Private Investment

China’s first sports industry focused private equity launched

May 17, 2011 – The 2011 China Sports Industry and Financial Capital Forum was held in Chendu with the main topic as Driving Sports Industry Growth with Financial Capital. On the forum, Lu Hao, board director of D&F Capital, who is part of the forum organizing committee, said that the combination of financial capital and sports will be an important trend in the coming 3 – 5 years, as sports industry is the last untapped market in China for investors. Mr. Lu said, D&F Capital is raising a fund of RMB 200 million for investment solely focused on sports industry.

Lu is a well-known sports executive, agent and investor in China. Apart from D&F Capital, he is also the managing director of Beijing Starz International Sports Management Co. Ltd. (Starz Sports), a global sports marketing and management company based on Yao Ming’s Team Yao agency. In 2009 Lu helped Yao Ming acquire the CBA team Shanghai Sharks and became the first general manager post-acquisition.

D&F Capital’s managing director Xu Ningbo has 18 years’ investment banking experience in the U.S. So far D&F Capital has already built a leadership team with over 18 senior investment experts in China.

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About Carrie Xu

Yanqin "Carrie" Xu is a Shanghai native, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area and working for the Pac-12 Conference as Senior Manager, International. She is very passionate about sports and international collaboration, and is doing her best to bridge sports between the US and China. Carrie holds an MBA degree from University of Southern California (USC) and has worked for Nike China and Nike International Basketball previously. She was also a Vice President at USC Marshall Sports Business Organization. She can be reached via email at


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