Deborah Mei

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  • Deborah Mei

Partner & Co-Founder

Deborah is a Co-Founder and Partner of Raine. Deborah is responsible for Raine’s China practice, based in Shanghai. Deborah is active across all of Raine’s businesses and works closely with both Chinese and global entertainment, sports and digital media conglomerates as well as earlier-stage, high-growth media and technology companies as an advisor and investor. While at Raine, Deborah has been involved in all of Raine’s advisory transactions where Chinese companies have been a counterparty, with specific China-domestic transactions including the creation of and capital raise by WME|IMG China from a consortium of Sequoia (China), Focus Media, Fountainvest Partners and Tencent; the creation of and capital raise by IMAX China from a consortium of China Media Capital and Fountainvest Partners; and the sale of PPTV to Suning, among others. Deborah led the investment in Focus Media and works closely with Raine’s portfolio companies helping them with their China growth strategies. For Imagine Entertainment she helped raise $100 mm in a TV co-financing vehicle from TVB (Hong Kong broadcaster) and a further $100 mm investment from Fountainvest Partners, and for Raine Venture Partners, she helped raise $38 mm for Wattpad from Tencent in a Series D capital raise.

Prior to Raine, Deborah was a Managing Director and head of Asia-Pacific Consumer, Retail, Gaming and Industrial Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley, based in Hong Kong. Deborah built this industry practice for Morgan Stanley in Asia, focusing the business on the emerging private sector in China. She has advised and raised capital for some of today’s best-known Chinese brands, including Mengniu Dairy, Belle, Anta, and Boseideng, among others. Deborah was with Morgan Stanley for over 14 years, during which time she was also chief operating officer for the Investment Banking division in Asia as well as a member of the Asia-Pacific Telecom & Media team.

Deborah has a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. from The Joseph H. Lauder Institute and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business, both at the University of Pennsylvania.