Giles’ involvement in China began back in 1984 after meeting his future Chinese wife at the World Bank in Washington DC. After getting married in London in 1988, they set up a Chinese advisory business with offices in London, Shanghai and Beijing advising MNE’s on their entry to and development in the China market. In 2003, Giles co-founded a China-focused boutique investment bank called Evolution Securities China with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and London, raising capital for private Chinese companies in London and Hong Kong and advising Western portfolio investors on China.
The ideas in Giles’ book are based on twenty years of close personal involvement in Chinese business. Subsequently, Giles spent seven years as a visiting professor at Peking University, and nine years as an adjunct professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA.