into China, more recently focusing on bringing technology and businesses into China. He founded, raised funds for and managed one of the earliest international private equity funds focused on China, raising money from institutions, hedge funds and HNW’s, and built an investment bank which at the time was the number one sponsor of Chinese listings on the UK stock market, and had the largest foreign owned network of offices across China.
He previously worked in structured and corporate finance at HSBC Group in London; in corporate finance with BDO London doing some of the first flotations on the UK’s AIM Stock market; at clean technology investment bank Impax Capital; and the world’s largest accountancy firm, PwC.
He has significant experience in restructuring, finance, compliance, stock markets, tax, legal and accounting issues, cross border structures, and fund structures & management, accumulated over more than 30 years of business indifferent geographies and industry sectors.
Passionate about the planet and the people on it, he has been involved in environmental projects since the 1980s, has spoken at the UN Climate Conference in New York, the European Parliament, and advised on projects with the UN, IFC and UK Government. He has been involved in a number of food, health and education programs in the developing world, including co-founding and funding the then largest program for teaching English in the world. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events worldwide on investing, technology, asset management, sustainability, and China. He also has an advisory role in the European Union.
He took part in President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the UK, signing an agreement with Oxford University for technology transfer to China.
He has appeared in a wide variety of financial publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Times, China Daily as well as on TV (CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CCTV).
Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) with PwC’s London office. He holds an Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Law from Oxford University, UK.