Rick Carew is a Managing Director in the Hong Kong office. Prior to joining Sard Verbinnen, he was Asia Finance and Deals Editor for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, managing a team of reporters from Mumbai to Tokyo and overseeing the Journal’s reporting on M&A, IPOs and investment banking in the region. Rick led reporting on key deals, including breaking the news of ChemChina’s bid for Sygenta and an investigative project on Anbang Insurance following its offer to acquire Starwood Hotels.
In two separate stints from 2014 to 2015 and 2007 to 2010, Rick covered Asia M&A for the Journal, leading coverage of mergers, acquisitions, investments, private equity and investment banking across Asia, with a particular focus on Greater China. He closely covered technology investments in Chinese startups by Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, and led the Journal’s reporting on the competition between Didi Chuxing and Uber for China’s ride-hailing market. While at the Journal, Rick also started the Investing In Asia column – a series on top value investors and investment areas in Asia.
Previously, Rick was Senior Researcher for the $31 billion activist investment firm Elliott Management Corp., known as Elliott Associates in Asia, and worked out of both the investment firm’s New York and Hong Kong offices. He managed projects to identify and research investment opportunities in both public and private companies in China, Brazil and the United States. He also previously served as a reporter for Dow Jones based in Beijing, covering initial public offerings of China’s biggest state banks, major Chinese brokerages and investment managers. Rick started his career in journalism at Caijing Magazine based in Beijing.
Rick received an M.B.A from Columbia Business School and a B.A. with High Honors in Economics and Chinese Language & Literature from the University of Virginia. He is fluent in Mandarin.