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February 26, 2018 | Global Equity
Invented in China, Not Made in China

Portfolio Manager

Casey Preyss, CFA, partner, is a portfolio manager for William Blair’s Emerging Markets Growth, Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth, and China A-Shares Growth strategies. Since joining William Blair in 2000, he has been a research analyst covering industrials, IT, and resources stocks. Before taking on fundamental research responsibilities for William Blair’s global equity team, Casey was a quantitative analyst. Before joining the firm, he was an international equity research sales associate with Thomas White International. He received a B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Vivian Lin Thurston, CFA, partner, is a portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Growth, China A-Shares Growth strategies, and China Growth Fund. Previously, she was a global equity research analyst covering the China A-shares market and large-cap consumer companies. Before joining William Blair, Vivian was vice president and consumer sector head at Calamos Investments. Before that, she was an executive director and senior investment analyst at UBS Global Asset Management/Brinson Partners, where she was responsible for stock selection and research for consumer sectors in the United States and emerging markets. Vivian also held roles at Mesirow Financial, China Agribusiness Development Trust and Investment Corporation, and Vanke. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago. She is also the founder and chairman of the board of the Chinese Finance Association of America, a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Vivian received a B.A. in sociology from Peking University and an M.A. in sociology and M.S. in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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The China A-Share market provides access to compelling long-term investment themes in China, in particular the emerging consumer and technology innovation. Watch William Blair’s Global Equity team members Vivian Lin Thurston, CFA, partner and research analyst, and Casey Preyss, CFA, partner and portfolio manager, highlight which Chinese industries provide structural growth opportunities.

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Thurston: The China A-Share market provides a great opportunity to play into two investable themes of China. Number one: emerging consumer. Emerging consumer remains the most attractive growth opportunity in China. Secondly, China also has a great opportunity in terms of innovation.

Preyss: When we visit companies on the mainland, it’s clear China’s quickly transitioning from “Made in China” to “Invented in China.”

Thurston: China is one of most innovative countries in the world in terms of capital investment, entrepreneurship, and technology advancement. China A market provides a great access to a few very innovative industries across different sectors, such as artificial intelligence, smartphone supply chain, solar.

Preyss: We are seeing very rapid technological innovation and accelerating growth in many Chinese industries, such as IT, healthcare, robotics, and renewable energy. These are some of the most compelling long-term investment themes in the China A-Share market today.

Portfolio Manager

Casey Preyss, CFA, partner, is a portfolio manager for William Blair’s Emerging Markets Growth, Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth, and China A-Shares Growth strategies. Since joining William Blair in 2000, he has been a research analyst covering industrials, IT, and resources stocks. Before taking on fundamental research responsibilities for William Blair’s global equity team, Casey was a quantitative analyst. Before joining the firm, he was an international equity research sales associate with Thomas White International. He received a B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Vivian Lin Thurston, CFA, partner, is a portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Growth, China A-Shares Growth strategies, and China Growth Fund. Previously, she was a global equity research analyst covering the China A-shares market and large-cap consumer companies. Before joining William Blair, Vivian was vice president and consumer sector head at Calamos Investments. Before that, she was an executive director and senior investment analyst at UBS Global Asset Management/Brinson Partners, where she was responsible for stock selection and research for consumer sectors in the United States and emerging markets. Vivian also held roles at Mesirow Financial, China Agribusiness Development Trust and Investment Corporation, and Vanke. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago. She is also the founder and chairman of the board of the Chinese Finance Association of America, a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Vivian received a B.A. in sociology from Peking University and an M.A. in sociology and M.S. in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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