Wei Sun Christianson
Christianson applied to liberal arts colleges in the United States, and was accepted in 1983 to Amherst College as a transfer student and its first student from mainland China following China’s opening to the Western world in early 1980s. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science in 1985.
She immediately continued on to Columbia Law School, where she graduated with honors in international law in 1989.
Following Columbia Law School, Christianson worked as an attorney in the New York offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
After Christianson moved to Hong Kong, she attained a position as Associate Director in the Corporate Finance Department at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) drafting the regulatory structure that would enable the first batch of People’s Republic of China companies to be listed outside China — a unique job that helped pave the way for her investment banking career.
Christianson joined Morgan Stanley, where she was an executive director, Beijing chief representative, and a senior team member of Morgan Stanley’s Resources, Power and Transportation Group. Christianson later joined Citigroup as a managing director and chairman of China, Citigroup Global Markets (Asia) Ltd., where she was responsible for the securities and investment banking businesses in China. Christianson held a similar position with Credit Suisse First Boston, as a managing director, chairman and country manager.
As a banker, Christianson has masterminded major initial public offerings including Sinopec, China Life, and SMIC, and oversaw the $4.2 billion acquisition of Gas Khazakstan by CNPC, which was the largest cross-border M&A deal ever undertaken in China at that time. title