David Lai

Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Premia Partners


David Lai is a Partner and co-Chief Investment Officer of Premia Partners. Prior to Premia Partners, David was Executive Director and Responsible Officer at China Asset Management (HK) Limited where he supervised the company’s investment activities and led the build-out of the company’s ETF platform in Hong Kong, including launching the world’s first cross-border RQFII-based ETF with over US$2 billion in AuM.  Before that, David had been a portfolio manager since 2002 at Hang Seng Bank, Mirae Asset Global Investments, and Citic Securities International. David has demonstrated proven investment track record in both active and passive strategies, recognized by numerous industry awards. David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master of Science degree in Investment Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is a CFA charterholder.

The latest articles from David Lai


Why is China-A New Economy more resilient and captures opportunities better through COVID and beyond? The Premia CSI Caixin China New Economy ETF performed well and went up by 3% in a down market. Alex Chu, Portfolio Manager, and David Lai, Partner and Co-CIO of ETF investment specialist Premia Partners, share the reasons behind the strong performance and the comparison of this strategy with the oth....

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3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

Converting Asia’s Clients to the Logic of DPM

A gradual but extremely important shift is underway in the approach of Asia’s wealth management community as private banks, and independent asset management firms strive to boost the prevalence of discretionary portfolio management (DPM) and advisory solutions and thereby decrease their tra...

The latest event content from David Lai


Investing During the US-China Trade Conflict: Uncorrelated Equities and Truly Risk-Free Cash Throughout 2019 the world has suffered from the US-China trade conflict fallout, and while many investors have been inclined to de-risk and wait it out, there are opportunities lost as well by pursuing that strategy. Instead, Hong Kong investment manager Premia Partners believes a more appropriate s....