Robert Lawrence Kuhn

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Robert Lawrence Kuhn : biography

1944 –

Business, finance, M&A

Kuhn advises leading multinational companies, CEOs and C-Suite executives, on formulating and implementing China strategies in a variety of sectors, including science and technology, information technology, energy and resources, industrial, media and entertainment, healthcare / medical / pharmaceuticals, consumer products, financial services. He works with major Chinese companies on capital markets and M&A activities. Kuhn is Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young (Office of the Chairman).

Kuhn has more than 30 years of experience in M&A. He was president and co-owner of The Geneva Companies, the largest M&A firm in the US representing middle-market companies (which he sold to Citigroup in 2000). Under his leadership, more than 1,400 M&A transactions were completed, and more than 10,000 corporate evaluations were conducted.

Media and publications

Kuhn is the author or editor of 25 books on business strategy/finance and science/philosophy, including Dow-Jones Irwin’s seven-volume Library of Investment Banking. He is a frequent commentator on the BBC (BBC World News / BBC World Service), Bloomberg, CNBC, Euronews, Associated Press, Reuters, others. Kuhn is senior advisor to China Central Television (CCTV), and appears as senior international commentator for political, economic, social and business matters on CCTV News (broadcast worldwide and across China). He writes for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes and Chief Executive. Robert Kuhn is a regular columnist for China Daily on China politics/economics and international affairs ( and ).

Robert L. Kuhn was profiled in Barron’s He is one of the in the TV series produced for China’s 60th anniversary by Shanghai Media Group (one of two Americans selected, along with Henry Kissinger), and he was featured on CCTV Channel 1’s . Kuhn created, wrote, and presented a six-episode series on Expo 2010 Shanghai, broadcast on CCTV. For the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, Kuhn co-produced (with Shanghai Media Group), wrote, and presented a five-episode TV series, China’s Challenges, on China’s key domestic issues and problems that China’s new leaders face. Kuhn was selected by Oriental Outlook magazine (published by Xinhua News Agency) as one of the all-time top-ten influential supporters of China’s ruling party/CPC (he is the only one living).

Robert Kuhn’s articles on China’s economic future ( and ) and China’s political future ( and ) are in .

Kuhn has written many articles. His , featured in American Scientist magazine, argued how the scientific way of thinking can influence global society. His scientific / philosophical article is published in the Vol. 13 No. 2 2007 issue of .

Kuhn new book, edited with John Leslie, is

Other affiliations

CCTV-IMG Sports Management Company

Kuhn is a partner in CCTV-IMG Sports Management Company, a joint venture between China Central Television, the state broadcaster in China, and IMG, the global sports and media company.

The Kuhn Foundation

Kuhn is chairman of the Kuhn Foundation, which disseminates understanding in science and philosophy, supports cultural endeavors, and promotes good relations between America and China. The Foundation produces the Closer to Truth TV series. It also produced the documentary of his wife Dora Serviarian-Kuhn, Khachaturian, which won the Best Documentary award at the 2003 Hollywood Film Festival, and (with China Central Television) In Search of China for PBS.

The Geneva Companies

From 1991 to 2001, Kuhn was president and co-owner of the Geneva Companies, a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) firm representing privately owned, middle-market companies. In 2000 Kuhn sold the Geneva Companies to Citigroup.

Media and Publications

  • Interview by Christiane Amanpour, AMANPOUR / CNN, May 29 , 2103
  • "Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream," The New York Times (Global Edition / International Herald Tribune), June 5, 2013, p. 6
  • "Xi Jinping, a nationalist and a reformer," South China Morning Post, June 6, p. A15
  • "China’s Challenges" – five-part PBS series presented by PBS SoCaL
  • "New challenges for new leaders," China Daily, March 19, 2013
  • "The seven who will run China," China Daily, November 19, 2012
  • CNN: Global Exchange, "Chinese Leadership Transition Explained," November 15, 2012
  • Bloomberg: "Xi Jinping Knows China has to reform," November 15, 2012
  • CNBC: "China: The Next Decade," November 15, 2012
  • Euronews: "China: the straining giant’s new leaders," November 15, 2012
  • Australia Network News: "Inside China’s Leadership," November 14, 2012
  • "Doing Business in China," The Economic Times (India), November 16, 2012
  • China Central Television (CCTV): commentaries during the 18th CPC National Congress