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Tim Davis

Chief Commercial Officer


Tim joined Emergent Technology in February 2018. Previously, Tim was with Zaff Capital, as Managing Director with responsibility for Asia and EMEA, managing and overseeing investments in the two regions and capital raising.

Prior to Zaff, Tim was with Ashmore Investment Management Ltd. (2000-2010), where he had a number of roles, including general counsel (2000-2008), regional head of China (2007-2009), and head of commercial real estate (2009-2010). As general counsel, Tim developed the legal and transaction management team that managed the Ashmore funds network and their investments across multiple jurisdictions. He also advised Ashmore’s CEO and board of directors on legal issues and served on several internal risk management committees.

In China, Tim sat on the board of Beijing International Trust Company; as such, he was the first western director of a Chinese investment trust company (a state-owned asset management company). He oversaw investments in China and built relationships with Chinese institutions and regulators during a period of dramatic growth for Ashmore. Upon returning to London, Tim established Ashmore’s fifth investment platform – commercial real estate – which entered into joint ventures in Russia with VTB Bank and in China with Everbright Securities. He also became a member of Ashmore’s investment committee. While at Ashmore, Tim also served on the boards of numerous regulated investment funds and portfolio companies.

Prior to Ashmore, Tim was a vice president with Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse, 1996-1999) where he worked in the EM team structuring investments and helping establish CSFB’s local presence in Russia, Brazil, and Turkey.

Tim began his career as a solicitor with Simmons and Simmons (1993-1996) in London. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from University College London.