Ms. Lafon-Vinais is a seasoned market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience. She has worked in all the major financial markets, starting with European markets (Paris, London, Madrid), moving to North America (Chicago) and most recently Asia (Hong Kong). She has extensive experience in all the major debt markets including loan syndications and assets sales (par and distressed debt), money markets, debt capital markets (including derivatives structured products distribution) and structured, trade and project finance.
A seasoned loans and syndications specialist, she developed the secondary market for loans at First Chicago in London and was also involved in the development of the EMTN market at its inception.
She arranged and syndicated plain vanilla and structured transactions in Europe, the US and Asia for sovereign, public and corporate entities including the Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Ireland, Kingdom of Sweden, ICO, ARCO Chemicals, Sinopec, COSCO, Cathay Pacific, FECSA, Endesa, Motorola and numerous financial institutions.
She joined Credit Agricole in Paris in 1980 after graduating from HEC; she moved to First Chicago (now part of JP Morgan) in London in 1984 then to Chicago in 1990. In 1991 she joined Union Investissements, the M&A and corporate finance subsidiary of Credit Agricole in Paris to work on various M&A and corporate finance advisory projects. She moved to Hong Kong in 1994 joining First Chicago as Managing Director, Head of Financial Markets, Asia Pacific. She joined Standard Chartered Bank plc as Head of Treasury Origination in 2000 and retired from banking in 2001.
She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching as Associate Professor of Business Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry. She is the Associate Director of the tri-degree World Bachelor in Business Program, Associate Director of the Centre for Asian Financial Markets at HKUST and Project Director for the HKUST-NYU Stern MSc in Global Finance.