#Ep20: Edward Sun, the Biggest Deal in China

Ed Sun's family

By China Foundations 20151202


Fellow ABC (American-born Chinese) Edward Sun started his Made in China story not knowing his Chinese ABCs. He was drawn to the region to learn the language and get in touch with his roots, and 2 years in China magically turned into almost 20. This is a story all too familiar to many foreign-born Chinese who have found themselves here longer than expected. Ed’s natural abilities moved him from a young Assistant Counsel at Goldman Sachs to General Counsel Private Equity Goldman Sachs Asia, and then on to Partner at the famous Wall Street firm Milbank Tweed. The deal he worked on while opening the mainland China office for Milbank between Bank of America and China Construction Bank is still the biggest private equity deal in China to date valued at 10 billion U.S. dollars. He ended his law career with a huge win by helping the Aviation Industry Corporation of China get first round approval by CFIUS, an inter-agency committee of the United States Government that reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations along with their acquisition of an American company.

Ed made it big in China. But life is a constant juggle of rubber and glass spheres, and some can bounce off the ground and be picked up, while others shatter forever. Ed’s career was absolutely relevant in the ending of his first marriage, the glass sphere that dropped. Ed has since expanded his pack but will never drop another family ball again. He sold everything, quit his job, and headed to the states to be his own boss. And, if he has to, he’s not afraid to come back and get “MADE” all over again.



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Daddy and Son Football Day. Ed and his son Justin.

和儿子Justin 一起看橄榄球


Ed and his daughter Savannah 和女儿在皮划艇上

Ed and his youngest son Jordan. 和小儿子在一起

The happy siblings–Justin, Jordan and Savannah. 三个可爱的兄弟姐妹


Savannah and Justin at Lake Tahoe. 兄妹在塔霍湖滑雪


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